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Foster Care to Success: Casey Family Scholars Program
Dell Scholars Program
Education and Training Voucher
FAFSA
Fastweb
Gates Millennium Scholar Program
GoodCall
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Horatio Alger Scholarship
N. Edgar Miles Scholarship Program
S.C. Need-based Grant Program
S.C. Federal Pell Grant
South Carolina Foster Parent Association
S.C. Hope Scholarship
S.C. Life Scholarship
S.C. Online Colleges and Universities Scholarships
S.C. Palmetto Fellows
Lottery Tuition Assistance Program
UNCF
Big Future by the College Board
Children's Action Network: Fostering a Future Scholarship
UMPS Care Charities: All-Star Scholarship
NSORO Foundation Scholarship

 

 

Foster Care to Success: Casey Family Scholars Program

AMOUNT RANGE: $1,500-$6,000

Are you a youth in foster care or a former youth in foster care? In March, will you be younger than 25?  Are you interested in going to a university, college, or technical school? Have you been accepted to a university, college, or technical school? …Then this scholarship may be perfect for you!

Applicants must:

  • “have been in public or private foster care for a minimum of 12 consecutive months at the time of their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 16th birthday; OR they must have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday”
  • Applicant must expect to be accepted or have been accepted to an accredited, Pell-eligible college or other post-secondary school.
  • Applicant must be under the age of 25 on March 31 of the year in which the student applies
  • Applicant must have been in foster care or orphaned while living in the United States.
  • Applicant is not required to be a United States citizen
  • Special Instructions: Applicants are required to complete an essay on the assigned essay topic and must mail this essay in with the additional materials in part II.

This is a great opportunity to help fund your higher education!

For more information visit Foster Care 2 Success.

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Dell Scholars Program

“The Dell Scholars Program is about you and your determination to succeed”

AMOUNT: $20,000

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • Be a participant in the Dell Foundation approved college readiness program for at least  two years
  • Graduate from an accredited high school this academic year
  • Have a  minimum GPA of 2.4
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Enter a baccalaureate degree program at an accredited institution in the fall following your graduation from high school
  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident


For more information visit the Dell Scholars Program.

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Education and Training Voucher

AMOUNT: Up to $5,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Youth must be in foster care, adopted from foster care after age 16, have exited care to Guardianship/Kinship after age 16, or have aged out of foster care.
  • For most states, youth must be aged 18-20; however the age requirement varies by state.
  • Youth must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Youth must be accepted into or enrolled in a Title IV, accredited college or vocational/technical training program.

For more information please contact South Carolina ETV's representative:

LaToya Reed
State Coordinator Chaffee IL Program
1535 Confederate Avenue
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
Phone 803-898-7637
Fax 803-898-7641
latoya.reed@dss.sc.gov


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FAFSA

What is FAFSA and how do I apply?

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an online application that allows individuals to apply for financial resources to attend college. The United States Department of Education wants to ensure that all qualified persons have the opportunity to further their educations. Federal financial aid is determined primarily based on need. So if you are thinking about college and need financial assistance, FAFSA is the place to start.

Here is what you have to do!!

  • Go to the FAFSA website.
  • Click on PIN Site. Click “apply for pin”.Here you will create a pin number so that you can securely access your FAFSA application.
  • After creating your pin number, go back to the FAFSA website and click the “Start Here” button. Once you click this button you will begin the process of completing the FAFSA application.

Please note:

***Some documents that may be needed to complete a FAFSA application include: driver’s license (if applicable), and tax information forms for both you and your parents.***

***If you have been in foster care after the age of 13, you are considered an independent student. This means that on your FAFSA application you only have to include your personal income and tax information. You do NOT have to include income and tax information about your parents**

*** If you have received a social security number recently, you may experience problems when beginning the FAFSA process. If you are experiencing problems you should contact 1-800-433-3243.***

While completing your FAFSA application if you run into any problems or have questions about the application, please contact FAFSA customer services and speak with an operator. Customer service operators are available Monday-Friday 8:00am-11:59pm EST and Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm EST.

1-800-433-3243
1-800-730-8913- For hearing impaired

Information retrieved from US Department of Education FAFSA site and FAFSA Customer Service Operator)

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Fastweb

Did you know that $100 MILLION in scholarship money is not awarded each year in the United States??  You should get some of that!!

AMOUNT: Varies-Up to $100,000

Eligibility Criteria: varies based on specific scholarship

FASTWEB is a free scholarship search website that allows you to create a personal profile and search for potential scholarship matches.
DEADLINE: varies based on specific scholarship

For more information visit FastWeb.

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Gates Millennium Scholar Program

GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLAR WANTS TO HELP YOU SUCCEED!!

AMOUNT: VARIES

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American
  • Applicant must be United States citizen, national or legal permanent resident
  • Applicant must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.3 or possess a GED
  • Applicant must be enrolling for the first time full-time in a 4-year college/university
  • Applicant must have participated in community service projects or extra-curricular activities
  • Applicant must be eligible for the federal Pell Grant
  • Applicant must complete all required forms


For more information visit the Gates Millennium Scholars.

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GoodCall

GoodCall Scholarship Search Engine is one of the largest databases of scholarships on the web, requires no personal information, and it's free to use.

AMOUNT: Varies

Eligibility Criteria: Varies based on specific scholarship

DEADLINE: Varies based on specific scholarship

For more information visit GoodCall.

 

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund

AMOUNT: Varies depending on scholarship

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is here to ensure that Hispanic Americans have the opportunity to obtain their education!! HSF is the nation’s leading Hispanic education fund! Check out the HSF scholarship to find the scholarship right for you!!!


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicant must be of Hispanic descent
  • Applicant must be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of  3.0
  • Applicant must enroll full-time at an accredited 2-year or 4-year US institution
  • Applicant must complete financial aid
  • Applicant must be completing an undergraduate or graduate degree for the first time

DEADLINE: Varies based on specific scholarship  

For more information visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

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Horatio Alger Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Do you want to attend college in the Fall? Are you currently a senior in high school and in foster care? Check out this scholarship! It may be just what you need to get you on your way to the college life!

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a high school senior enrolled  full time in a South Carolina school and planning to attend college the following fall after graduation
  • Must be dedicated to completing a bachelors (4 year) degree at any accredited college or university in the United States (Students have the option of beginning degree requirements at a 2 year institution  but must transfer to a 4-year institution to complete degree)
  • Must exhibit financial need (Gross adjusted income should be less than $50,000 per year otherwise an explanation is required to explain financial need)
  • Must be involved in community service projects and extra-curricula activities
  • Must display academic accomplishment (G.P.A  of at least 2.0)
  • Must be a resident of South Carolina
  • Must be a United States Citizen

     

For more information visit the Horatio Alger South Carolina Scholarship.

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N. Edgar Miles Scholarship Program

AMOUNT: Up to $4,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be a graduate of a South Carolina High School
  • Must be graduating at the top 25% of your class
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be enrolled full-time at a 4-year college/university
  • Must write to organization to request application

DEADLINE: Varies

For more information visit the Hebrew Orphan Society or write to  N. Edgar Myles Scholarship; Hebrew Orphan Society; PO Box 30011; Charleston, S.C. 29417-0011     

*Additional information provided once student expresses interest in scholarship*

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S.C. Need-based Grant Program

Free money is available based on your need and when you attend a South Carolina public college/university.

AMOUNT: Up to $2,500 for full time students, up to $1,200 for part-time students

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Student must demonstrate financial need
  • Student must be enrolled for the first time in a 1-year program, associate degree, baccalaureate degree or a professional degree.
  • Students who are presently in Foster Care Youth or Independent Living may be eligible for up to an additional $2,000. Please contact a financial aid counselor at your institution to determine your eligibility.

DEADLINE: Complete with FASFA Application

For more information visit the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

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S.C. Federal Pell Grant

Free money for your higher education that you will never have to PAY BACK! It is NOT a loan, it’s a grant!

AMOUNT: Up to $5,550

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be an undergraduate student who has not earned a baccalaureate or professional degree
  • Demonstrate financial need

DEADLINE: Complete with FASFA application

For more information visit the Federal Pell Grant Program.

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South Carolina Foster Parent Association


AMOUNT: Varies

Are you a current graduating high school senior? Are you in foster care? Do you have educational goals that you want to accomplish? SCFPA is here to help!

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Student must be in foster care at the time of application
  • Student must be a graduating high school senior
  • Applications must be sent to the NFPA Scholarship Committee on or before the announced deadline

Questions about eligibility, the application, or the process? Please call (803) 865-2020.

For more information visit the South Carolina Foster Parent Association or call 803-865-2020.

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S.C. Hope Scholarship


AMOUNT: Up to $2,800

There is HOPE for your future! Here is a chance to receive free money to fund your education!

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen under state residency statutes.
  • You must be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and during the period of award.
  • You must be a first time entering freshman at an eligible four-year institution in South Carolina.
  • You must have graduated from a South Carolina high school or graduated from a high school outside of South Carolina while a dependent of a parent or legal guardian who is a legal resident.
  • You must be a full-time, first-year undergraduate student seeking your first baccalaureate degree.
  • You must not be receiving the South Carolina Palmetto Fellows or LIFE Scholarships.
  • You must not have been judged delinquent, nor have been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony in any state.
  • You must not have been convicted of any second or subsequent alcohol or drug-related misdemeanor in any state within the past academic year.
  • You must not be in default or owe a refund or repayment on any Federal or State financial aid.
  • You must have a 3.00 final high school grade point average based on the Uniform Grading Policy

Deadline: There is no application. Award is determined once student is enrolled in a college or university.

For more information visit: Hope Scholarship Guidelines.

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S.C. Life Scholarship

AMOUNT: Up to $5,000

Life is not always easy, but here is an opportunity to change your life! The S.C. Life Scholarship wants to help you today! Go ahead and apply for college, S.C. Life Scholarship will help you pay for it!

Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen under state residency statutes.
  • You must be a South Carolina resident at the time of high school graduation and during the period of award.
  • You must have graduated from a South Carolina high school or graduated from a high school outside of South Carolina while a dependent of a parent or legal guardian who is a legal resident.  If you graduated from a high school outside of South Carolina, you are expected to self-identify to the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships in order to be assured that you are not overlooked during the University's review of LIFE eligible students.
  • You must be a full-time undergraduate student seeking your first baccalaureate degree, first associate degree, or certificate (at a two-year or four-year institution).
  • You must not be receiving the South Carolina HOPE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
  • You must not have been judged delinquent, nor have been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to any felony in any state.
  • You must not have been convicted of any second or subsequent alcohol or drug-related misdemeanor in any state within the past academic year.
  • You must not be in default or owe a refund or repayment on any Federal or State financial aid.

For additional information visit LIFE Scholarship Guidelines.

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S.C. Online Colleges and Universities Scholarships

Most public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities in South Carolina are incorporating online degree programs. OnlineColleges.net provides scholarship information for students considering applying to online degree programs to help them finance their education.

For additional information visit S.C. Online Colleges and Universities Scholarships.

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S.C. Palmetto Fellows

AMOUNT: Up to $6,700 freshman year and $7,500 sophomore, junior, and senior year!

South Carolina wants you to succeed!! Here is a chance for you to get free money for college!!

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have guidance counselor submit application for student.
  • Be enrolled in an approved SC public or private high school, an approved SC home school program of study or a preparatory high school located outside the State while a dependent of a legal resident of South Carolina;
  • Be a legal resident of South Carolina as defined in applicable State statutes governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes;
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident (who meets the definition of an eligible non-citizen under State residency statutes);
  • Be seriously considering attending, have applied, or have been accepted for admission to an eligible four-year institution in South Carolina;
  • Certify that he/she has never been convicted of any felonies and has not been convicted of any second or subsequent alcohol or other drug-related misdemeanor offenses within the past academic year by submitting a signed affidavit to the college financial aid office; and
  • Cannot be a recipient of the LIFE Scholarship, SC HOPE Scholarship or Lottery Tuition Assistance in the same academic year.
  • Rank in the top 6% at the end of the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades AND earn a 1200 on the SAT or a 27 on the ACT AND have a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Applicants may also qualify based on other criteria regardless of rank by earning a 1400 on the SAT or 32 on the ACT AND earn a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

 

For additional information visit South Carolina Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.

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Lottery Tuition Assistance Program

Free money is available when you attend eligible two-year technical institutions, USC two-year regional campuses and Spartanburg Methodist College.

AMOUNT: Up to $1,140 for full time, $570 for part time and covers $95/credit hour

Eligibility Criteria:

  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and complete the process to determine eligibility for federal student aid each academic year
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident that meets the definition of an eligible non-citizen under State residency statutes
  • Be a legal resident of South Carolina as defined in applicable State statutes governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes
  • Be enrolled at the time of the grant disbursement as a degree-seeking student in a minimum of six credit hours for the term and be making satisfactory academic progress
  • Verify that he or she does not owe a refund or repayment on a State Grant, Pell Grant or a Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and is not in default on a loan under the Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Stafford Loan program
  • Not be a recipient of the HOPE, LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarships

DEADLINE: Complete with FASFA Application

For more information visit the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

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UNCF: Scholarship Search Engine

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

AMOUNT: Varies based on specific scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

Varies based on specific scholarship

The UNCF Program Services Department manages various scholarship programs. Each program has its own eligibility criteria, open/close dates and required documentation. To apply for a UNCF scholarship, you must apply through the online application process. Since many of the UNCF scholarships require that the scholarship recipient apply for Federal Student Aid, it is recommended that applicants complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

DEADLINE: varies based on specific scholarship

For more information visit UNCF.

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Big Future by the College Board: Scholarship Search Tool

Scholarship Search Tool

AMOUNT: Varies based on specific scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

Varies based on specific scholarship

Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.  Scholarship information is based on the College Board's Annual Survey of Financial Aid Programs.

DEADLINE: varies based on specific scholarship

For more information visit The College Board.

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Children's Action Network: Fostering a Future Scholarship

AMOUNT: Up to $10,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Youth must be adopted from foster care at or after the age of 13.
  • Youth must be graduating high school seniors.
  • Applicable to anyone in the United States.

For more information, please visit Children's Action Network.

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UMPS Care Charities: All-Star Scholarship

AMOUNT: $5,000 for a two-year program; $10,000 for a four-year program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must have been adopted from the United States foster care system at or after the age of 12.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must be graduating high school seniors.
  • Qualifying GPA must be maintained or improved throughout the applicant's senior year.

For more information, please visit UMPS Care Charities.

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NSORO Foundation Scholarship

The NSORO foundation provides non-merit based academic scholarships to youth in foter care and to "aged-out" youth.

AMOUNT: Between $4,000 and $8,000 per student degree program.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Graduating high school seniors as well as current undergraduate or trade school students may apply.
  • All applicants must show state documentation of foster care placement.
  • Applicants can be emancipated or "aged-out" of foster care.
  • All applicants must show written acceptance and enrollment in a college, university or trade school.

For more information, please visit The NSORO Foundation.

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