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.
Mary Ann G. Van Deusen Scholarship
SJCS is please to continue to offer the Mary Ann G. Van Deusen Scholarship to a graduating student in the class of 2019. Please read closely below the parameters for this scholarship.
This scholarship was made available through the Mary Ann G. Van Deusen Revocable Living Trust. Mary Ann Van Deusen was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she was Past President of the Women’s Club and was given the honor of Catholic Woman of the Year. Mary Ann was an avid gardener and belonged to the garden club and various other community clubs. The legacy that she leaves is the generosity she shared with her community. The intention of this unrestricted scholarship is to provide financial assistance to high school seniors looking to attend post-high school education. The scholarship amount is $5,000 and will be presented directly to the student. Evaluation of the applications and essays will be conducted by a third party. The guidelines below are designed to narrow the field of applicants to those genuinely interested in receiving this unrestricted scholarship to help offset expenses related to attending post-high school education.
Recipient must be a St. Joseph’s high school senior.
Recipient must have achieved at least an 80 average over all classes
Recipient must maintain behavior that is acceptable to the guidelines of St. Joseph’s Catholic School.
Recipient must answer an essay question in 1,000 words or less
Please direct any questions to Kevin Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HORATIO ALGER NATIONAL CAREER AND TECHNICAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr. Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.
Have completed high school (or earned a high school equivalency credential)
Will be enrolled in eligible program in Fall 2019
Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program (up to 2 years) at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
Be under the age of 30
Be a United States citizen
Funds may be used for tuition, fees, books and supplies. All scholarship funds are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the recipient.
DEADLINE: June 15, 2019
The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor the legacy and commitment to education of Tywanza Sanders®. Tywanza was a victim of the Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to individuals enrolling in undergraduate study at a four-year college or university in the United States in the Fall of 2019.
Applicants must have permanent residency in South Carolina, and must be a United States citizen. Applicants must be a graduating high school senior from a South Carolina high school. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited 4-year college or university in for the Fall 2019 academic semester. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need using this form.Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application along with the required supporting documentations. Applicants must complete a 500-800 word written essay.
The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship awards scholarship on the basis of a comprehensive review process. The review committee will assess the following areas: written or video essay, academic performance, and financial need. Scholarships are awarded upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.
DEADLINE: APRIL 15, 2019
2019 Big Sun Athletic Scholarship
The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. In order to do our part we are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute.
Please send us a short essay (500 - 1,000 words) answering the following questions:
How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
Has your participation influenced your career goals?
Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?
Deadline: June 19, 2019
B. Davis Scholarship
Deadline and Eligibility
DEADLINE: May 24, 2019
AWARD VALUE: $1,000
This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.
There is no age restriction. Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next. This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.
Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.
To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:
Your submissions must be sent to us by email at email@example.com
Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.
Bernice Barton Scholarship
Complete the following application and email documents to BerniceBartonScholarship@gmail.com on or before April 12, 2019.
Applicants must be enrolled as a high school senior with plans to attend a post-secondary institution. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Amount of award: 2 scholarships to two students 1,000.00 and 500.00
All applications must be accompanied by the following documents sent via email to the email address above on or before April 12, 2019:
Three letters of recommendation (high school teacher, community leader, other non-relative)
High school official transcript, SAT / ACT Scores, Essay
If you have any questions, please send contact the scholarship committee via email at BerniceBartonScholarship@gmail.com.
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.
The SCCCW mission is to respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world. It strives to support, empower, and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. The scholarship was, therefore, created to encourage and promote such themes among Catholic females from SC who are graduating high school. This merit-based scholarship grants one $1,500 award to its recipient.
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.
Go here for more info: Scholarship Info
DEADLINE APRIL 12, 2019
2019 Peck Law Firm Scholarship
Our 2019 essay contest is open to any American citizen, who will be attending a college, university, graduate school, or law school in the United States during the 2019-20 school year. Only students, who have a 3.0 GPA or higher may apply for this scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship award will be sent directly to the winner’s school and can be used for all school-related expenses.
Any student, who wants to be considered for the scholarship, must complete the on-line application that appears at the link below. All written scholarship submission materials must be received by 11:59 PM EST on May 31, 2019. The winner will be announced on July 31, 2019 and will receive a one-time award of $2,000.
The link for the application and more information about our 2019 essay contest can be found at: http://thepeckfirm.com/peck-law-firm-scholarship/
Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship
As the world’s leading marketplace of book publishing talent, Reedsy is passionate about nurturing the next generation of fiction authors. We have designed this scholarship to award a student whose writing displays a clear and unique voice with the potential to thrive in the competitive literary landscape.
Awarded twice a year, successful candidates will receive $1,000 towards educational expenses and be eligible for further sponsorship from Reedsy while they develop as a writer.