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.


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.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy in renowned for symbolizing the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The Heisman High School Scholarship extends the Heisman prestige to our nation’s most esteemed high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set the example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them.


Have a cumulative weighted high school grade point average (GPA) of a B (3.0) or better.

Participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Association and sponsored by your school.

Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassman.




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


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At the University of Dayton, our spirit ignites a boundless curiosity that drives us to search for truth. It pushes us to go beyond the easy answers and to use our knowledge to create a brighter tomorrow. Here, students are challenged to connect scholarship and learning with leadership and service. It’s part of our Catholic, Marianist educational philosophy.

To honor this tradition, we award Leadership in Service scholarships to students who have an innate desire for personal development and are committed to service within their school, church or community. Selected students are also eligible for a University merit scholarship, worth up to $112,000 over four years.

In addition to receiving a $10,000 Leadership in Service scholarship ($2,500 per year), recipients complete one leadership opportunity — such as attending a leadership conference, participating in on-campus leadership activities or writing personal reflections — each semester.


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.


Cooke College Scholarship Program

Scholarships can open doors for students who aspire to go to college but don’t have the funds. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation provides one of the largest scholarships in the country for high-achieving students with financial need.

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as access to a thriving network of more than 2,600 fellow Cooke scholars and alumni.

The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program application (exclusively through the Common App) closes November 13, 2019.


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.


South Carolina Association of Educational Office Professionals
Student Scholarship

SCAEOP presents annual scholarships of $1500 to deserving high school students. We have helped with the educational process of many South Carolina college bound students. The rising cost of tuition at many of our colleges places a hardship on many families. We strive each year to help ease the economic burden for a deserving student.


Applicant must be a graduating high school senior.

Applicant must have maintained a “C” average or better in high school.

Applicant must plan to enter an accredited institution of higher learning in the fall term following the granting of the scholarship.

Applicant must be a United States citizen and a resident of South Carolina.


Marian Garrett Student Scholarship Application





The 2020 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen.

Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
High school graduates are not eligible to apply.
Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.

The application deadline is November 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM.


  • The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2020 competition.
  • Male and female students compete separately.
  • Ranging from $1,000 per year to $12,500 per year, Most Valuable Student scholarships are for students pursuing a four-year degree, on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 semester hours), in a U.S. college or university. All scholarships are in the form of certificates of award conditional upon the full-time enrollment of the winner in an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • The Chicago office of the Elks National Foundation will announce the 2020 500 national winners in late April 2020. (Many local Lodges, districts and state Elks associations award their own scholarships through this program. These scholarships are not to be confused with the 500 Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarships.)

The 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid Leadership Weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges. These 20 finalists will be vying for two first-place awards of $50,000; two second-place awards of $40,000; and two third-place awards of $30,000. The remaining 14 finalists will receive awards of $20,000. The
480 runners-up will receive fifth-place scholarships of $4,000.


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.


State scholarships are awarded to eligible students in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The program specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders.

To be eligible to apply for a Horatio Alger State Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2020 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
Be a United States citizen


DEADLINE 10/25/19


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.



Applicants Must:
• Be enrolled in or planning to attend full-time an accredited college or university in the state of South Carolina.

Additional Desired Qualifications:
• Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
• Demonstrate financial need.

DEADLINE: December 2, 2019


Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 21st year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering.

The Youth Awards program is the main pipeline to Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) system of talent that prepares and positions Latino youth through the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program as they transition from high school, to college, to graduate school, and into their careers.


Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2020
Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale
Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2020-2021
Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
If selected, attendance to regional awards ceremony is mandatory and travel is at the recipient’s expense
Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA



Colgate-Palmolive in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation,
encourages you to get on the path to higher education.

The Haz La U Program helps put Hispanic youth on the track to college
by providing financial relief via educational grants totaling $100,000

– 10 Bronze Grants, each at $2,000
– 10 Silver Grants, each at $3,000
– 10 Gold Grants, each at $3,500
– 1 National Grant, at $15,000

– Academic excellence
– Dedication to community service
– Demonstration of leadership in one’s community

Apply here

Applications are accepted through October 15th, 2019
For more information about applicant qualifications please click here.

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.


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Emory University:

Emory College, Oxford College, and the Goizueta Business School offer merit-based scholarships to incoming first-year students through the Emory University Scholars Program. This highly selective program not only recognizes and provides financial awards to exceptional students with a history of academic excellence and outstanding extracurricular engagement, but also challenges those students to utilize their talents to impact the Emory community, Atlanta, and the world. Selection into the Emory University Scholars Program comes with the expectation that each Scholar will invest energy in active engagement with the community of Scholars and use the resources and support provided by the Program to shape the future of the University.

To be considered for the Emory University Scholars Program (including the Woodruff, Oxford, and Goizueta Scholarships), students must select one of Emory’s three admission decision plans (Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision). Students must submit all required application materials by the November 15—Emory University Scholars Program deadline—if your selected admission plan is ED II or RD.  Students applying ED I may apply for the Scholars program, but need to meet the November 1 deadline for all materials. Full instructions can be found via the “Questions” section of the Emory University supplemental “My College” page on the Common Application.

Students MUST nominate themselves by answering “yes” to the question on your application that says, “Do you wish to be considered for merit scholarships?” 


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.

For more information please visit:

For the application visit:


The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship – UNC Chapel Hill

The Creative Writing Program and the Department of English of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are pleased to announce the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, which offers full four-year financial support to one incoming freshman per year.  The Scholarship seeks to identify and reward students with exceptionally focused literary ability and promise.

Please note that our application process involves two separate steps and two different dates, and all applicants must take both steps and meet both deadlines, to win. Thomas Wolfe Scholarship applicants must apply to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the University’s October 15th, 2019 EARLY admission deadline and must meet all academic requirements for EARLY admission; and 2) Scholarship applicants must also apply to The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, with the deadline for submissions to the Scholarship being November 15th, 2019 (submissions must be electronically submitted by that date).  These are two distinct application processes and require different forms and separate online submissions.

The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship award, the first of its kind at UNC-Chapel Hill, will be based largely on written work submitted by candidates. Artistic merit is the chief criterion of selection. Students who write poetry, fiction, plays, literary non-fiction (personal narratives, memoir, travel and nature essays, literary journalism, belles-lettres) are eligible. Multiple genre submissions are also encouraged. Submissions are limited to one application per student.