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!
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- 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 OPENING DECEMBER 31, 2023**
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
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
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
Check the high school lounge for printouts of a few of the applicationsSouth Carolina Junior Golf Foundations Scholarship Programs*****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://www.meetingstreetscholarshipfund.org/ for more scholarship information and to sign up for scholarship updates.
YES Abroad offers participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the life of one of 14 countries for an academic year (10 months). The YES Program focuses on countries with significant Muslim populations. Participants develop critical global leadership skills, promote mutual understanding, and form lasting ties in their host communities by living with a host family and attending local high school. (Application deadline: December 6, 2023)
FLEX Abroad Like YES Abroad, participants spend an academic year (10 months) living with a host family, attending a local high school, and forming lasting relationships within their host community. Host countries include Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Poland. (Application deadline: December 6, 2023)
The programs seek applicants who represent the diversity of the United States. Eligible students of all racial, ethnic, religious, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Journalism contest
The Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities offers an annual journalism contest, the winner of which receives a 4-year scholarship to the South Carolina state-supported institution of his or her choice provided that the winner is otherwise qualified. The contest is open to high school seniors, or those otherwise qualified to begin post-secondary education no later than the 2024-2025 school year. Applicants do NOT have to have a disability to enter.
This link (https://www.scvrd.net/172/
Annual-Journalism- Contestcontains) all of the information about the 2024 Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities journalism contest and scholarship as well as information on the rules of the contest. A brochure with this same information can be downloaded brochure.
Entries must be postmarked no later than January 26, 2024
Mercedes-Benz Vans Charleston Rising Star Scholarship Program
Mercedes-Benz Vans Charleston has established a scholarship program to assist children of employees who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs and high school seniors in South Carolina’s Dorchester, Charleston or Berkeley counties.
If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a one time $5,000 award. Up to eighteen awards will be granted.
The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sole discretion of the sponsor and eligible applications are reviewed by Scholarship America’s evaluation team.
Deadline: January 31, 2024, 4pm EST
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.
Scholarships for students interested in STEM! https://uncf.org/scholarships
Gardner Webb University Scholarships
Check out the various scholarships available for applicants, including Marching Band, Merit, and Non-major scholarships.
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.
Naval ROTC Programs (4 scholarship programs available, one specific to Savannah State)
For more information go to: https://www.savannahstate.edu/cost/nrotc/
* 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
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.
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More Scholarships can be found on the Scholarship List in Naviance
The Scholarship System - Lots of free webinars and resources available to help with scholarship searches.