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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/

https://universityhq.org/paying-for-college/scholarships/#k12 is a very comprehensive site for scholarship searches.

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

www.scholarshipprograms.org   Try this link for scholarships.

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

https://discoveraccounting.org/scholarships/  Try this link for scholarships for students pursuing accounting degrees.

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 2019.


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:


SC Student Loan $1,000 give-a-way:  Each month, SC Student Loan gives away $1,000 to a junior, senior, or college student who registers on their website.  Visit scstudentloan.org for more information.

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 15.  To obtain the application, visit  http://www.elks.org/enf/scholars/MVS.cfm.  Check with your home school guidance counselor for more information.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship:  This is a $40,000 scholarship for a high performing senior with financial need.  Visit http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/ to apply.  Deadline is November 20.

Urban League Scholarships:  Check out this sight for some possible scholarship opportunities:  https://urbanleagueupstate.org/scholarships-2/

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 Novermber 30, 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 November 30, and applications may be obtained by visiting www.csascholars.org

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. 

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. 14.

ZipRecruiter Scholarship:  This is a $3,000 award for a student who writes the best follow up e-mail for a job interview.  For details, visit https://www.ziprecruiter.com/scholarship.  The deadline is December 31.


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.

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 January 6.  If you are interested in participating, you may visit: www.drivesmartnow.com

Cathy Watson ADK Scholarship:  This award of at least $750 -possibly $1,500 -and is for young ladies interested in pursuing a degree in education.  The deadline to apply is January 7. See your high school counselor for an application.

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 and look under "Programs."  The contest will conclude on January 23.

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.


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.  Visit http://www.scholocaustcouncil.org/scholarship.php and click on the scholarship application on the left side of the page.  Postmark deadline is March 29.

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 “America's Workforce: Empowering All." 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 2.  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.

Flavorable Futures Scholarship:  These are 5 awards at $5,000 each for students who are assessed on their academic achievement, creativity, and how they plan to contribute their individual gifts through their education. Deadline is Feb. 15.fts through education.

Visit flavorfulfutures.com for full list of requirements. 

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
  • Must be a high school senior graduating between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.
  • Must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale (high school/home school seniors).
  • We support applicants in a vocational/trade, 2-year, or 4-year program
SC Federal Credit Union Scholarship:  This scholarship can be located at https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarship/southcarolinafederalscholarship, and the deadline is February 20.

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 22.  To apply, visit http://www.scleoa.org and look under 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:

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 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/microsoftdisabilityscholarship.aspx The 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 8.

Teacher Forum Scholarship:  This is a  $2,000 - $3,000 (depending on amount of money raised this year) scholarship awarded to at least 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 8.

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.

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 Mr. Bearden or your high school guidance counselor for an application.  The deadline is March 25.

Work Ethic Scholarship:  These awards are for students planning to go 2 year programs/trade school to complete degrees in some type of "trade," such as welding, plumbing, electricity, construction, etc.  Visit https://www.mikeroweworks.org/scholarship/ to apply.  The deadline is March 28.

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:

The Bernie Varnadore Scholarship Program ($1,250) is presented to outstanding high school seniors who have participated in a franchised Dixie Boys Baseball program and plan to pursue undergraduate studies at a college or university. Apply at http://www.dixie.org/AssetFactory.aspx?did=551The deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.

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.

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 10.

George Rogers Scholarship:  If you are the first in your family to attend college and have a minimum 3.0 GPA with a record of extra-curricular activities and volunteerism, please see Mr. Bearden in guidance for an application for the George Rogers Scholarship.  Amount is usually between $2,000 - $3,000, and  the deadline is April 12.

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 https://www.tctc.edu/paying-for-college/new-students/scholarships/.  The deadline is April 14

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.

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:

McDonald's Scholarship:  McDonald's is now offering EVERY student who is a McDonald's employee and works at least 15 hours a week for 90 days,  a scholarship for $2,500 every year that they go to college and stay employed at McDonald's. As long as they can provide a college bill, up to $2500 will be paid towards their tuition. Check with your local McDonald's or email cravco3@gmail.com.

Upstate SC PFLAG Scholarship:  This is a $1,000 award for a student in Oconee County who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or as a straight ally.  Students must demonstrate support of and/or service to the LGBTQ+ community and  have a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Deadline is May 1.

If you are a member of SkillsUSA, check out the scholarship opportunities at skillsusa.org.  Most deadlines are May 1.

B. Davis Scholarship:  This is a $1,000 award.  Visit www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm.  The deadline for applications is May 24.  Other scholarship opportunities are available at this site.

June - August Deadlines:

The Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship Program awards up to $2,500 to students pursuing career or technical education.  To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must enroll in a 2-year or less career or technical degree/certificate program beginning in Fall 2019 that will lead to employment. The post-secondary institution must be not-for-profit.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need, be under the age of 30, and a United States citizen.  The application is available at https://application.horatioalger.orgThe deadline to apply is June 15, 2019.  

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, 2019.

 Big Sun Scholarship:  These $500 awards will be presented to athletes.  The deadline is June 19, 2019.  For more information, visit www.bigsunathletics.com  There is a short essay requirement that asks you to discuss your extra-curricular and community activities.