Scholarships

Scholarships are financial aid based on merit or some type of qualification. Money you receive through scholarships does not have to be paid back after graduation.

Voorhees College offers academic scholarships as do a number of private organizations, businesses, civic clubs and foundations. Additionally, the state of South Carolina offers scholarships to residents of the state.

The state of South Carolina has a number of programs available for students who graduated from South Carolina high schools and plan to attend college in South Carolina. The programs are Palmetto Fellows, LIFE Scholarships and Hope Scholarships.


Palmetto Fellows

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is a merit-based program that rewards academically talented high school seniors and encourages them to attend college in South Carolina.  Palmetto Fellows can receive up to $6,700 their freshman year and up to $7,500 in each of their sophomore, junior and senior years.

To qualify for as a Palmetto Fellow as a freshman, students must meet one of two requirements for early awards:
  • Score at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on the ACT) by the November test administration, earn a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA at the end of the junior year, and rank in the top 6 percent of the class at the end of either the sophomore or the junior year;
  • Score at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT) by the November test administration and earn a minimum 4.00 cumulative GPA at the end of the junior year.

For final awards, students must one of these requirements:

  • Score at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on the ACT) by the June national test administration of the senior year, earn a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA at the end of the senior year, and rank in the top 6 percent of the class at the end of the sophomore, junior or senior year;
  • Score at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT) by the June test administration and earn a minimum 4.00 cumulative GPA at the end of the senior year.


There is additional money available for students who fall into certain categories. Math or science majors who have earned more than 30 credit hours and who, as a freshman, earned 14 hours in math and science (at least 6 hours math and 6 hours science with at least one lab), can receive an additional $3,300 for a maximum of $10,000. 

For more information, visit the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education's Web site.

 

LIFE Scholarship

The Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship is a merit-based program that can be used to help pay for up to eight semesters of college. It's for students who are seeking their first degrees. The maximum award is $5,000.

To qualify for a LIFE Scholarship, students must meet two of three requirements:

  • Earn a cumulative 3.0 grade point average in high school
  • Score an 1100 on the SAT or a 24 composite on the ACT
  • Rank in the top 30 percent of the graduating class


An additional $2,500 is available for math and science majors who qualify. The student must have earned more than 30 credit hours, including 14 in math and science as a freshman. 

For transfer students

  • Students who receive the LIFE Scholarship and transfer mid-year to another institution may be eligible to receive the scholarship or enhancement for the spring term if they met the eligibility requirements at the end of the previous academic year.
  • Freshmen who transfer mid-year to the same type of institution remain eligible as long as they meet the requirements when they enroll at their new colleges.
  • Freshmen who transfer mid-year from a two-year to a four-year institution must meet the requirements for a first-time freshman enrolling at a four-year institution.

For more information, visit the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education's Web site.


Hope Scholarship

The SC HOPE Scholarship Program is a merit-based program for students who do not qualify for LIFE Scholarships or as Palmetto Fellows but had at least a B average in high school. The Hope Scholarship is for the freshman year only.

The terms of eligibility to receive scholarship funds must not include the period of time the student was enrolled in remedial courses at a two-year college or university, unless the student completed at least twelve credit hours of non-remedial course work during the first term(s) during the freshman year. The student will be eligible to receive the scholarship for the maximum terms of eligibility following completion of remediation if the student was eligible to receive the SC HOPE Scholarship upon high school graduation.

For transfer students

  • First-time entering freshman who were eligible to receive the scholarship and transferred mid-year (spring term) to another institution may be eligible to receive the scholarship for the spring term if transferring to the same type of institution (four-year to four-year).
  • Eligibility at the transferring institution will be based on whether the student met the eligibility requirements at the beginning of the academic year prior to transfer.
  • Students who transfer from a two-year college or university to an eligible four-year college or university who enrolled in remedial courses during the freshman year may be eligible.

For more information, visit the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education's Web site.


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For more information about what types of scholarships might be available, contact the Voorhees financial aid office at (803) 780-1150 or check with your high school guidance counselor.