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Palmetto Fellows Scholarship 2023 – How to Apply and What You Need to Know

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program is a merit-based program designed to recognize and encourage South Carolina’s most academically talented high school seniors to attend college in the state. 

 

Its goal is also to keep talented minority students who would otherwise study outside of the state.

 

Half of the Scholarship is awarded during the fall semester and a half during the spring semester. 

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The Scholarship must be applied to the cost of attendance directly, less any other gift aid received. 

 

Palmetto Fellows may receive Scholarship funding for a maximum of eight full-time terms of study toward their first bachelor’s degree at an eligible four-year institution in South Carolina, assuming continued eligibility.

 

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What is Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program

 

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is a merit-based program established in 1988 to recognize and encourage academically gifted high school seniors to attend college in South Carolina. 

 

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education oversees the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program. 

 

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Palmetto Fellows are eligible for up to $6,700 in their freshman year and up to $7,500 in their sophomore, junior, and senior years.

 

Half of the Scholarship is awarded during the fall semester and a half during the spring semester. 

 

The scholarship must be applied directly to the cost of attendance, less any other gift aid received. 

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Palmetto Fellows may receive scholarship funding for a maximum of eight full-time terms of study toward their first bachelor’s degree at an eligible institution, assuming continued eligibility.

 

Benefits of Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program

 

  • The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies at any public institution in South Carolina.
  • The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship program is a wonderful opportunity for students who want to attend a college or university in South Carolina.
  • The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship program is an excellent opportunity to get the money you need to continue your education.
  • If you are selected to participate in the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship program, there is no limit on the amount of money you could receive from the program.
  • You can earn up to $6,700 per year as a Palmetto Fellow Scholar and up to $7,500 per year with additional funding from your college or university.
  • Increased involvement in co-curricular activities such as athletics, music, theatre and student government
  • Invitations to meet visiting dignitaries and national figures
  • Internship opportunities with State Agencies and Businesses
  • Membership in the Palmetto Fellows alumni association upon graduation
  • Invitation to attend honors classes at state colleges and universities
  • Discounts on summer study abroad programs (Study Abroad Scholarship)

 

Scholarship amount

 

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The scholarship is not to exceed $6,700 per academic year(fall/spring semesters) for up to four years ($40,000), and may be renewed for an additional three years.

 

Read More: Opportunity Scholarship NC 2023 – Eligibility, Requirements & How to Apply

 

How to apply

 

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What you’ll need:

 

An Application Form plus the Application Form May Be Submitted By Email

 

Click on this link to get started with the application process.

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Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

 

To be eligible for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, you must be:

  • Must be an undergraduate student
  • Must attend a university
  • Citizenship requirements: US
  • Must currently be a high school student
  • Must study full-time
  • Restricted to residents of South Carolina
  • Restricted to students studying in South Carolina
  • With no felony convictions
  • No subsequent or subsequent alcohol- or drug-related offenses
  • Must not be in arrears on any federal or state loans
  • Enroll in a degree-seeking program at a SC institution that qualifies.
  • Must meet the required Excellent Academic Progress

 

Freshman Requirements for Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

 

There are two ways for a student to meet the academic eligibility criteria for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship:

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  • At the end of the 10th, 11th, or 12th-grade academic year, you should be in the top 6%.
  • Rank can be used as an eligibility requirement for schools/home school associations that have an official policy on rank that has been reviewed by the SC Commission on Higher Education for compliance with the established Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Regulations.
  • Earn a 1200 (math and critical reading only) on the SAT or a 27 on the ACT (through the June test administration of the graduating year). 
  • The ACT test score will be 25 starting in Fall 2023 and going forward.
  • Earn a 3.5 cumulative GPA (based on the S.C. Uniform Grading Policy) OR meet the alternate academic criteria eligibility requirements, regardless of rank:
  • Earn a 1400 on the SAT (math and critical reading only) or a 32 on the ACT (through the June test administration of the graduating year). 
  • The ACT test score will be 31 beginning in Fall 2023 and continuing thereafter.
  • Achieve a cumulative GPA of 4.0. (based on the S.C. Uniform Grading Policy).
  • Please keep in mind that you must apply to the SC Commission on Higher Education as a Palmetto Fellow during your senior year of high school. For more information, speak with your high school guidance counselor.

 

Transfer Students’ Eligibility Requirements

  • All general eligibility requirements must be met.
  • You must apply for a transfer of Palmetto Fellows through the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

 

Continuing Students’ Eligibility Requirements

  • All general eligibility requirements must be met.

 

Award Deadline

 

Early Award Deadline: April 15

Late Award Deadline: June 30

 

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Tips for winning the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

 

  • Make sure you are eligible.
  • Fill out the application completely.
  • Submit your application before the deadline.
  • Take the SAT or ACT and arrange for the official results to be sent to each institution you are applying.
  • Request an official transcript from your current high school as soon as you have earned a minimum of one academic year of high school credit.
  • Write your essay carefully and submit it on time. 
  • If you are a homeschooled student, submit proof of enrollment with your application.
  • Be sure to have an updated list of all activities and honors that are not already reflected on your transcript such as awards, offices held, community service, part-time work experience, etc.
  • Make sure your application is complete before you submit it because you will not be able to make changes after it has been submitted.
  • Plan out your application process
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Start building your resume as early as possible
  • Develop critical thinking skills as well as public speaking skills, as both are important when it comes to applying to prestigious universities, such as USC Columbia or Clemson University.

 

There you have it! The essentials of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship We hope this has been helpful and that you are able to apply for the scholarship in the future. 

 

For now, be sure to stay tuned for more information about other scholarship opportunities.

 

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The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students with financial need. 

 

If you have any questions, drop your comments below. 

 

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