Scholarships List and Links

Scholarship List:

Check this section often for updated scholarship opportunities that come across the Guidance Counselor’s desk. Also make use of free scholarship searches and information available through the following sites.

www.collegeboard.org
www.fastweb.com
www.wiredscholar.org
www.sccollegeaid.org

www.che400.state.sc.us
www.collegenet.com
www.gmsp.org
www.scholarships.com

The Manning Rotary Scholarship is available to students based on their academic achievement, financial need, leadership, student activities and community involvement.  Scholarships applications will be distributed to local high schools by the end of March.  Completed applications must be turned in to the student’s guidance counselor before April 10 of each year.

The Jason Ridgeway Scholarship is available to LMA students who have an overall GPA between 2.0 and 2.5.  These students must illustrate the qualities of leadership and community involvement. Scholarships applications will be distributed to qualified students by the end of April.  Completed applications must be turned in to the student’s guidance counselor before May 1 of each year.

The Robbie Hodge Scholarship is available to Clarendon County students that exhibit the qualities of academic achievement, leadership, character, and community service. Scholarships applications will be distributed to local high schools by the end of March.  Completed applications must be turned in to the student’s guidance counselor before the end of April of each year.

The Clarendon County Pilot Club Scholarship is available to students based on their academic achievement, financial need, leadership, student activities and community involvement.  Scholarships applications will be distributed to local high schools by the end of March.  Completed applications must be turned in to the students guidance counselor before April 10 of each year.

The Goat Island Boat Club Scholarship is available to students living in the five counties surrounding Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie that are pursuing a degree in wildlife management, forestry, fisheries, marine biology, or other related focus that may help protect the Santee Cooper Lake/River System.  This $2,000 scholarship is based on the student’s academic achievement, financial need, leadership, student activities and community involvement.  Scholarship applications will be distributed to local high schools by the end of February.  Completed applications must be turned in to the student’s guidance counselor before the end of April 1st of each year. VIsit www.goatislandboatclub.com to learn more and to download the application/instructions.

The Elks National Foundation Scholarship awards 500 scholarships nationwide totaling 2.29 million dollars to seniors that exhibit the qualities of scholarship, leadership, and financial need.  The deadline for the applications is November 21st of each year.  Applications can be received by contacting the Sumter Elk’s Lodge #855, Mr. Robert Fisette (803-775-3085). Applications must be mailed to 765 Henderson Street, Sumter, SC 29150.  The email address is www.elks.org/enf/scholars.

United Daughters of the Confederacy Scholarship through the Dick Anderson Chapter located in Sumter provides academic scholarships to worthy college students from Sumter and surrounding counties.  Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance and extracurricular activities and are not based on financial needs.  Applications can be received for the school guidance office or by request from Synovus Trust Company, P>O> Box 1798, Sumter, SC 29151 or by calling Mrs. Cathy Gardner at 803-778-8218.  Application deadline is prior to April 1st.

USC Sumter Scholarship is awarded to seniors that qualify for the USC educational system.  Applications can be received by contacting USC Sumter Financial Aid Data Manager at USC Sumter, 200 Miller Road, Sumter, SC 29150.  Phone number 803-983-3840.  Deadline for application is February 1st.

The Stuck at Prom contest is available to students over the age of 14 who are attending a high school prom in spring 2009. Applicants must enter the contest as a couple and attend prom wearing complete attire and accessories made from duct tape. Applications must be filled out by June of each year. To apply and for more information, visit http://www.stuckatprom.com/contests/prom/.

The Show your Stuff – General FreshBrain Scholarship is open to students aged 13 to 18 currently enrolled in school. Applicants must submit a creation with technology that is related to one of the following areas: eco/green, gaming, graphic design, music, videos/movies, web, and venture. Applications are due the end of May. For more information and to apply, visit http://www.freshbrain.org/scholarship/show-your-stuff-freshbrain-general-scholarship.

Reformed Universal Masonic Brotherhood and Order of the Eastern Star Incis offering the Nina Neely Scholarship Essay Contest. Submitted essays need to address the question “How will higher learning enable you to enrich your community?” Awards range from $400 to $1,000. Contact William Jones at 803.252.2980 for more information and an application.

The South Carolina Republican Women’s Caucus is offering the Joan B. Brady Scholarship. This entails two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to two deserving female high school students who reside on S.C. House District 78 or who attend high school in District 78. Applications must be submitted by May 1, 2009. See guidance for an application.

The Will to WinScholarship Program is offering a total of $50,000 in scholarships to high school seniors with asthma. Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to two students in each of the following categories: performing arts, visual arts, community service, athletics, and science. Applications are due April 30, 2009. For more information and an application go online to www.schering-ploughwilltowill.com.

The Jiffy Lube Road Trip Scholarship is available to students from Columbia, SC and who are a high school senior planning to attend a post-secondary institution to be eligible for this award. An essay describing your future goals and how you will reach them is required with your application. The application deadline is late March.. For more information, visit their website at http://jiffylubesoutheast.com/scholarship.html

The Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest will award ten scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to high school seniors under the age of 19. Applicants will submit their essay via the website by midnight on April 30. Essays should be no more than 1,200 words and analyze why it is vital that the remembrance, history and lessons of the Holocaust be passed to new generations; and suggest what you, as students, can do to combat and prevent prejudice, discrimination and violence in our world today. To apply, visit http://holocaust.hklaw.com/.

The College Prowler Monthly Scholarship asks applicant to submit the best paper they have written as a student. It can be a paper from a class, another scholarship, a college application, etc. The paper should not exceed 1,000 words including the bibliography. If selected the winner, you could win $2,000. For more information on deadlines and to submit an application, visit http://collegeprowler.com/scholarship/enter.aspx .

The Excellence in Project Accounting Philosophy Essay Scholarship is asking students to submit a 1,000 word or less essay addressing one of two topics: (1) Persuade someone who doesn't want to track his time on a per-product per-activity basis why it is in his best interests to do so. (2) Describe a real situation that you've encountered where project oriented time tracking has made a positive difference in the world. Please submit the essay, a résumé, and an official transcript by June 1. For more information visit their site at http://www.journyx.com/company/scholarship.html.

The American Public Health Association Get Ready scholarship is available to all high school seniors planning to attend a college or university in fall 2009. Applicants should write an essay describing the importance of emergency preparedness by incorporating one of three themes: Why is it important to prepare for an emergency or natural disaster? Describe a situation when you had to prepare for an emergency. How can families take steps to prepare for emergencies? The essay should be between 500 and 1,000 words. Applications are due in April. For more information visit http://www.getreadyforflu.org/scholarship.htm

Hands Along the Nile Essay Contest is available students who attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. To be eligible for this award, you must submit an essay of no more than 2,500 words on the topic: "How is community development in the Middle East important to the U.S.? Why is it particularly crucial to focus on Egypt?" Applications are due in July. Prizes range from $500 to $5,000.  Additional guidelines and rules are available at http://www.handsalongthenile.org/.

A GPA Isn’t Everything Scholarship is available to all students planning to attend college regardless of GPA, major of interest, or school of interest. This is a $1,000 scholarship based on extracurricular, leadership, and volunteer activities. The deadline is usually the end of March. For more information or to apply, go to http://www.cappex.com/scholarships/GPAisntEverythingScholarship.jsp?code=FW_32

Lowe’s has 140 Lowe’s Scholarship to give away. Each is $2,500 and applications are due mid-March of each year. These scholarships are available to high school seniors. Winners are selected based on academic performance, leadership, community involvement and/or work experience. For more information and an application, visit http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=pg&p=Scholarship/lowesfoundation_120606.html

The South Carolina State Fair is pleased to offer scholarships for graduating seniors in South Carolina.  Fifty seniors will be awarded $2000 scholarships to be applied towards post high school education or training in a South Carolina university, college, or technical college.  Applications are available at  http://scstatefair.org .  Applications must be in during March.  Recipients will be notified by May.

The National Wild Turkey Federation’s Academic Scholarship looks forward to awarding one $1,000 scholarship and two $500 scholarships to three deserving students. Applicants must fill out an application, write an essay, submit three letters of recommendation, official transcripts, and have a valid hunting license and NWTF membership. Applications are due in February and are available online at www.nwtf.org .

The John Dewey Winburn, Jr. scholarship of $1,000, established by Representative Nathan Ballentine in honor of his grandfather, is searching for a high school senior who plans to attend Clemson University. The student must be a resident of SC House District 71, be accepted to Clemson University, and submit a high school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an essay by late-March. Applicant must also be willing to partake in an interview. See guidance for an application.

Representative Nathan Ballentine established The Bernard Carroll Ballentine Scholarship of $1,000 in honor of his grandfather. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student who plans to attend the USC. Applicants must be a resident of SC House District 71, be accepted to USC, and submit a high school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an essay by the end of March. Applicant must also be willing to partake in an interview. See guidance for an application and dates.

The Margaret Jane Winburn Clarke Scholarship offers $1,000 to a high school senior female who plans to attend Columbia College or Winthrop University. The student must be a resident of SC House District 71, be accepted to Columbia College or Winthrop University, and submit a high school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and an essay by the end of March. Applicant must also be willing to partake in an interview. See guidance for an application and dates.

The SC Teachers and Career Changers Loan Programs offers loans to $2,500. Students can apply to both programs but can only receive funding from one. For more information and an application, go online to http://scstudentloan.org/UserFiles/File/PDF/parentstuds/Teacher.pdf .

  1. The Presidential Scholarship Program,sponsored by the South Carolina Association of Counties, awards one $2,500 scholarship. This year, the scholarship is available to a Richland County student who plans to attend a college/university in South Carolina. Applicants must submit an application, write an essay, and submit two letters of recommendation. Applications are usually due April 1. See guidance for details.

  2. The National Commission for Cooperative Education awards 200 merit co-op scholarships of $6,000 each, for a renewable value of $5,000,000. Students must apply and be accepted at one of ten NCCE Partner Colleges and Universities to be eligible for a scholarship. Students can find additional information about this year’s scholarship program and complete an application on-line by visiting the NCCE website at www.co-op.edu.

The College of Engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan announces their “Geisinger Scholarship Program.” Scholarships are awarded to first year students admitted to the College of Engineering for the academic year who are enrolled full-time at the University of Michigan and are pursuing an undergraduate degree program in engineering. For more information on requirements and deadlines, visit http://www.engin.umich.edu/students/scholarships/New_Students.html.

The Columbia College Department of Art provides a rare opportunity for students to combine an outstanding studio art program with a superior liberal arts education. Along with financial help through tuition grant funds and Hope or Life scholarships, the Department of Art also has a healthy budget for funding Art Scholarships and can offer significant awards per year. For more information, visit www.columbiacollegesc.edu.

The Columbia College Department of Music has scholarship opportunities available for women vocalists, pianists, organists, and instrumentalists. These scholarships are available to students majoring in music and are very substantial. A limited number of students taking course work in music and playing or singing in ensembles may be eligible for a scholarship. Students with an SAT of 1300 are eligible for full tuition Founders Scholarships. For more information, visit www.columbiacollegesc.edu.

KFC Colonel’s Scholars is looking for outstanding seniors with financial need and entrepreneurial spirit. Awards are up to $20,000 for tuition, fees, textbooks, room, and board. For more information, visit the website at www.kfcscholars.org.

Burger King ScholarsProgram offers $1,000 awards each year, and awards may be used for educational expenses, such as tuition fees and books. To see the criteria and other information, visit www.bk.com/scholars.

The AXA Foundation is awarding $10,000 scholarships to 52 students (one in each state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico), and $15,000 additional scholarships to 10 national recipients chosen from the pool of 52 state winners. The national scholarship winners will also be offered AXA internships. They are students who set and reach ambitious goals, demonstrate drive, determination and ability to succeed in college and who have respect for self, family, and community. The deadline is in December. For more information, students should visit www.axa-achievement.com.

Over the last decade, the SC State Fair has returned over $3 million to the community through scholarship endowments and grants to non-profit organizations. The SC State Fair will award fifty (50) $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in public and private high schools or home schools who plan on attending a South Carolina institution of higher education. The selected fifty (50) 2008 recipients will be offered the opportunity to apply for one of ten (10) $2,500 scholarships to be paid prior to the fall semester of their sophomore year. For more information, go to http://72.167.34.80/throughout-the-year/scholarships/index.php.

Boston University offers a variety of merit based scholarship with the most prestigious merit scholarships being the Trustee, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alexander Graham Bell, and School of Education Presidential Scholarships. These four year, full tuition scholarships are awarded to students with the most noteworthy academic accomplishments, who have graduated at the top of their classes, and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability. All scholarship application instructions, recommendation forms, nomination forms, and essay materials are available online at www.bu.edu/admissions/scholarships.

The McKelvey Foundation offers $40,000 scholarships to young entrepreneurs nationwide who have started their own businesses. For more information about criteria and requirements, visit www.mckelveyfoundation.org.

The American Legion has revised Need a Lift?, the 152 page book filled with scholarships, grants, and loans for which students may qualify. It also includes information on 1,400 colleges and universities around the nation. Need a Lift? is also available online at www.needalift.org.

The Kittie M. Fairey Educational Fund offers scholarship aid to deserving students who meet certain academic and financial criteria. For more information and to apply online students can visit www.wachoviascholars.com.

The Hunt Leadership Scholars Program at Southern Methodist University has been named one of the best in the U.S. by The Student Guide to America’s Best College Scholarships. Theaward is for full SMU tuition and fees. Students are also given the funds to study abroad. Students must have significant leadership accomplishments in areas outside the high school setting, or from serving in top leadership positions of high school organizations. For a full criteria list and a description of the selection process, visit www.smu.edu/hunt.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Program at Ithaca College is offered to exceptional incoming freshmen from racial or ethnic backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in United States higher education. Involvement in community service and research seminars is encouraged. Funding for international and domestic travel is also offered. For more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/mlk.

The Robertson Scholars Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University seeks students who have made an impact in schools and local communities and perhaps beyond, those who have demonstrated great results and even more potential. Approximately thirty-six scholarships are awarded each year. For more information, visit www.robertsonscholars.org.

Gates Millennium Scholars: This renewable scholarship for up to five years at any accredited institution is offered to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students. There are several requirements of student applicants including at least a 3.3 GPA and the demonstration of leadership abilities. For more information, please visit the website www.gmsp.org or by e-mail at info@gmsp.org.

“Will to Win” Scholarship Program: Sponsored by Schering-Plough, this program is for high school seniors with asthma who are pursuing higher education. Scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded to two deserving high school seniors in each of the following categories: performing arts, visual arts, community service, athletics, and science. For more information, visit www.schering-ploughwilltowin.com.

South Carolina Student Loan is accepting applications for the South Carolina Teacher Loan program. Entering freshmen must be enrolled in a program of teacher education or have expressed interest in enrolling in such a program, rank in the top 40% of their high school class, and have an SAT/ACT average equal to or greater than the SC average. Applications and further information are available at www.scstudentloan.org

The National Society of Daughter of the American Revolution awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of an undergraduate degree in one of the following areas: history, political science, economics, government or nursing. Visit http://www.dar.org/natsociety/edout_scholar.cfm for details.

The University Space Research Association (USRA) annually makes awards from four scholarship funds aimed at undergraduate students who are interested in space related research and careers. Three of the scholarships are memorial scholarships, that honor scientists and engineers who have been associated with USRA. Information and applications can be found at http://www.usra.edu/hq/scholarships/

The Art Institute of Charleston has announced its MLK Day Scholarship program. For more information, visit www.aiapply.com/charleston

Equestrians interested in pursuing scholarships should explore those offered through various groups and associations. Contact the American Morgan Horse Institute at www.morganhorse.com/benefits/kids_scholarships.php, The American Quarter Horse Association at www.aqha.com, The American Saddlebred Horse Association at www.asha.net , The Arabian Horse Association at www.arabianhorses.org , or the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association at www.collegerodeo.com.

The American Legion has announced that its annual publication, Need a Lift is now available online. The 152 page book can be downloaded at www.needalift.org and details extensive information on scholarships as well as 1,400 colleges and universities around the nation.

  1.   American Legion 2009 High School Oratorical Scholarship: Students who are US citizens or lawful permanent residents in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. A prepared oration of eight to ten minutes must be given on any phase of the Constitution of the United States of America which will emphasize the attendant duties and obligations to our government. Additional info is available at http://scarolinalegion.org under Legion programs or by emailing dept.programs@aldsc.org or calling 803-612-1171 ext. 22.

  2.   Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship: Deadline is February 1.  Visit www.dixie.org.

  3.   SC State Fair Scholarship: Deadline is March 16.  Visit www.scstatefair.org.

Robertson Scholars Program promotes collaborative study between Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and recognizes students for academic excellence, leadership potential, commitment to community service, and ethical principles. Eighteen scholarships are awarded. Visit www.robertsonscholars.org for more information.

Army ROTC Scholarship: If you are a college-bound high school student, Army ROTC has scholarships available. Scholarships are awarded based on a student's merit and grades, not financial need. Go to http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.jsp for more information.

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search: IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. At this site, you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad. http://www.iefa.org/.

Union Plus Scholarship Program: Current and retired members of AFL-CIO unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (including foster children, step children, and any other child for whom the individual member provides greater than 50% of his or her support) can apply for a Union Plus Scholarship. Go to http://aflcio.org/scholarships/scholar.htm.

Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship: The Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship fund provides four scholarships. One individual will receive a $5000 scholarship and three individuals will receive a $1000 scholarship.Applicant must be a skateboarder. For additional information, go to http://www.skateboardscholarship.org/about/.

Furman University offers a number of merit-based scholarships to incoming freshman.  Go to www.engagefurman.edu for more information on these and other scholarships available at Furman.

For information concerning financial aid and scholarships at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, go to www.sc.edu/financialaid.

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses undergraduate college scholarships to talented men and women interested in graphic communications careers. Go to www.pgsf.org for more information.

The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of an undergraduate degree in one of the following areas: history, political science, economics, government or nursing. Explore www.dar.org for list of DAR sponsored scholarships and requirements.

The Holocaust Remembrance Project is a national essay contest for high school students designed to encourage and promote the study of the Holocaust. Participation in this project encourages students to think responsibly, be aware of world conditions that undermine human dignity, and make decisions that promote the respect and value inherent in every person. Scholarships and other prizes are awarded to students in first, second and third place categories.  First Place winners participate in an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other historic sites.  In addition, scholarships of up to $10,000 will be awarded to the first-place winners.  See http://holocaust.hklaw.com/ for scholarship details.

Davidson College invites nominations for the John Montgomery Belk Scholarship. Seniors with demonstrated intellectual and personal success and significant leadership experience who are also applying to Davidson should see guidance ASAP.

Boston University offers several merit scholarships: The Trustee, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Alexander Graham Bell, and School of Education Presidential to name a few. Information and applications available at www.bu.edu/admissions/apply/scholarship.html.

Any senior interested in applying to Erskine College and exploring the E.B. Kennedy Scholarship Program, see Mrs. Coffey ASAP.  Apply online www.erskine.edu/ebk/application

  1. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers opportunities to Hispanic students through a number of scholarship competitions. Interested students should visit http://www.hsf.net for more information.

  2. The Principal’s Leadership Award offers multiple scholarships to applicants that are seniors who rank in the top 20% of their class, and are able to demonstrate leadership at school or in their community.  Students that are not in the top 20% that exhibits leadership qualities can still be nominated for this award.  Registration forms can be received by going to the National Association of Secondary School Principals website at http://www.principals.org.

  3. The Hampton Wildlife Scholarship Visit www.hamptonwildlife.org for more details.

  4. Varsity Tutors Scholarship holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship