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    The 14th annual SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes is underway. If you’re a high school senior or college undergrad, you can enter for a chance to win one of the $500 awards – it’s free to enter and eligibility is not based on GPA level or financial need.*  What it is:  A $500 scholarship sweepstakes.  When it’s happening:  Entries will be accepted starting on September 10, 2018.   The first drawing will occur on or about October 29, 2018.   Subsequent drawings are approximately every two weeks thereafter until on or about May 13, 2019. See the drawing schedule below.  Entrants must -  Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 13 years of age or older   Provide proof of enrollment for the fall of 2019 in a U.S. Department of Education Title IV eligible 2 or 4 year public or private college or university located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (D.C.)  Scholarship check will be payable to the winner's college of attendance.  Read the Official Rules for the 2018–2019 Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes.

     

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    NOVEMBER:

     NCWIT Award For Aspirations in Computing - $500 - 391 Awards (Deadline: November 12, 2018) To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a female that is 13 years of age or older. B) Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who attends school in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen attending school in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. overseas military base. Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/12511/ncwit_award_for_aspirations_in_computing_scholarship.php

     

    The 2019 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen.  Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. 

    Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

    Eligibility: Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.  Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.  High school graduates are not eligible to apply.  Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.  Applications are due by November 15, 2018.

     

    SC Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship The South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation is providing scholarships for deserving students. The Center for Scholarship Administration, Inc. (CSA), a non-profit, independent organization is the facilitator of the program. Applicants must: Be seniors in a South Carolina school OR undergraduates in a South Carolina school. Have a cumulative GPA of a 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, 4-year college or university located in South Carolina, beginning in the Fall of 2019. The deadline to apply is November 28, 2018.

    $10,000 College Scholarship for High School and College Students:  To be eligible: 1. you must be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US. 2. You must be a legal resident of the US or Puerto Rico.  The ScholarshipPoints program was created in 2006 to help students win scholarships with out the hassle of filling out paper applications and writing dozens of essays. Deadlines begin November 30th.

     

    DECEMBER:

    THE GOVERNOR ROBERT E. MCNAIR SCHOLARSHIP:

    McNair Scholars will receive free tuition, fees, book allowance, and room and board for the four years they attend Francis Marion University.  Opportunity to travel abroad during spring break of the freshman year. Many other opportunities, see link above. 

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Be a South Carolina resident.  Be a high school senior.  Achieve a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Have an SAT score of 1160 or higher (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) or 24 or higher ACT score.  Among other requirements, see website for more information. Admissions * Complete applications are due no later than December 1. Finalists will be invited to a personal interview on campus in January. Awards will be announced by late January. Applicants who are not selected will be considered for other FMU scholarships.

    Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships – A program recognizes student innovation and youth-led solutions to fight hunger in the U.S. These young people are creating awareness and mobilizing peers in their communities to be catalysts for change. The scholarship awardees comprise a wide variety of students, ages 5 to 25, who are recognized at the national and regional level and hail from across the country. A program that recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in the U.S. Scholarship winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant for their hunger-related charity. The scholarship is named for the Foundation's founder and former president, Steve Brady, who was an unstoppable champion in the fight to end hunger. The annual application period is October 5-December 5.

    North American Van Lines Logistics Scholarship - $1,000 - 5 Awards (Deadline: December 15, 2018) To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a U.S. Citizen (or permanent resident). B) Be enrolled (or enrolling) as a full time student of an accredited college/university within the United States for completion of an undergraduate degree in Logistics or equivalent field. Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/11374/north_american_van_lines_logistics_scholarship_scholarship.php  

     

    Through the BluePay STEM Scholarship, we will award a winning student $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. In addition, we will award $250 book scholarships to two runners-up. Featured essays may be published in part or in entirety on the BluePay blog, citing the author. QUALIFICATIONS

    To qualify, undergraduate or graduate students must be majoring in a STEM field of study and attending an accredited college or university.  Attach an essay below answering 1 of these 3 questions in a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 1,000 words:  What recent innovation has meant the most to your daily life?  What do you imagine or have you experienced to be the single greatest challenge that arises when you start your own business?  What do you think is the biggest threat to the security of your personal information?  Applicants will have the opportunity to be featured on the BluePay blog with approval.  Please read full Program Rules here

    Deadline to apply is December 20, 2018.

     

    Dolman Law Group Scholarship - $1,100 - 1 Award (Deadline: December 29, 2018) To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be currently attending or planning to attend a college or university during the 2019-2020 academic year. B) Be in good academic standing with your current educational institution Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/11192/dolman_law_group_scholarship_scholarship.php 

    SBO Essay Scholarship Contest - $1,000 - 10 Awards (Deadline: December 31, 2018) To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico. B) Be planning on attending a college or university during the 2019-2020 academic year Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/10084/sbo_essay_scholarship_contest_scholarship.php

     

    JANUARY:

    Kittie M. Fairey Scholarship The Kittie Moss Fairey Scholarship is providing scholarships for deserving students. The Center for Scholarship Administration, Inc. (CSA), a non-profit, independent organization is the Facilitator of the scholarship fund. The ideal candidate will:  Be a resident of South Carolina. Have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Demonstrated financial need.  The deadline to apply is January 15, 2019.

     The American Legion Department of South Carolina H. W. Dare Maness High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest" The purpose of The American Legion 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 high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership skills, 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. The winner at the department (state) level 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 and participates in the second round, but does not advance to the final round, will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship to pursue education ay any college or university in the United States.  National scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the national contest as follows: 1st place - $18,000; 2nd place - $16,000; 3rd place - $14,000.

    A contestant must give both their prepared oration and the assigned topic discourse in order to receive the scholarship.  All post contests must be completed by January 23, 2019

     National Beta Scholarship Program--12th grade students who are active National Beta members and duly registered with the national headquarters by November 1, of their senior year, are eligible to apply and participate in the scholarship competition.  Selection of National Beta Scholarship winners is based on a number of factors with special emphasis on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service, as well as National Beta Involvement.  Deadline to apply is January 24th, 2019.

     The Hampton Wildlife Fund is pleased to offer 4 scholarships to South Carolina students.  The Harry Hampton and Wallace Pate Scholarships are combined in one application here.

     HARRY HAMPTON SCHOLARSHIP Criteria and Eligibility • This fund consists of $5,000 annually, for up to four (4) consecutive years, to help a student further their education in the natural resources discipline. • The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina. • The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina. • The recipient must have a major in the natural resources discipline such as: wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine science or environmental science to qualify. (NOTE: Agriculture, general biology, pre-medical biology and veterinary science are NOT eligible for this scholarship.) • Payment will be made to the same person for four consecutive years of college related to a major in the natural resources discipline. • The recipient must maintain a GPR of 2.5 or above for a given academic year to receive funds for the following year. If the GPR falls below the 2.5 average for any academic year, the student will not receive any further funds, and a new recipient will be sought. • Return both pages of the completed application, essay and autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than JANUARY 31st, 2019 to: HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS Post Office 2641 Columbia, SC 29202

     WALLACE F. PATE SCHOLARSHIP (If Available) Criteria and Eligibility • This fund consists of a one-time award of $2,500 to help a student further their education in the natural resources discipline. This scholarship’s availability is based on available funding and may or may not be offered for the 2019-2020 school year. • The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina. • The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina. • The recipient must have a major in the natural resources discipline such as: wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine science or environmental science to qualify. (NOTE: Agriculture, general biology, pre-medical biology and veterinary science are NOT eligible for this scholarship.) • Payment will be made to the successful applicant in the natural resources discipline on a one-time basis only. • Return both pages of the completed application, essay and autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than JANUARY 31, 2019 to the following address: HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS Post Office 2641 Columbia, SC 29202

     JAMES O. THOMASON SCHOLARSHIP Criteria and Eligibility • This scholarship consists of $2,000 annually, for up to four (4) consecutive years, to help a student further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications. • The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina. • The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina. • The recipient must declare a major in electronic, print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications to qualify. • Payment will be made to the same person for four consecutive years of college related to a major in the above disciplines. • The recipient must maintain a GPR of 2.5 or above for a given academic year to receive funds for the following year. If the GPR falls below the 2.5 average for any academic year, the student will not receive any further funds, and a new recipient will be sought. • Return both pages of the completed application, essay on a topic selected by the Hampton Fund*, personal essay and autobiography**, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than JANUARY 31st, 2019 to: HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS, PO Box 2641, Columbia, SC 29202

     David M. CLINE SCHOLARSHIP Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund Criteria and Eligibility • This scholarship consists of $2,000, for one-time only, to help a student further their education in law enforcement, criminal justice, forensics or forensic science. • The applicant must be a full time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school in South Carolina. • The recipient must attend an institution of higher learning in South Carolina. • The recipient must enroll in a major in law enforcement / criminal justice / forensics / forensic science to qualify. NOTE: Biology or Pre-Med students seeking a degree in forensic pathology and related course/curriculum studies DO NOT QUALIFY. • Payment will be made to the successful applicant in the natural resources discipline on a one-time basis only. • Return both pages of the completed application, essay and autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than JANUARY 31st, 2019 to the following address: HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIPS Post Office Box 2641 Columbia, SC 29202

    10 Words or Less Scholarship - $500 - 1 Award (Deadline: January 31, 2019) To be eligible for the scholarship a student must: A) Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2019. Applications can be found by going to: https://studentscholarships.org/scholarship/10258/10_words_or_less_scholarship_scholarship.php 

     

    FEBRUARY

     

    The JoAnn Singleton Memorial Scholarship Application This scholarship is awarded to an Aynor High School senior who will be continuing his or her education following graduation. The one time scholarship will be in the amount of $1000.  Submit application (mail, email, or fax) by April 12, 2019 to:  Midland Elementary School, Scholarship Committee    3011 Nichols Hwy   Galivants Ferry, SC 29544    Email: ahowell@horrycountyschools.net     Fax: 843-358-6052

     

    The WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship provides awards at several different amounts:

    Number of Scholarships

    Amount

    1

    $25,000

    1

    $20,000

    1

    $10,000

    10

    $1,000

    Up to 1,700

    $500

    Who’s Eligible  Scholarship recipients must be:  High School graduates attending a two-year or four-year college, university, or technical school;  WoodmenLife members in good standing with at least three years of membership; and  Members of families where all in the household are WoodmenLife members in good standing.   How We Choose:  Scholarship recipients will complete an online application that includes short essay questions. Criteria may include: Volunteer Activity  Work History  Career Goals  Patriotism  Test Scores  GPA  Now Accepting Applications Between Nov. 1, 2018 ‐ Feb. 15, 2019