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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.

Available Scholarships via Going Merry

For Class of 2023

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


 

 

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.


 

 

Greenville, SC Essay Topic:

Today there are over 5 billion people that have a cellular phone. Do you feel like owning a cell phone has made a positive or negative impact on the world today? Do you think that cell phones have created an improvement in communication, or have they created more disconnect between people?

Application Deadline: February 10, 2023

Click Here To Learn More & Apply


 

 HSF Scholars

  • Every year, HSF selects 10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants
  • HSF Scholars are a part of an unrivaled group of 25,000+ Scholars from 50 states, and more than 1,200 institutions, who make up the current HSF Scholar network
  • HSF Scholars have access to a network of over 65,000 HSF Alumni. HSF Alumni are leaders in their professions, communities, and the nation; many now serve as HSF mentors, career coaches, and volunteers
  • HSF Scholars have access to a full range of Scholar Support Services, including career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training
  • Career services include access to internships and job opportunities with HSF corporate partners
  • HSF Scholars are eligible to apply for all Scholar Conferences including, the STEM Summit, Finance Conference, Media & Entertainment Summit, Entrepreneurship Summit, Healthcare Summit, and Alumni Symposium
  • Exclusive access to the HSF Insider which shares invaluable information and select career opportunities with HSF corporate partners
  • Finally, and importantly, HSF awards more than $30 million in scholarships annually and, depending upon available funds, HSF Scholars may also be eligible to receive a scholarship, which ranges from $500-$5,000 and awarded directly to students

Deadline: February 15, 2023

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2023 South Carolina Council of Catholic Women Reverend William F. Pentis Memorial Scholarship

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.

For more information and to apply, please CLICK HERE!

Deadline for admission: April 21, 2023 (application must be postmarked by this date as it needs to be mailed)


 

For Class of 2024 & 2025

 

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.


 

The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2024 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Winners may use the scholarship to pursue any academic major.

A complete description of the scholarship’s criteria is available here.

The submission deadline is 5:00 PM eastern time, Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Click Here to find out more and to apply!


 

 

Scholarship Criteria

AES's belief is that achieving a high GPA should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason, they are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of essays that are submitted.

Scholarships are intended for 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 8, 2023

Submit essay to scholarships@aesengineers.com

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.