Exchange StudentLander students are eligible to apply for academic scholarships, work-study jobs and loans through the Office of Financial Aid. The Department of Government, Criminology, & Sociology also offers several scholarships, including scholarships for freshmen and transfer students.

Departmental scholarships are made available to students majoring in political and social sciences 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

Lander University's Office of Financial Aid can help you coordinate needed financial assistance to make your college education a reality. Comprehensive financial aid can include grants, student loans, work-study programs and scholarships. Additionally, political science and sociology students can also apply for scholarships specifically designed for our department's majors. For information on applying for political or social science scholarships, please contact our department chair, Dr. Lucas McMillan.


  • Alumni Departmental Scholarship – This scholarship is provided by the Lander University Alumni Association for students with academic ability and financial need.
  • The Robbie Barnes Political Science Scholarship – This scholarship honors Roberta J. Barnes' 75th birthday and was given by the John C. Barnes family. It is awarded to a junior or senior female student majoring in political science with an emphasis in public administration.
  • The Bill and Emily Bradford Scholarship – This scholarship honors the late J. William and Emily Bradford. The fund was established in 2005 by the Bradfords' three sons and is designated for a student majoring in political science.
  • The Maybelle Coleman Scholarship – This scholarship honors Dr. Maybelle Coleman, professor emeritus of sociology and academic dean at Lander. The scholarship is for a student majoring in sociology.
  • The William Jennings Bryan Dorn Scholarship – This scholarship honors the late William Jennings Brian Dorn. A long-term member of Congress, Dorn represented Greenwood and the Third District of S.C. in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947-49 and 1951-74. This scholarship is annually awarded to an incoming member of Lander's freshman class who intends to major in political science.
  • The Walter Lanier Gorham Criminal Justice Scholarship – This scholarship was created by Mr. Gorham's family in 2006 as a memorial. It is awarded to a student studying in criminal justice.
  • Greenwood Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Board Scholarship – This scholarship is for a sociology student who is a resident of Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens or McCormick county and has academic ability.
  • The Louise Willing McMullin Scholarship – This scholarship honors Mrs. McMullin and was established in 1995 by Dr. Leo F. McMullin, professor emeritus of political science at Lander. It is awarded to an upper-division student majoring in political science.
  • The W.D. Tinsley Scholarship – This scholarship honors William D. Tinsley, former chairman of the Lander University board of trustees. The fund was established in 1986 as a memorial to Mr. Tinsley by friends and family for a student studying pre-law.
  • The James M. Grogan Scholarship – This scholarship honors the late James Mickey Grogan, a lifelong resident of Greenwood. The fund was established by his family in 2011 as a memorial. The fund is awarded to a first-generation college student or a student who demonstrates financial need in pursuing a major in political science.