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 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. - VFW

Get paper application from Mrs. Butler

This application is comprised of an audio essay based on the question, Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?

DEADLINE: Nov 15 2020

Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund | South Carolina Wild

The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation which 

partners with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the promotion of 

education, research, management and the administration of game and fish laws, which 
will benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina.
There are 4 different scholarships within this fund.  Please go here to see eligibility and rules.
DEADLINE: FEB 26, 2021

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.

Application includes: Essay, Financial Need Statement, Resume, Letter of Rec, Transcript, IRS 1040 form, optional SAT/ACT scores


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Announces Semifinalists for One of the Nation's Largest College Scholarship Programs

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.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational experience – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships they may receive. This highly competitive scholarship includes:

  • Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school.
  • Ability to pursue any area of study.
  • Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid.
  • Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the student experience.

To be eligible to apply to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program you must:

•Graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2021
•Intend to enroll full time in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2021
•Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
•Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year’s cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.

Once you have created a Common App, add the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation as one of your “schools” to access the requirements that are specific to the College Scholarship.  DEADLINE OCT 30, 2020



-Be enrolled in or planning to attend a full-time accredited college or university in South Carolina

-Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

-Demonstrate financial need

Eligible applicants please apply at



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 7, 2021. Deadline for receipt of the additional required materials is 5:00 PM EST. January 7, 2021. The additional materials required must be mailed in ONE envelope to the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, PO BOX 1465, Taylors, SC 29687. The additional materials required must be RECEIVED no later than 5:00 pm est. January 7, 2021.

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.

This scholarship may be renewable for up to (3) three additional consecutive years of undergraduate work, or until a bachelor’s degree is awarded, whichever is earlier.






The SC Teaching Fellows application is hosted by Kaleidoscope and serves as the first step in the rigorous identification process for Teaching Fellows. The application submission window is open from September 1st until December 1st. Students must apply for Teaching Fellows during their final year of high school.

To apply for Teaching Fellows, you must be:

  • a United States citizen or permanent resident alien legally authorized to be in the United States (Please note – students categorized as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are not eligible for Teaching Fellows.)
  • a legal resident of South Carolina (Please note – Residency will be verified by the Teaching Fellows Institution after a student has been offered an award.)
  • a high school senior or junior graduating early




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 do not need to 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 submitted; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.




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As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.


To be eligible to apply for any of the Horatio Alger Undergraduate Scholarships, 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 2021 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






I invite you to apply to the Army ROTC Scholarship. You could earn a full tuition and fees scholarship! Creighton University gives all ROTC Scholarship cadets free room and board. On top of that the Army will also give you $1200 per year for books and pays you a monthly spending stipend of $420 per month!

If you earn a 4 – year scholarship from Army ROTC at Creighton University:

Tuition 100% paid

Fees 100% paid

Books paid ($1200 per year maximum)

Room and Board 100% paid by Creighton University

= zero out of pocket expense.

In fact, you will pocket roughly $15,000 that you earn from the monthly spending stipend over your 4 years

To explore this opportunity please contact me at I will answer any questions you may have about the program. We can communicate through email or Zoom to ensure you have all your questions answered. If you know you want to apply for the scholarship now, simply respond via email asking for the application instructions and I will send those right away.




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