The state of South Carolina offers the following scholarships for students entering two and four year colleges:
    Palmetto Fellows Scholarship
    Life Scholarship
    Hope Scholarship
    Lottery Tuition Assistance
    Need-Based Grant
    General Eligibility Criteria for ALL State Scholarships:
    • Be a South Carolina resident;
    • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident (green card);
    • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an eligible South Carolina public or private institution;
    • Certify that he/she has never been convicted of any felonies and has not been convicted of any alcohol or other drug-related misdemeanor convictions within the past academic year

    (Excluding Lottery Tuition Assistance Program)

    • Verify that he/she does not owe a refund or repayment on any Federal or State financial aid and not be in default on any Federal loans
    • Award Amounts:
    Cannot exceed the cost-of-attendance (excluding Lottery Tuition Assistance, which can only be used toward the cost-of-tuition); and
    Half awarded during the fall and half during the spring (LTAP may be awarded during the summer).
    Generally can receive funds from only one program during an academic year.
    Palmetto Fellows Scholarship:
    • Available for attendance at either two year OR four year institutions in South Carolina 
    •  Maximum Award
      • $6,700 during Freshman year
      • $7,500 per year for Sophomore through Senior year
    • Must apply during Senior year of high school
      • Deadline for early applications is December 15
      • Deadline for final applications is June 15
    • Guidance counselors will help with application process.

    Initial Eligibility criteria:

            Top 6% of class at the end of Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year

            1200 or higher SAT (math and critical reading), 27 or higher ACT, and

            3.50 cumulative GPR on Uniform Grading Scale


            1400 or higher SAT (math and critical reading), 32 or higher ACT, and

            4.00 cumulative GPR on Uniform Grading Scale

    Continued Eligibility criteria:

            3.0 GPA or greater and at least an average of 30 credit hours per academic year.
    LIFE Scholarship:


           Available for attendance at a two or four year institutions in South Carolina.

       Maximum Award – at a Four Year institution:
      • Up to  $5,000 per year
       Maximum Award – at a Two Year or Technical School:
      • Up to Cost of tuition + $300 book allowance

       Initial Eligibility requirements at a 4 year school:

                    Any two of these three:
      • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
      • Top 30% of high school class
      •  1100+ SAT (math and critical reading), or 24+ ACT
       Initial Eligibility requirements at a 2 year school:
      • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
     Continued Eligibility Requirements:
      • 3.0 GPA or greater and at least an average of 30 credit hours per academic year.
      Can earn the LIFE Scholarship while in college
      • 3.0 GPA or greater and at least an average of 30 credit hours per academic year
    Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarship Enhancements:
    • Maximum Award:
      • $2,500 per year beginning in the Sophomore year
    • Eligibility Criteria:
      • Declare a major in Mathematics or Science*
      • Have earned at least 14 credit hours of math or science courses* during the Freshman year (including AP courses taken during high school)
    **** A complete list of eligible majors and course can be found on the SC Commission on Higher Education's website, www.che.sc.gov
                                                                       SC HOPE Scholarship:
    • Freshman year ONLY at four year institutions in South Carolina
    • Maximum Award:
      • Up to $2,800 towards the cost of attendance
    • Eligibility requirements:
      • 3.0 GPA at time of high school graduation
                                                                    SC Need-Based Grant:
    •  Maximum Award:
      •  Up to $2,500 annually if enrolled full-time and up tp $1,250 annually if enrolled part-time for a maximum of eight full-time equivalent terms.
      • College determines exact award amount
    • Eligibility Criteria:
      • Must File FAFSA Form (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid)
      • Must be needy based on the results of the FAFSA (consistent with Pell Grant eligibility)
                                                                       SC Tuition Grant:
    • Need-Based Grant Program available to Eligible SC Residents attending SC Independent Colleges on a Full-time Basis
    • Freshman Academic Eligibility Criteria
      • Top 75% of senior class, OR
      •  SAT score of 900 (math and critical reading) or higher, OR
      • ACT score of 19 or higher, OR
      • Final High School GPA of 2.0 or higher on SC Uniform Grading System
    • Students must file FAFSA annually
    • Annual Application Deadline – June 30
    • Maximum award - $2,800
    • Tentative Award notifications via e-mail
              www.sctuitiongrants.com for more information