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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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     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.

    NAFEPA Scholarship Program: Purpose--The purpose of the scholarship program is to financially support post-secondary education for qualifying seniors or high school graduates attending their first year of college. Two scholarships are for students pursuing degrees in Education. The other two scholarships may be awarded to applicants pursuing degrees in Education or any other field.  Scholarship Payment--The full amount of each scholarship will be made payable to the institution of the recipient’s choice. It is the responsibility of each scholarship recipient to forward enrollment verification and a tuition invoice from the institution to the NAFEPA scholarship chairperson. Please note that the scholarship is paid directly to the institution. Complete the application and attach all required information. Submit one (1) original and one (1) copy of the completed packet to the STATE NAFEPA REPRESENTATIVE by January 18, 2019. Applicant: Mail the application directly to the address below:

    Allison M. Baker, South Carolina NAFEPA Representative

    120 East Smith Avenue

    Darlington, SC 29532

     

     

     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 James F. Byrnes Scholarship Program was established in 1949 to assist young South Carolinians who had lost one or both parents to obtain a college education. The annual award of $3,500 is applied each year toward a four-year bachelor’s degree program. The scholarship is renewed annually contingent upon the recipient’s maintenance of satisfactory academic standing, need for financial assistance, and participation in Byrnes Scholar activities.

    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 $3,500 award, renewable for a total of four years. Awards are for undergraduate study only.  Students may visit the James F. Byrnes Foundation website at www.byrnesscholars.org to obtain an application packet. Applications must be submitted after January 2 and before February 1.

     

    MBACC Scholarship - presented by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Educational Foundation

    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. 

    Applicants: Applicants must meet each of the following requirements:

    Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States. Applicant must be a student in good standing at selected high schools in Horry and Georgetown counties. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior during the school year of the award. Applicant must be planning to attend an accredited institution of higher learning upon graduation from high school.  Students planning to attend universities, colleges, seminaries, technical colleges and community colleges are all encouraged to apply. Applicants must be planning to enroll in a post-secondary program of study that will result in a Bachelors or Associate Degree or equivalent.

    Selection Criteria: One or more recipients who best demonstrate consistently superior achievement inside and outside the classroom will be selected.  Recipients will demonstrate academic aptitude and potential for success beyond high school.  Recipients will exhibit accomplishment inside and outside the classroom, as well as qualities that are essential to professional success, including honesty, integrity, professionalism, good citizenship, civic mindedness, charity and a strong work ethic. 

    Process: All eligible students are encouraged to apply. Applications will be submitted to the guidance counselor.

    Deadline: Student will submit application to Guidance Counselor no later than Friday, February 8, 2019 for consideration.  Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.

     

     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

    Carolina Trust Federal Credit Union and Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC) have partnered to offer 2 scholarship awards to 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 freshman seeking a 4-year degree from Coastal Carolina or Francis Marion University.  The scholarship may be renewed for an additional 3 years in the amount of $500 per year.  Applicants must be: a graduating senior, have at least a 3.0 GPA, be accepted by and plan to attend CCU or FMU for at least 4 years.  Please click here for the full application, instructions and terms and conditions.  Applications are due by February 28, 2019.

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     The WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) Scholarship—One (1) $1,500 scholarship will given.  The Applicant must be a member or a dependent of a member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.  The applicant must be attending either Coastal Carolina University or Horry-Georgetown Technical College.  Applications must be postmarked & received in our office by Friday, March 1st 2019.  Please see guidance for an application or click here to download.

     

    Miles for Miles Scholarship--The Miles for Miles Scholarship was founded in memory of Kenneth (Miles) Davis and is designed to recognize and promote ethics and integrity among young people. Miles for Miles Foundation® will award an annual scholarship to a graduating Aynor High School Senior who exemplifies outstanding quality character traits in their personal choices and actions.  Please click on the link above for more information and for the application.  Applications are due to guidance by March 29th, 2019.

     

    APRIL

    McLeod Health Foundation Sylvia Kitchen Memorial Nursing Scholarship 
    PURPOSE  The Sylvia Kitchen Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund has been established in memory of Sylvia Kitchen, a former Vice-President of Nursing at Loris Healthcare System, to promote the profession of nursing.  The Sylvia Kitchen Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund is administered by the Sylvia Kitchen Scholarship Committee. 
    ELIGIBILITY  Meet criteria to be considered a part-time or full-time student and/or meet the criteria for an accredited nursing program.  Be currently enrolled or be eligible to be enrolled in a LPN or RN Nursing Program. Reside in a 40 mile radius of McLeod Loris or McLeod Seacoast. Have a 3.0 GPA or appropriate work experience unless extenuating circumstances are approved by the committee.
    AMOUNT  Up to $1,000 per semester. Prior recipients need to re-apply with full application.

    Students, please click on the above link to download a copy of the application or go to guidance to pick up a copy. Deadline to apply is April 2nd, 2019.

     

    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

     

    So Ambitious Scholarship--I am so ambitious! I take the road less traveled, I do what they say I cannot, I stand for something, and my ambitions are far greater than my fears.  The road to reaching success is not always straight and fair, however, as so eloquently stated by Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” In a two to three-page essay, define what equality means to you.  Also, explain how you think inequality could hinder you from reaching your goals or a time that you were treated unequal. How will (did) you overcome these adversities? In addition to the essay, you are required to have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 to apply for the “So Ambitious” Scholarship.   Please send your essay and application to the provided contact information on the application no later than April 15, 2019.  The winner will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

     

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