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.


Lands' End Starboard Scholarship Program

Lands’ End has established this scholarship program to assist middle and high school students, currently in grades 6-12, who are enrolled at a Lands’ End Preferred school in the U.S. or Canada.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin.

Program Deadline

The 2020 program will be accepting applications beginning November 1, 2019 through 3:00 p.m. Central Time on December 13, 2019, or once the first 3,000 applications are received, whichever occurs first.

For more info, go here:

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The 2020 SACAC Horizon Award Student Scholarship Application is now LIVE!!!

The Horizon Award is a $1,000 scholarship which will be awarded to five high school seniors for one-time use at their chosen college or university. As a matching award, a college counselor or Community Based Organization advisor who has been nominated by each chosen student will receive $1,000 to be used towards professional development opportunities.

The student application deadline is January 17, 2020 and winners will be chosen by mid-February.


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I am the head dance team coach at Belmont Abbey College and I wanted to email you about a college scholarship opportunity for any graduating juniors and seniors to join Belmont Abbey College’s Dance team. The scholarships vary from $500-$5000 a semester and are offered to any students who have dance experience and would like to join the dance team at the college. All students will also receive a merit scholarship as well. As an athletic applicant, students would need to have at least a 2.0 GPA and some dance experience as a dance team member or competition dance experience.

See Mrs. Butler for more info!

The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of minority students who aspire to attend college but also to guide them through the process of higher education.




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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.



The University of Miami’s Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Office of Academic Enhancement kindly request your assistance in identifying candidates for this year’s George W. Jenkins Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship is awarded to three high school graduates who have overcome significant adversity to achieve academic excellence. Nominated students should demonstrate a strong work ethic through participation in school and community activities and have a high financial need.

Thanks to the generosity of Publix Super Markets Charities, and in honor of Publix founder George W. Jenkins, the Jenkins Scholarship award covers the full cost of attendance. It is valued at more than $70,000 for the academic year and more than $280,000 over four years.

All required materials to be considered for the scholarship are available at and must be submitted by December 1. The Jenkins Scholars will be announced by April 1.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute awards more than $1 million in college scholarships to exceptional student leaders each year. High school seniors nationwide who demonstrate leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship are invited to apply for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program. This program annually provides college-bound students with $10,000 renewable scholarships – up to $40,000 total per recipient – and supports them as they lead and serve in college and beyond. Help put promising young leaders in the running to join our 10th class of Scholars.

Applications for the 2020 GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program are accepted until Jan. 3, 2020. Additional information, eligibility requirements, and a link to the application are available online. You may also follow us on Facebook and learn more about the Foundation’s other programs for students and educators.

2019-2020 Palmetto State School Counselor Association’s “How a School Counselor Made a Difference” Scholarship

Application is due by December 31, 2019
Winners will be selected and notified by April 15, 2020

The Palmetto State School Counselor Association awards five high school seniors a $1,000.00 non-renewable scholarship to assist with post-secondary education costs.

Must be a high school senior attending a public or private secondary school in the state of South Carolina.
Must be a permanent resident of the state of South Carolina.
Must plan to attend a post-secondary institution during the 2020-2021 school year.





AMPD is a competitive program developed from a partnership
between Winthrop University’s College of Business Administration
and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The program is devoted to
increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the
accounting field with emphasis placed on preparing students for
entry level positions in the accounting profession.

Score at least a 500 on the MATH portion of the SAT or
18 on MATH portion of the ACT
Minimum 3.0 high school GPA
History of active participation in extracurricular activities
Admission to Winthrop University as a Business
Administration major with a concentration in
Maintain 3.3 GPA (scholars) 2.5 GPA (members)

Only accepting 20 students in the program.  5 students will receive a $2000 scholarship.



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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.





A Constitutional Speech

The subject in the Prepared Oration must be about some aspect of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the U. S. Government.

Saturday, January 18, at 10 AM 1st Place: $1,000

AMERICAN LEGION POST 3 2nd Place: $600

GREENVILLE, SC 3rd Place: $400




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.


Ron Brown Scholarship

African American high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholarship by either the early deadline of November 1, 2019, or the regular deadline of January 9, 2020. Named for the late secretary of commerce and inspired by his dedication to public service, the Ron Brown Scholar Program offers a $40,000 scholarship to up to 30 African American high school seniors each year based on academic excellence and commitment to public service. Recipients are young African Americans of outstanding promise who are offered intensive mentorship, service opportunities, leadership experiences, and extensive professional development throughout all stages of their careers.

Applications must be mailed to the Ron Brown Scholar Program office with a postmark dated no later than January 9, 2020. For more information about the Ron Brown Scholarship, please visit their website.


Virginia Military Institute

High school students with a strong academic and well-balanced high school record may be eligible to become Institute Scholars.

Institute Scholars are awarded scholarship funds to supplement ROTC scholarships or other forms of financial aid in order to meet the full cost of attendance at VMI. Financial need is not a criterion for selection. In addition to the financial award, all Institute Scholars are automatically enrolled in Institute Honors.


  • 1380 (combined) SAT (or) 31 ACT, High school GPA 3.7, Top 10% of high school class

Only incoming students may apply for this program. Applicants must apply both for admissions to VMI and or the Scholars program. Both applications must be received by admissions no later than Feb. 1. Outstanding candidates will be invited to make arrangements for an on-post interview conducted during an Open House weekend. Alternate dates for on-post interviews may be arranged in some circumstances.



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.


$10,000 Scholarships to Clemson University Apply now linked to application.


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The Hammack Scholarship competition is named for the recently created Q. William “Bill” Hammack, Jr. School of Business, slated to open in Fall 2019. The Hammack Scholarship recognizes your outstanding record of academic achievement, pursuit of entrepreneurial or business-related opportunities, and desire to continue your study in a business-related field at Oglethorpe University (accounting, business administration, economics, human resources management). One full-tuition scholarship will be awarded following the Hammack competition at Scholarship Weekend. The winner will be named the Hammack Scholar. But remember, all participants at Scholarship Weekend are guaranteed a renewable, annual merit award of at least $18,000!

Each Hammack Scholar will receive:

A four-year full tuition scholarship, valued at over $165,000
An invitation to participate in the President’s Emerging Leaders Program
A stipend toward a study abroad course or a professional internship with one of Atlanta’s top companies.
A distinguished professional to serve as a career mentor
An invitation to enroll in an Honors course during your first semester at Oglethorpe
The opportunity to live in Honors housing in Dempsey Hall during your 1st year
A personal college advisor to assist with academic planning, co-curricular learning, and social support during your first year



1. Applicants must be high school seniors at a South Carolina high school OR undergraduates already attending college in South Carolina.
2. Applicants must be a resident of South Carolina.
3. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
4. Applicants must have a competitive or recreational interest in golf.
5. Applicants must demonstrate community involvement.

The deadline for submission of the online portion of the application is January 8, 2020. Deadline for receipt of the additional required materials is 5:00 PM EST.January 8, 2020. The additional materials required must be mailed in ONE envelope to the SC Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship, PO BOX 1465, Taylors, SC 29687. The additional materials required must be RECEIVED no later than 5:00 pm est. January 8, 2020.

Four scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,500 each. Funds will be applied to educational expenses, including tuition, fees, books. Funds not credited to the recipient`s account must be returned to the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship Fund.




The Department of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the Fall 2019 Fine Arts Scholarship Competition. The competition is open to all degree seeking, undergraduate students attending Winthrop University for the first time (freshman and transfer students) during the 2020-2021 academic year. Students must declare a major within the Department of Fine Arts: Studio Art (includes the disciplines of painting, jewelry/metals, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, and video), Art Education, or Art History.

Scholarship amounts will vary based on the decision of the Fine Arts scholarship committee. Students selected for an award have the opportunity to renew their scholarship for up to three years after the initial award year providing they remain in good academic standing as a full-time student in the Department of Fine Arts. Out-of-state students selected for this award are eligible to receive the scholarship amount in addition to an out-of-state tuition waiver (valued at $14,330 for the 2019-2020 academic year).

This scholarship is contingent on admission to Winthrop University.  An online application can be found at Acceptance of this award does not impact eligibility for other Winthrop academic scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions.



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The Danforth Scholars Program – Washington University in St. Louis

The Danforth Scholars Program honors students with a passion for helping others. They are looking for students who have demonstrated leadership in service and a strong commitment to community. Danforth Scholars are also known for their academic excellence, personal integrity, and high ideals.

Danforth Scholars may receive full- or half-tuition scholarships. The scholarship is renewed each year for the duration of the degree program, provided you progress academically and uphold the high standards of character required of scholars.

For more information, visit the Danforth Scholars Program website.


You may apply for the Danforth Scholars Program after you complete and submit an application for admission. You will need to provide a separate application and an additional letter of recommendation. You do not need a nomination to apply for this program.

On-Campus Interviews for Finalists

Finalists are notified in mid-February and invited to campus for our Scholarship Weekend, March 26-29, 2020. The university will pay for finalists’ round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses in St. Louis during this visit. To remain eligible, finalists must attend these activities. Each committee prepares special activities and events that allow them to get to know the finalists and that allow the finalists to interact with our current scholars, faculty, staff, and each other.

All applications must be submitted by January 2, 2020 and complete in the admissions office by January 6, 2020. For best consideration, we encourage you to submit your applications by December 15, 2019.



CERRA Teaching Fellows:

The mission of the Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina.

Teaching 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. The fellowship provides up to $5700 for tuition and board and $300 for specific enrichment programs administered by CERRA. A Fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the Fellowship.

The application for the Teaching Fellows program opens on September 1 and closes December 1, 2019.  The state is very strict with their deadlines.

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