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Office of Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid

Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

Fall 2014 Entering Classes
     New Freshmen
     Transfer Students
     Global Ambassador Scholarship for Out-of-State Students

Continuing Students

> Students must be enrolled FULL-TIME (12 or more hours per semester) in order to receive Winthrop scholarships.

> Financial aid received from all sources cannot exceed the cost of attendance at Winthrop University. The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to adjust the amount of a Winthrop scholarship as deemed necessary to comply with federal, state and institutional guidelines.


New Freshmen

Fall 2014 Entering Classes

Students who apply for admission will be automatically evaluated for scholarship eligibility by the Office of Admissions during the admission process.

All freshman applicants who are admitted and meet the minimum criteria listed below will receive a scholarship.

  • A completed application received by the Office of Admissions by May 1 for fall admission, or December 1 for spring admission. 
    • Applications that become complete after the deadline will be considered for scholarships if funds are available.
    • The complete application for admission will include the application form, application fee, official high school transcript, and SAT or ACT scores.
    • The Winthrop Fellows Scholarship will be awarded to Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipients who submit a completed admission application by March 15.
  • Earn a 3.5 cumulative high school GPA; and
  • Earn a score of 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT (excluding the writing test results for both exams).

Students may be awarded only one of the following academic scholarships. All awards are renewable. Students must enroll in 12 or more hours each semester and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Trustee's Scholarship recipients must earn a minimum GPA of 3.2 to qualify for a renewal of their scholarship.

Scholarships for In-State Freshmen

Scholarships for In-State Freshmen

Award Name

Total Value of Award per Year

Minimum GPA

Minimum SAT

Minimum ACT

Winthrop Fellows Scholarship1,2

See Below 1,2

S.C. Criteria

S.C. Criteria for the
Palmetto Fellows
Scholarship

S.C. Criteria

Trustees Scholarship

$14,000

4.0

1500

34

Macfeat Scholarship

$7,500

3.5

1400-1490

32, 33

Kinard Scholarship

$6,000

3.5

1300-1390

29-31

Phelps Scholarship

$3,000

3.5

1250-1290

28

Heritage Scholarship

$1,500

3.5

1200-1240

27

Garnet and Gold Scholarship

$1,000

3.5

1100-1190

24-26

Governors School for Science and Mathematics Scholarship 3

$5,000

3.0

1250

28

International Baccalaureate Scholarship 4

$5,000

3.0

1200

27

1. The Winthrop Fellows Scholarship will be awarded to Palmetto Fellows Scholarship recipients who submit a completed admission application by March 15. Note: Notification of the award will be sent to eligible students after Winthrop has received a list of Palmetto Fellows recipients from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE.) The CHE usually sends this list in February or March of your senior year. 
2. The Winthrop Fellows Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, a double-occupancy traditional residence hall room, and a full meal plan less Palmetto Fellows, other Winthrop scholarship awards, and any need-based federal and/or state grants. The Winthrop Fellows Scholarship may only be used to pay those charges assessed by the University and may not be refunded to the student under any circumstance. The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to adjust the value of the Winthrop Fellows Scholarship as funding from federal, state or institutional scholarships and/or grants becomes available.
3. Awarded to students who graduate from the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics.
4. Awarded to students who complete the International Baccalaureate program through the senior year of high school.

Scholarships for Out-of-State Freshmen

Scholarships for Out-of-State Freshmen

Award Name

Academic Scholarship

Out-of-State Grant1 Total Value of Award per Year

Minimum GPA

Minimum SAT

Minimum ACT

Trustees Scholarship2

$14,000

$13,000

$27,000

4.0

1500

34

Presidents Scholarship

$500

$13,000

$13,500

3.5

1400-1490

32, 33

Joynes Scholarship

$500

$9,700

$10,200

3.5

1300-1390

29 - 31

Tillman Scholarship

$500

$6,500

$7,000

3.5

1250-1290

28

Founders Scholarship

$500

$3,500

$4,000

3.5

1100-1240

24-27

International Baccalaureate Scholarship 3

$5,000

$10,000

$15,000

3.0

1200

27

1. Out-of-state scholarships include a grant to cover a portion of out-of-state fees.
2. The Trustees Scholarship value cannot exceed the actual cost of tuition.
3. Awarded to students who complete the International Baccalaureate program through the senior year of high school.


Transfer Students

Fall 2014 Entering Classes

Transfer scholarships will be awarded by the Office of Admissions upon review of most recent college transcript.  The minimum criteria is a 3.0 cumulative GPA completed on 30 or more semester hours (excluding remedial, developmental, and vocational courses).

  • Students who apply for admission will be automatically evaluated for scholarship eligibility during the admission process. Transfer scholarships will be awarded after the initial college transcript has been received by the Office of Admissions.
  • After receipt of the final college transcript, students who become qualified or qualify for a higher scholarship, will automatically be reviewed by the Office of Admissions, provided the final transcript is received no later than two weeks after the first day of classes for the semester.
  • Upon receipt of the final college transcript, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to reduce and/or remove a scholarship if the student no longer qualifies due to GPA or credit hours.
  • Students who have attempted 120 or more hours at all colleges attended (including accredited and non-accedited colleges/universities) are not eligible for transfer scholarships.  The number of credit hours that transfer to Winthrop is not taken into consideration for scholarship eligibility.
  • Students with a previously-earned bachelor's degree, or who are classified as a readmit, or those enrolling part-time at Winthrop University, are not eligible.
  • All awards are renewable if Winthrop's criteria for renewing merit scholarships are satisfied.
  • Students may be awarded only one of the following academic scholarships.
Scholarships for In-State Transfers

Scholarships for In-State Transfers

Award Name

Total Value of Award per Year

Minimum Hours1

Minimum GPA1

Kennerly Scholarship

$3,000

30

3.7 - 4.0

Eagle Scholarship

$1,500

30

3.5 - 3.69

Winthrop University Transfer Scholarship

$1,000

30

3.0 - 3.49

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$1,500

30

3.5 - 4.0

1. All course work completed (excluding remedial, developmental, and vocational courses) will be used to calculate the cumulative semester hours and GPA for scholarship consideration.

Scholarships for Out-of-State Transfers

Scholarships for Out-of-State Transfers

Award Name

Academic Scholarship

Out-of-State Grant2 Total Value of Award per Year

Minimum Hours1

Minimum GPA1

Peabody Scholarship

$500

$10,000

$10,500

30

3.7 - 4.00

University Scholarship

$500

$5,000

$5,500

30

3.5 - 3.69

Transfer Achievement Scholarship

$500

$2,500

$3,000

30

3.0 - 3.49

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$500

$10,000

$10,500

30

3.5 - 4.0

1. All course work completed (excluding remedial, developmental, and vocational courses) will be used to calculate the cumulative semester hours and GPA for scholarship consideration.
2. Out-of state scholarships include a grant to cover a portion of out-of-state fees.


Continuing Students

Scholarship support is awarded to continuing Winthrop students on the basis of their academic achievement at the University and/or participation in extracurricular activities. High-achieving students are invited to submit an application for scholarships to the Office of Financial Aid in March of each year. The Scholarship Committee will review the applications and make awards for the following academic year. For additional information, you may contact the Office of Financial Aid.

NOTE: Some students receive scholarships and grants from sources other than Winthrop University. The Office of Financial Aid reserves the right to adjust the amount of Winthrop University scholarships for students whose total aid would exceed the estimated cost of attendance.