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Scholarship Opportunities

Always take advantage of your home high school's senior newsletters for scholarship information.  Also, use the student and parent course in Canvas to locate additional scholarship information:  https://sdocscholarships.blogspot.com/

CollegeCovered.com/Assist is a great site for scholarship and financial aid information.

DiscoverStudentLoans.com/Scholarship is an excellent source of information on scholarships.

If you have completed any PLTW (Project Lead the Way) courses, you may qualify for some scholarships at Milwaukee School of Engineering.  For more information, call 800-332-6763

https://weirdscholarships.net/  Try this link for unique scholarships.

Assistance for students who are undocumented:  June Arellano is a volunteer advocate to assist students who are undocumented.  You may contact her at junearellano@hotmail.com.  Additionally, www.dreaminmexico.org is a college information website for undocumented students without US citizenship. You may also contact Daniel Arenas @ d3amty@hotmail.com.

Hispanic Scholarships:  For more information on these scholarships, visit www.hsf.net or e-mail scholar1@hsf.net  The general guidelines for these particular scholarships are:  Be of Hispanic heritage (most programs), have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, have plans to enroll as a FULL-TIME student in the Fall of 2018.


The scholarship information below is listed by deadline date.  Yellow highlights mean that the information has NOT been updated for the 2018-19 school year.

October Deadlines:

AES Scholarship:  This only requires a small essay and is not based on grades.  Amount is $500.  Visit http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.php.  The deadline is October 6.  Other financial aid opportunities may be located at this website.

If you are interested in Erskine College, there is a FULL scholarship available.  You can apply at http://erskine.edu/presidential.  The deadline is October 6.

If you are a strong volunteer who has completed several volunteer service projects, you may wish to apply for the Coca-Cola Scholarship.  Visit www.coca-colascholars.org for more information.  You must apply online, and the deadline is October 31.  Amount is $20,000.


November Deadlines:

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship:  This is a $40,000 scholarship for a high performing senior with financial need.  Visithttp://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/ to apply.  Deadline is November 14.

 

Urban League MLK Scholarship:

This is a $1,500 scholarship awarded to a senior from Upstate, SC who has a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater, leadership and community service and must be available to attend a program on January 13. 

Apply Online: http://urbanleagueupstate.org/2018-mlk-scholarships/  Deadline is Nov. 17.


Elks Scholarship:  These scholarships range from $4,000 to $60,000 and are for students with very strong records of community service, academics, and leadership.  There is an essay requirement.  The deadline is November 27.  To obtain the application, visit  http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/MVS.cfm.  Check with your home school guidance counselor for more information.


December Deadlines:

The Teaching Fellows Scholarship is for students who desire to become educators.  Visit cerra.org for more information.  The deadline is Dec. 1.

 www.hsf.net  is an excellent source for Hispanic scholarships.

 SC Association of Educational Office Professionals Scholarships:  Two scholarships are available:  The first is a $1,500 scholarship presented to a student pursuing a career in the business field.  The student must have an overall C average and B average in any high school business classes.  The second scholarship is also for $1,500 but is for any student - not only a business major.  For the applications, visit https://www.scaeop.org/student-scholarships.html; the deadline is Dec. 1. 

Doyle Memorial Scholarship:  This scholarship awards up to $3,600 per year (4 year college students) and up to $1,250 per year (2 year college students) for students attending college in SC.  Students must have a minimum 2.0/4.0 GPA and financial need.  Receipt deadline is December 1, and applications may be obtained by visiting www.csascholars.org

 Dorothy M. Friend Scholarship:  This $4,000 per year scholarship is for students attending a 4 year college in any state in the US.  Students must have a 2.5/4.0 GPA and financial need.  Receipt deadline is December 1, and applications may be obtained by visiting www.csascholars.org

Burger King Scholarships:  A student must have a 2.5 minimum GPA on the 4.0 scale to be eligible for this $1,000 award.  There is another more competitive scholarship that is up to $50,000.  Students DO NOT have to work at Burger King.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship and for another $50,000 scholarship that is also presented by Burger King is Dec. 15.  To Apply: Log on at http://www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram for both applications.

AXA Achievement Scholarship:  This award ranges from $10,000 - $25,000 and is for students who have set and reached ambitious goals, demonstrated drive and determination and have shown academic abilities in the midst of overcoming personal challenges.  To learn more and to apply, visit https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15.

Cathy Watson ADK Scholarship:  This award of at least $750 and is for young ladies interested in pursuing a degree in education.  The deadline to apply is December 15. See your high school counselor for an application.

Drive Smart: no distractions, no excuses scholarship:  This is a teen digital contest open to students between 13 to 18.  Students are asked to create a short, digital project to educate their friends about the dangers of driving distracted. Teens can enter The Wireless Foundation Drive Smart: No Distractions, No Excuses Challenge for a chance to win prizes, including a $10,000 scholarship. The deadline to turn in project is December 18.  If you are interested in participating, you may visit: www.drivesmartnow.com


January Deadlines:

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship:  This $10,000 per year award is for students with exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship.  The deadline is January 4, and you can find the application @ http://www.reaganfoundation.org/GE-RFScholarships.aspx.

Mensa Scholarship Essay Competition:  This award requires a 550 word essay about educational and career goals.  The award amount ranges from $500 to $1,000.  There are two categories:  (1)students with Mensa connection and (2) general applications without a Mensa connection.  Please visit www.mensafoundation.org/scholarships or call Mary Ann Cox @ 864-963-2335 for more information.  The deadline is January 15.

The American Legion is sponsoring an oratorical contest. The student must prepare an 8-10 minute speech based on some phase of the Constitution of the US which will give emphasis to the attendant duties and obligations of a citizen to our government.   Three scholarships will be given away to winners.  State and national scholarships range from $500.00 to $18,000.  South Carolina has actually had 3 national winners in the past (2 from Seneca).  Additional information may be obtained by calling 843-645-4141 or by e-mailing Roberta Poulos at rcpoulos@msn.com  The Website is http://www.scarolinalegion.org/page/content/programs/hw-dare-maness-high-school-oratorical-contest The contest will conclude on January 24.

The David M. Cline Scholarship is a one year $2,000 scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or forensic science.  Applications can be located at www.hamptonwildlifefund.org/scholarship.html .  The deadline is January 31.  

The James O. Thomason Scholarship is a 4- year $2,000/year scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications.  Applications can be located at www.hamptonwildlifefund.org/scholarship.html .  The deadline is January 31. 

Harry Hampton Scholarship ($2,500 per year for 4 years) and Wallace F. Pate Scholarship ($1,500 one time):  These awards are for students wishing to pursue an education in SC in the natural resources discipline, such as wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, or marine science.  Postmark deadline is January 31.  Visit http://www.hamptonwildlifefund.org/scholarship.html for an application.  Students may apply for both of these but can only be awarded one.

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation Scholarship:  This is a one-time scholarship in the amount of $2,500 who wish to pursue a degree in marine science, marine biology, or environmental science.  Postmark deadline is January 31.  Visit http://www.hamptonwildlifefund.org/scholarship.html for the application.

February Deadlines:


James F. Byrnes Scholarship:  This is a $3,500 renewable scholarship for a student who has a deceased parent.  Visit http://www.byrnesscholars.org/ for the application.  Deadline is Feb. 1.

Holocaust Scholarship:  This is a $1,000 award for a students planning to attend a 2 or 4 year college.  An essay on an assigned topic is required.  See Mr. Bearden for an application.  Postmark deadline is April 1.

SC Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Journalism Scholarship:  The winner of this statewide contest will be awarded a 4-year scholarship from a state-supported institution.  This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” You can access more information from an online brochure (www.journalism.scvrd.net).  You must be 16-19 years old and be a high school junior or senior.  Entries must be postmarked by February 1.  You do NOT have to have a disability to enter.  If you have questions, call 803-896-6503.

SC Association of Counties Scholarship:  This is a $2,500 award for a student who are planning to attend a SC 2 or 4 year college.  Criteria includes an essay, grades, and school and community activities.  Deadline is February 1st.  Application is at http://www.sccounties.org/scac-scholarships

Garden Club Scholarships:  Check out www.gardenclubofsc.org for information on 2 scholarships ($500 and $2,000) scholarships are related to the study of  Environmental Science, Agriculture, Agronomy, Botany, City Planning, Floriculture, Forestry, Land Management, Landscape Architecture, Plant Pathology, Historic Preservation, or related majors.  Deadline is Feb. 1.

SC Law Enforcement Officers’ Foundation Scholarship:  Awards range from $2,000 to $3,000 and are for any senior.  One of the $2,000 awards is for a senior who is the child of a law enforcement officer.  A 1,000 word essay is required.  The deadline is February 23.  To apply, visit http://www.scleoa.org and click on the SCLEOF tab.  

SC State Fair Scholarship:  (50) $6,000 scholarships will be awarded to seniors in SC.  Students must be attending a college in SC, have academic and extra-curricular achievement, and communication skills.  To get an application visit http://www.scstatefair.org and click on the scholarship link. Application will be available in February. 

March Deadlines:

GHS Scholarship:  This is a scholarship for a child of a Greenville Hospital System employee or grandchild of a GHS volunteer.  Students who have documented 50 volunteer hours in a GHS center are also eligible.  Must have a 3.0 in math and science classes, financial need, leadership, and plan on a career in the healthcare profession.  You may apply online at www.scholarshipprograms.org.  Deadline is March 1.

SC Association of Extension Administrative Professionals Scholarship (SCAEA):  This is a $1,000 award given to a student pursuing a career in the secretarial science, computer science, or business management field.  See Mr. Bearden for an application.  The deadline is March 2.

Teacher Forum Scholarship:  This is a $3,000 scholarship awarded to one student from each high school who plans to become a teacher.  See your counselor or Mr. Bearden for an application.  The deadline is March 9.

Bobby Chapman Junior Golf Scholarship:  This $1,500 renewable scholarship is for golfers and non-golfers.  Students should be of good character, possess leadership skills, and have strong academic records; small essay is required.  See your high school counselor for an application.  Each school may only select 2 applicants, and the deadline is usually mid-march.

SkillsUSA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Scholarshipwww.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/skillsusa-stem-science-technology-engineering-mathematics-scholarship/. Deadline is March 15.

Microsoft Disability Scholarship:  This is a scholarship for students who live with a disability (visual, hearing, mobility, speech, or learning), plan to attend college, have a 3.0 minimum GPA, have financial need, and plan to major in engineering, computer science, business or pre-law.  For more information, visit http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx. The deadline is March 15.

George Rogers Scholarship:  This is awarded to a student who will be the first in his/her family to attend college and who has academic, extra-curricular, and community achievements.  GPA must be a minimum of 2.5.  Deadline is March 16.  See Mr. Bearden or e-mail georgerogersscholarship@gmail.com for an application. 

SC Coaches Association of Women’s Sports and Trophies by “M” Scholarship:  This is a $1,000 award for a young lady who participates in sports and is planning to major in the medical field.  To download an application, visit www.sccaws.org under the “more” tab.  Each high school may nominate only one person for this scholarship; therefore, if you are interested, your high school guidance counselor must have your application by March 22.  Criteria include rank, SAT/ACT scores, financial need, and athletic & extracurricular involvement.

 SC Coaches Association of Women’s Sports Educator’s Scholarship:  This is a $1,000 award for a young lady who participates in sports and is planning to major in education.  To download an application, visit www.sccaws.org and look under the “more” tab.  Each high school may nominate only one person for this scholarship; therefore, if you are interested, your high school guidance counselor must have your application by March 22.  Criteria include rank, SAT/ACT scores, and athletic & extracurricular involvement.  

Willie C. McNeill Scholarship:  These 2 scholarships are valued at $1,000 each.  One will go to a minority student, and the other will go to a non-minority student.  Minimum GPA requirement is 2.5.  Please see your guidance counselor for an application.  The deadline is March 27.

J. Davis Construction, Inc. Scholarship:  This is a $500 scholarship for a student with a GPA of at least 2.75 who plans to attend a technical school, 2-year or 4-year college and major in Construction Science, Construction Management or a related field.  Priority is given to students enrolled in the Construction Program at Hamilton Career Center but others may also apply.  See Mr. Bearden or your high school counselor for an application.  Deadline is March 29.

April Deadlines:

Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarships:  If you have ever participated in the Dixie Youth Baseball programs, you should check out the following links for scholarships ranging from $1,200 to $2,000:  baseball.dixie.org (click on “news”) - deadline is April 1.

Skills USA/National Technical Honor Society Scholarshipwww.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/national-technical-honor-society/Deadline is April 1.

Joye Law Firm Scholarship:  This scholarship is open to all 12th seniors in South Carolina that will be attending a 4 year university. Details of the scholarship contest can be seen at http://www.joyelawfirm.com/scholarship/.  This is a $2,000 award, and the deadline is April 1.

Tri-County Technical College Scholarships:  If you plan to attend Tri-County in the fall and have applied to the college, there are many scholarships available.  You must complete an online scholarship application at http://tctc.academic works.com.  The deadline is April 1

Blue Ridge Junior Golf Scholarship:  This is a $1,000 scholarship for a student who has played high school golf and has a minimum 3.0 GPA.  See your high school guidance counselor.  Deadline is April 13.

Sharon Melton Myers Memorial Scholarshiphttps://skillsusa.wufoo.com/forms/sharon-melton-myers-memorial-scholarship/. Deadline is April 15.

Scholarship for children of a parent with breast cancer:  Visit:  www.rvscholarship.orgThe deadline is April 30.

Oconee County Medical Society Scholarship:  This is a $500 award given to a student pursuing any health-related field.  See Mr. Bearden or your high school guidance counselor for an application.  The deadline is April 21.

For a random drawing scholarship, visit www.student-view.com and complete a 20 minute application survey about colleges.  Deadline is April 22.  

SC Teachers Loan Program:   If you are planning to major in education and are willing to teach for a minimum of 5 years in a critical subject and/or critical geographical area in SC, you should apply.  The criteria:  rank in top 40% of class, have an ACT/SAT score at least equal to the SC state average scores, minimum 2.75/4.0 GPA.  Loan amounts are up to $2,500 for first 2 years of college and up to $5,000 for junior and senior years.  You may obtain the application at www.scstudentloan.org.  Priority deadline is April 30.          

May Deadlines:

SkillsUSA Alumni and Friends Merit Scholarshipwww.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/alumni-friends-scholarship. Deadline is May 1.

Marsha Daves Memorial Scholarship: www.skillsusa.org/membership-resources/scholarships-financial-aid/the-marsha-daves-memorial-scholarship/. Deadline is May 1.

B. Davis Scholarship:  This is a $1,000 award.  Visit www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm.  The deadline for applications is May 22.  Other scholarship opportunities are available at this site.

June - August Deadlines:

Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship:   This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit http://www.fashion-schools.org/aspiring-fashion-professional-scholarship-program to find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.  June 1 is the deadline.

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship:   This is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Visit http://www.animationcareerreview.com/animationcareerreviewcom-aspiring-animation-professional-scholarship-program to find eligibility information along with the online application. June 1 is the deadline.

Abbott & Fenner Business Consultants Scholarship: This $1,000 award goes to the winner of an essay contest:  Students will submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of their web site:  http://www.abbottandfenner.com/scholarships.htmThe deadline is June 14, 2018.

 Big Sun Scholarship:  These $500 awards will be presented to athletes.  The deadline is June 19, 2018.  For more information, visit www.bigsunathletics.com  There is a short essay requirement that asks you to discuss your extra-curricular and community activities.

Aspiring Nurse Scholarship: This award is $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates a track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics and a passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare.  This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Scholarship applications will be accepted until midnight on August 18, 2018.  Visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage.