Non-University Scholarships

USC Upstate students who are awarded scholarships or stipends are required to be in good academic standing. These students must also be free of any current discipline code violation and may not be on disciplinary probation.

Note: Scholarship information is accurate at the time of publication. Availability of funds and other factors may change.

For further information about scholarships and other financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 864-503-5340. 

  • AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students 

    This scholarship program, through the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. These awards are funded by the AICPA Foundation from monies contributed by the AICPA, its members, public accounting firms, and others. The program has been in existence for more than 20 years and has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships.

    Scholarships are awarded each July for the following academic year. Learn more

    American Dream Scholarship Established in partnership with the United Negro College Fund, the American Dream Scholarship Program is open to African-Americans with financial need. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, with a minimum 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), who meet Pell Grant eligibility criteria, and are enrolled full-time at approved, accredited, undergraduate institutions. *Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000.  Learn more.
    Bank of America Abilities Scholarship Program This program awards scholarships to students with disabilities (including learning disabilities) who have a career interest in finance, business, or computer science, a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and who reside in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, or Washington. For more information, write to Bank of America Abilities Scholarship Program, P O Box 1465, Taylors SC, 29687 or call 1-864-268-3363. 
    BPW Foundation Scholarships for Women in Need BPW scholarships help women advance their careers through education. The BPW Foundation is accepting applications for Career Advancement Scholarships. These scholarships are open to women seeking education necessary for entry or re-entry into the workforce or advancement within it.  Career Advancement Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, academic merit, volunteer work, and previous academic and work history. Scholarship recipients must be 25 years of age or older and have been accepted at an accredited educational institution. Learn more.
    First in My Family Scholarship The First in My Family Scholarship Program, developed in partnership with the Hispanic College Fund, offers scholarships to Hispanic students who are the first in their family to attend college. Open to Hispanic-Americans enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at approved accredited institutions.  Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000. 
    Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements for women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago. Visit Talbot's Web site for more information. 
    The Byrnes Scholarships Scholarship recipients are named by the directors of The James F. Byrnes foundation after preliminary screening to determine semifinalists and personal interviews with those semifinalists. Scholarships are for four years (or less for students already in college) and are contingent upon the recipient's maintenance of adequate academic standing, personal involvement in the program for Byrnes Scholars and continuing need for financial assistance.  All applicants must have lost one or both parents by death, have financial need, and plan to purse a bachelor's degree. Visit the Byrnes Scholarships Web site for more information. 
    The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship This premier scholarship opportunity is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future. There is no GPA or major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply. Recipients who attend a four-year or graduate-level academic institution will be awarded a $2,500 and a $1,000 scholarship award will be given to those who attend a two-year community college. Visit the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Web site for more details.
    The Department of Homeland Security Scholarship and Fellowship Program The Department of Homeland Security Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. This education program is intended to ensure a diverse and highly talented science and technology community to achieve the DHS mission and objectives.  Areas of study that are eligible include: physical, mathematical, computer and information, life, and social sciences, psychology, selected humanities, and engineering. Learn more about this scholarship
    The Gates Millennium Scholarship The Gates Millennium Scholarship was established to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education, in all discipline areas and a graduate education for those student pursuing studies in mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science.
    The J.E. Sirrine Scholarship Program J.E. Sirrine Scholarships, available to high school graduates in The School District of Greenville County (South Carolina) since 1973, were made possible through a bequest of the late Joseph Emory Sirrine. A textile engineer and architect, Mr. Sirrine died on August 7, 1947. His will established a trust fund for his brother and his niece, with the provision that if both of them died childless, his will would become operative.

    For applications and additional information, contact The J.E. Sirrine Scholarship Program: The School District of Greenville County Box 2848 Greenville, SC 29602 or phone 864.241.3218 or 3219. 

    The McManus Scholarship

    There are approximately 750 South Carolinians awaiting vital organ or tissue transplants and every 11minutes a name is added to the national waiting list. The mission of Donate Life South Carolina is to promote and increase awareness for organ and tissue donation in our state and provide emergency assistance to transplant recipients living here.

    This scholarship is open to legal South Carolina residents that have been accepted into an accredited two-year or four-year university/college, vocational, or technical school.

    Applicants must also either be a living donor, a transplant recipient, the child or spouse of a donor or recipient, or an active volunteer with Donate Life South Carolina.

    For information on applying, please visit www.donatelifesc.org.

    The Sallie Mae 911 Education Fund The Sallie Mae 911 Fund was created in response to the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. The scholarship program is open to children of those who were killed or permanently disabled as a result of the terrorist attacks and who are enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at approved accredited institutions. Scholarship awards are available up to $2,500 per applicant per school year and may be renewed on an annual academic basis subject to satisfactory academic progress. 
    The Sallie Mae Fund Unmet Need Scholarship Open to families with a combined income of $30,000 or less, this program is intended to supplement financial aid packages that fall $1,000 short of students' financial needs. This scholarship is open to US citizens who are accepted or enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at approved accredited institutions. The applicant must have a cumulative grade point average between 2.5 and 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).  Scholarships range from $1,000 to 3,800. Visit the Sallie Mae Fund for more information. 
    Tylenol Tylenol is giving away $250,000 in scholarships to students pursuing careers in healthcare. Learn more about this scholarship
    USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships offer financial support to students with economic need. USA Funds will award up to $3 million in new scholarships under this program. Up to 50 percent of the awards are targeted to members of ethnic-minority groups or individuals with physical disabilities. 
    Watson Brown Foundation The primary mission of the Watson-Brown Foundation is to provide college scholarships to area students based on merit and need. This internal scholarship program is entirely managed by the staff of the Foundation. Scholarship awards are decided by the Board of Trustees during its regular second quarter meeting. The Foundation awards individual annual scholarships of $3,000 and $5,000. Over 700 students receive Watson-Brown scholarship assistance.  Find out more.
    National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Scholarship Program Each year at its national convention in July, the NFB gives a broad array of thirty scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars.
    ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering College Scholarships ASCO Numatics will award two, $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines. Additionally, ASCO Numatics will make $1,000 grants to the engineering departments of the colleges in which the winners are enrolled. The scholarships are merit-based and will be awarded on the candidate‚Äôs potential for leadership and for making a significant contribution to the engineering, instrumentation, systems, and automation professions, particularly as they relate to the application of fluid control and fluid power technologies.  Scholarship recipients may be eligible for an ASCO Numatics internship.


    Additional Non-University Scholarships 

    Links to non-institutional scholarships for international students:

    http://www.rotary.org
    http://www.iie.org
    http://www.iefa.org
    http://www.internationalstudent.com
    http://www.internationalscholarships.com

    General Resource links for Non-Institutional Scholarships:

    http://www.fastweb.com
    http://www.collegenet.com
    http://www.college-scholarships.com
    http://www.theoldschool.org
    http://www.scholarships.com
    http://www.wiredscholar.com
    http://www.csfa.org
    http://www.collegequest.com

  • Submitting Non-University Scholarship Funds

    All scholarship checks and authorizations should be mailed to the address listed below. If you need to contact someone by telephone, you can reach us at 864-503-5326.

    Office of Student Account Services
    USC Upstate
    800 University Way
    Spartanburg, SC 29303

    Once the check is received, it will be recorded and made available for you to use towards your fees. Please keep in mind that any checks will be made available as soon as possible; however, checks may not be available immediately. You may check Self Service Carolina for the most up-to-date information.

    Checks Made Payable to USC Upstate
    Scholarship checks that are made payable to USC Upstate should be sent to the above address. Make sure that you include your name, VIP ID and any award notification correspondence with the check. We need to know any disbursement instructions and often need the donor's name and address.

    Checks Made Payable to You and USC Upstate
    Scholarship checks that are made payable to you and USC Upstate must first be endorsed by you and then mailed to the above address. Failure to endorse the check prior to mailing can cause delays in its availability. Make sure that you also include your VIP ID and any award notification correspondence with the check. We need to know any disbursement instructions and often need the donor's name and address.

    Written Authorizations to Bill or Invoice
    If the donor has given you a form that authorizes a scholarship, the form must be sent to the above address. Make sure that you include your name, VIP ID and any award notification correspondence with the authorization. We need to know any disbursement instructions and often need the donor's name and address.

    Receipt Dates and Fee Payment
    If the Office of Student Account Services receives your scholarship check, the credit will appear on your University bill. You can visit Self Service Carolina to commit your award towards your University charges. In cases where your available financial aid exceeds your charges, you may elect to have your financial aid overage direct deposited into your bank account or mailed to you. To avoid class schedule cancellation, you must pay your fees prior to the semester fee payment deadline. Details regarding fee payment and direct deposit may be obtained by calling the Office of Student Account Services at 
    864-503-5326.

  • State Scholarships

    Many scholarships and stipends may be combined with other sources of financial assistance for which a student is eligible. However, a student may not receive more than one full-tuition University scholarship. Students who want to be considered for scholarships must be unconditionally accepted for admission prior to deadlines. USC Upstate students who are awarded scholarships or stipends are required to be in good academic standing. These students must also be free of any current discipline code violation and may not be on disciplinary probation.

    Note: Scholarship information is accurate at the time of publication. Availability of funds and other factors may change.

    For further information about scholarships and other financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (864) 503-5340.

    Palmetto Fellows Scholarships*
    Palmetto Fellows Scholarships are awarded to South Carolina high-school students with exemplary academic credentials. The competition for these awards begins when students take the PSAT in their junior year of high school. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education selects Palmetto Fellows based on criteria which include class rank, extracurricular activities, leadership ability, and school recommendations. Incoming Freshmen may receive up to a $6,700 per year scholarship from the state as long as their total gift aid package, including scholarships, does not exceed the resident, on-campus cost of attendance figure (returning student may receive $7,500 - $10,000 depending on other criteria). Palmetto Fellows Scholarships are renewable for four years of undergraduate study if the student meets continued eligibility criteria established by the Commission on Higher Education.

    South Carolina Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship*
    The South Carolina Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence Scholarship (LIFE) was established by the General Assembly during the 1998 legislative session. To be eligible for a LIFE Scholarship, you must be a full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking student. You must be a South Carolina resident for in-state tuition purposes at the time of enrollment and have no felony, alcohol or drug convictions. If; however, you have been judged delinquent or have been convicted or pled guilty or no contest to an alcohol or drug misdemeanor, you are ineligible for one calendar year from the date of the conviction. You must also be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident under state laws. You may not be in default or owe a refund on any federal or state financial aid program.

    If you are a first-time entering freshman, you must meet two of the following three criteria: 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale; score at least 1100 on the SAT or an equivalent ACT score of 24; and/or rank in the top 30% of your graduating class.

    The value of the LIFE Scholarship is $5,000 (returning students may receive up to $7,500 depending on other criteria).

    For initial LIFE Scholarship eligibility, if a currently enrolled student, you must have earned a cumulative 3.00 GPA at the end of the academic year. You must also have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours, or the annual equivalent at all institutions attended, for the previous academic year if completing your first year; 60 credit hours must have been earned if completing your second year; and, 90 credit hours must have been earned if completing your third year.

    You may receive the LIFE scholarship for no more than eight semesters for a four-year degree or 10 semesters for a five-year degree. Funds from this program may not be used for remedial courses or continuing education classes (such as Math 099). If you are receiving South Carolina's Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, you are not eligible for a LIFE Scholarship.

    To retain the LIFE Scholarship you must earn an average of 30 credit hours (not including Math 099) for each academic year and earn a 3.00 cumulative GPA by the end of the academic year. The financial aid office, using data from the admissions and records offices, is responsible for awarding LIFE Scholarships.

    Please note that the LIFE Scholarship statutes and regulations are subject to change by the South Carolina Legislature.

    South Carolina HOPE Scholarship*
    The South Carolina HOPE Scholarship is a non-renewable award designed for entering freshmen that are not eligible for the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows and have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Students must meet state residency requirements upon high school graduation.

    Additionally, students must sign an affidavit certifying that they have not been adjudicated delinquent, convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felonies or to any alcohol or drug related offenses.

    The HOPE Scholarship is valued at $2,800 per year.

    Enhanced LIFE Scholarship, Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and Hope Scholarship
    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.The maximum award for the Hope Scholarship also has been increased. These changes are effective beginning in the fall of 2007. more
     
    *DISCLAIMER: Changes could occur at any time for these programs. You may access the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) Website or call them at (803) 737-2260 for the latest information available. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds to be appropriated by the South Carolina Legislature.