State Scholarship Programs

Scholarship Program

Program Details

Annual Award Limits

LIFE Scholarship

Available to South Carolina residents who enroll full-time and meet two of the three following criteria:

  • Have a final high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on the Uniform Grading Scale; or
  • Have an SAT score of 1,100 (ACT of 24); or
  • Rank in the top 30 percent of the student’s high school graduating class;
Annual renewal, transfer and continuing student eligibility require the student to earn at least 30 semester hours for each year of attendance and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
$5,000 per year

Enhanced LIFE Scholarship

Must meet renewal criteria for the LIFE Scholarship (earn an average of 30 hours each year with at least a 3.0 GPA). Available beginning sophomore year and renewable for up to two additional years.

  • During first year in college, must complete at least 14 credit hours in math and science
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Must be enrolled full time and in an approved math/science/health professions degree prior to the beginning of the fall term (visit www.che.sc.gov for eligible programs)
$7,500 per year

($5,000 LIFE + $2,500 Enhancement)

HOPE Scholarship

Awarded to entering South Carolina resident freshmen who have a final high school cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on the Uniform Grading Scale.

The HOPE Scholarship is not renewable, but students who earn a 3.0 GPA and 30 hours in the freshman year are eligible to receive the LIFE Scholarship in the second year.

$2,800 for the first year only
Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

The recipients are selected by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. To be considered for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a South Carolina resident; and
  • Have a minimum SAT of 1,200 (or ACT of 27); and
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.50; and
  • Rank in the top 6 percent of the student’s high school graduating class at the end of either the sophomore or the junior year; and
  • Submit an application by the Dec. deadline of the senior year (visit www.che.sc.gov for deadline date each year). Applications are available from your high school.
  • For renewal, students must have a 3.0 Lander GPA (transfer courses do NOT impact the LU GPA) and 30 credit hours EACH academic year (Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment credits do NOT count).  Transfer hours may be used during the same academic year toward the 30 hour requirement even though they do not affect the GPA.

$6,700 per year for freshmen

$7,500 per year for upperclassmen

Enhanced Palmetto Fellows
Scholarship

Must meet renewal criteria for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship (earn 30 hours each year with at least a 3.0 GPA). Available beginning sophomore year and renewable for up to two additional years.

  • During first year in college, must complete at least 14 credit hours in math and science
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Must be enrolled full time and in an approved math/science/health professions degree prior to the beginning of the fall term (visit www.che.sc.gov for eligible programs)

$10,000 per year
($7,500 Palmetto Fellows Scholarship + $2,500 Enhancement)

Teaching Fellows Program

Provides fellowships for high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their schools and communities, and a desire to teach in South Carolina schools. A fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he/she receives the fellowship. Interested high school students must apply no later than Dec. 1 of their senior year. Applications are available at your high school. Visit http://www.cerra.org/TeachingFellows for more information.

$5,700 for tuition and board and $300 for summer enrichment programs administered by the South Carolina Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention and Advancement (CERRA).