Scholarships

High School MathematicsLander students are eligible to apply for academic scholarships, work-study jobs and loans through the Office of Financial Aid. The Department of Teacher Education also offers several scholarships, including scholarships for freshmen and transfer students.

Departmental scholarships are made available to students majoring in early childhood, elementary and special education through the gifts and generosity of faculty, staff and friends of Lander University.

For general university or state scholarship information, visit Lander's Office of Financial Aid. Note: Some scholarships are renewable and may not be available on an annual basis.

Application Process

Please note that scholarships are awarded to those with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or better. Scholarships are awarded in accordance with the wishes of the contributor, based on scholarship and on need.

If you are currently the recipient of a scholarship, please complete a current application so that we can update our files. Your scholarship will be renewed if you have maintained the required GPA.

The scholarship application process is as follows:

Undergraduate Scholarship Application process
  • Complete the Department of Teacher Education Undergraduate Scholarship Application accurately
  • Report current contact information
  • Attach a copy of your most current transcript
  • You may offer a brief letter of rationale explaining special circumstances and needs
  • Turn in completed applications to Dr. Dava O'Connor, Chair, Department of Teacher Education Scholarship Committee, LC231A, by February 15th.
Graduate Scholarship Application Process

If you are seeking a Master’s level degree in Montessori or Teaching and Learning you should complete a Graduate Scholarship and Assistantship Form. Please send completed form to Martine Fezler, Program Assistant mfezler@lander.edu or her attention at Lander University – 320 Stanley Avenue – Greenwood, SC 29649 by April 1st for summer and fall semesters and November 1st for spring semester consideration.

Scholarships Include:

  • Mary Kinard Able Scholarship – awarded annually to a rising junior or senior from Greenwood, Laurens or Newberry county majoring in elementary education. Scholarship is renewable provided recipient maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Elizabeth Adams Scholarship – awarded annually to a science major planning to teach. Scholarship is renewable provided the recipient maintains a 2.7 GPA.
  • Margaret "Peggy" Scruggs Andrews Scholarship – awarded to education majors who exhibit need, merit, Christian character and commitment and who actively participate in the Lander University Baptist Collegiate Ministry organization.
  • Atheneum Study Club Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to a Greenwood County student who intends to teach in the public schools.
  • Mary Lander Bell Scholarship – awarded to student(s) majoring in teacher education. Preference will be given to students demonstrating financial need. The scholarship is renewable provided recipient maintains minimum requirements for teacher education program.
  • Sarah Kate "Sally" Lang Blaes Scholarship – awarded to a student from Greenwood County majoring in education. Selection will be based on financial need. Scholarship is renewable for up to three years provided recipient maintains minimum requirements for teacher education program.
  • Madison and Frances Patton Breland Scholarship – awarded to a student from Greenwood County majoring in education. Selection will be based on financial need. Scholarship is renewable for up to three years provided recipient maintains minimum requirements for teacher education program.
  • Mary Alice Cox Burnett Scholarship – awarded annually to a deserving junior or senior education major who resides in South Carolina. Scholarship may be renewed provided GPA is maintained.
  • Debbie Jeanne Burton – awarded annually from endowment income to students interested in helping those with disabilities. Preference will be given to students in the area of special education. Selection will be based on merit and need, and the scholarship is renewable provided recipient maintains an acceptable GPA. Application is required.
  • Mary Z. Calhoun Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income with preference given to students who plan to pursue a teaching career.
  • Maude K. Carter Education Scholarship – awarded from fund income to a student(s) majoring in education. Students must have financial need, academic ability, outstanding character and potential to develop into a good citizen.
  • Earline Buzhardt Clark – awarded annually from fund income to a rising junior majoring in education/teacher certification. The recipient must have a cumulative GPR of 3.0 upon entering the junior year and maintain a 3.0 GPA to renew the scholarship. The recipient must exhibit a strong desire and potential to be an excellent teacher.
  • Elizabeth Eble Scholarship – awarded annually to a student majoring in education.
  • Martee T. Edwards – awarded annually from fund income to a rising senior majoring in elementary education. The recipient must exhibit both a strong potential and an earnest desire to be an excellent teacher of children in the early grades. The recipient must also be of high moral character and must have an above average academic standing. Financial need will be of secondary consideration.
  • Eddie Griffin Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to an entering freshman majoring in education/teacher certification with emphasis given to those students in the area of math and science, who possess leadership skills. Scholarships will be continued provided recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • William Kenneth Henderson Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to a needy student transferring from a technical college.
  • Hattie Henry Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to a full-time junior or senior education major. Scholarship is renewable provided recipient remains a full-time student and maintains a minimum 2.7 GPA.
  • Bettie Rose Horne Scholarship – awarded to a needy student who has at least a 2.75 GPA and is majoring in teacher education. This scholarship is renewable.
  • Harry P. Irwin Scholarship – awarded annually to a rising senior pursuing a career in secondary education.
  • Shirley Johnson Scholarship - awarded to an elementary education major entering his/her junior year at Lander (i.e., student may receive scholarship for both junior and senior years). The recipient will have a cumulative GPR of 3.0 upon entering the junior year and will be expected to maintain a 3.0 average. The student selected to receive this scholarship should demonstrate a commitment to the academic discipline, possess leadership abilities and show unlimited promise in the field of education.
  • Dearyl Lusk Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to an education major of high moral character who demonstrates financial need.
  • Jeff May Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to an education major who is a member of one of the 11 intercollegiate teams. Recipient will be selected on merit and need. Scholarship is renewable provided recipient maintains a 2.5 GPA.
  • Orvy May Scholarship – awarded to entering freshmen and are renewable provided recipients maintain a 2.5 GPA. Recipients will be selected on merit, need and citizenship.
  • Elizabeth K. McKelvey Education Scholarship – awarded from fund income to a student(s) majoring in education. Students must have financial need, academic ability, outstanding character and potential to develop into a good citizen.
  • Viola Hunt Norris Scholarship – awarded from fund income to a student majoring in education. Scholarship will be renewable provided recipient maintains minimum requirements for teacher education program.
  • Jo Beth Owings Ouzts Scholarship – awarded to education majors.
  • Cindy Bogerro Polatty Scholarship – awarded to a Greenwood County resident who is majoring in education.
  • Wilma Wilson Reeves Education Scholarship – awarded annually to a student from Abbeville County majoring in education. Selection is based on academic achievement and financial need.
  • Rebecca Bostic Riley Scholarship – awarded to a rising junior education major from Laurens or Newberry county with preference given to Laurens County.
  • Scott and Judy Smith Scholarship – awarded to a student majoring in education. Selection will be based on financial need and academic merit. 
  • Clara Stroud Scholarship – awarded to women who intend to teach.
  • Student Education Association (SEA) Scholarship – awarded to a rising senior majoring in early childhood or elementary education.
  • Ann Bowen Warner Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to a Greenwood County undergraduate and/or graduate student(s). Scholarship is renewable provided the recipient(s) maintains 2.5 GPA for undergraduate student or 3.0 GPA for graduate student.
  • Mary Taylor Waters Scholarship – awarded from fund income to students majoring in early childhood education.
  • Carolyn Sue White Scholarship – awarded to student pursuing a degree in special education.
  • Scottie White Scholarship – awarded to an education major.
  • Thelma W. Whitener Scholarship – awarded annually from fund income to a Greenwood area student showing need and majoring in secondary education.
  • Sharon Jones Williams Scholarship – awarded to nontraditional, female students enrolled in the schools of education and business administration. Scholarships will be awarded annually from fund income.