Scholarship Blog

  • American Legion H.W. Dare Maness Oratorical Scholarship Program

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 10/24/2018

    The purpose of the American High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest" is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of the high school student.  Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

    Department Scholarships

    • Quadrant award - Certificate to each winner
    • 4th place award - $500
    • 3rd place award - $500
    • 2nd place award - $1,000
    • 1st place award - $2,000

    Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship.  Each first round winner who advances to an participates in the second round, but does not advances to the final round, will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.

    Scholarship awards are presented to three finalists in the final round.

    • 3rd place award - $14,000
    • 2nd place award - $16,000
    • 1st place award - $18,000


    • Be a citizen and permanent resident of the United States.
    • Enrolled in a high school program during the time of participation at any level of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program.

    Interested student should contact your school counselor or your local American Legion Post.

    American Legion

    Department Chair - Jennifer Beilstein

    Phone: 843-260-3997




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  • Lyceum Scholars Program

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 10/24/2018

    Clemson University's Lyceum Scholars Program is a four year university based academic program dedicated to exploring the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society. Open to incoming freshmen, selected students are engaged in a unique curriculum that develops students' faculties of inquire and ignites their passion for knowledge.  It presents students with ideas that are fundamental, timeless, and life changing.

    The Lyceum Scholars Program awards a $10,000 scholarship.  In exchange for this scholarship, students in the program take a sequence of eight courses with other Lyceum Scholars in their entering class.

    Interested students should apply at:


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  • Watson Brown Scholarship

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 9/18/2018

    The Watson-Brown Foundation has been making college dreams come true since 1970 by awarding scholarships to assist families with tuition, room and board, books, and other college related expenses.  Scholarship recipients may attend any 4 year regionally accredited, nonprofit college in the country.  

    Students from eighteen counties in Georgia and South Carolina are eligible for the Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarship.  

    • Georgia: Burke, Columbia, Elbert, Glascock, Hart, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, Wilkes
    • South Carolina: Aiken, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenville, McCormick, Spartanburg

    The Foundation plans to award over 200 new scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year.  All Watson-Brown Foundation Scholarships will be increased to $5,000 annually.  

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Complete and submit the online scholarship application ( which includes the following sections:
      • Essay (500 words)
      • Financial Need Statement
      • Student Resume
      • Letters of Recommendation (2)
    • Gather supporting document
      • Official Transcript
      • SAT or ACT Scores
      • Parent/Guardian IRS Tax Form 1040
    • Complete your application
      • Upload supporting documents to online application or 
      • Mail to the Watson-Brown Foundation

    Mailing Address:

    Director of Scholarships

    3210 Tom Watson Way

    Thomason, Georgia 30824


    Application Deadline: February 15, 2019

    Apply @


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  • Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 9/18/2018

    The Hampton Wildlife Fund offers 4 scholarships to South Carolina students.  

    Harry Hampton Scholarship

    • 4 year - $5,000/yr. scholarship for students who wish to further their education in the natural resources discipline such as wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry or marine science.  
    • The recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPA each academic year.

    Wallace F. Pate Scholarship

    • 1 year - $2,500 scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in the natural resources discipline such as wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry or marine science.
    • Please note this scholarship may or may not be offered due to funding considerations.

    David M. Cline Scholarship 

    • 1 year - $2,000 scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, and/or forensic science. General biology and pre-men curriculum students pursuing in forensic pathology do NOT qualify.

    James O. Thomason Scholarship

    • 4 year - $2,000/yr. scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications.  
    • The recipient must maintain a 2.5 or above each year.

    Scholarship applications are available online at  Applications can also be requested by emailing Jim Goller at or by phone at 803-600-1570.  

    Deadline for submitting applications is January 31, 2019. 

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  • FIDM National Scholarship

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 9/18/2018

    The FIDM National Scholarship Competition is for students interested in the global industries of Fashion, Visual Arts, Graphics, Interior Design, Social Media, and Entertainment.

    Each year FIDM awards more than 28 scholarships including eight full one year scholarships worth $31,500 each.  

    Selection is considered for the following majors:

    • Apparel Industry Management
    • Fashion Design
    • Interior Design
    • Merchandise Product Development
    • Visual Communications
    • Beauty Marketing and Product Development
    • Graphic Design
    • Merchandising and Marketing
    • Social Media

    Deadline March 29, 2019.  Visit for more information.

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  • USC Scholarships for SC Residents

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 9/18/2018

    USC bound?  Here are some scholarships available for South Carolina residents.

    Stamps, Carolina and 1801 Scholars Awards 

    • Stamps Scholars annual value: up to $20,000 + enrichment fund: $10,000 - Four year value: up to $90,000
    • Carolina Scholars annual value: $15,000 - Four year value: up to $60,000
    • 1801 Scholars annual value: $10,000 - Four year value: $40,000


    • USC's most prestigious awards
    • Honors College/Top Scholars application supplement required; deadline November 15
    • 2018 recipients averaged 1520 SAT or 34 ACT scores, 4.89 average weighted GPA
    • Strong academic records, strong school and community leadership
    • Finalists must participate in Top Scholars Weekend, February 23-25, 2019

    Provost Scholars Award

    Annual value: up to $10,000

    Four year value: up to $40,000


    • National Merit Finalists or National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars
    • Consideration begins with PSAT/NMSQT tests taken in junior year
    • National Merit Finalists must list USC as first choice through National Merit Corporation
    • The National Hispanic Recognition Program will send USC the names of the scholars selected for that program

    Alumni Scholars Award

    Annual value: $8,000

    Four year value: $32,000


    • 2018 recipients averaged 1550 SAT or 35 ACT scores, 4.95 average weighted GPA
    • Outstanding achievement in academics leadership and service
    • Honors College/Top Scholars application supplement required: deadline November 15, 2018

    Trustees' Endowment Scholars Award

    Annual value: $5,000

    Four year value: $20,000


    • 2018 recipients averaged 1540 SAT or 34 ACT, 4.94 weighted GPA
    • Candidates must demonstrate academic talent and financial need

    Valedictorian Scholars Award

    Annual value: $3,000

    Four year value: $12,000


    • Candidates must be ranked first in their class at the end of their junior year or later

    Deans Scholars Award

    Annual value: $3,000

    Four year value: $12,000


    • 2018 recipients averaged 1430 SAT or 31 ACT scores, 4.56 average weighted GPA
    • Palmetto Fellows automatically qualify for this award

    University Scholars Award

    Annual value: $2,000

    Four year value: $8,000


    • 2018 recipients averaged 1340 SAT or 28 ACT scores, 4.20 average weighted GPA

    Presidential Scholarship Award

    Annual value: $1,000

    Four year value: $4,000


    • Awarded to students who have been named Palmetto Fellows and score a minimum 1450 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT

    Garnet Scholars Award

    Annual value: $500

    Four year value: $2,000


    • 2018 recipients averaged 1260 SAT or 26 ACT, 4.35 average weighted GPA

    USC STEM Supplement

    Annual value; $3,300 freshmen year only


    • For students pursuing degrees in STEM
    • Freshman year only award to Palmetto Fellows enrolled in STEM eligible majors

    Collegiate Scholars Award

    Annual value: $500

    Four year value: $2,000


    • USC Partners with RaiseME to offer this scholarship.  Students attending a SC high school listed in the Collegiate Scholars Award description at can begin earning money for college in ninth grade.  Visit to learn more and set up your account

    Gamecock Guarantee

    Financial assistance to South Carolina residents who are first generation college students from low income families


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  • Davidson College: John M. Belk Scholarship

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 9/18/2018

    The Belk Scholarship at Davidson College recognizes and rewards students of demonstrated superior intellectual and personal achievement and significant leadership ability.

    Up to eight Belk Scholars will be chosen.  Each will receive:

    • an annually renewable scholarship equivalent to the college's comprehensive fees - valued at $65,819
    • two special study stipends (up to $3,000 per stipend) to pursue international study and other enrichment opportunities

    Interested in Davidson College and the Belk Scholarship?  Please contact your GTCHS School Counselor for more information.

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  • Erskine College Presidential Scholarship

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 9/18/2018

    The Presidential Scholarship at Erskine College is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship offered.

    The scholarship covers tuition, room, board, and fees for the winners (minus any state, federal, and outside scholarships or grants); is renewable for a total of four years of study; and is valued at approximately $185,000.

    Students who apply for the Presidential Scholarship are also considered for the Solomon Award, which covers tuition for a four year period.

    Application Process

    • Apply to Erskine College at
    • Complete the Presidential Scholarship Application.

    Application Deadline - October 6, 2018

    Come to Semi-finals on October 13.

    For more information visit

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  • South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 9/18/2018

    The South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation offers scholarship aid to deserving students who meet certain academic criteria.

    The following guidelines have been established for eligibility for this scholarship.

    Applicants must:

    • Be seniors in a South Carolina high school OR undergraduates in a South Carolina college or university.
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale through the spring 2018 semester.
    • Be residents of South Carolina.
    • Have a competitive or recreational interest in golf.
    • Recipients must attend an accredited public or private, four year college or university located in South Carolina in the fall of 2019.

    Applications Process:

    • Complete the online application.
    • Mail additional required materials.
      • Terms of Agreement
      • Official Transcript
      • SAT/ACT Scores
      • Letter of Recommendation from someone related to golf
      • Letter of Recommendation from teacher/professor
      • Personal Statement
      • List of academic honors, leadership skills, and community service
      • Signed Federal Tax Form 1040 and W-2 Forms  OR  SAR Report

    Application deadline for ALL materials is November 28, 2018 by 5:00 p.m..

    To apply visit

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  • Kittie Moss Fairey Education Fund Scholarship

    Posted by Stephanie Beaver on 9/18/2018

    The Kittie Moss Fairey Scholarship provides scholarship for deserving students in South Carolina.

    Application Process:

    • There are 2 parts t the application process:
      • You must set up an account and complete the online application.
        • Once you have done this you will get an email back confirming receipt of the online portion of your application and reminding you to complete step 2.
      • You must mail in the additional required materials. (see list below)

    Who is eligible for the scholarship?

    • The initial selection will be based on the eligibility criteria as follows:
      • Applicants must be enrolled in or planning to attend full time and accredited two year or four year college or university in the state of South Carolina.
    • The ideal candidate will:
      • Be a resident of South Carolina.
      • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale through the spring 2018 semester.
      • Demonstrate a financial need.

    When is the deadline for submission of materials?

    • The deadline for submission of the online portion of the application is January 15, 2019.  Deadline of the additional required material is 5:00 p.m.. EST January 15, 2019.  
    • The additional materials must be mailed in ONE envelope to the Kitty Moss Fairey Educational Fund Scholarship, 4320 Wade Hampton Blvd., STE G, Taylors, SC 29687.  The additional materials required must be received no later than 5:00 p. EST January 15, 2019.

    What constitutes a complete application packet?

    • You must submit the following additional materials found in the online application.
      • An OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT with grades and cumulative GPA posted through the latest Spring semester.
      • Submit SAT/ACT SCORES.
      • A PERSONAL STATEMENT/ESSAY. Submit a one page personal statement explaining why the scholarship is important to the applicant.  Include college and career plans, if known.  Include applicant name and name of scholarship page.
      • A completed W-8 OR 2-9 FORM, as applicable.  This form must be completed by the applicant.
      • A copy of your SAR REPORT (Student Aid Report). This is the report you receive after completing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    What is the value of the scholarship award?

    • The number of recipients and the amount of each scholarship may vary from year to year due to fluctuations in the Fund's value and/or applicable document restrictions.  Subject to the trust terms, the awards will be applied up to 1/2 of tuition, room and board and should not exceed these costs.  Scholarship awards must be used in the year they are awarded.  Failure to submit the required materials will result in the permanent loss of the scholarship.  Unused funds must be returned to the Kittie Moss Fairey Scholarship Fund.

    What schools can a recipient attend?

    • The recipients may attend any accredited college, university, technical, trade or professional school, located in South Carolina, in any field of study leading to a degree, diploma or certificate, provided the institution meets the criteria in the following paragraph.  Recipients must be enrolled full time each semester and working towards and undergraduate degree.
    • An eligible educational institution is one whose primary function is the presentation of formal instruction and that normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body of students in attendance at the place where it carries on its educational activities.

    What if I am unable to attend consecutive semesters?

    • Extenuating circumstances requiring a student to sit out a semester must be explained in writing to CSA.  You will be notified of the final decision.  IF a recipient is out for a semester then that semester is forfeited.

    How are winners selected?

    • An Awards Advisory Committee will consider the respective ability, educational goals, financial need and career ambitions of each applicant.

    How will I be notified if I am chosen as a recipient?

    • Once final approval has been given by the Trustee, CSA will e-mail award letters to the recipients with detailed information about the scholarship.  Candidates not selected to receive awards will also be notified by CSA via email.

    Is this scholarship renewable?

    • This scholarship is a 4 year scholarship subject to the following terms and conditions:
      • Recipients must pass all courses
      • Remain in good academic standing
      • Attend a school within South Carolina

    Ready to apply?  Visit

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