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    Seniors:  Browse below and keep visiting for up-to-date scholarship information.  Don't forget to turn in copies of all scholarship and grant offers you receive to your School Counselor!

     

    MAROON and BLUE words are links

    Sept 2023 Senior Night Financial Aid presentation Powerpoint  Counselors Powerpoint  

     

    State Scholarships and Grants CHE website       CHE Powerpoint 

    • HOPE Scholarship - A one year, merit-based scholarship created for students attending a four-year institution who do not qualify for the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.  More information.
    • LIFE Scholarship - A merit-based scholarship.  More information.
    • Palmetto Fellows Scholarship - Eligible students may receive up to $6,700, per year for college. More information.  
    • Lottery Tuition Assistance - For the current academic year (fall, spring, and summer terms), eligible students may receive up to $110 per credit hour to be used toward the cost-of-tuition.More information.
    • SC Need-Based Grant - Need-based grant is to provide additional financial aid to South Carolina’s neediest students. A student may receive up to $2,500 annually if enrolled full-time or up to $1,250 annually if enrolled part-time as a degree-seeking student at an eligible S.C. public institution.  More information.  

    National Guard College Assistance - financial assistance to members of the South Carolina Army and Air National Guard by providing incentives for enlisting or remaining for a specified time in either the South Carolina Army or Air National Guard (SCNG).  More information here. SC National Guard

    SC Teaching Fellows Program - Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have additional professional development opportunities, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state. They receive up to $24,000 in fellowship funds (up to $6000 a year for four years) while they complete a degree leading to initial teacher certification here    DEADLINE: DECEMBER 1 

    Call Me Mister program - Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models- Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the State's lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among underserved, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. There are 8 Two Year colleges and 18 four year colleges participating in the program. Learn more here. Participating Colleges List

     

    **FAFSA IS OPEN**

    FAFSA Guide from Sallie Mae for the new 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid

     

    FAFSA Resources: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid Click here to find out more information and to complete the FAFSA to apply for federal financial aid. 

    Check out  “Federal Student Aid” youtube videos,  from filling out the FAFSA to comparing awards between colleges. For more information go to:. https://www.youtube.com/user/FederalStudentAid/videos

     

    SCCANGO provides resources to students, parents and counselors about college admissions to SC Colleges and Universities. Check out SCCANGO’s youtube videos about FAFSA and their FAFSA Toolkit

     

    The SC Commission on Higher Education, has developed a “Palmetto Calculator” to help students understand the cost of attending some of SC public colleges or universities. Students can enter their FAFSA “Estimated Family Contribution” as well as other scholarships, loans, etc. to help determine cost. Visit the Palmetto Calculator for more information. 

    Don’t see the college you want to attend on the “Palmetto Calculator”? Every college has a “net price calculator” so visit the financial aid page of your chosen colleges/universities website for more information.

     

    MyinTuition.org - Estimate your cost of of attendance at more than 70 top colleges

    Knowing the Rules of Financial Aid 

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    The SoFi video series recordings for parents of college bound students. (All of these videos can also be found on SoFi’s YouTube channel)

    • Evaluating College Acceptances and Appealing Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships
    • What Merit Scholarships are and How to Find Them
    • Financing your Student's Education
    • Financial Aid and Changes to FAFSA, Especially for Divorced Parents

    https://www2.sofiatwork.com/Collegeboundresourceguide

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    Check the high school lounge for printouts of a few of the applications

     
     
     
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    Meeting Street Scholarship Fund

    Are you Life Scholarship or Palmetto Fellows eligible AND qualify for a Federal Pell Grant AND planning to attend an eligible SC College/University? If so, you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 of additional funds EVERY YEAR*! That’s potentially an additional $40,000 for college. (* recipients must remain Life and Palmetto Fellow eligible each year in college)

    There is no limit on the number of Charleston County students who can earn the scholarship, but you must apply.  

    FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will have to be completed to determine if you are Pell Grant eligible. FAFSA will open December 2023. Completing the FAFSA will also determine if you qualify for other federal financial assistance to help cover college costs. https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

    Visit https://meetingstreetscholarshipfund.org/ for more scholarship information and to sign up for scholarship updates. 

    DEADLINES: Accepting applications January - May

    FSA ID 

    FAFSA Completion Guide

    1. Create an FSA ID. For most students, at least one parent will also need to create an FSA ID.


      1. Most students will need to invite at least one parent as a "contributor" to their FAFSA form. They will invite the same parent(s) who they asked to create an FSA ID.

      2. Within three days of submitting their FAFSA form, students can log back into their FAFSA form to view their FAFSA Submission Summary. They will submit the Eligibility Overview section as part of their Meeting Street Scholarship Fund application.

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    2024 Coastal Community Foundation Scholarships

    Coastal Community Foundation’s Scholarship Program is open annually to students who permanently reside in Charleston, Berkeley or Dorchester Counties. By submitting one application, students are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible – a full list of scholarship offerings are listed on the subsequent pages.
    Applications are available at coastalcommunityfoundation.org or accessed directly through this link.

    Deadline: March 22

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    LowCountry Alliance for Model Communities - LAMC Mitigation Scholarship 2024

    Average Award $2000

    Assistance with tuition, board, etc.

    Renewable (Must maintain required minimum GPA)

    Graduating high school seniors residing in Accabee, Chicora Cherokee, Unior Heights, Howard Heights, Windsor Place, Five Mile or Liberty Hill neighborhoods in North Charleston, SC. Admitted to or applied to a 2-yr, 4-yr, or technical college.

    Flyer

    Application 

    DEADLINE: March 22
     
     
     
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    Isle of Palms Songwriters Festival
    Songwriting Contest
    $1000 scholarship for college and a Recording Session for 1 song with Magus Studio Productions in Mount Pleasant.

    DEADLINE: March 27, 2024

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    Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant -Alan Hamilton Memorial Scholarship

    The Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant is a service organization that annually awards a scholarship to an outstanding student/citizen who resides in the East Cooper area (29464, 29466, 29429). The scholarship is limited to recent high school graduates and intended for undergraduate studies at accredited four-year colleges or universities.
    Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender or disability.

    Applicants and award recipients must be a graduating senior, a full-time resident of the East Cooper area, and a citizen of the United States. Applicants must also carry a total four-year GPA of at least 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale.

    Info

    Application

    DEADLINE: April 1

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    Government Finance Officers Association of SC (GFOASC)

    Awarding the Presidents High School Scholarship to any high school student who meets all the following criteria:

    The applicant must submit a completed application and a copy of their transcript to GFOASC via email in pdf format to scholarship@gfoasc.org or to the following mailing address:

    The amount of the scholarship is $1,250 and applications must be received on or before April 7th.  The link to the scholarship is: https://gfoasc.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Presidents-Scholarship_2024.pdf

    Deadline: April 7

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    Filipino Community Center Scholarship 2024

    Offering an academic scholarship worth $3500

    Awarded to students on Filipino descent who have been accepted to an accredited school. See the attached letter and application for more eligibility details. 

    Application (there are also copies available upstairs in the high school lounge area)

    DEADLINE: April 22, 2024

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    Twenty Pearls Foundation of Charleston Inc. Scholarships

    The Twenty Pearls Foundation of Charleston Scholarship applications are now available for high school seniors on the Twenty Pearls Foundation of Charleston, Inc. website:   https://www.twentypearlsfoundationofchas.com/scholarships  

    All applications are accessible through the website and must be completed electronically.  See the scholarship list linked below.

    Scholarship list 2024

    Deadlines:- April 29, 2024

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    Daniel Stern The Citadel Scholarship

    This $500 scholarship was established by Race for Achievement Inc. to acknowledge the efforts of Daniel Stern to our organization and is awarded to a Charleston area minority student accepted to The Citadel for the 2024-25 academic year.

    Application

    Deadline: May 3, 2024 11:59pm
     
    This scholarship could not be funded without the participants of our annual Doughnut Dash 5k #Race4Wanza. This event pays tribute to our late friend TyWanza Sanders by funding $20,500 worth of scholarships awarded to seniors in the Charleston, SC, area over the past 9 years. This year's event will take place Saturday April 13th with registration opening at 7:30am. It would be a great event for students, sports teams/clubs, and faculty to participate/volunteer in healthy competition while supporting the community; who doesn't like all you can eat freshly glazed Kripsy Kreme Doughnuts? Attached are three race flyers & links to the 2024 event registration and promo video. It would mean the world to us if you added this event to your respective calendars, social media platforms, and websites. 
     

    #Race4Wanza Registration: race4wanza2024.eventbrite.com

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    2024 Malik Werts SOA Scholarship
    The $500 scholarship established by Race for Achievement Inc. to honor the late Malik Samir Werts. Malik was a brother, best friend, son, cousin, entrepreneur, and clearly a gifted artist. This scholarship is funded by the TyWanza Sanders Scholarship Fund

    • Application must completed by May 3rd, 2024 at 11:59pm
    • Applicant must be a Charleston County School of the Arts student.
    • Applicant must be a high school senior accepted to a post-secondary institution (2 or 4 year college/university) for the 2024-2025 academic school year.
    • Applicant must provide a copy of an official high school transcript with application.
    • Applicant must provide a copy of acceptance letter or admission documentations with application.
    • Applicant must submit at least one (1) letter of recommendation from your high school/college faculty or counselor, employer or community leader.
    • Applicant must submit a resume with application.
    • Applicant must be a minority student.


    Application online

    Deadline is May 3rd, 2024 at 11:59pm

    This scholarship could not be funded without the participants of our annual Doughnut Dash 5k #Race4Wanza. This event pays tribute to our late friend TyWanza Sanders by funding $20,500 worth of scholarships awarded to seniors in the Charleston, SC, area over the past 9 years. This year's event will take place Saturday April 13th with registration opening at 7:30am. It would be a great event for students, sports teams/clubs, and faculty to participate/volunteer in healthy competition while supporting the community; who doesn't like all you can eat freshly glazed Kripsy Kreme Doughnuts? Attached are a scholarship flyer, race & links to the 2024 event registration and promo video. It would mean the world to us if you added this event to your respective calendars, social media platforms, and websites. 

    #Race4Wanza Registration: https://race4wanza2024.eventbrite.com
    #Race4Wanza 2023 Recap Video: https://youtu.be/B_FaEKI-6o0

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    BUTCH BARFIELD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

    This is the first year of awarding the Butch Barfield memorial scholarship. The foundation fund was established as a living memorial to the philanthropic efforts and ongoing commitment of Butch Barfield to improve the lives of its people in the communities he served. The purpose of this scholarship is to continue honoring the legacy of Mr. Barfield, while assisting outstanding students for education beyond high school. 

     Application  

    DEADLINE: May 6, 2024

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    Stiles Point Elementary Alumni Scholarship

    Requirements:
     12 th grade student (enrolled at any school in Charleston) accepted to a 2 or 4 year college, university or
    technical school.
     Former student at Stiles Point Elementary.
     Must write an essay with the title: My Most Memorable or Impactful Moment(s) at Stiles Point
    Elementary.
     Essay must be typed with a minimum of 300 words and a maximum of 1000 words.
     Please submit electronic essays to: stilespointpta@gmail.com
     Due Date for electronic essays is April 29th, 2024.

    Application

     

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    Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program 

    The Sallie Mae Fund’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for High School Seniors helps make the dream of higher education a reality for outstanding students from under-resourced, underrepresented, and underserved communities.

    High school seniors who are facing financial challenges may apply to win up to a $10,000 scholarship to help them attend college or a vocational-technical school.

    More information online

    DEADLINE: May 17, 2024

     

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    Reading Partners South Carolina  

    Reading Partners South Carolina is searching for an upcoming high school graduate who participated in the Reading Partners program as a child. We are giving a $1,000 scholarship to an alum in honor of our 10th anniversary in SC. We are a national literacy non-profit providing one-on-one reading intervention by dedicated community volunteers.

    Flyer

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    UNCF SCHOLARSHIPS

    Scholarships for students interested in STEM! https://uncf.org/scholarships
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    Gardner Webb University Scholarships

    Check out the various scholarships available for applicants, including Marching Band, Merit, and Non-major scholarships.

    https://gardner-webb.edu/admissions-aid/scholarships-and-grants/

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    University of North Georgia

    Army ROTC Scholarships

    We’re looking for high school seniors and college freshmen who want to serve our nation as second lieutenants (officers) in the U.S. Army. Scholarships pay for room and board (up to $12,000 per year) or tuition and fees.  It also pays a $420/month stipend and a $1,200/year book allowance.

    Click here for eligibility criteria, benefits, and how to apply. In addition, Georgia resident ROTC scholarship recipients receive grants of up to $2,000 per semester. These benefits combine for about $15,570/year to $19,500/year.

    The scholarship leads to a professional career as an active-duty Army second lieutenant (O1) with excellent benefits and starting compensation (Department of Defense Calculator):

    • Single with less than 2 years of service stationed at Ft. Stewart near Savannah, GA: $72,769
    • Single with 4 years of service as a Soldier in the Guard while in the Corps of Cadets at Ft. Benning, GA:  $79,053
    • Married with less than 2 years of service at Ft. Liberty, NC:  $67,562
    • Married with four years of service at Ft. Campbell, KY:  $80,853

    Second lieutenants become captains (O3) at four years’ time of service after graduating from UNG and commissioning. Army captain compensation (Department of Defense Calculator):

    • Single with 4 years of service, stationed at Ft. Cavazos, TX: $105,324
    • Married with 4 years of service at Ft. Lewis, WA:  $116,619

    In addition to regular military compensation, Army lieutenants accumulate incomparable leadership experience, pay no health insurance (families included), get 30 days of paid vacation, pay inexpensive dental and life insurance, and reap the benefits of a blended retirement system.  

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    Naval ROTC Programs (4 scholarship programs available, one specific to Savannah State)

    For more information go to: https://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nrotc/

    https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Requirements

    * National Scholarship (four-year scholarship, Navy and USMC option)

    * Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation (MSISR) Scholarship for Navy

    * Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation (MSISR) Scholarship for Marine Corps: The Frederick C. Branch scholarship

    * Naval Preparatory Program (NPP) Scholarship

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    College Board Opportunity Scholarships

    Beginning SOPHOMORE year - Turn your efforts into scholarships

    Students can search more than 10,000 scholarships by using our Scholarship Directory. Sophomores, juniors, and Seniors can earn entries for monthly BigFuture® $500 and $40,000 scholarship drawings.

    Check out the website for more information.

    cb.org/Opportunity

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    Common College Financial Planning Myths: Slaying Myths About Paying for College


    More Scholarships can be found on the Scholarship List in Naviance

    Fastweb.org

    The Scholarship System - Lots of free webinars and resources available to help with scholarship searches.

       Military Scholarships Guide

    Niche

    Sallie Mae Scholarship Search - Flyer

        Filing the FAFSA Flyer

    Unigo

    StudentScholarships.org  - April Newsletter

    sigep.org/scholarships

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