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Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

Spring 2015 Entering Classes
     New Freshmen
     Transfer Students
     International Ambassador Scholarship

Fall 2015 Entering Classes
     New Freshmen
     Transfer Students
     Call Me MISTER Scholarship
     International Ambassador Scholarship


New Freshmen

Fall 2015 Entering Classes

Entering first-time freshmen who are accepted to Winthrop University will be considered for a merit scholarship.  Scholarships are awarded by the Office of Admissions.  No separate scholarship application is required, except for the Winthrop Fellows scholarship.  Contact the Office of Admissions with questions regarding scholarship eligibility.

Eligibility for scholarships:

  • A completed admission application must be received by the Office of Admissions by February 16, 2015 for priority scholarship consideration.  Students submitting admission applications after February 16th will be considered for scholarships if funds are available.  A completed application includes:  application form, application fee, official high school transcript, and SAT or ACT scores.
  • Be admitted by Winthrop University and be classified as an entering first-time freshman.
  • Meet the minimum criteria for the scholarship.
  • Be enrolled at Winthrop University full-time (12 or more credit hours) each semester.

Scholarships are renewable for up to three (3) additional years of undergraduate study as long as student maintains financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress and has not earned his/her undergraduate degree.  The Winthrop Fellows and National Achievement/National Hispanic/National Merit scholarships have additional renewal criteria.

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 value of scholarships as deemed necessary to comply with federal, state, and institutional guidelines.

Scholarship Notification

Students who submit their completed admission application by February 16, 2015 and are admitted to Winthrop University, will be notified about their scholarship eligibility in early March.  After that time, scholarship notifications will be sent on an ongoing basis.

Scholarships for In-State Freshmen
Scholarships for Out-of-State Freshmen


Scholarships for In-State Freshmen

Students will be awarded one of the following merit scholarships:

Winthrop Fellows Scholarship

Up to $12,500 per year (approximate value)

Approximately 100 Winthrop Fellows Scholarships will be awarded to entering freshmen.  When combined with Palmetto Fellows and other Winthrop scholarships, the Winthrop Fellows Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and a double-occupancy residence hall room each year.  Interested applicants must submit a completed Winthrop admission application AND a Winthrop Fellows Scholarship application by February 16, 2015.  Selected recipients must be designated as a Palmetto Fellows recipient from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) on the first (March) or second (August) list.  Students must maintain eligibility for the Palmetto Fellows scholarship in order to renew the Winthrop Fellows Scholarship each year.

The Winthrop Fellows scholarship application will be available online in early December.

National Achievement/National Hispanic/National Merit Scholarship

Up to $19,500 per year (approximate value)

A limited number of scholarships are available for finalists and semi-finalists who designate Winthrop University as their first-choice institution.  This scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and a double-occupancy residence hall room each year.  Students must earn a minimum Winthrop cumulative GPA of 3.0 to qualify for renewal of this scholarship.

Scholarships for In-State Freshmen
Award Name

Total Value of Award per Year

Minimum GPA1

Minimum SAT

Minimum ACT

Winthrop Gold Scholar

$9,000

3.5

1300

29

Winthrop Garnet Scholar

$6,000

3.5

1200

27

Winthrop Blue Line Scholar

$3,000

3.5

1050

23

1 Weighted GPA


Additional Awards

These scholarships can be awarded in addition to the Winthrop Scholar award listed above as long as the student meets the scholarship(s) criteria1.

Additional Scholarships for In-State Freshmen
Award Name

Total Value of Award per Year

Criteria

International Baccalaureate Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to students who complete the International Baccalaureate program through the senior year in high school.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to to students who have a class rank of 1 or 2 on the final high school transcript or who are designated as a valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class.
Governors School for Science and Mathematics

$1,000

Awarded to students who graduate from the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics.
Palmetto Boys and Girls State Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to students who completed the Palmetto Boys State or Palmetto Girls State program as a rising high school senior and who are listed as a participant by the program.

1 Recipients of the Winthrop Fellows Scholarship and the National Achievement/National Hispanic/National Merit Scholarship are not eligible for the Additional Awards.


Scholarships for Out-of-State Freshmen

Students will be awarded one of the following merit scholarships:

Global Ambassador Scholarship

(Check back later this fall for details.)

National Achievement/National Hispanic/National Merit Scholarship

Up to $32,000 per year (approximate value)

A limited number of scholarships are available for finalists and semi-finalists who designate Winthrop University as their first-choice institution. This scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and a double-occupancy residence hall room each year.  Students must earn a minimum Winthrop cumulative GPA of 3.0 to qualify for renewal of this scholarship.

Scholarships for Out-of-State Freshmen
Award Name

Academic Scholarship

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver1 Total Value of Award per Year

Minimum GPA2

Minimum SAT

Minimum ACT

Winthrop Gold Scholar

$4,000

$12,926

$16,926

3.0

1300

29

Winthrop Garnet Scholar

$2,000

$12,926

$14,926

3.0

1200

27

Winthrop Blue Line Scholar

$1,000

$12,926

$13,926

3.0

1100

24

1 Out-of-State grant/waiver from all Winthrop sources cannot exceed the out-of-state portion of tuition ($12,926 in 2014-2015).
2 Weighted GPA


Additional Awards

These scholarships can be awarded in addition to the Winthrop Scholar award listed above as long as the student meets the scholarship(s) criteria1.

Additional Scholarships for Out-of-State Freshmen
Award Name

Total Value of Award per Year

Criteria

International Baccalaureate Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to students who complete the International Baccalaureate program through the senior year in high school.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to to students who have a class rank of 1 or 2 on the final high school transcript or who are designated as a valedictorian or salutatorian of their high school class.

1 Recipients of the Global Ambassador Scholarship and the National Achievement/National Hispanic/National Merit Scholarship are not eligible for the Additional Awards.


Transfer Students

Fall 2015 Entering Classes

Transfer students who are accepted to Winthrop University will be considered for a merit scholarship.  No separate scholarship application is required.

Eligibility for scholarships:

  • A completed admission application must be received by the Office of Admissions by May 1, 2015 for priority scholarship consideration.  Students who submit an admission applications after May 1st will be considered for scholarships if funds are available.  A completed application includes:  application form, application fee, and official college transcripts mailed from all colleges/universities attended, even if credit was not earned or if credit is not desired.  Additionally, an official high school transcript is required for transfer applicants who have not completed 30 semester or 45 quarter hours.
  • Be admitted to Winthrop University and classified as a new entering transfer student.
  • Complete at least 24 or more semester hours or 36 quarter hours (excluding remedial, developmental, and vocational courses) at prior institution(s) before beginning classes at Winthrop.
  • Have not previously-earned a bachelor's degree.
  • Is not classified as a readmitted student.
  • Meet the minimum criteria for the scholarship.
  • Final college transcripts must be received no later than two weeks after the first day of Winthrop fall classes for students who wish to qualify for a scholarship based on a final college transcript GPA.
  • 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.
  • Be enrolled at Winthrop University full-time (12 or more credit hours) each semester.

Scholarships are renewable for up to two (2) additional years of undergraduate study as long as student maintains financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress and has not earned his/her undergraduate degree.

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 value of scholarships as deemed necessary to comply with federal, state, and institutional guidelines.

Scholarship Notification

Students who submit their completed admission application by May 1, 2015 and are admitted to Winthrop University, will be notified about their scholarship eligibility in early May. After that time, scholarship notifications will be sent on an ongoing basis.

Scholarships for In-State Transfers
Scholarships for Out-of-State Transfers


Scholarships for In-State Transfer Students

Students will be awarded one of the following merit scholarships:

Scholarships for In-State Transfers
Award Name

Total Value of Award per Year

Minimum GPA1

Transfer Gold Scholar

$4,000

3.5

Transfer Garnet Scholar

$2,000

3.0

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


Additional Awards

These scholarships can be awarded in addition to the Transfer Scholarship award listed above as long as the student meets the scholarship(s) criteria.

Additional Scholarships for In-State Transfers
Award Name

Total Value of Award per Year

Criteria

Winthrop Bridge Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to students who participated in the Winthrop University Bridge program and completed at least one year at York Technical College.
Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to students who participated in the Phi Theta Kappa program at a prior institution.


Scholarships for Out-of-State Transfer Students

Students will be awarded one of the following merit scholarships:

Scholarships for Out-of-State Transfers
Award Name

Academic Scholarship

Out-of-State Tuition Waiver1 Total Value of Award per Year

Minimum GPA2

Transfer Gold Scholar

$2,000

$12,926

$14,926

3.5

Transfer Garnet Scholar

$1,000

$12,926

$13,926

3.0

1 Out-of-State grant/waiver from all Winthrop sources cannot exceed the out-of-state portion of tuition ($12,926 in 2014-2015).
2 All course work completed (excluding remedial, developmental, and vocational courses) will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA for scholarship consideration.


Additional Awards

These scholarships can be awarded in addition to the Transfer Scholarship award listed above as long as the student meets the scholarship(s) criteria.

Additional Scholarships for Out-of-State Transfers
Award Name

Total Value of Award per Year

Criteria

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

$1,000

Awarded to students who participated in the Phi Theta Kappa program at a prior institution.


International Ambassador Scholarship

The International Ambassador Scholarship is the University's most prestigious award for international students. A limited number of scholarships are awarded to selected international undergraduate students (new freshmen and new transfers) who wish to serve as International Center Ambassadors. The scholarships are awarded by the International Center Scholarship Committee. The value of the award is $250 scholarship per semester plus an out-of-state grant1 (approximately $6285 per semester) for a total value of $6,535 per semester.

The award is renewable for up to eight semesters (maximum of four academic years) of undergraduate coursework. Students must complete 30 hours of service per semester and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the scholarship to be renewed.

Notes – Students may only be awarded one academic scholarship from Winthrop. The International Ambassador Scholarship will replace any previously awarded scholarship awarded by the Office of Admissions.

Application Process

Scholarships are awarded by the International Ambassador Scholarship Committee. Recipients will be selected on the basis of their academic performance in high school and college, financial need, and potential for serving as a good representative of their country and the Winthrop International Center.

For complete application instructions and priority application dates, please view the International Ambassador Scholarship Application (pdf - 73 KB).

1 Out-of-State grant from all University sources cannot exceed the cost of out-of-state portion of tuition.