Financial Aid & Scholarships
|October begins the financial aid application season which involves making decisions about paying for college. Students are encouraged to complete the online FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and submit the application to the US Department of Education. Eligibility for federal student aid is based upon information on this form. In addition, many colleges and technical schools use this for their own financial aid purposes. After the FAFSA form is finalized, students should contact the school or schools where they are applying to determine financial aid options. If you do not have computer access, please call (800) 891-4599. Web site: www.fafsa.ed.gov|
|For information on the CSS/Financial Aid Profile, required by some colleges, check out www.collegeboard.com Phone: (800) 778-6888|
Scholarships are posted as information is received throughout the year. New items are added frequently so be sure to check back often.
** Scholarships that are currently available online or in guidance office are in BOLD print. **
South Carolina Tuition Grants Program - needs based grants awarded to qualified SC residents who attend eligible SC independent colleges. Apply annually by submitting the FAFSA (available online at www.fafsa.org )
A list of eligible colleges available in guidance office.
Find Scholarships, Financial Aid, and Student Loans at www.fastweb.com/
Various scholarships available to SC students may be found by downloading the scholarship newsletter at http://www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php Deadlines vary, and awards range from $500 - $10,000. Be sure to check this site frequently as the list is updated often.
Student-View Scholarship program. No minimum GPA or test scores, no essay, no application or fee. Complete a survey by logging on to www.student-view.com Scholarships awarded randomly. Deadline TBA.
Varsity Tutors Scholarship Contest. Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors webpage are able to vote for submitted entries. One winner is chosen each month. Enter the contest at the following site: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship
The Center for Scholarship Administration serves as the administrator for a number of scholarship programs. For more information and a list of the scholarships and their guidelines, visit www.scholarshipprograms.org .
Palmetto Fellows Scholarship - 3.5 GPA, ranked in top 6% of class, 1200 SAT or 27 ACT (all criteria must be met). Deadline Dec. 14, 2018.
The South Carolina Association of Counties Board of Directors scholarship is now available in guidance and online at http://www.sccounties.org/scac-scholarships . It will be awarded to one resident of Chesterfield county who is planning on attending an in-state school. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2019.
The Governor Robert E. McNair Scholarship is available online. This is available to residents of South Carolina who are planning on attending Francis Marion University. The deadline is TBA. Applications available at www.fmarion.edu/fmuadmissions/scholarship
The Coulter-Long National Alumni Association, Inc. Scholarship will be available in Guidance. The deadline is April 15, 2019.
Highland Industries STEM Premier Scholarship is now available on STEM Premier. It is available to seniors who have a STEM Premier account that is at least 75% completed. The deadline is TBA.
To apply: 1) Go to your STEM Premier dashboard
2) In the Scholarships section, click the magnifying glass
3) Type "Highland" in the organization name
4) Click on Highland Industries Scholarship and apply
McLeod Regional Medical Center has established a Health Education Assistance Fund. It is available to students who are planning to study for a health related career. Applications are available in the Guidance Office. Deadline for submission is June 5, 2019.
The Suzannah Blackwell Memorial Scholarship is available to ESOL students. The deadline is March 31, 2019. Applications are accepted electronically at the following link: http://carolinatesol.shuttlepod.org/page-1013500
The African American Network - Carolinas Scholarship is now available. Applicants must be planning on attending a 4 year college or university in SC or NC and major in engineering, math, science, computer science, accounting, finance, or business administration. Applications are available at https://fftcscholarships.communityforce.com and must be submitted online by March 1, 2019.
The Rising Star Scholarship application will be available in guidance. Deadline TBA.
USC-Lancaster scholarships. Several available that are based on academics, school and community involvement, leadership, and financial need. Applications available in guidance as well as http://usclancaster.sc.edu/finaid/scholshp.htm Deadline is TBA.
Erskine Presidential Scholarships are available to students who plan to attend and have been accepted to Erskine College. Deadline is TBA. Apply online at www.know.erskine.edu
The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is available online. It is available to a minority student planning to attend a 4 year institution. Deadline is Feb. 2018. www.jackierobinson.org/apply
Burger King Scholars - Scholarships available for employees and/or their dependents. Apply online at www.scholarsapply.org/burgerkingscholars/
Walmart Scholarship program - Scholarships available to employees and/or their dependents. Apply online at www.giving.walmart.com/associate-scholarships
The CTEA (SC Career and Technology Education Administrators Association) Scholarship is awarded to seniors who are also a career and technology education completer. If you are interested in applying, please see one of the CTE teachers. Deadline is TBA.
The Goeffrey Kier Memorial Athletic Excellence Scholarship will be available in the guidance office. This scholarship is available to student-athletes. The deadline is February 22, 2019 and must be returned to the athletic trainer here at school or to McLeod Sports Medicine.
The Lambda Iota Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc Essay Scholarship is available in the guidance office. This scholarship is available to male students. It is due in the guidance office April 1, 2019.
The Churches United Scholarship is available in guidance. Deadline is April 15, 2019.
The Future Educator Scholarship given by the Chesterfield County Administrators Association is available in the guidance office. The scholarship is presented to one 2019 Chesterfield County graduate who plans to enter into the field of education. The award is $1000 and the winner will be recognized at our annual Administrators Association meeting held in the spring. The deadline is April 26, 2019.
The Anne B. Crawford Career and Technology Scholarship is available in the guidance office. Deadline is May 10, 2019.
SCAEAP (SC Association of Extension Administrative Professionals) scholarship is be available in the guidance office. This scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a career in the secretarial science, computer science, or business management field. Deadline is March 8, 2019.
Greener Scholarship is available online. This is available to students who plan to attend the Columbia campus of USC. It is due April 1, 2019. http://www.mycarolina.org/s/842/site2014/interior.aspx?sid=842&gid=1&sitebuilder=1&pgid=5851
Hampton Wildlife Fund Scholarships are now available online. www.hamptonwildlifefund.org/scholarship.html
Four different scholarships are offered. The deadline for all four is January 31, 2019.
1. Harry Hampton Scholarship - This is for students in the natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine or environmental science. Four years, $5000 per year
2. Wallace F. Pate Scholarship - This is for students in the natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine or environmental science. One year; $2500
3. David M. Cline Scholarship - This is for students who wish to further their education in law enforcement, criminal science, or forensic science. One year; $2000
4. James O. Thomason Scholarship - This is for students who wish to further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations, or mass communications. Four years; $2000 per year
George Rogers Foundation scholarship application is available online at http://www.georgerogersfoundationofthecarolinas.org/apply-for-aid It is due TBA.
The Joye Law Firm scholarship application is available online at http://www.joyelawfirm.com/joye-scholarship-program/ It is due April 1, 2019.
Peck Law Firm Scholarship available online. This scholarship is offered to any student who is interested in pursuing a law-related career. One year - $2000. Deadline is May 31, 2019. http://thepeckfirm.com/peck-law-firm-scholarship/
The Bobby Chapman Scholarship application will be available in the guidance office. The deadline is TBA.
The Chesterfield County Farm Bureau Scholarship application is available in the guidance office. This is for students planning to pursue a career in agriculture. One scholarship will be awarded at each high school in the county. The deadline is March 31, 2019.
The Southeastern States Pupil Transportation Conference (SESPTC) scholarship is available in the guidance office. This is for students whose parents have been employed in public school transportation for the past three years. The deadline is TBA.
Jane Edna Hunter Scholarship is available online at https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/35310-College-Now-Greater-Cleveland This is for women under the age of 30 pursuing an undergraduate degree that are residents of SC. Deadline is TBA.
Arbor One scholarship application will be available in the guidance office. This is for students planning to pursue a career in agriculture. It is due TBA.
Justin O'Connor Memorial Fund Scholarship offers 2 scholarships of $1000 each. One is for academics and the other is for athletics. Applications are in the guidance office. Deadline for submission is April 1, 2019.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority scholarship application is available in the guidance office. Application deadline is March 22, 2019.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority scholarship application is available in the guidance office. It is due April 15, 2019.
James L. Streater Memorial Scholarship application will be available in the guidance office. It is due 3/29/19.
John A. Kendall Scholarship will be available in the guidance office. Preference is for a senior interested in economics, political science, or history. $1000 per year. Due TBA.
Buick Achievers Scholarship is available online. Deadline TBA http://www.buickachievers.com/?utm_source=MC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BA2015 Available to students who plan to major in a program of study that is related to the automotive industry or other STEM discipline.
Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship applications will be available in the guidance office and http://www.demayolaw.com/. Deadline is April 1, 2019.
Laura M. Fleming Scholarship is available for children of Founders Federal Credit Union members. Deadline is March 1, 2019.
The Rotary Scholarships application is available in the guidance office. Deadline is April 17, 2019.
Low-income Juniors can learn about The College Prep Scholarship at www.questbridge.com
The SCEA-R Scholarship application is available in the guidance office. This is a $4000 (over four years) scholarship for students attending a four-year college and planning a career in education. Applications are due March 15, 2019.
Hade E. Robinson/CHESCO Services Scholarship for $1000 is available in the guidance office. Applicants must be students who have an interest in working with the special needs population in human service areas such as special education, psychology, sociology, social work, or other related fields. The application is due April 1, 2019.
SC Coaches Association of Women's Sports Medical and Education Scholarships are available online and in the guidance office. Each scholarship is worth $1000. One will be awarded to a female planning to major in the medical field and the other will be awarded to a female planning to major in education. Applications are due TBA. www.sccaws.org
Delta Kappa Gamma scholarship application is available in the guidance office. This is for a Senior girl planning to pursue a career in education. $300. It is due in the Guidance Office March 29, 2019.
Gordon Educational Scholarship for seniors pursuing a degree in education or agri-business is available in guidance. Due date is April 15, 2019.
First United Methodist, Cheraw Scholarships due April 15, 2019.
First Presbyterian Church, Cheraw Scholarships.
USDA Scholarships due TBA.
Dizzy Gillespie Scholarship applications are available in the guidance office. The deadline is March 1, 2019.
Technology Scholarships at Marist College. Full tuition, room, and board is offered to students wishing to study computer science and technology. Visit the website for more information.
Sandhill Telephone scholarship for customers is available in guidance office. It is due in the guidance office February 22.
James F. Byrnes Foundation for South Carolinians who have lost one or both parents, due TBA.
SC Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Essay/Scholarship contest. Guidelines available in guidance office. Due TBA. http://scvrd.net/journalism/
Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships. Four different scholarships available. Apply online at http://www.rmhc.org/
Applications accepted TBA.
South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship is available for students who have a competitive or recreational interest in golf. Deadline is November 28, 2018. Apply online at www.scholarshipprograms.org
Kitty Moss Fairey Educational Fund Scholarship. Apply online at www.csascholars.org Deadline is January 15, 2019.
SC Association of Title 1 Administrators (SCATA) scholarship. Application is available in guidance office. It is due in the guidance office no later than January 7, 2019.
The National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA) scholarships. Applications are now available in the guidance office. Applications are due in the Guidance Office by January 7, 2019.
The South Carolina State Fair Scholarship is available online at www.scstatefair.org/scholarships . Deadline is Feb. 2018.
The Duncan Morrison Scholarship is now available in the guidance office. This scholarship is sponsored by the Great Pee Dee Devil Dogs, Detachment 1219, of the Marine Corps League and is available to graduating seniors who are members of JROTC and have been accepted to a 2 year or 4 year state supported college or university. Deadline is March 1, 2019.
Carolina Legacy Scholarship is available online at https://www.mycarolina.org/s/842/site2014/interior-1col-noname.aspx?sid=842&gid=1&sitebuilder=1&pgid=5850 This is available to students who have been accepted at USC and have a parent or grandparent who is a graduate of any USC campus. Deadline is April 1, 2019.
The SC Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society Scholarship is available in guidance. Deadline is March 15, 2019.
The FBi Construction Scholarship is available in the guidance office. This is for students who desire to pursue a degree or professional certificate in a construction related industry. The deadline is April 1, 2019.
The Gordon Hay Scholarship is available in the guidance office. This is for students who are interested in pursuing a non-performing career in performing arts. It is due TBA.
The Tywanza Sanders Legacy Foundation has a scholarship that is now available online at www.tywanzasanderslegacyfoundation.com . Deadline is TBA.
The Horatio Alger National Career and Technical Scholarship is available to students who intend to enroll in a community college or technical school to obtain a technical degree or certification. Apply online at www.application.horatioalger.org . Deadline is TBA.
Louise G. Wilson Student Loan Fund - This is a low interest loan available to students pursuing an education in the medical field (can include nursing, dentistry, or any technical field which supports the healthcare industry). Applications are in the guidance office. Deadline is TBA.
The Young Talented King Scholarship is now available in guidance. Deadline is TBA.
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