South Carolina Scholarships

 

South Carolina Tuition Grant

South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission 

  • 800 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite 260A, Columbia, SC 29210-7317
  • Phone: 803-896-1120
  • FAX: 803-896-1126

The South Carolina Tuition Grant is a need-based state funded program available to eligible students enrolled full-time (12 hours per semester) at independent colleges and universities in S.C., who are charged the full-time tuition rate. Both students and parents must be residents of South Carolina for at least one year as of fall registration. Independent students or dependent students who are military personnel stationed in S.C., may be eligible. Students must complete the FAFSA by June 30 each year. There is a maximum of eight semesters of eligibility to receive this grant. Students must meet satisfactory academic progress and earn at least 24 credit hours each year for renewal. The amount of the grant changes each year due to state funding.

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S.C. HOPE Scholarship

 

S.C. Commission on Higher Education

  • Phone: 803-737-2260
  • Toll-free Phone: 877-349-7183

The S.C. Hope Scholarship Program was established under the S.C. Education Lottery Act in 2001. It is a one-year merit-based scholarship created for eligible first-time entering freshmen attending a four-year institution. Eligible full-time students may receive up to the following award amount:

Up to $2,800 toward the cost of attendance. This amount is based on the previous year’s funding and is determined each year by the S.C. General Assembly

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA on uniform Grading Scale upon high school graduation;
  • Must be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
  • Must not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or LIFE; and
  • Must meet all general eligibility criteria

There is no application required for the S.C. HOPE Scholarship, but additional documentation for residency will be required. CSU students should complete the FAFSA online and will be notified on their financial aid award letter if eligible for the scholarship.

Renewal Requirements:

  • The HOPE Scholarship is for the first year only
  • Students must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA and 30 credit hours (excluding Bridge Program classes) to receive the S.C. LIFE Scholarship for subsequent years.

For questions and answers regarding S.C. Hope scholarship, please visitS.C. Commission on Higher Education website.

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South Carolina LIFE Scholarship Program

S.C. Commission on Higher Education

  • Phone: 803-737-2260
  • Toll-Free Phone: 877-349-7183

The South Carolina General Assembly established the Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Program in 1998 to increase access to higher education, improve employability of South Carolina’s students, provide incentives for students to be better prepared for college and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. Eligible full-time students may receive awards as follows:

  • Up to $5,000 toward the cost-of-attendance
  • Limited to eight semesters from initial college enrollment

Initial eligibility:

  • Graduate from high school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale;
  • Be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and college enrollment;
  • Must not be a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or S.C. HOPE Scholarship; and
  • Meet all general eligibility criteria

Students must meet two of the following three criteria:

  1. Cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the Uniform Grading Scale;
  2. Rank in the top 30 percent of graduating class; or
  3. Score an 1100 SAT or 24 ACT

There is no application required for the S.C. LIFE Scholarship, but additional documentation for residency will be required. CSU students should complete the FAFSA online and will be notified on their financial aid award letter if eligible for the scholarship.

Renewal requirements:

  • Meet all general eligibility criteria
  • Earn cumulative 3.0 GPA by the end of each academic year (including all grades earned at eligible S.C. institutions excluding remedial, continuing ed, nondegree credit courses)
  • Earn an average of 30 nonremedial credit hours by the end of each academic year (including all hours earned at eligible S.C. institutions excluding Bridge courses, remedial, continuing education, nondegree credit courses)

For questions and answers regarding S.C. Life scholarships please visitS.C. Commission on Higher Education website.

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S.C. LIFE Enhancement

Math and science majors who receive the S.C. LIFE Scholarship may be eligible to receive the S.C. LIFE Enhancement for their second, third and fourth years of college. The S.C. LIFE Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. This amount is based on the previous years funding and is determined each year by the S.C. General Assembly. In order to qualify, students must receive the S.C. LIFE Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of eligible math and/or science courses (including lab) during their first year of college enrollment.

Eligible CSU Majors:

Eligible Math & Science Courses:

  • BIOL (Biology)
  • CHEM (Chemistry)
  • COIN (Computer and Information Sciences)
  • GEOL (Geology)
  • MATH (Mathematics)
  • NURS (Nursing)
  • PHYS (Physics)

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South Carolina Palmetto Fellows

S.C. Commission on Higher Education

  • Phone: 803-737-2260
  • Toll-free Phone: 877-349-7183

The South Carolina General Assembly established the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program in 1988 to retain academically talented high school graduates in the state through awards based on merit. Eligible full-time students may receive up to the following award amount: up to $6,700 for the first year, $7,500 for second, third and fourth years annually toward the cost of attendance at an eligible senior institution in South Carolina.

Initial Eligibility Requirements:

Application for early awards must be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship by the date established in December each academic year. Students must meet the following three academic criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the early awards:

  • Score at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on the ACT) 1 by the November national test administration, earn a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA2 on the SC Uniform Grading Policy (UGP) at the end of the junior year, and rank in the top six percent of the class at the end of either the sophomore or the junior year;
  • OR
  • Score at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT) by the November national test administration and earn a minimum 4.00 cumulative GPA on the SC UGP at the end of the junior year.
  • For Late Awards, the guidance counselor/school representative must submit the application and required documentation to the Commission on Higher Education for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship by June 15th.

Applications for final awards must be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship by the date established in June each academic year. Students must meet the following three academic criteria in order to be eligible to apply for the final awards:

  • Score at least 1200 on the SAT or 27 on the ACT. Test scores will be accepted through June of the senior year;
  • Earn a cumulative 3.50 GPA on the UGS at the end of the senior year;
  • Rank in the top 6% of the class at the end of the senior year

Students must not be a recipient of the S.C. LIFE Scholarship or S.C. HOPE Scholarship.

All applicants, including home schooled students, are required to provide class rank order to be eligible to apply. For home school students, class rank is available through either the home school association or through the high school within the student’s required attendance zone. For application information, please contact the high school guidance counselor if you meet the above criteria.

Renewal requirements:

  • Meet all general eligibility criteria
  • Earn cumulative 3.0 GPA at CSU by the end of each academic year (excluding remedial courses)
  • Earn 30 nonremedial credit hours by the end of each academic year (including all hours earned at eligible S.C. institutions during the year excluding remedial, continuing ed, nondegree credit courses)

For questions and answers regarding Palmetto Fellows scholarships please visitS.C. Commission on Higher Education website.

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Palmetto Fellows Enhancement

Math and science majors who receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship may be eligible to receive the Palmetto Fellows Enhancement for their second, third and fourth years of college. The Palmetto Fellows Enhancement may be awarded up to $2,500 per year. In order to qualify, students must receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, be in an eligible math or science major by the first day of classes for their second, third and fourth years, and have taken 14 hours of math and/or science courses (including lab) during their first year of college enrollment.

Eligible CSU Majors:

Eligible Math & Science Courses:

  • BIOL (Biology)
  • CHEM (Chemistry)
  • COIN (Computer and Information Sciences)
  • GEOL (Geology)
  • MATH (Mathematics)
  • NURS (Nursing)
  • PHYS (Physics)

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C.G. Fuller Foundation Scholarship

All scholarship applicants must be S.C. residents, incoming freshman and demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and leadership qualities. Applicants should have the equivalent of a B or better grade point average. Each applicant must also score at least 1100 (math/verbal) on their SAT and have family income under $60,000. Applications are available in the Financial Aid office and must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office no later than April 1, 2013, for the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year.

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Army Nurse Corps Association Nursing Scholarship

The scholarship applicant must be a Nursing student who plans to, has previously, or has an immediate family member who has served in the Active Army, Army National Guard or Army Reserve.  The applicant who receives funding from the GI bill is not precluded from receiving this scholarship.Applications and guidelines are available online.

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