A Fond Farewell

For almost a year and a half, we have posted the best local scholarship resources in Upstate South Carolina. We’ve walked alongside hundreds of students as they searched for scholarships, applied for college, and began that brand new chapter of their lives.

Now, this chapter of our blog must come to an end. It’s been an incredible experience, and we are so glad to have had the opportunity to walk along side each and every one of you as you begin your college careers.

We won’t be checking the site as often, so if you need to get a hold of us, feel free to email!

Best of luck to you!

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The College Affordability and Transparency Center

From the website: The College Affordability and Transparency Center includes information for students, parents, and policymakers about college costs at America’s colleges and universities. The Center includes several lists of institutions based on the tuition and fees and net prices (the price of attendance after considering all grant and scholarship aid) charged to students.
 
Visit The College Affordadbility and Transparency Center to search for colleges, compare college tuition, apply for financial aid and search for various programs and degrees offered in your area!
 
 

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South Carolina Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships

South Carolina Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships

The purpose of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Foundation is to provide educational funds for scholarships to persons pursuing a higher education degree in agriculture or agriculturally-related majors.

The scholarships are for South Carolina Farm Bureau member families and will be awarded to rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of character, demonstrated leadership abilities, and dedication to agriculture or related fields. The recipients will be selected by the Scholarship Committee of the South Carolina Farm Bureau Foundation in accordance with guidelines developed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and approved by the Foundation’s membership.

 

To Apply

Applications for these scholarships should be mailed no later than April 30 prior to the beginning of the first semester of the following academic year.

South Carolina Farm Bureau Foundation
Post Office Box 754
Columbia, SC 29202-0754

If you are a Farm Bureau member and would like to receive an application, click here to request that one be mailed or e-mailed to you.

Amount of Each Scholarship

The Foundation’s Board of Directors have indicated that funds available will include four $1,000 scholarships. They will be designated as:

  • Billy Waimer Scholarship Award
  • Betty J. DeWitt Scholarship Award
  • Two SCFB Leadership Scholarship Awards

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WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship

WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship for Women Returning to College

The WIRE Opportunity Scholarship is awarded to a woman who may not have been able to attend college when she graduated from high school, but now wants to further her education. A $2,500 one-time scholarship will be presented to two electric cooperative members in South Carolina based on financial need and her personal goals.

Applicants for the WIRE Opportunity Scholarship must:

  • Be a member of a South Carolina electric cooperative
  • Have graduated from high school or earned your GED at least 10 years ago
  • Obtain acceptance into an accredited South Carolina college or university
  • Demonstrate financial need

Women who have previously obtained a four-year college degree are not eligible for this scholarship; however, applicants may have previously earned a two-year degree or some college credits.

Deadline for applications is June 1, 2012.The winner will receive the scholarship for the Fall 2012 or Spring 2013 Semester. The scholarship will be paid jointly to the winner and the college of choice. The scholarship funds must be used in the Fall or Spring Semester within the same school year it is awarded.

Applications are available at your local cooperative. Please mail or fax your application by June 1, 2012.

For more information contact:

      Missy Santorum
      Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Inc.
      P.O. Box 23619
       Hilton Head, Island, SC 29925
      fax (843) 681-2256

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American Legion Robert E. David Children’s Scholarship Fund

American Legion Robert E. David Children’s Scholarship Fund

(Four Year College, Two Year College, University, Vocational/Occupational/Scholarship)
Purpose: Scholarship for a South Carolina resident who is a relative of an American Legion member. Must demonstrate financial need. For use at a South Carolina college or university only. Application deadline is May 1. Several one-time awards of $500 each.

Qualif.: Applicant must be: full-time student. High school students not considered. Award available to U.S. citizens.

Funds Avail.: Minimum no. of awards: 10. Maximum no. of awards: 20. Minimum award amount: $500.

No. and Amount Awarded Last Calendar Year: 10 scholarship(s), totalling $5,000.

To Apply: Required: application form; transcript; financial need analysis.

Deadline: 5/1.

Contact: Jim Hawk, Department Adjutant, 803-799-1992.

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South Carolina Education Assistance for Children of Certain War Veterans

South Carolina Education Assistance for Children of Certain War Veterans

 A child of a wartime veteran, upon application to and approval by the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs, may be admitted to any state-supported college, university, or post highschool technical education institution free of tuition so long as their work and conduct is satisfactory to the governing body of the institution,

if the veteran was a resident of South Carolina at the time of entry into service and during service

or has been a resident of this State for at least one year and still resides in this State or,

if the veteran is deceased, resided in this State for one year before his death,

and provided the veteran served honorably in a branch of the military service of the United States during a war period, as those periods are defined by Section 101 of Title 38 of the United States Code and:

(1) was killed in action

(2) died from other causes while in the service

(3) died of disease or disability resulting from service

(4) was a prisoner of war as defined by Congress or Presidential proclamation during such war period

(5) is permanently and totally disabled, as determined by the Veterans Administration from any cause

(6) has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor

(7) is missing in action

(8) the applicant is the child of a deceased veteran who qualified under items (4) and (5);

OR

(9) has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat. 

 The provisions of this section apply to a child of a veteran who meets the residency requirements of Chapter 112 of this title, is twenty-six years of age or younger, and is pursuing any type of undergraduate degree.

For questions or to apply contact the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs at (803) 255-4255.

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Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship

Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship

The LIFE Scholarship is an academic scholarship funded by the State of South Carolina. All students must meet these eligibility requirements:
 
  • Have graduated from a high school located in South Carolina, graduated from an approved home-school program as defined in the State Statue, Sections 59-65-40, 45, and 47, or a preparatory high school located outside of the state while the student is a dependent of a legal resident of South Carolina who has custody or pays child support and college expenses of the dependent high school student, and
  • Be a legal resident of South Carolina and a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, and
  • Have no felony convictions, and
  • Not been adjudicated delinquent, convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any second or subsequent alcohol or drug related offense for one academic year, and
  • Not owe a repayment to a federal or state grant or be in default on any state or federal student loan, and
  • Enroll full-time (minimum of 12 non-remedial credit hours per semester) in a degree, diploma or certificate program.
    In addition, a first-time freshman must:
    • Have earned a minimum 3.0 high school cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale, and
    • Submit the final, official high school transcript to the SCC admissions center.
    A continuing student may gain eligibility by:
    • Earning a GED diploma if not a high school graduate, and
    • Earning at least 15 credit hours for every semester elapsed since the initial enrollment in a post-secondary institution whether or not enrollment was continuous, and
    • Earning a minimum cumulative collegiate GPA of 3.0, and
    • Submitting to the SCC admissions center an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.
    A transfer student must:
    • Earn at least 15 credit hours for every semester elapsed since the initial enrollment in a post-secondary institution whether or not enrollment was continuous, and 
    • Earn a minimum cumulative collegiate GPA of 3.0, and
    • Submit to the SCC admissions center an official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.
     
  • What are Some Other Things That I Need to Know about the LIFE Scholarship?
    • You cannot receive LIFE during a summer semester.
    • You cannot receive LIFE and Lottery Tuition Assistance. If you receive LIFE during a fall or spring semester, you cannot receive Lottery Tuition Assistance during the following summer semester.
    • If eligible, you must sign a certification form each year.
    • Questions about eligibility should be addressed to the LIFE Scholarship coordinator in the financial aid office.

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