College Financial Aid & Scholarships

The cost of higher education at both public and private institutions continues to escalate. Many of the more expensive schools can become affordable if there is sufficient financial need-based assistance available.

Regarding cost, a college education should be viewed as a major life-time investment; one that will appreciate over time and add to a higher quality of life.

Financial need is determined by subtracting what the parent and student can afford, EFC (Expected Family Contribution), from the total cost of attendance.

Financial assistance can include loans, grants, scholarships, and work opportunities. There are three basic financial aid application forms to be aware of: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is used by all colleges; the College Scholarship Service PROFILE which is used primarily by private institutions, and an institutional form that an individual college may have created itself. Be prepared to complete any combination of these forms if you are applying for need-based financial aid. You are required to complete these forms online.

Financial Aid Websites
  • – Almost every college will require the submission of this free form to consider you for financial aid. You are encouraged to complete and submit this online.
  • – Some colleges will require the Profile in addition to the FAFSA. There is a fee to complete this form, and it is used to gather more detailed information about your finances.
  • – This is a very comprehensive site with lots of answers to your questions. It contains several financial aid calculators, loan information, and much, much, more.
  • – This site provides good general information on financial aid. It has a financial need estimator which will predict your estimated family contribution based on the information you provide. There is also an “Ask the Expert” section where you can send questions online and get a response.
  • – This site lists both private and public educational loans and has a tutorial on Financial Aid 101 which includes eligibility, the application process, and how to go about securing a loan. It also has calculators to compare different loan products.
  • – This is the financial aid site for the US Department of Education. The Student Financial Assistance Programs are the largest source of student aid in America. This site has a great deal of information including tax cuts for education and how to find out about direct loans from schools. 

Scholarship Information

Regardless of your financial situation, there may be one or more scholarships available to you. Scholarships are given by individual colleges, organizations, companies, and community groups, and they have many different criteria, ranging from an outstanding academic record, to demonstrating a special talent (art, music, athletics, etc.), to an unusual degree of community involvement. You may be eligible because you have a parent working for a specific company or the award may be for ethnic background or religious belief. If you are serious about finding monies for college, you should be willing to spend some time on your search.

Here are some resources to help you along the way:

  • – This site includes a scholarship search database known as the Fund Finder from 3,300 national, state, public, and private sources. How to spot a scam is also mentioned.
  • – With this database, the student registers and is assigned a mail box on the site where information on new scholarship opportunities is posted. The database contains over 500,000 private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans. Probably one of the best search sites available.
  • – The world’s largest and oldest private sector scholarship database. You will find scholarships here that you won’t find anyplace else.
  • – The most comprehensive “Going-to-College” resource on the Internet. Use it for all of your planning and paying for college needs.
  • – This site will run a scholarship search for the specific interests of art, biology, computer science, engineering, journalism, and nursing.
  • – This site offers a database of 3,000 sources and detailed search results.





Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT) champions the role of international trade professionals, particularly women in Charleston and throughout South Carolina.

Preliminary Requirements:

  • Applicant must be enrolled/enrolling in an accredited South Carolina school, institution, college or university and must provide proof of acceptance or current enrollment.

  • Applicant must be well qualified, with a serious interest in pursuing a degree specific to international trade or related course of study.

  • Applicant needs not be a full-time student.

  • Females and males are invited to apply.

  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

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DUE FEB 28, 2020



  • Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Marine*
  • A Marine killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Active duty, reserve, or veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit*
  • A U.S. Navy Chaplain or Religious Programs Specialist who is/was attached to a U.S. Marine Corps unit or who was killed while serving with a U.S. Marine Corps unit*

*Veterans must have received an honorable discharge. A discharge status of other, general,  under honorable conditions, dishonorable, etc. are not eligible for an award.

Additionally, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • GPA of at least 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Family adjusted gross income for the 2019 tax year that does not exceed $103,000. Non-taxable allowances are not included in the adjusted gross income.
  • Attending or planning to attend a college or career training school listed on the National Center for Education Statistic’s College Navigator website in the 2020-21 academic year.

*Applicants and awarded scholars attending a Federal Service Academy or a school not listed on College Navigator are not eligible for an award.

*Applicants who have an undergraduate degree, are pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, or are attending graduate school of any kind are NOT eligible.

*Applicants who have served, or are serving, in the U.S. military are required to provide a Statement of Service or DD214 showing honorable character of service.

The scholarship application for the 2020-21 academic year opened on January 1, 2020, and will close on March 3, 2020. For more information on eligibility or to apply, visit



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We are excited to announce that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Foundation (SCLEOF) will award $7,000 in Scholarships in 2020 to 3 graduating high school seniors. The SCLEOF is the training and educational subsidiary of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association (SCLEOA), South Carolina’s oldest and largest professional association.  SCLEOA has been the Voice of Law Enforcement in South Carolina since 1941. Today, nearly 7,000 officers, representing every rank in municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies, comprise the membership of our association.

The SCLEOF will award one $3,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors in the coming year. One of the $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to the child of an SCLEOA member.

To be considered for a scholarship, a completed application (including transcript and essay) must be received by the SCLEOF or postmarked no later than Friday, February 21, 2020 at the end of the business day. The applications and guidelines can be found below.

The SCLEOA and SCLEOF are proud to support education in The Palmetto State and look forward to the scholarship consideration process.

Again, the Final Deadline to apply for all Scholarships is Friday, February 21, 2020 at the end of the business day.

No faxed or emailed applications will be accepted.





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South Carolina Federal Credit Union is awarding a total of $50,000 to 12 deserving students. We are looking for hardworking and dedicated students planning to pursue a post-secondary degree at a college or university within South Carolina in fall 2020. If you know someone like this, we invite you to share this opportunity with them.

More details, including the application and eligibility requirements, can be found here: South Carolina Federal Credit Union Scholarship
The application deadline is February 14, 2020.


Purpose of Scholarships

AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education.

Scholarship Criteria

Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays that are submitted.

Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility.

You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

How to Apply

Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:

When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?

Amount of award: $500.00
Deadline for entry: October 5, 2020

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There is no application packet for this award. Please do not include your resume at this time.

Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.

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The Cardinal Newman Society offers an Essay Scholarship Contest exclusively for high school seniors.  This year is our fourth annual Contest!

High school students must sign up for our “Recruit Me” program (see the link below for eligibility requirements) to participate.

The winner of this year’s Contest will be awarded $5,000 toward the cost of attending one of the institutions recommended in The Newman Guide in the fall of 2020.

Additionally, there is the opportunity for the winner of the Contest to be awarded $20,000 over the course of four years. Several of the Newman Guide colleges have agreed to supplement the Newman Society’s scholarship with additional $5,000 grants over three additional years.  Learn which Newman Guide colleges have opted to supplement the Newman Society scholarship at this link.

ESSAY TOPIC: A recent Pew Research study found that only 26% of self-professed Catholics under the age of 40 believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. In light of this finding, why do you think that it is important to attend a faithful Catholic college?



The SCCCW Reverend William F. Pentis Memorial Scholarship was established in 2009 to honor Father Pentis, an Oratorian Father, who served as Moderator for the SCCCW, providing spiritual support for more than 30 years. His work with Council was a labor of love.

This merit-based scholarship grants one $1,500 award to its recipient.
Eligibility Requirements:
• Eligible students must be female South Carolina residents, who are graduating seniors planning to attend an institution of higher education (e.g., university, college, junior college, or technical school).
• Student must be a Catholic in good standing, and a letter of recommendation from an ecclesiastical body (e.g., priest, brother, deacon, or nun), a Director of Religious Education (DRE), or a Youth Minister is required.
• Student must be actively involved in school life and the community.
• Submissions must be received by the deadline; no late applications will be considered.
Submissions MUST Include:
• A completed application signed by both the student and a guardian.
• A referral letter from a high school or home school official (i.e., principal, teacher, or school counselor).
• A high school transcript.
• A copy of the university/college/school acceptance letter—only ONE is required.
• A letter of recommendation from an ecclesiastical body, DRE, or Youth Minister—only ONE is required.
• Additional materials submitted (e.g., photos, press releases, extra letters, etc.) are not necessary and will not be considered.
• An essay not more than two typed pages on the topic, “What part will spirituality, leadership, and service play in my life in the future?”






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The winner of the 2020 Journalism Contest receives a four-year scholarship to the South Carolina state-supported institution of his or her choice provided, of course, that the winner is otherwise qualified.

The scholarship pays for undergraduate tuition and fees. Each institution has its own definition of tuition and fees.

The winner must be able to verify financial need to the chosen state-supported institution, which typically requires completion of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Colleges and universities recommend that students in financial need complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 of the year they will enroll to establish eligibility for student aid. This may require providing income tax return information.

The scholarship may be canceled if the recipient does not maintain general scholastic and conduct standards established by the institution.

Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2020.

Get the rules, eligibility and how to enter.

Cascades Verdae Silver Pen Writing Scholarship

  • Applications due February 14th, 2020
  • SJCS location is Cascades Verdae
  • Location must be within 25 miles of the applicant’s school, with the exception of Osprey Village where location must be within 35 miles of applicant’s school
  • You can only apply for ONE location and only have ONE entry–CASCADES VERDAE
  • Students that apply to more than one community will be disqualified- CASCADES VERDAE
  • Please check ‘Guidelines’ tab before submitting application
  • Employees and children of employees at the community are eligible to apply as well as Resident’s grand (great grand) children, nieces and nephews (grand nieces and nephews) with no distance restrictions CASCADES VERDAE
ESSAY TOPIC: Compare and contrast the influence of technology in your life versus the role of human interaction and mentoring in your life. Which had the biggest influence on your personal life goals? Please elaborate in your response.


  • Essay must be the applicant’s original work
  • Applicants may only enter one time. If you enter at more than one site you will be disqualified.
  • Essays must be a minimum of 1000 words and DOUBLE SPACED. (Please include a cover page and any necessary citations on a works cited page.)
  • Quotations may be used sparingly and sources must be clearly identified
  • It is recommended that a teacher or professor reviews essay before submission


The following items must be included with your application:

  1. Application Form
  2. Copy of Transcript (can be unofficial)
  3. Personal Essay



The primary mission of the Watson-Brown Foundation is providing need and merit-based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States.

Current high school seniors may apply for the scholarship and must attend a 4 year, non-profit, accredited institution.



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If you are interested in the following majors AND attend a college in SOUTH CAROLINA, please visit THIS SITE to view the different scholarships to apply for: wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine science or environmental science to qualify.
(NOTE: General biology, pre-medical biology and veterinary science are NOT eligible for this scholarship.), electronic, print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications, law enforcement / criminal justice / forensics / forensic science.

PLEASE NOTE: The application POSTMARK deadline is January 31, 2020.



APIA Scholarship

The APIA Scholarship is open to Asian and Pacific Islander American students who’ll be enrolling or are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the fall of 2020. This year’s application opened on September 4, 2019, and closes on January 22, 2020Learn more about the application process and minimum eligibility criteria.



Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism

Open to incoming freshmen, the Lyceum Scholars Program is the first college program in the US to use a Great Books approach to studying liberty, capitalism, the American Founding, and moral character.

All Lyceum Scholars are assigned faculty “Socratic Tutors” who guide their intellectual development for their entire four-year education.

Those interested in becoming Lyceum Scholars should apply in their senior year of high school to Clemson University and to the Lyceum Scholars Program.

All Lyceum Scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship, which is disbursed over their four years at Clemson University.

In exchange for this scholarship, students in the program take a sequence of eight courses with the other Lyceum Scholars in their entering class.


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