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.
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
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 toward 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.
Abbot & Fenner Scholarship
Abbot & Fenner offers scholarships to high school junior and seniors, as well as currently enrolled students. Student must write an essay on the given topic. Visit www.abbottandfenner.com for more information.
African American Leadership Greenville (AALG) Scholarship
Since its inception, AALG’s focus has been high school graduation. We are pleased to now be able to further our work and assist students with the next vital step through our AALG scholarships. The AALG Scholarship is returning to award eight local students with $5,000 scholarships for the 2022–2023 academic year. Visit www.unitedwaygc.org/aalg-scholarship/ to learn more.
Agent Media Internet Marketing Scholarship
Agent offers a scholarship geared toward students majoring in Communications, Marketing, Information Technology. Students are required to compose an essay in regards to marketing trends. Visit www.agent.media/scholarship for more information.
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
Morris Bart, LLC Scholarships
We are very proud to announce the annual Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship and Community Service Scholarship worth $2,500 each. These opportunities are intended to help teenagers succeed in their academic and professional pursuits. A more detailed presentation of both scholarships may be accessed on our website here. The application deadline is June 15, 2021.
Big South's Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship
For the 12th consecutive year, Big South Corporate Partner Sunbelt Rentals is offering two $4,000 scholarships to Big South students entering their final semester as an undergraduate. Applications for the scholarship are now being accepted via www.BigSouthSports.com, and deadline for applications is Friday, January 15, 2021.
The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Visit www.bigsunathletics.com to learn about requirements and how to apply.
Bold.org Impact Scholarship
The Impact Scholarship for Black Students is part of a series of 20 grants for Black students that are newly available on Bold.org. Black students across any field of study or education level are eligible to apply to this award. Find more information about the award here: www.bold.org/scholarships/impact-scholarship-for-black-students/.
Bold.org Jameela Jamil x I Weigh Scholarship
As part of our mission to amplify new voices, we’re so excited to launch a new scholarship in partnership with actress, TV host, and activist Jameela Jamil! At least three students will be awarded $5,000 each for their education and all fields of study and GPAs will be considered. You can find more information about the award here: www.bold.org/scholarships/i-weigh-scholarship/
Bold.org Origins Scholarship
In an effort to honor the unifying spirit of music, Bold.org and the Imagine Dragons Origins Scholarship is designed to amplify the voices of immigrants, refugees, and first-generation students toward their educational dreams. Four winners will be selected, each receiving $2,500 in scholarship aid toward their studies. All fields of study and GPAs will be considered. You can find more information about the award here: www.bold.org/scholarships/imagine-dragons-scholarship/
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
Taking into consideration the current health crisis and the increasing financial insecurity, we at BroadwayPass have decided to lend a helping hand to all young musical theater fans. We have decided to provide a $1,000 scholarship award. If you would like to apply, please submit your essays for the Fall semester award no later than September 1st, and for the Spring semester award no later than December 1st. More information, eligibility and how to apply can be found here: www.broadwaypass.com/scholarship
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 Website for more information.
Captain James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship
This is an annual scholarship given to a student who served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and is now a full time student. The award is for $1000. For more information visit CPT James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship.
Carindigo Car Review Scholarship
The Carindigo Car Review Scholarship offers a $1,000 grant for Hispanic and Latin community students studying in the United States. More information: $1,000 Car Review/Essay Scholarship for Hispanic & Latin Students
Chairish is offering a scholarship designed to support students from diverse backgrounds and students who are majoring in design-related fields such as architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and engineering fields. Each year, we will award up to $5,000 in college scholarships to two deserving students. Click here for more information.
Charles Ullman Essay Scholarship Contest
Charles R. Ullman & Associates is now offering three (3) scholarships in our Scholarship Essay Contest to deserving high school, undergraduate and graduate college students who author winning essays on the family law topic. More information such as eligibility requirements and general rules can be found here: www.charlesullman.com/scholarship-essay-contest.
Community Leadership Scholarship
Ben Crump Law PLLC proudly invites college-bound students who are in financial need to apply to our Community Leadership Scholarship. This is awarded twice a year to a student with a 3.5 GPA, who also has a firm grasp of the value of community leadership, and the potential to leave their mark in their communities. The application deadline is July 15, 2021.
Course Hero Scholarship
Course Hero offers scholarships for various amounts for all majors. Visit www.coursehero.com/scholarships for more information.
Diamocycle is pleased to offer a $500 scholarship in support of future entrepreneurs! Students can apply here through 6/30/2021: www.diamocycle.com/scholarship
Discover Student Loans Free Scholarship Search
With the Discover Student Loans Free scholarship search tool, students can easily search 3 million scholarships worth over $18 billion. There's no registration required and students can customize their search to find unique scholarships suited to their needs. Click here for more information.
Early Educators Scholarship
Early Educators Scholarship is offering a $500 annual scholarship opportunity to any recently accepted or currently enrolled student in a qualifying program in early childhood education. Qualifying programs include early childhood education certificates/diplomas, associates degrees, bachelors degrees, and masters degrees. The submission deadline is December 1st each year. For more details on selection criteria, due date and official rules please visit www.earlychildhoodteacher.org/scholarship.
EDCO Awards Scholarship
The EDCO Awards Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship open to any student enrolled/accepted into a US college or university (including high school seniors, undergraduates or graduates) in the hopes of offering them financial relief needed to continue their educational journey. Visit us at www.edco.com/scholarship for more information.
Visit EduBirdie online at https://edubirdie.com/blog/african-american-scholarship for a list of scholarships and grants for African American students.
Visit EduMed online at https://www.edumed.org/financial-aid/african-american-student-scholarships-resources/ for a list of scholarships and grants for African American students.
Ehline Law Firm Verteran's College Scholarship
The Ehline Law Firm Veteran's College Scholarship is giving away an annual scholarship styled 1st For US Military Veterans $1,000 Dollar Essay Scholarship. Full details of the scholarship may be found here.
Elevate Black Entrepreneurs Scholarship
As part of our mission to promote a more diverse and equal world, Life Reimagined Ventures is awarding a $1,000 semi-annual scholarship to Black undergraduate students in any field of study who plan to be entrepreneurs. For more information, visit us at https://calvinrosser.com/scholarships/black-entrepreneurs/.
The Empaxis Scholarship
The Empaxis Scholarship for Women in Business is awarded annually and it is available to women currently attending or planning to attend college. Students can apply at https://www.empaxis.com/scholarship/
Extra Space Storage Scholarship
Extra Space Storage is offering eight (8) $3,000 scholarships to incoming and current undergraduate and graduate students for the fall 2022 semester. You can learn more about the scholarship, including application requirement and timeline, here: https://www.extraspace.com/self-storage/scholarship/.
The Financial Literacy Scholarship
This scholarship awards $2,500 twice per year to a student that is passionate about learning and achieving financial health. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and enrolled at an accredited 2-year, 4-year, or technical/vocational college or university in the United States. This scholarship is open to college undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students from all majors. Deadlines to apply are October 30th and April 30th every year. Visit https://www.creditsesame.com/scholarship/ for more detailed information.
Flatirons Plumbing Scholarship
Flatirons plumbing offers scholarships to students enrolled in an enviromental science major or related course of study. Visit www.flatironsplumbing.com.
Florin | Roebig Scholarship
Florin | Roebig knows how valuable higher education can be, not only in shaping society but in helping young people reach their long-term academic and professional goals. For this reason, we’re proud to announce a scholarship contest awarding $1,500: https://florinroebig.com/scholarship/
Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest
The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest requires students to raise awareness about different legal issues. Applicants must create a public service advertisement video (PSA) about how to share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists. The winner receives $500 to put towards higher education. Visit https://www.andrewflusche.com/scholarship/ for more information.
Friends of Lake Robinson (FOLR) Scholarship
The Friends of Lake Robinson Scholarship awards a $1,000 scholarship to a promising student with an interest in environmentally related education and degrees. To learn more about this scholarship and requirements, visit http://www.lakerobinson.org/index.php.
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.
Gilman & Gilman-McCain Scholarships
With the Gilman Scholarship, receive up to $5,000 (or up to $8,000 if you’re studying a Critical Need Language) to go abroad on an in-person or virtual program as a college student if you’re a U.S. citizen and Federal Pell Grant recipient. The Gilman-McCain Scholarship application is also open! Receive $5,000 if you're a child dependent of an active duty military member and receive any type of Title IV Federal Financial Aid to go abroad on an in-person or virtual program. For more information, visit gilmanscholarship.org.
Harris & Graves Scholarship
Harris & Graves are excited to announce our annual $1,000 scholarship, which is available to college students in North or South Carolina who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in a 2-year college or 4- year university with a GPA of at least 3.0. For additional information, click here.
Hispanic College Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic College Fund is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis and range from $500 to $5,000.
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.
Huggable Supermom Scholarship
Huggable Supermom Scholarship is a student scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students who have been impacted by a single mom or who are a single mom themselves. More information about this scholarship can be found here.
Here you can find detailed information about our scholarship opportunity: https://infotracer.com/scholarships/.
Inspection Support Network Scholarship
To help keep up with demand and assist the next generation of professionals, Inspection Support Network (ISN) will award a $2,000 scholarship four times a year to eligible students. You can find all the necessary information related to the scholarship at ISN Scholarship.
The J.E. Sirrine Scholarship ProgramThe 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 phoneor 3219.
Justice Hero Scholarship
Here at Course Hero we want to provide financial assistance to students pursuing a degree related to law. We understand there are many costs associated with higher education. We want to help alleviate some of that financial burden by offering the Justice Hero Scholarship.
LA Tutors Scholarship
LA Tutors awards students who showcase their creativity and make positive impacts with a $500 Innovation in Education scholarship. On an ongoing monthly basis, this scholarship is open to all currently enrolled high school and college students who showcase their creativity while helping those around them. The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. For more information, visit our online application portal at https://www.latutors123.com/scholarships/innovation-in-education/
Leon Bradley Scholarship
The Leon Bradley Scholarship has been established for miniority students to pursue careers in education and educational leadership roles. Scholarships range from $1500 to $2500. See our website for the application link and details: https://www.aaspa.org/leon-bradley-scholarship.
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.
McKinney, Tucker, & Lemel LLC Annual Scholarship
The Mckinney, Tucker, & Lemel Law firm offers 2 annual scholarships for students. Students typically must write an essay and create a video on the given topic. Visit www.mtllawfirm.com for more information.
MDSW Legal Scholarship
Miller, Dawson, Sigal, & Ward Injury Attorneys’ annual $3,000 scholarship is available to college students in South Carolina who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in a 2-year college or 4- year university with a GPA of at least 3.0. The deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2021. Visit www.mdswlegal.com/the-thumbs-up-guys-scholarship/ to apply.
Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy Scholarship
Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy is proud to offer a scholarship program for students in the process of pursuing a college degree. The awarded student will receive $500 to be used towards expenses for his or her degree. This scholarship will be open until December 1st, 2020. For more information, visit www.metrophysicaltherapy.com/scholarship or contact us at email@example.com.
The MyVision Scholarships, requires students to write an esssay (500 to 700 words) on how they can bring their vision of community and education involvment to life or reality. Visit www.lasikplus.com for more information.
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.
Outdoor Stack Scholarship
To encourage students and families throughout America to spend more time outdoors, we have created the Outdoor Stack’s Annual Financial Aid Program for students enrolled in Full-Time, Part-Time, or Online education courses. One passionate individual will receive a $1500 award, for applying and expressing their interest in the subject.
Phillip M. Fields Scholarship Award
The South Carolina Acquatic Plant Management Society offers, The Phillip M. Fields Scholarship. Students need to have completed courses in biology, ecology or management of aquatic plants. Students must complete the application found on the organization's website. Visit www.scapms.org for more information.
Preply Disability Scholarship
The Preply Scholarship for Students with Cognitive Disabilities is open to high school students in their final year, college or university students, and graduate students enrolled at an accredited institution. Full details of the scholarship can be found at https://preply.com/en/scholarships/cognitive-disabilities-scholarship
Reason One Mentorship and Scholarship program
The Reason One Mentorship & Scholarship Program is designed to empower people in marginalized groups in both Canada and the US who are seeking a career in tech. If you would like to apply or have questions, visit reasononeinc.com/romsp or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RushOrderTees Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship
RushOrderTees believes there is an entrepreneurial spirit inside everyone. That's why we're sponsoring a $5,000 award through the RushOrderTees Young Entrepreneurs Scholarship. The scholarship is available to undergraduate students and high school seniors planning to attend college the following year. We're looking for entrepreneurs, builders, and creators. You'll be asked to submit a short essay on why you're interested in entrepreneurship and how you believe you can contribute to our society through your entrepreneurial vision. The application deadline is May 1, 2021. For more information, please visit https://www.rushordertees.com/scholarship/.
Sallie Mae Scholarship Search
Sallie Mae Scholarship Search: Consider this an easy way to find free money for college. Students get matched with scholarships based on their interests, skills, and activities. With over $24 billion of free money.
Sallie Mae Graduate School Scholarship Search is the go-to source for $1 billion in free money. Graduate and professional students can quickly and easily search more than 950,000 scholarships. SallieMae.com/GradScholarships
Eula Sherman Scholarship assists a non-traditional student who is a Spartanburg County resident and is enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education. Several scholarships will be awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year. The deadline for applications is August 1, 2022. Please email email@example.com for additional information.
South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society Scholarship
The South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society is seeking applications for its annual Phillip M. Fields Scholarship Award. The Society intends to award a $5,000 scholarship to a successful applicant. Application forms and additional information are available at www.scapms.org/scholarship.html
Are you interested in working with the latest groundbreaking technologies? If that sounds like you, and you are pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math, then the STEM scholarship is for you. Click here for more information.
STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service)
STEPS aims to build content that promotes equal opportunity education. Discover 40 scholarship opportunities and additional student support that can help make your college and career dreams a reality. Visit us online at https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/financial-aid/minority-students-scholarships-resources/ for more information.
Stokes Stemle, LLC Scholarship Contest
Stokes Stemle, LLC is sponsoring a video scholarship contest to help students with college and law school expenses, while bringing attention to the serious issue of driving while intoxicated. More information such as eligibility requirements and general rules can be found here https://stokesstemle.com/scholarship/.
The Dr. Summit Shah MD Scholarship
Dr. Summit Shah MD Scholarship was established to assist students with tuition costs. All incoming and current students are welcome to apply, regardless of major. Student must write an essay on the given topic. Visit www.summitshahscholarship.com for more information.
Study.com is a leading online education resource making learning accessible for over 30 million students and educators a month. We are also pleased to announce that Study.com’s 2021 STEM scholarships for women are currently open for applicants! Students can apply now through April 1, 2022 for the Women in Engineering Study.com Scholarship, Women in Science Study.com Scholarship and the Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship.
"Teacher Dream Job" Scholarship
Zippia's "Teacher Dream Job" scholarship is open to any student 18 years of age or older pursing a job as a teacher. Visit www.zippia.com/teacher-jobs/scholarship for more information.
Tylenol is giving away $250,000 in scholarships to students pursuing careers in health care. 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.
Vohra Wound Care Scholarship
The Vohra Wound Care scholarship is for nurses and nursing students. It consists of $1,000 cash and tuition for Vohra’s wound care certification program (a $650 value). For more information, click here.
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
Women In Defense Palmetto Chapter (WID PC) Scholarship
Women In Defense Palmetto Chapter (WID PC) offers at least two scholarships to female students pursuing an undergraduate degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) discipline. One scholarship is reserved for a Service Member/Veteran/ROTC enrollee. Application deadline is June 15, 2021. Visit https://widpalmettochapter.org/ for more info.
Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC National Scholarship
This is an annually recurring scholarship. To help aid an exceptional student's education, Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC is offering one student a $5,000 scholarship to help them pursue and achieve their educational goals. The deadline to apply is December 1st, 2021. For full details regarding eligibility, requirements, and submission, please visit our scholarship page https://www.pittsburghcriminalattorney.com/worgul-law-firm-scholarship/.
Worthy Women's Scholarship
The Worthy Women's scholarship, now in its fifth year, is intended for women who have decided to pursue their passions and make dreams of returning to school a reality so that they can open up more doors for themselves and others. Student must submit an essay on the given topic. Visit www.worthy.com/about/scholarship for more information.
Young Leader Scholarship
River Run Law is now accepting applications to reward a student $1,000 towards their college education with the "The Young Leader Scholarship". For more information and to apply, visit https://riverrunlaw.com/scholarship-contest/.
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.
*DISCLAIMER: Changes could occur at any time for these programs. You may access the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) Web site or call them at for the latest information available. Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds to be appropriated by the South Carolina Legislature.