SC Scholarships are available to residents of South Carolina who meet the requirements after high school graduation. Students may continue to receive scholarship funds as long as the meet the annual review requirements as detailed below.
Palmetto Fellows Scholarship
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SC HOPE Scholarship
$2,800 for the freshman year only
The SC Hope Scholarship Program was established under the SC Education Lottery Act approved by the General Assembly during the 2001 legislative session. The program is a merit-based scholarship created for students attending a four-year institution who do not qualify for the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
High School GPA of at least a 3.0 on the SC Uniform Grading Scale. Any changes to GPA requirements in the future due to the new 10-point scale will be communicated by the SC Commission on Higher Education and posted on this website when available.
The HOPE scholarship cannot be renewed after the freshman year, but a student can gain eligibility for the LIFE scholarship by meeting the GPA and Hour requirements for their second, third and/or fourth academic year:
If a student loses eligibility for one academic year, they can regain the scholarship in future academic years.
The LIFE GPA calculation will include all hours and all grades (excluding remedial coursework) from all institutions. Eligible credit hours and grades that do not transfer based upon Winthrop University's policies must also be included. Students are responsible for submitting official transcripts from all eligible institutions attended to calculate the LIFE GPA and meet the annual credit hour requirement. DegreeWorks cannot be used to determine state scholarship eligibility.
Students who declare approved math or science majors by the first day of class for their sophomore year at Winthrop University will be eligible to receive the Enhancement (additional $2,500) if they earn the LIFE scholarship in their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year and at least 14 hours of Math or Science coursework were earned by the end of freshman year. Eligible majors include: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Human Nutrition, Middle Level Education (math/science option only).
SC LIFE Scholarship
$5,000/year for up to four consecutive years of eligibility from initial college enrollment
Students must meet two (2) of the three (3) following criteria out of high school:
1Any changes to GPA requirements in the future due to the new 10-point scale will be communicated by the SC Commission on Higher Education and posted on this website when available.
2The SC Commission on Higher Education will allow the Senior class of 2016 and the Senior class of 2017 to “super score” the old and new SAT. Using the face value of their highest critical reading (now called evidence-based reading and writing) and highest math scores, regardless of the SAT test they have taken. Beginning with the graduation class of 2018, only the new SAT evidence-based reading and writing and the new SAT math sections will be used to determine eligibility for the LIFE scholarship.
LIFE scholarship can be renewed by meeting the GPA and Hour requirements for a student's second, third and/or fourth academic year:
SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship
$6,700/year for the first year, $7,500/year for continuing students for up to three years for a total of four years of funding.
The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is a merit-based program established in 1988 to recognize the most academically talented high school seniors and encourage these students to attend college in South Carolina.
Students must meet the SC criteria and work with their high school guidance counselors regarding eligibility. Please review the website of the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) for the specific information on eligibility. Winthrop University will receive an initial list of PFS recipients from CHE in mid-March. Winthrop will receive a second list of PFS recipients in late-August.
The PFS can be renewed by earning 30 hours each academic year and maintaining a Winthrop GPA of 3.000.
If a student loses eligibility for the Palmetto Fellows for the next academic year, it can not be regained but the student may have remaining eligibility for the LIFE scholarship.
The GPA used to determine renewal of the PFS will only include grades earned at Winthrop University. Students can view their Winthrop GPA through DegreeWorks.
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