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 2022
The SC Junior Golf Foundation offers scholarship aid to deserving students who meet certain academic criteria. Senior students may apply if they have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale through the spring 2021 semester, have a competitive or recreational interest in golf, and are planning to attend an accredited public or private, four-year college or university located in South Carolina in the fall of 2022.
The deadline to apply online & turn in all additional materials is January 10, 2022 at 5:00pm.
The Watson-Brown Foundation, a Georgia nonprofit corporation, operates one of the largest college scholarship programs in the area. Oftentimes, their annual scholarships make college dreams come true for Georgia and South Carolina students.
The Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship renewable for a student's first four eligible years of undergraduate education. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of need as well as merit to students who attend four-year, regionally accredited, non-profit institutions in the United States. In 2021, the Foundation committed over $3.5 million to over 950 undergraduate students.
This year's application is now open. Students must complete and submit the online application by February 8, 2022, though early applications are always appreciated.
Open to incoming freshmen of any major, the Lyceum Scholars Program uses a great books approach to studying the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society. All Lyceum Scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship, which is disbursed over their four years at Clemson University.
The Lyceum Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for students who will be entering Clemson University in Fall 2022. Those interested in becoming Lyceum Scholars should apply in their senior year of high school to the Lyceum Scholars Program and separately to Clemson University. *Please note: Lyceum scholarship awards are contingent upon being admitted to Clemson University.
The Lyceum Scholars program Application Deadline: December 11, 2021
Kitty M. Fairey Educational Fund Scholarship
The Kitty M. Fairey Educational Fund offers scholarships to students who are planning to attend an accredited college or university in the state of South Carolina on a full-time basis. Eligible applicants will have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and will demonstrate financial need. The deadline for submitting the application and additional materials is January 12, 2022.
University of Dayton Leadership in Service Scholarship
Are you applying to the University of Dayton? Please fill out the interest form below if you are hoping to be nominated for the Leadership in Service Scholarship (valued at $10,000). Nominees will also be eligible to receive a merit scholarship, worth up to $121,000 over four years, and they’ll have access to opportunities to further their leadership development at the University of Dayton.
The form will be open until October 25th
CatholicCollegeInfo.com is offering a monthly $300 scholarship drawing in addition to a $1500 annual scholarship drawing. Head over to their website to enter for your chance to win!
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A TEACHER? CONSIDER APPLYING FOR TEACHING FELLOWS!
Teaching Fellows' mission is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. The program provides 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. Fellows receive up to $24,000 in fellowship funds while they complete their teaching degree.
- Applications open October 1st and end December 1st.
- Click here or here to learn more information
- Click here to apply for the Teaching Fellows program
- Thomas Wolfe Scholarship applicants must apply to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the University’s October 15th, 2021 EARLY admission deadline and must meet all academic requirements for EARLY admission; and
- Scholarship applicants must also apply to The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, with the deadline for submissions to the Scholarship being November 15th, 2021 (submissions must be electronically submitted by that date). These are two distinct application processes and require different forms and separate online submissions.
The College Counseling Office has the opportunity to nominate some of our seniors for the following Scholars/Scholarship Programs*:
*Clicking on the link of the name of the scholar program takes you to the SJCS interest form. The deadlines cannot be extended. Once you have expressed interest, your information will go before the scholarship nomination committee and names will be selected.
There are a few other scholars’ programs that we promote, however, they have moved to self-nomination. Please note these programs:
- Emory University’s Scholar Programs
- University of Notre Dame’s Scholars’ Program
- Robertson Scholars (Duke and/or UNC Chapel Hill)
- Danforth Scholars Program (Washington University in St. Louis)
- University of Texas at Dallas’ McDermott Scholars
If you are interested in any of these programs, please follow the steps that they have laid forth.
The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors hundreds of the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes each year. This year, the college scholarship amounts have been doubled, increasing support for each student-athlete’s education. The program will recognize a winner from each high school that has student participation. The top male and female applicants from each state will be awarded $1,000. State winners will move on for the chance to become a national finalist and win at least $2,000. Of the national finalists, a male and a female will be selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Heisman High School Scholarship.
To learn more, please visit the Heisman High School Scholarship site.
Applications are due by 6:00pm on October 19th, 2021.
For Class of 2023 & 2024
Distinguished Young Women of Greenville County Scholarship Program
Distinguished Young Women is a non-profit which provides college scholarships and personal growth opportunities to young women who are looking to go to college. The program for Greenville County is coming up in January for the Class of 2023 and we'd like your help spreading the word to young ladies who are currently juniors.
We hope to have as many young women as possible take advantage of this opportunity from St. Joseph's Catholic School.
Leading up to our final showcase, the participants will participate in rehearsals for the showcase and life skills workshops where we will help girls build life skills like job interviewing, public speaking, self-defense and financial management. We also make more than $800 million in scholarships available nationally to our participants each year (there are colleges who even offer scholarships to young women just for participating). But whether they win a scholarship or not, every girl walks away with new skills that will serve her well after graduation.
Contact: Jeremy Culpepper, 864-202-0558