Here are some general requirements to keep in mind before applying for these state scholarships and grants:
- You must be a South Carolina resident.
- You must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
- You must be enrolled as degree-seeking student at an eligible South Carolina public or independent institution.
- You must not owe a refund or repayment on any state or federal financial aid and not be in default on a federal student loan.
- You must never have been convicted of any felonies and must never have been convicted of any second or subsequent alcohol/drug-related misdemeanor offenses within the past academic year.
PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP
a merit-based scholarship for students with a record of academic excellence
WHO CAN APPLY: High school seniors who meet the eligibility criteria below
TOTAL AWARD: Up to $6,700 freshman year, and up to $7,500 for sophomore, junior and senior years. Half of the award is paid in the fall, half in the spring.
Applications for early awards must be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education by the date established in December each academic year.
You must score at least 1200 on SAT or 27 on ACT by the November test date, have a minimum 3.50 GPA on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale at the end of the junior year, and rank in the top 6% of their class at the end of either sophomore or junior year.
You must score at least 1400 on the SAT or 32 on ACT by November test date and have a minimum 4.0 cumulative GPA on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale at the end of junior year (or a 4.0 culmulative GPA on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale after the June test date).
Applications for final awards must be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education by the date established in June each academic year.
Students must score at least 1200 on SAT or 27 on ACT by the June test date, have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale at the end of the senior year and rank in the top 6% of the class at the end of sophomore, junior or senior year.
HOW TO APPLY: Check with your high school counselor to see if you meet the above criteria. The early award deadline is mid-December and the final award deadline is mid-June of the year of high school graduation.
WHAT'S EXPECTED: You must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must have earned 30 credit hours each following academic year (2 semesters).
For more information about the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and eligible institutions, go to che.sc.gov
(Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence)
a merit-based scholarship for students with a record of academic excellence
WHO CAN APPLY: Full-time students going to college for the first time (2-year and 4-year).
4-year (Public/Private) — Up to $4,700 plus a $300 book allowance.
2-year — Up to the cost-of-tuition at USC Regional campuses plus a $300 book allowance.
Technical — Up to the cost-of-tuition plus a $300 book allowance.
4-year Students — You must meet two of the following three criteria:
1. Earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA upon high school graduation.
2. Rank in the top 30% of your graduating class.
3. Score at least 1100 on the SAT or 24 on ACT before June of your senior year.
2-year Students — You must graduate from high school with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
You must not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, SC HOPE Scholarship or Lottery Tuition Assistance within the same academic year.
HOW TO APPLY: There is no application for the LIFE Scholarship. The college or university will automatically determine eligibility and will notify you if you are eligible.
WHAT'S EXPECTED: You must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and an average 30 credit hours each academic year (2 semesters).
For more information about the LIFE Scholarship and eligible institutions, go to che.sc.gov
LIFE & Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancements
a scholarship enhancement awarded to eligible students majoring in approved mathematics, health and science related programs (awards begin during sophomore year based on the date of initial college enrollment)
WHO CAN APPLY: Only 4-year students (2-year students are not eligible).
TOTAL AWARD: $2,500 plus the base scholarship award (LIFE: $2,500 + $5,000 = $7,500; PFS: $2,500 + $7,500 = $10,000)
You must be the recipient of the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
You must earn at least 14 credit hours of instruction in approved math or life and physical sciences or a combination of both by the end of your first year of college enrollment.
You must declare an approved major in science or math.
For more information about the LIFE & Palmetto Scholarship Enhancements and eligible institutions, go to che.sc.gov
SC HOPE Scholarship
a 1-year merit-based scholarship for first-time entering freshman
WHO CAN APPLY: Full-time students attending an eligible 4-year institution who do not qualify for the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
TOTAL AWARD: Up to $2,800 toward tuition (including a $300 book allowance) for 2 consecutive semesters
You must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPR (grade point ratio) upon high school graduation.
HOW TO APPLY: No application is required. Colleges and universities will determine eligibility based upon the final high school transcript and will notify students if they are eligible to receive the scholarship.
For more information about the SC HOPE Scholarship Enhancements and eligible institutions, go to che.sc.gov
Lottery Tuition Assistance
a grant for South Carolina residents attending an eligible South Carolina 2-year public or private institution
WHO CAN APPLY: Part-time and full-time students attending an eligible South Carolina 2-year institution
TOTAL AWARD: Award amounts are dependent upon the number of students eligible and the amount of funding available each academic year. The total award can be up to the cost-of-tuition.
You must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student in a minimum of six credit hours each term.
You must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a certificate, diploma or associate's degree.
After attempting 24 credit hours, you must earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale for graduation purposes by the end of each academic year.
You cannot be a HOPE, LIFE or Palmetto Fellows scholarship recipient.
HOW TO APPLY: Complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year, or complete a FAFSA Waiver (only available to some students).
For more information about the Lottery Tuition Assistance and eligible institutions go to che.sc.gov
SC Need-Based Grant
a grant that provides assistance to South Carolina's most financially disadvantaged students
WHO CAN APPLY: Part-time and full-time students attending an eligible South Carolina public two- or four-year institution (There is also a need-based state grant program for private schools.)
TOTAL AWARD: Up to $2,500 per year if enrolled full-time, or up to $1,250 per year if enrolled part-time. Foster care youth may receive the maximum award in addition to need-based grant funds specifically for foster care youth. Youth must self-identify by May 1st.
You must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student.
Need is based on Title IV of Federal Student Aid guidelines, a student's unmet need and when the student completed FAFSA.
For continued eligibility, you must earn a 2.0 GPA and if awarded the grant:
• as a part-time student for one term, earn 6 credit hours by the end of the
• as a part-time student for two terms, earn 12 credit hours by the end of the
• as a part-time student for one term and full-time student for one term, earn 18
credit hours by the end of the academic year;
• as a full-time student for one academic year, earn 12 credit hours by
the end of the academic year;
• as a full-time student for two terms, earn 24 credit hours by the end of the
HOW TO APPLY: Complete and file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year.
For more information about the SC Need-based Grant and eligible institutions go to che.sc.gov
Access and Equity Undergraduate Scholars Program
a program designed to serve “historically underrepresented” South Carolina resident students who have proven their ability to do college-level work
WHO CAN APPLY: Public university, full-time students have priority, while remaining funds may be awarded to part-time learners.
Full-time: Up to $2,000 for each academic year.
Part-time: Probated based on the number of credit hours for which the student is enrolled.
You must have a high school GPA of at least 3.0, 2.5 for technical colleges and you must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
For more information, go to che.sc.gov
Archibald Rutledge Scholarship
a fine arts scholarship that offers twelfth-grade students enrolled in a public school the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in drama, creative writing, music, or visual arts
TOTAL AWARD: One-time scholarship of approximately $4,000.
You must currently be enrolled in twelfth grade in a public school in South Carolina.
You must plan to attend a South Carolina college or university.
You must be a United States citizen and have attended public school in South Carolina for the past two years.
HOW TO APPLY: Eligible and interested students can apply through their guidance department. Each school has a designated Archibald Rutledge school scholarship coordinator. Applications are located at http://ed.sc.gov/topics/scholarships.
a merit-based/need-based scholarship
WHO CAN APPLY: Employees or a dependent of an employee of Dayco Products, Inc., in South Carolina.
TOTAL AWARD: Varies per available funds.
Your need status must be established under Title IV regulations.
You must earn a cumulative 3.25 GPA upon high school graduation.
You must rank in the top 20% of your high school graduating class.
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must complete a Dayco Scholarship Application found at http://www.che.sc.gov/StudentServices/Dayco_Scholarship_Application.pdf; applicants must also complete a FAFSA, a FAFSA Release Form and submit official transcripts to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Eduaction.
Go to che.sc.gov/StudentServices/Dayco for application and more information.
Richland/Lexington SCSEA Scholarship
WHO CAN APPLY: A member or family members of the South Carolina State Employees Association, with priority for consideration given to Richland-Lexington Chapter members, spouses and/or children of Chapter members.
For more information, call the SCSEA office at (803) 765-0680 or go to scsea.com/scholarships
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
a scholarship program named for United States Senator Robert C. Byrd from West Virginia, providing scholarships for study at institutions of higher education to outstanding high school graduates
WHO CAN APPLY: High school students.
TOTAL AWARD: 96 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 per year for up to four years of undergraduate studies at in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities are awarded yearly.
You must currently be enrolled in the twelfth grade (senior class) in a public, private, or home school in South Carolina.
You must have a minimum of 1300 on the SAT (combined verbal and math score only) or a minimum of 29 on the ACT.
You must have a minimum of a 3.5 GPR.
Applicants compete within six regions statewide based on the location of their schools or school districts. The top scoring applicants in each region (approximately 16) are named Byrd Scholars.
South Carolina National Guard College Assistance Program
a college assistance program created with the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the SC National Guard
WHO CAN APPLY: Active or enlisting South Carolina National Army and Air National Guards (SCNG).
TOTAL AWARD: Up to the cost of attendance each year.
For more information, please go to che.sc.gov
South Carolina National Guard Student Loan Repayment Program
a loan repayment program for enlisting or remaining a minimum of six years in either the South Carolina Army or Air National Guard (SCNG) in areas of critical need
For more information please contact:
Mr. Michael Brown
South Carolina Press Association Foundation Newspaper Scholarship
a scholarship encouraging talented young people to enter the newspaper business
TOTAL AWARD: $1,000 awarded each year to three junior undergraduates attending a South Carolina college.
For more information, go to scpress.org
South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program
a program providing fellowships to up to 200 high school seniors
WHO CAN APPLY: Seniors with high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community and a desire to teach South Carolina’s children.
For more information, go to cerra.org/teachingFellows
South Carolina Teacher Loan Program
established by South Carolina to help talented and qualified students become teachers
WHO CAN APPLY:
For more information, go to scstudentloan.org/students
South Carolina Tuition Grants Program
a need-based grant for undergraduate students attending eligible independent non-profit in-state colleges
WHO CAN APPLY: Students attending private institutions. (There is also a need-based state grant program for public schools.)
TOTAL AWARD: Determined by a combination of family resources, the cost of attendance of the independent college selected, and the final funding of the Tuition Grants Program by the state legislature.
You must be a college freshman that graduated in the upper 75% of your high school class OR score at least a 900 on the SAT or a 19 on the ACT OR graduate from a South Carolina high school with a final GPA of at least 2.0.
Full-time students must complete at least 24 credit hours and meet their college’s federal Satisfactory Academic Progress.
For more information and a list of participating schools, go to SC Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission at sctuitiongrants.com, or call (803) 896-1120.