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     January

     WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship® 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: Perfect grades and good test scores aren't required. Scholarship recipients will complete an online application that includes short essay questions. Scholarships will be awarded to those students who:  Make a difference in their community through volunteerism  Want to make their community a better place to live;  Want to pursue a career as a leader in their community  Demonstrate their academic performance by providing their transcripts and GPA

    How do I apply for the WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship®?  Members should go to our Scholarships page.  Once on the scholarship page, click on the “Get Started Now” button and then enter the quick access code.  If you do not have the quick access code, contact your local Representative or call WoodmenLife Customer Service at 1-800-225-3108 to get it.  After entering your quick access code, you will be directed to the WoodmenLife Focus Forward Scholarship® application site. If you are a new user on the site, you will need to create an account.

    The 2019-2020 application period begins Nov. 1, 2019.  All Applications must be submitted by 11:00 p.m. (Central) Jan. 15, 2020.

     
    The Profile in Courage Essay Contest opens for submissions on September 1, 2019. The contest deadline is January 17, 2020.  The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born.  The first-place winner receives $10,000. Second-place receives $3,000. Five finalists receive $1,000 each. Eight semifinalists receive $100 each. Ten students receive honorable mention.  Deadline for submission: January 17, 2020.
     

    Below are some scholarships (Harry Hampton, James Thomason, David Cline and Wallace Pate) from the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc.  The Fund is a private, non-profit corporation which partners with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the promotion of education, research, management and the administration of game and fish laws, which will benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina.

    HARRY HAMPTON FUND SCHOLARSHIP  In a commitment to promote higher education in the natural resources area in South Carolina, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund in 1992 established the scholarship program. This scholarship consists of a $5,000* scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, environmental science or related fields.  Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.  Click the above link for the application.  Click here for more information concerning this scholarship.  Please note: The application POSTMARK deadline is January 31, 2020.

     JAMES O. THOMASON  SCHOLARSHIP  In memory of its former Board Chairman, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund in March 2005 established the James O. Thomason Scholarship. James O. Thomason, known by his friends simply as “O,” was a staunch supporter of wildlife and natural resources in the Palmetto state, particularly in relation to education. James O. was appointed to the South Carolina Wildlife and Marine Resources Board of Directors, later to become the Department of Natural Resources, in 1984. During his tenure he also served as Chairman of the Conservation Education and communications Advisory Committee, which furthered his interest in and support of natural resources education. James O. served as Chairman of the Hampton Fund from 1998 until his passing in February 2004. 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. Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.  Click the above link for the application.  Click here for more information concerning this scholarship.  The application POSTMARK deadline is January 31, 2020.

     DAVID M. CLINE  SCHOLARSHIP  In memory of its former Board member, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund established the David M. Cline Scholarship in March 2011 . Mr. Cline, serving the Hampton Fund for over 20 years, was a staunch supporter of wildlife and natural resources in the Palmetto state, particularly in relation to law enforcement and marine resources. Mr. Cline was an avid hunter and offshore angler, serving on the board of the S.C. Governor's Cup Billfishing Series and also participating as a captain and angler aboard his boat, "Miss Tidy." During his tenure he also served on the SCDNR Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. Mr. Cline passed away in 2011.  This scholarship consists of a $2,000 scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in law enforcement/criminal justice/forensic science. Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.  Click the above link for the application.  Click here for more information concerning this scholarship.  The application POSTMARK deadline is January 31, 2020.

     WALLACE F. PATE  SCHOLARSHIP  In its continued commitment to promote higher education in the natural resources area in South Carolina, the Board of Directors of the Hampton Fund, in cooperation with the South Carolina Governor's Cup Billfishing Series, established the Wallace F. Pate Scholarship in 2004.  Wallace F. Pate pioneered offshore big game fishing in South Carolina. This scholarship consists of a $2,500 scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, environmental science or related fields.  Applicants are thoroughly screened, interviewed and a winner selected through a comprehensive process established by the Board of Directors.  Click the above link for the application.  Click here for more information concerning this scholarship.  The application POSTMARK deadline is January 31, 2020.

     
    February

    The application packet for the 2020 James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship is now available as a fillable Adobe Acrobat form. Depending upon the browser used, the form elements may not be available if the form is opened within your browser. Adobe Reader is available as a free download.

    The James F. Byrnes Foundation is a public charity organization and functions under the auspices of a twelve-member Board of Directors. Each Director was also a Byrnes Scholarship recipient. Established in 1948, The Byrnes Foundation has provided both the means and inspiration for hundreds of South Carolina’s young men and women to achieve college educations. Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes’ legacy continues today in the lives of young people who proudly bear the designation Byrnes Scholars.

    To be eligible for the James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship, a student must meet the following qualifications:

    *have one or both parents deceased    *be a United States citizen and a South Carolina resident   *have need of financial assistance to attend college

    *be a current senior in high school   *have a satisfactory academic record  *plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university

    If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $4,500 award, renewable for a total of four years; total award $18,000 for the academic career. Awards are for undergraduate study only.    Applications must be submitted after January 2, 2020, and postmarked by February 1, 2020.

     

    The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce  has served the Grand Strand and its business community with excellence for more than 75 years.  The Chamber’s mission is to promote, protect and improve the Myrtle Beach area and its business community.  The Chamber, and its members, recognize the value of higher education as an essential component to individual and community success.  Purpose: To provide scholarships to deserving Myrtle Beach area graduating seniors planning to enroll in higher education within eight (8) months upon graduation from high school.

    Award: A one-time scholarship per awardee, in an amount to be determined by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation Board of Directors, will be paid directly to the recipient(s) for the intended purpose of offsetting first-year expenses related to higher education.  

    Students deadline to submit applications to Guidance Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

    Please click the above link for the application. 

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    The South Carolina Education Association-Retired Scholarship Fund (SCEAR) is an ongoing activity of the association. The scholarship is awarded annually and is designed to encourage promising young people to prepare for careers in education at a SACS accredited college,university or technical college in South Carolina.

    The amount of the scholarship is up to four thousand dollars.  The annual amount is one thousand dollars paid to the school of the recipient in their name.  Please click on the link above for the application.

    Applications must be turned in to the guidance department by March 10th, 2020.

    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.  Click the above link for the application and contest rules.  Click on this link for more information.

     
    The College Board will award 500 Apply to Colleges scholarships in February 2020. The scholarship opens in October 2019 and students can earn entries for the Apply scholarship from October 2019 through February 2020. How to Qualify:  Once you apply to colleges, log in to the College Board Opportunity Scholarships and list the schools that you've applied to. Apply to at least two colleges to earn one entry in the Apply to Colleges scholarship drawing. Earn one additional entry for each additional college that you apply to up to six colleges.  Get Started: Join the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program.  Go to My Action Plan and select the Apply to colleges scholarship card.  List at least two colleges that you've applied to.
     

    2019 Beach Ball Classic Scholarship Application    Since 1984, the Scholarship Fund has contributed over $300,000 in college scholarships to over 300 deserving high school seniors in Horry County. Each year one student from each high school in Horry County will be awarded the annual scholarship. This scholarship would not be possible without the generous support from DDC Engineers and the annual scholarship raffle held during the Beach Ball Classic.
    The Scholarship Program of the Beach Ball Classic will award for the 2019- 2020 school year a minimum of (9) $1,000.00 college scholarships to outstanding high school athletes.  Please click on the above link to apply and for more information.  Applications are due by February 28, 2020.

     

    Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union and Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC) have partnered to offer Two scholarship awards for graduating high school seniors from Horry, Georgetown, Marion, Williamsburg and the southern part of Florence County.  Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to rising college freshmen seeking a four-year degree from Coastal Carolina University OR Francis Marion University.  The scholarships may be renewed for an additional three years in the amount of $500 per year should the sward recipient continue to meet qualifying criteria.

    To be eligible applicant must:   *Be a graduating senior   *Have at least a 3.0 GPA  *Be accepted and plan to attend either CCU or FMU for at least 4 years

    *Be enrolled in a minimum of 12 college credit hours  Click the above link for more information and an application.  Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2020.

     
    March
     
    Horry Electric Cooperative offers the WIRE (Women Involved in RuralElectrification) Scholarship, to one deserving high school senior each year. Applicant must be a member or dependent of a member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. and must live in the home with the member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.  Student must have a 2.5 GPA.  Students must be planning to attend HGTC or CCU in the Fall of 2020. Click the above link for more information and an application.   Applications are due no later than March 2, 2020.
     

    The South Carolina Education Association-Retired Scholarship Fund (SCEAR) is an ongoing activity of the association. The scholarship is awarded annually and is designed to encourage promising young people to prepare for careers in education at a SACS accredited college, university or technical college in South Carolina.

    The amount of the scholarship is up to four thousand dollars.  The annual amount is one thousand dollars paid to the school of the recipient in their name.  Please click on the link above for the application.

    Applications must be turned in to the guidance department by March 10th, 2020
     
     
    April
     

    The Democratic Women’s Council of Horry County (DWCHC) is sponsoring an Essay Contest with a $1,000 college scholarship for each of the top TWO winning essays.  Essays shall be entitled: Climate change is real. Why is voting for democrats so important?   The essay shall be no less than 1,000 words and no longer than 1,500 words.  Essays must be received no later than April 3, 2020.  Applicant must notify their guidance counselor (Ms. Gordon) that they are applying for this scholarship.  Qualified applicants must be graduating high school seniors. Applicants must be registered voters of Horry County or scheduled for High School graduation by June 2020. Voter registration card or proof of residency (for applicants under the age of 18) shall be required at time of essay submission.  Applicants agree to allow the publication of essays at the discretion of the DWCHC. Essays must be submitted, in Microsoft Word format, via e-mail to Carole Dwyer, cldwyer26@gmail.com  Name, address, telephone number(s) must be included with submission.  Entrants must provide copies of:  Completed entry form  Voter registration or residency  Note: These items may be submitted electronically with essay or mailed to Carole Dwyer, 39 Smith Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29588. They must also be received by April 3, 2020. Each applicant may submit only one essay for consideration. Essays will be judged based on content, clarity, and relevance to the theme. Please go to www.dwchc.com for more information.

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    The following 4 scholarships can be found here: Waccamaw Community Foundation offers students many different scholarship opportunities. When completing the 2020 Scholarship Program application, students are asked to indicate each program for which they are eligible and wish to be considered. Read below for full criteria to apply for different scholarships at WCF and links to scholarship applications. All applications must be submitted by 12:00 Noon on Monday, April 6, 2020. 

    The applications will be open from October 1, 2019 to April 6, 2020.  The scholarship committee convenes on May 12, 2020.  Recipients will be notified during the week of May 20, 2020.  About Smarter Select:  Applications must be completed online via the web-based program, SmarterSelect, accessible through the links below once the scholarships are open for applications. Please use the “preview” feature to review the instructions and entire application prior to creating an account. Applicants will then be prompted to create an online account and will be able to login to complete their application as many times as they need to until the deadline.  Have any questions? Contact Kristen Bitzegaio at 843-357-4483 or kristen@mywcf.org.

     Boone Foundation Scholarship: Boone Foundation Scholarship Awards are available to residents of South Carolina according to the following criteria. Click here for the application. If you are seeking to renew your scholarship, please email kristen@mywcf.org for the application link.

    Criteria:  Preference to students from Horry County.  Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in law or the performing arts at the University of South Carolina, George Washington University, Converse College, or Winthrop University.  Minimum grade point average of 3.5.  Demonstrate financial need.  Nominations must be received through the institution’s Office of Financial Aid.

    Scholarship Renewal Provisions: The recipient is still pursuing a graduate degree in law or the performing arts.  The recipient continues to maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average.  The recipient still qualifies for financial aid.

     Sharon Malone Scholarship for Habitat for Humanity: This scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 per year is renewable for up to four (4) years is to be awarded to a graduating senior who is a dependent of a Habitat for Humanity homeowner in Horry County or Georgetown County. Click here for the application.  Criteria:  Recipient must be a dependent family member of a Habitat for Humanity homeowner in Horry County or Georgetown County.  The Recipient’s family must be in “good standing” with Habitat for Humanity. (i.e. current on mortgage)  Recipient should express good moral character.  Essay of no more than two double-spaced pages expressing why the applicant feels he/she should receive the scholarship.  GPA of 2.5 or better and must be maintained for renewal.  Nominations must be submitted through the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Horry County or Georgetown County.

     Thomas W. Jones Memorial Scholarship:  This renewable scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating high school senior or current student at the University of South Carolina’s School of Engineering. Graduating seniors can access the application here, and current college students should click here. If you are seeking to renew your scholarship, please email kristen@mywcf.org for the renewal application.

    Criteria:  Applicant must attend the University of South Carolina enrolled in the School of Engineering.  A GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required.  Applicant must have ties to either Georgetown or Horry County. 

    Mildred E. Swatko Memorial Scholarship:  This renewable scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Nursing or Golf Course programs at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Click here for the application.

    Criteria:  Applicant must have maintained a “C” average or better in high school.  Must demonstrate financial need.  Preference for this scholarship is to Nursing Program students.  No more than 250-word essay establishing why they deserve the scholarship.  To receive this scholarship for each academic year, student must remain in good standing with a minimum of a 2.8 GPA or higher.

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    The Charles D. Anderson Grant Program was established in 1979 to assist young WoodmenLife customers in South Carolina who wish to pursue higher education.  The $1,000, which began in 1979, is funded and administered completely by the WoodmenLife chapter in South Carolina and through Jurisdictional fundraising projects.  General Eligibility Requirements:  -be a full-time student -be a WoodmenLife customer in good standing for at least 3 years as of the date of application -have a GPA of 2.0 or above -be 21 years of age or younger by the application deadline of April 15th -be living in South Carolina

    Apply by contacting your local WoodmanLife Representative. 

    For more information:

    Community Outreach Manager

    Randy Barnett

    121 Sparkleberry Crossing Rd. Suite 202

    Columbia, SC 29229

    Phone: 803-788-6912

     
    Tidelands Ford Lincoln in Pawleys Island is offering a scholarship contest called Tidelands Trophy Club that is available to all high school seniors in Horry and Georgetown County.   Applications will be accepted through April and will have monthly winners of smaller prizes, and then those winners will go to the finals where they can win $5,000 for 1st Place, $3,000 for 2nd Place and $2,000 for 3rd Place by getting people to vote for them on social media.  Please click on the link above for more information and to apply.
     
     
    May
     
    Any senior who is currently or has been a part of the Horry County Foster Care program, please contact Mr. Scott in guidance.  There is a scholarship opportunity that is due by May 15th.
     
     
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