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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.

For Class of 2023

Summer Scholarship Search

College Express's Scholarship Search tool has connected a ton of students with thousands of opportunities to apply for and win free money for college—and now it’s even better!

Searching for scholarships you are eligible for is now easier than ever with this tool’s brand-new look and great new features, including fast access to all their featured scholarships.

Please read their latest blog on Why It’s Important to Search for Scholarships Over the Summer to find motivation and get started on this important part of the college process while you have the time.


 

The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship application process involves two (2) steps

  1. An application to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by October 15, 2022
  2. An application to the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship by November 15, 2022.  Students must apply to both the University and the Scholarship to be considered.

Click HERE for more information and to apply!


 

George W. Jenkins Scholarship

The George W. Jenkins Scholarship is one of the premier scholarships available to students at the University of Miami. This scholarship is awarded to high school seniors with strong academic credentials, significant financial need, and a history of overcoming adversity.

Jenkins Scholars receive the full cost of attendance for four years of undergraduate study at UM. The award includes tuition and fees, on-campus housing, a meal plan, University health insurance, and a laptop allowance. Students may also receive a stipend for books, transportation, and personal expenses.

With the support of the Office of Academic Enhancement, Jenkins Scholars take part in exclusive programs, benefit from one-on-one advising, participate in group community service efforts, and are personally referred for additional prestigious academic opportunities.

If interested in being nominated, please fill out the interest form by October 18, 2022

George W. Jenkins Scholarship (Nomination Interest Form)


 

The Heisman High School Scholarship continues a 28-year tradition of honoring high school seniors who accomplish tremendous feats in the classroom, on the field, and most importantly, within their communities. The scholarship recognizes and rewards both male and female high school athletes who are community-minded and driven to use their exceptional talents for the benefit of all.

CLICK HERE to view and learn more from the scholarship flyer

APPLY TODAY

Please use our collegecounseling@sjcatholicschool.org account when the application asks you for a school reviewer.

DEADLINE: October 18th, 2022


 

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia seeks to identify the most highly talented students in the world. Successful candidates have demonstrated: 

  1. Exceptional leadership talents,
  2. An understanding of the broader community around them, and
  3. Uncommon academic abilities.

The award for the Jefferson Scholarship is intended to cover the entire cost of attendance for four years at the University of Virginia, plus coverage of supplemental enrichment experiences. The total value of the Jefferson Scholarship exceeds $333,000 for non-Virginian students.

If you would like to be considered for SJCS's Jefferson Scholars nomination, please fill out the interest form by October 21, 2022

Jefferson Scholars Nominee Interest Form


 

Textiles Scholarship Endorsement

Any student who applies for admission by the Early Action deadline, November 1, and has selected a textiles baccalaureate undergraduate degree program for their first major choice can be endorsed and receive access to the scholarship application.

These scholarships are designed for students who are interested in career fields such as engineering, business management, design, chemistry, polymers, forensics, medical fields, fashion merchandising and retail management.

If you fit that description and would like to be endorsed by the College Counseling office, please let us know at collegecounseling@sjcatholicschools.org by October 25, 2022.


 

"Why Is The Veteran Important" 

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 80,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “Why Is The Veteran Important?”

Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements and make sure to turn in your application to your local VFW Post.

Student Entry Deadline: October 31, 2022

Audio Essay Competition Grand Prize: $30,000 Award

Audio Essay Competition State Winner: $1,000 Award

Apply Here

If there are any questions, the point of contact for these competitions at Donaldson Center Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9273 is Steven Watterson. Call (864)-386-1283 or emai Watterson_abroad@hotmail.com


 

Walentas Scholars Program

The Walentas Scholars Program develops leaders, citizens, and scholars who are pioneers in the first generation of their families to earn a bachelor’s degree. A Walentas Scholar:

  1. demonstrates a desire to serve others. They impact their community through positions of leadership.
  2. leads by example in their community, making a positive impact on the world around them.
  3. pursues academic challenges, taking the most rigorous courses available to them and succeeding in their course work.
  4. is a trailblazer in the first generation of their family to earn a bachelor’s degree.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Walentas Scholars Program at the University of Virginia.

The scholarship will cover the entire cost of attending the University of Virginia, including tuition and fees, room, board, books, and spending money for a total of eight semesters. Additionally, the scholarship will fund a robust enrichment program designed to enhance the community of leaders and citizens.

If you would like to be considered for SJCS's Walentas Scholars nomination, please fill out the below interest form by November 1, 2022

Walentas Scholars Nominee Interest Form


 

Trustee Scholarship

Every year, BU welcomes approximately 20 outstanding students to the Trustee Scholars Program. Many of their current Scholars had perfect 4.0 grade point averages in high school and ranked in the top of their class.

In addition to exceptional academic credentials, Trustee Scholars are intellectually and creatively adventurous and demonstrate viewpoints, experiences, or achievements beyond the usual. They are, in other words, not just top students, but extraordinarily well-rounded individuals. 

A Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus mandatory undergraduate student fees, and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met. Interested students must apply by December 1, 2022.

Click HERE to Learn More & Apply


 

Founded in 2014, the Lyceum Scholars Program offers $10,000 scholarships for students to attend Clemson University and study the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society. Lyceum Scholars read great books throughout eight courses that range from ancient political thought to the political thought of the American founding to constitutional law. 

How to Apply
The Lyceum Scholars Program is open to incoming freshmen of ANY major. Interested students should apply in their senior year of high school to both the Lyceum Scholars Program and Clemson University

The application deadline is December 11, 2022


 

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.

Amount: $6,000 ($3,000 for fall semester; $3,000 for spring semester)

Renewable? Yes, for a student's first four eligible years of undergraduate education

Based On: Need and merit

Scholarship Deadline: February 8, 2023*

Click Here To Learn More

*Scholarship application will open in October 2022

 

The American Legion Department of South Carolina

H. W. Dare Maness

High School Oratorical Scholarship Program -"A Constitutional Speech Contest"

The purpose of this speech contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership skills, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights, and privileges of American citizenship. The contest has region, state, and national winners/scholarships.

All high school students are eligible to compete.

All 2023 Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

Click here to learn more about the contest.


 

For Class of 2024 & 2025

Summer Scholarship Search

College Express's Scholarship Search tool has connected a ton of students with thousands of opportunities to apply for and win free money for college—and now it’s even better!

Searching for scholarships you are eligible for is now easier than ever with this tool’s brand-new look and great new features, including fast access to all their featured scholarships.

Please read their latest blog on Why It’s Important to Search for Scholarships Over the Summer to find motivation and get started on this important part of the college process while you have the time.


 

"Why Is The Veteran Important" 

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 80,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme is, “Why Is The Veteran Important?”

Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements and make sure to turn in your application to your local VFW Post.

Student Entry Deadline: October 31, 2022

Audio Essay Competition Grand Prize: $30,000 Award

Audio Essay Competition State Winner: $1,000 Award

Apply Here

If there are any questions, the point of contact for these competitions at Donaldson Center Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9273 is Steven Watterson. Call (864)-386-1283 or emai Watterson_abroad@hotmail.com


 

 

The American Legion Department of South Carolina

H. W. Dare Maness

High School Oratorical Scholarship Program -"A Constitutional Speech Contest"

The purpose of this speech contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership skills, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights, and privileges of American citizenship. The contest has region, state, and national winners/scholarships.

All high school students are eligible to compete.

All 2023 Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2023.

Click here to learn more about the contest.