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On June 29, 2007, the South Carolina General Assembly passed legislation that enhances the value of LIFE and Palmetto Fellows awards for students majoring in math and science disciplines. Also, the maximum award for the Hope Scholarship has been increased. These changes are effective beginning in the fall of 2007. Note the text in red for the most recent changes.
On May 22, 2008, H.4408 became law. As of this date, the “minimum 6 hours of math and 6 hours of science to include one lab” has been rescinded. As a result, to gain eligibility for the enhanced award, the appropriate recipient must have earned a minimum of 14 hours of science and/or math prior to their sophomore year. AP/IB credits and dual enrollment courses (college credit courses taken while still in high school) can satisfy the 14 hour rule.
Basic eligibility requirements for the enhanced awards are:
Palmetto Fellows – in addition to the base Palmetto Fellows:
LIFE Scholarship – in addition to the base LIFE Scholarship:
USC Upstate Eligible majors and codes as of July 2015:
The major must be declared and showing in the USC Upstate system prior to the last day of drop/add for the fall semester for the award to be in place. Any majors changed/declared AFTER this date will not be eligible for the enhanced award for the full academic year.
**Click here for a list of courses that meet the 14 hour rule for math and/or science.**
You may access www.che.sc.gov for more information.
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