The financial aid programs of the University of South Carolina Lancaster make it possible for many students to attend the University who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. Scholarships, grants, loans, and part-time employment are available to qualified undergraduate students.
Eligibility for most types of aid except academic scholarships depends on the applicant’s financial circumstances. The University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine the amount of assistance each applicant is eligible to receive. We recommend that you complete the FAFSA via the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov; however, paper applications may still be obtained from most high-school guidance offices or any financial aid office.
General Guidelines for Financial Aid
- The student should have applied and been accepted for admission to USC Lancaster as a regular student working toward a degree.
- The student must have a high-school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
- Each applicant should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) indicating the University of South Carolina Lancaster as the school of attendance.
- A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent from the U.S. Department of Education to the student.
- If corrections are necessary, the corrections should be made on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Information concerning the other federal financial aid programs, Federal Work-Study, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Direct Loans, and Federal Direct PLUS Loans may be obtained from the USC Lancaster financial aid office.
- The student must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completing a degree or certificate program.
- The student must sign a statement of educational purpose/certification statement on refunds and default.
- Awards of financial assistance are made in the summer prior to the beginning of the fall semester. An award notification will be sent to the student once the file is complete.
- In order to be considered for some types of federal financial assistance, a student must be enrolled at least half-time (6 semester hours); the Pell Grant program is an exception to this requirement.
- Awards will be based only on a student’s enrollment status during the official registration period.
- The financial aid office staff is available for counseling with students and parents concerning any financial aid program.
Financial Aid and the Extended Graduate Campus Program
Financial aid for graduate students who are admitted and registered through The Graduate School on the University’s Columbia campus will have their financial aid administered by the Columbia campus financial aid office regardless of the student’s campus location. As such, graduate students in this category should list the University of South Carolina Columbia as their school of choice on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. All financial aid related correspondence should be directed to the Columbia campus financial aid office.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
All students receiving federal financial aid must adhere to the University’s policy on satisfactory progress. The intent of this policy is to ensure that students who are receiving federal and/or state financial aid for their education are making measurable progress toward completion of a degree in a reasonable period of time.
Undergraduate students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if they:
- are admitted and enrolled as degree-seeking students;
- meet the University standards for continued enrollment;
- complete requirements for a degree within a reasonable length of time as specified below:
- The total number of semesters of full-time enrollment (12 or more semester hours attempted) at any post-secondary institution does not exceed 180 hours for a four-year degree or 90 hours for a two-year degree.
- The total number of semesters of part-time enrollment (less than 12 semester hours attempted) does not exceed the equivalent of 180 hours for a four-year degree or 90 hours for a two-year degree.
- earn no fewer than 67% of all coursework if enrolled as a full time student. The academic year for Satisfactory Academic Progress is comprised of the fall, spring, and summer terms.
- maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on all coursework.
Under these standards, students will be ineligible to receive federal financial aid funds if any of the following occurs:
- The total number of semesters of enrollment as a full-time student (12 or more semester hours attempted) exceeds 180 hours for a four-year degree or 90 hours for a two-year degree. These limits include all work done at any post-secondary institution, whether or not financial aid was received.
- The total number of earned hours falls below the prescribed number based upon enrollment in undergraduate or graduate study.
- Complete requirements for a degree or certificate within a reasonable length of time as specified below:
- The total number of semesters of full-time enrollment (12 or more semester hours attempted) at any postsecondary institution does not exceed 180 hours for a four-year degree or 90 hours for a two-year degree or certificate.
- The total number of semesters of part-time enrollment (less than 12 semester hours attempted) does not exceed 180 hours for a four-year degree or 90 hours for a two-year degree or certificate.
- The cumulative GPA falls below 2.00.
In other words, students who accumulate a yearly or cumulative GPD that subjects them to suspension, who have been enrolled for more than the equivalent of 10 full-time semesters for a four-year degree program, who do not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 after attempting 48 credit hours, or who do not earn the minimum number of semester hours required will become ineligible to receive federal financial aid funds. This determination applies without regard to any financial aid award letter that may have been sent or received prior to the time the determination is made.
Financial Aid Programs Covered by These Standards
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Work-Study
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
- Federal Perkins Loan
- William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program:
- Direct Subsidized Loan
- Direct Unsubsidized Loan
- Federal PLUS
- South Carolina LIFE Scholarship
- South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program
- South Carolina Need-Based Grant
- Other federal or state programs as required
- Some select private loans (as determined by the lender)
Students who are ruled ineligible for financial aid may appeal this determination under specifically prescribed conditions. Deadlines for receipt of appeals are 20 days prior to the end of the semester for which aid is requested. Information concerning the appeal process is available in the financial aid office.
Students shall be reinstated for financial aid eligibility at such time as they successfully complete sufficient hours and have a sufficient grade point average to meet the minimum requirements for eligibility as set forth in this policy.
The Satisfactory Academic Progress policy standards will not automatically apply to any hours forgiven under the University of South Carolina Academic Forgiveness Program. However, if you have been granted academic forgiveness under this policy you must contact the Financial Aid Office for further assessment.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federally funded student financial aid grant program. It serves as the foundation upon which all other undergraduate aid is awarded. Typically, it is available only to undergraduate students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree. Federal Pell Grant eligibility is determined according to federal law and is based on the financial information you and your family provided on your FAFSA.
You are notified of your possible eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant via the Student Aid Report (SAR). The financial aid office will receive this information directly from the federal processor and determine the amount of your Federal Pell Grant. You should carefully review the information on your SAR and, if it is correct, keep it for your records. If you discover mistakes, follow the instructions and submit corrections as soon as possible.
If you or your family experiences a major change in your financial situation after your Pell Grant eligibility has been determined, you should notify the financial aid office immediately. A counselor will be able to determine if you qualify for an adjustment of your Pell Grant award and/or other financial aid.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is a grant that does not need to be repaid. The financial aid office awards USC’s limited allocation of FSEOG funds. Recipients must be undergraduates who have not already earned a baccalaureate degree and who demonstrate exceptional financial need. FSEOG recipients must be eligible to receive a Pell Grant and have the lowest EFC’s from among those students being considered for an award.
South Carolina Educational Resources
State Need-Based Grant Program (SNBG)
The South Carolina Need-Based Grant is a state-funded grant for undergraduates attending public and independent colleges and universities within South Carolina. Recipients may not have already earned a baccalaureate degree. To be considered, you must be a South Carolina resident, be admitted or currently enrolled with a minimum GPA of 2.00, complete the FAFSA, demonstrate financial need, be of good moral character, and have no felony and/or alcohol or drug convictions for a period of one year. Additionally, to renew a state grant award, you must maintain an annual 2.00 GPA and complete 24 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters if enrolled full time or an equivalent number of hours based on enrollment if less than full time. Awards are made for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters) only. The State Need-Based Grant does not need to be repaid.
South Carolina Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence Scholarship
The South Carolina Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence Scholarship (LIFE) was established by the General Assembly during the 1998 legislative session. To be eligible for a LIFE Scholarship, you must have graduated from a high school located in South Carolina on or after May 1995 and be a full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking student. You must be a South Carolina resident for in-state tuition purposes at the time of enrollment and have no felony, alcohol, or drug convictions. If, however, you have been judged delinquent or have been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to an alcohol or drug misdemeanor, you are ineligible for one calendar year from the date of the conviction. You must also be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident under state laws. You may not be in default or owe a refund on any federal or state financial aid program.
If you are a first-time entering freshman, you must have graduated from high school with a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale.
For initial LIFE Scholarship eligibility, if a currently enrolled student, you must have earned a cumulative 3.00 USC GPA at the end of the academic year. You must also have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours, or the annual equivalent at all institutions attended, for the previous academic year if completing your first year; 60 credit hours must have been earned if completing your second year; and, 90 credit hours must have been earned if completing your third year. Students at USC Regional Campuses are only eligible to receive the LIFE Scholarship for four consecutive semesters.
You may receive the LIFE scholarship for not more than eight semesters for a four-year degree or 10 semesters for a five-year degree. Funds from this program may not be used for remedial courses or continuing education classes. If you are receiving South Carolina’s Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, you are not eligible for a LIFE Scholarship.
To retain the LIFE Scholarship you must earn an average of 30 credit hours for each academic year and earn a 3.00 cumulative USC GPA by the end of the academic year. The financial aid office, using data from the admissions and records offices, is responsible for awarding LIFE Scholarships.
Please note that the LIFE Scholarship statutes and regulations are subject to change by the South Carolina Legislature.
South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program
During the 2002 legislative session, the South Carolina General Assembly established the Lottery Tuition Assistance Program. Its purpose is to provide resources that supplement, not supplant, existing resources for educational purposes to South Carolina’s students. The program assists students who wish to attend two-year public or independent college in the state. In calculating the amount awarded, any and all federal grants and need-based grants must first be awarded before determining the amount a student is eligible to receive. A student may receive up to the cost of tuition minus Pell, SEOG, and SNBG. The college at which the student is enrolled will notify each student of the exact award amount.
In order to qualify for lottery tuition assistance, a student must meet the following requirements:
- file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the process to determine eligibility for federal student aid each academic year
- be a legal resident of South Carolina as defined in applicable state statues governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes
- be enrolled at the time of the grant disbursement in a minimum of 6 credit hours for the term and be making satisfactory academic progress toward an associate’s degree
- verify that the student does not owe a refund or repayment on a state grant, Federal Pell Grant, or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and is not in default on a loan under the Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Stafford Loan programs
- must not be eligible for or a recipient of the LIFE scholarship.
To retain program funds, a student must have a 2.00 GPA by the end of the academic year.
In addition, students shall not be eligible to receive lottery tuition assistance for more than one certificate, diploma, or degree earned within any five-year period.
The financial aid office administers the South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program, and the exact award amount is dependent upon the number of eligible recipients and the amount of funding each academic year. Please note that program statutes and regulations are subject to change by the S.C. Legislature.
The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program (subsidized and unsubsidized)
The Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program provides low-interest, long-term loans to eligible students through the U.S. Department of Education.
Subsidized Stafford Loans are awarded based on financial need. The federal government pays the interest on these loans while the student is enrolled in school at least half-time (6 semester hours), during the grace period and during deferment periods.
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are not based on financial need. Interest begins accruing after the first disbursement. Students have the option of paying the interest monthly or quarterly while in school and during the grace period, or can have the interest capitalized and added to the principal amount of the loan upon entering repayment.
Maximum Loan Amounts
|$5500 for dependent students (maximum $3500 subsidized)
|$9500 for independent students (maximum $3500 subsidized)
|$6500 for dependent students (maximum $4500 subsidized)
|$10,500 for independent students (maximum $4500 subsidized)
|Junior and Beyond
|$7500 for dependent students (maximum $5500 subsidized)
|$12,500 for independent students (maximum $5500 subsidized)
Aggregate Loan Limits
|$31,000 for dependent students (maximum $23,000 subsidized)
|$57,500 for independent students (maximum $23,000 subsidized)
|$138,500 (maximum $65,500 subsidized)
The graduate limit includes Stafford Loans received for undergraduate study.
Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) provides long-term loans to parents for their dependents through the U.S. Department of Education. Loan amounts under this program are limited to the student’s cost of education minus other financial aid awards. Parents may be denied a PLUS loan due to adverse credit history. If the PLUS Loan is denied, the student is eligible for an additional Unsubsidized Loan.
The repayment period for each Direct PLUS Loan begins on the date the final loan disbursement is made. There is no grace period for Direct PLUS Loans. Parents have the option of postponing payments until six months after the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time. Parents must contact the Direct Loan Servicing Center to request a postponement of payments. Interest will accrue during the postponement period. The loans have a fixed rate of 7.9%. PLUS Loan funds will be disbursed in two equal payments, one at the beginning of each semester (Fall - August, Spring - January). One semester loans are disbursed at the beginning of the semester for the full loan amount.
South Carolina Teacher Loan Program
This program is available only to residents of South Carolina who are attending college for the purpose of becoming certified teachers employed in the state’s school system in areas of critical need as defined by the State Board of Education. For loan recipients who become certified and teach in an area of critical need, the loan shall be cancelled at the rate of 20 percent for each full year of teaching, up to 100 percent. Loan recipients who do not become certified and/or do not teach in an area of critical need shall be responsible for repaying the entire amount of loan funds borrowed plus interest. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for application information and deadlines.
Federal Perkins Loan
The Perkins Loan Program is a low-interest (5 percent), long-term educational loan program available to both undergraduate and graduate students demonstrating exceptional financial need. This is a loan and must be repaid. Undergraduates may borrow up to $4,000 for each year of study and up to $20,000 to complete an undergraduate degree. Interest is not charged and repayment does not begin until nine months after your enrollment drops below half-time status. If you receive your first Perkins Loan on or after October 1, 1992, your minimum payment will be $40 per month. In all cases, repayment may extend up to 10 years depending upon the total amount borrowed. If you have outstanding National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) balances and you are receiving a Federal Perkins Loan now, you must review your NDSL Promissory Note to determine the terms and conditions that apply to your loan. Under certain conditions of reenrollment, employment, or extenuating circumstances, payments may be deferred or cancelled. Further information concerning repayment is available in the Office of Financial Services, 516-518 South Main Street.
Federal Work-Study Program
The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time employment for needy students to meet their educational expenses. To be eligible for employment under this federal program, a student must be enrolled in the University or fully accepted for admission and demonstrate financial need.
Students who are enrolled at least half-time work an average of 12 to 20 hours per week. During vacation periods it is sometimes possible to work up to 40 hours per week. Pay rates vary with the job assignment.
Refunds and Financial Aid
The official University policy and procedure concerning refunding of University tuition and fees which result from withdrawal or reduction in hours is contained in the “Fees and Refunds” section of this bulletin. Students who withdraw or reduce hours may be eligible to receive a refund as provided by the official University policy; however, recipients of financial aid generally do not receive the refund.
When students who are recipients of federal financial aid withdraw from all classes, they are only entitled to retain a percentage of the federal financial aid received that is proportional to the time they remained enrolled. If, for example, a student withdraws after completing 30 percent of the semester or summer term, they can only retain 30 percent of the federal financial aid they received. The balance, 70 percent, must be returned to the financial aid programs. The Office of the Bursar performs this calculation and students are notified by mail of the outcome.
When funds are applied back to the federal financial aid programs, loan funds are always returned first, thereby reducing the student’s repayment obligation. If funds remain after repaying federal loans, they are then repaid to the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs. After all federal funds are repaid, state-sponsored grant programs then receive any remaining payments.
The following policies and procedures are of primary concern to veterans, servicepersons, members of guard and selected reserves, and other eligible persons who receive VA educational benefits while enrolled at the University.
Please note: Academic standards of progress and attendance are covered under school standards of progress as specified by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, License Division, and are required by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Certification by the University VA certifying official in the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veterans Affairs is required for eligible students who wish to receive VA educational benefit checks. Students must initiate their own requests for enrollment certification. The certifying official will complete certifications and forward other forms to the VA only for those students who have made such requests and have completed the necessary paperwork.
Normally, the VA requires that eligible students must have completed full University admissions requirements and matriculation into degree-seeking status before they may receive VA educational benefits. However, those students admitted as “Provisional,” “Military Special,” or “Transient,” or students enrolling for prerequisite courses required for admission into a professional degree program or school may request VA certification if they provide appropriate documentation. Any VA students in these categories should contact the VA certifying official for details. In these and all other admissions categories, only the federal VA has the final authority to award or to deny military educational benefits.
Undergraduate veterans or servicepersons should contact the Office of Admissions for consideration of receiving college credit for military schools.
Students can best ensure receipt of benefits by informing the school VA office of their intent to register for classes and by supplying the number of credit hours for which they will enroll each session. Eligible VA students may request certification on a semester basis and should recertify for each new semester at least 45 days prior to the first day of class of their next semester.
Normally, VA payments are authorized only for those courses which are required by the academic department for the student’s current degree program. All students receiving educational benefit checks from the VA are responsible for notifying the VA certifying official of any changes in their degree programs and/or course loads during a semester, to include drop/add, withdrawal, changing from credit to audit status, invoking the Pass-Fail option in a course, or enrolling in any distance education course, independent study, internship, or practicum.
Appropriate forms and benefits-related information are available at the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veterans Affairs. Each student request will be handled individually according to their VA benefit program and enrollment status at the University.
Who Should Apply
Scholarship recipients are selected by the Student Scholarships and Special Awards Committee of the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Completed applications must be submitted no later than February 1. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of high-school records, SAT scores, and other qualifications as established by the selection committee. Admissions acceptance is required before consideration may be given to a scholarship applicant. These scholarships range in value from $200 to more than $9,000 and are awarded to students who show outstanding academic achievement and talent and/or demonstrate significant leadership ability. Students must maintain the required standards in order to retain their scholarship. This includes but is not limited to participation in the honors program.
How To Apply
Submit an application for undergraduate admission to USC Lancaster and a USC Lancaster Academic Scholarship Application.
When To Apply
Completed applications must be submitted no later than February 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.
Where To Apply
Applications should be mailed to Office of Admissions and Records, USC Lancaster, P.O. Box 889, Lancaster, SC 29721, or hand delivered to the Office of Admissions and Records, Starr Hall, at USC Lancaster.
University of South Carolina Lancaster Academic Scholarships
The following scholarships are available to students at USC Lancaster.
Abitibi Bowater Inc. Scholarship. Established in 1997. Awarded to a residents of Lancaster, Chester, York, Kershaw, or Chesterfield County with financial need who shows promise and interest in the paper products field. Preference is given to Catawba Operations employees or dependents.
Eugenia Adams Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was endowed in 1984 in memory of Eugenia Adams.
Mr. And Mrs. William F. Adams Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2000 by Mr. And Mrs. William F. Adams.
James Preston Allison and Edward C. Allison Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1993 in memory of James P. Allison and Edward C. Allison.
Robert Barnwell Allison and Lois Marion Allison Memorial Scholarship. Two scholarships awarded to students of the region. The scholarships were endowed in 1978 in memory of Robert Barnwell Allison and Lois Marion Allison.
Robert Erasmus Allison and Mary Chambers Allison Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1993 in memory of Robert E. Allison and Mary C. Allison.
John R. (Pete) Arnold Scholarship/Fellowships. Established in 1990 in honor of John R. (Pete) Arnold, Dean Emeritus.
John M. Barnes Scholarship. Endowed by Mrs. John M. Barnes in 2006 in memory of her husband. The scholarship is to be awarded to a student with financial need.
Theodore Roosevelt Barnes and Emma McMullen Barnes Scholarship. Established in 1998. Recipient must be a Lancaster County resident. Recipient must be African American and show promise/ interest in majoring in and pursuing a career in education.
The Barry Family Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2004 and endowed in 2007.
The Peter and Mary Barry Academic Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2009.
Colonel Andrew Frank and Claire Brooks Bauer Scholarship. Established in June 2008. Awarded to a full-time USC Lancaster student who plays on either the men’s or women’s tennis team. The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
The Oscar Hyatt Bell and Ella Roddey Bell Trust Fund. Endowed in 2009 by the Dr. E. Cooper Bell Estate in memory of her parents, Oscar Hyatt Bell and Ella Roddey Bell. Awarded to a deserving student of Lancaster County.
William T. Biggerstaff Scholarship. Established and endowed in 2006 in memory of Bill Biggerstaff by his family and friends. Recipient must be a non-traditional student from Lancaster County with financial need. Preference is given to a nursing student.
Mr. and Mrs. K.C. Billings Memorial Scholarship. Endowed in memory of K.C. and Claude Shell Billings.
Mildred Billings Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1986 in memory of Mildred Billings.
R. Hacker Billings Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1986 in memory of R. Hacker Billings.
Robert Hacker Billings Jr., Robert Kennedy Billings, and Ruth Billings Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was endowed in 1994.
Richard Blackmon Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County student with financial need. Recipient must be majoring in nursing, computer science, business, criminal justice, or a profession that will directly serve one’s fellow man.
Clough Blalock Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a deserving student from Lancaster County. The scholarship was established in 2004 by Linda C. Blalock in honor of her family.
The Elsie Boyce Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1992 and is based on need and sincerity.
Theodore Williams Boyce Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1977 in memory of Theodore Williams Boyce. Recipient is to be of good character, determination, ambition, effort, and personality.
Jim and Jane Bradley Memorial Scholarship. Established and endowed in 2009 by friends and family of the Bradleys. To qualify for these scholarships, recipient must be from Lancaster, Chester, or York Counties with financial need pursuing a B.A. or B.S. degree with an earned or predicted GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Thomas B.and Frances T. Bradley Academic Scholarship. Awarded to an incoming freshman majoring in business. The scholarship was endowed in 1984 in honor of Thomas Boyd and Frances Bradley.
Angela M. Brasington Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 2003. Preference is given to working mothers.
The Brumfield Family Scholarship - Awarded to deserving students from Lancaster County who are pursuing careers in the field of Health Sciences.
Arthur M. Burch Scholarship. Established in2001. Awarded to Humana employee or dependent. Recipient must be pursuing a business education with interest in the field of life and health insurance.
Asa C. Burnette Memorial Scholarship. Established in 2009 in celebration of the life of Asa C. Burnette. Restricted to a non-traditional student from Lancaster County. Student must be deserving and need based. Recipient is allowed to hold scholarship for 2 years at USCL as long as scholarship qualifications are met.
Sue M. Burnette Memorial Scholarship. Established in 2009 in celebration of the life of Sue M. Burnette. Restricted to a non-traditional student from Lancaster County. Student must be deserving and need based. Recipient is allowed to hold scholarship for 2 years at USCL as long as scholarship qualifications are met.
Legare H. Calhoun Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1987 in memory of Legare H. Calhoun.
Katherine J. Carnes Academic Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1981.
Dr. Edward William and Mary Sue Catalano Scholarship. Established in November 2005 and endowed in 2007. To be awarded to a student attending USC Lancaster whose record demonstrates a love of reading and a willingness to perform community service. The student must show promise of work toward a university degree and maintain at least a minimum GPA required for graduation in the student’s major field of study.
Welton H. and Mary Frances Catoe Scholarship. Endowed in 1999. Recipient must be from Kershaw, South Carolina (must have a Kershaw, SC home address). Recipient must have financial need.
Chester Healthcare Foundation Scholarships. Awarded to full-time students at USC Lancaster in the fields of health, including pre-nursing, pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, and pre-physical therapy. Restricted to a resident of Chester County.
The Wade Chittam Science Scholarship - Established and endowed in 2011 in honor of Professor Wade Chittam’s service to USCL. Awarded to an established student at USC Lancaster, second year or later, who is a declared major in one of the sciences. Student should have a B (3.0) or higher GPA.
William Porter Clyburn and Ruby Clyburn Memorial Scholarship. Endowed in 2001 in memory of William Porter Clyburn and Ruby Clyburn.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Collins Sr. Scholarship. Endowed in 1997. To be awarded to a worthy student.
Commencement Speaker Scholarship. Awarded annually in honor of the commencement speaker.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Connelly, Jr. Academic Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was established in 1975 and endowed in 1993.
Dr. R.L. Crawford Endowment for Excellence. Established in 2000 in honor of Dr. and Mrs. R.L. Crawford.
Dr. R.L. Crawford and Mrs. Tennessee “Tennie” Calhoun Crawford Memorial Scholarship. Endowed in 1981. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident majoring in premedical or medical research to include chemistry, physics, or biology related majors.
Stanley Crew Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1979 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. J.C W. Crew.
Crockett Family of Lancaster County Scholarship. Awarded to assist a student with financial need. The scholarship was endowed in 1989 in memory and honor of the Crockett family of Lancaster County.
Dr. Donald L. Crolley Scholarship. Established in 2000 by friends and family as a tribute to Dr. Donald L. Crolley.
Dr. Deborah Cureton Academic Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1985 by the USC Lancaster Black Awareness Group.
The Davis Family Scholarship. Endowed in 2005 in honor of the Ken Davis family.
The Reverend and Mrs. Billy Deason Scholarship. Established in 2004 by the friends of The Reverend and Mrs. Billy Deason.
The Derrick Academic Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1985.
Don and Marie Dixon Scholarship. Established in 1979 and endowed in 2005 in memory and in honor of Don and Marie Dixon.
James Edward Dodds and Mary Morse Dodds Scholarship. Established in 2004 in memory of James Edward Dodds and Mary Morse Dodds.
Judge and Mrs. Robert M. Doster Scholarship. Established in 1999 in memory of Judge Robert M. Doster and in honor of Mrs. Robert M. Doster.
Dr. and Mrs. William W. Duke Academic Scholarship. Restricted to a qualified full-time student who is affiliated with or whose parents are affiliated with JAARS.
Educational Foundation of the University of South Carolina Lancaster Scholarship. The number of these scholarships varies from year to year depending upon need and available funds. Recipient must be a graduate of Lancaster County schools.
Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Edwards Scholarship. Established by Dr. and Mrs. Malcolm Edwards in honor of JAARS. Restricted to a qualified full-time student who is affiliated with or whose parents are affiliated with JAARS.
Ken and Mary Esther Faile Scholarship. Established in 2001. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident and a graduate of the Lancaster County schools and must maintain at least a “C” average. The scholarship is based on need, sincerity, and commitment to education.
Peggy and Williford Faile Criminal Justice Scholarship. Endowed in 1997. Recipient is to will be from Lancaster County majoring in a criminal justice field.
The Faile Fund. Endowed in 2006 by Francis (Frankie) and Michelle Faile in honor of their family. Preference is given to special needs.
Blake Faulkenberry Scholarship. Established in 2006. Awarded to a non-traditional, continuing student, 25 years or older. Student must have a GPA of 3.0 or better.
First Citizens Bank and Trust Scholarship. Awarded with preference given to company employees or their dependents, provided they meet the criteria; if not, then to an academically talented student majoring in business or banking. The scholarship was established in 1990.
Fort Mill Rotary Club Foundation Scholarship - Awarded to a resident of Fort Mill who holds a GED or is a graduate from Fort Mill High School or Nation Ford High School. Preference given to GED, Interact and First Generation College students (in that order) with expressed financial need.
Margaret K. Foster Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, in memory of Marnie Foster, a former professor at USCL was established in 1984. Recipient must be majoring in the humanities.
Friends of Medford Library Literary Scholarship. Awarded annually for fiction, poetry, and essay by the Friends of the Medford Library.
Dr. J. Reece Funderburk, Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a student from Lancaster County whose interest is in civic and governmental science. The scholarship was endowed in 1989 in memory of J. Reece Funderburk, Jr.
Jessie Morrison White Gibson Scholarship. A full-tuition annual scholarship for two years with preference given to an employee or a dependent of an employee of Morrison Textile Machinery Company. The scholarship was established in 1992 by Morrison Textile Machinery Company.
Sen. Greg Gregory Scholarships. Established and endowed in 2008 by friends and family of Senator Greg Gregory.
A.W. Hagins Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was established in 1975 by Porter-Belk Lumber Company, Inc., in memory of A.W. Hagins.
Johnnie E. Hagins, Jr. and Addie A. Hagins Academic Scholarships. To be used as academic scholarships only. Established in 2008 from the estate of Addie Hagins.
Clara P. Hammond Scholarship Award. Established in 1964 in memory of Clara P. Hammond.
The Elyse Rebecca Hardin Scholarship. Established and endowed in 2010 in memory of Elyse Rebecca Hardin. Preference given to marketing/public relations area. Lancaster High School graduate with GPA of 3.0 or better. Genuine financial need and sincere will to succeed. Can be used for tuition and/or books.
Dr. J.C. Harris and Jessie Roberts Harris Memorial Scholarship. A scholarship endowed in 2004 in memory of Dr. J.C. Harris and Jessie Roberts Harris.
The Barbara Ann Howze Memorial Scholarship for Handicapped Students. Established in 2006 in memory of Barbara Ann Howze by her family and friends. This scholarship is to be granted to deserving students who are wheel-chair bound or to those who have impaired mobility of a permanent nature.
Adele A. Hubbard Nursing Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident with a nursing major. The scholarship was established in 1985.
Humana America Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. This scholarship was established in 1976 by Kanawha Insurance Company and is supported by Humana.
D.H. and Tommie Jernigan Scholarship. Endowed in 1998 by their daughter, Sara Eddins, in her parents’ honor. Awarded to a student from Lancaster High School who has successfully completed the mathematics program through calculus.
The Katergaris Family Scholarship in Honor of Mr. Jim Bradley. Established in 2010 in honor of Jim Bradley.
Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Scholarship. Endowed in 2008 by the Lancaster Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Awarded to an African American female from Lancaster County. Recipient must show promise of work toward a university degree and maintain a minimum of 2.50 grade point average in the student’s major field of study.
Lancaster County Retired Educators Academic Scholarship. Awarded to a continuing student seeking a degree in education. The scholarship was established in 1986. Recipient must be a graduate from Lancaster County schools with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
The Lancaster County Soil and Water Conservation District, USCL Scholarship. Established in 2009. The scholarship is based on need, ability, qualities of the applicant. It is awarded to a full-time student at USCL. Recipient must be a resident of Lancaster County who is majoring in a field related to natural resources conservation. These include biology, environmental science or fields related to natural resource conversation. Along with the scholarship application, letters of reference from a school administrator or guidance counselor and former teacher and an essay outlining the applicant’s personal view about the importance of air, soil, water, plant and animal resource must be included. A 3.0 GPA must be maintained.
Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was established in 2000 by the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club.
Lancaster SERTOMA Club Scholarship - Awarded to an incoming or current USC Lancaster student with some form of either a speech or hearing impairment. The student should be from Lancaster or adjacent South Carolina counties (Chester, York, Kershaw, Chesterfield or Fairfield) with preference given to a Lancaster County resident. The student should have at least a B average in high school or at USC Lancaster.
Lancaster Thursday Rotary Club Scholarship. Awarded to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was established in 1975 by the Lancaster Thursday Rotary Club.
James B. Lasley Engineering Scholarship. Endowed in 1998 by his wife, Myrtle Edna Bailey Lasley, in her husband’s honor. Awarded to a graduate of Lancaster County schools with a preferred major in the field of mathematics or science.
Lehigh-Lancaster Inc. Scholarship. Awarded with preference given to employees or dependents of employees of the company provided they meet other criteria; if not, then to a Lancaster County resident. The scholarship was established in 1976.
Lemforder Corporation Scholarship. Lemforder has established one male student scholarship and one female student scholarship to be awarded annually. Recipients must be graduates of Lancaster County schools and must have an interest in and show a commitment to community service and family values.
Lewisville Community Scholarship. Established in 1981 by the Lewisville Community Scholarship Fund. Awarded to a Lewisville High School graduate.
Mark B. Logan Scholarship. Established in 2006 by Mark B. Logan to help students at USC Lancaster meet their educational goals.
Tom Gibson Mangum Academic Scholarships. Eight scholarships are underwritten by the Tom Gibson Mangum Endowment established in 1986. Two scholarships will be awarded per year, each for a maximum four-year period. The recipients shall be expected to remain at USC Lancaster for a minimum of two academic years or as long as the recipients can complete a full semester in their major. Recipients must be residents of Lancaster County who graduated from a Lancaster County public high school.
Ernest K. Mathis, Jr. and Brenda B. Mathis Scholarship. Endowed in 1993. The recipient must be a graduate from one of the public high schools of Lancaster County who is pursuing a career in education or nursing. The scholarships are awarded annually to one sophomore and to one freshman student.
The Marge McCullough Scholarship. Established in March 2006 by her daughter, Noni Bohonak, in memory of her mother.
J. William Medford Library Fund. Established in memory of J. William Medford and Mrs. Amelia B. Medford.
Linda W. Melton Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a pre-medical, nursing, or medical research student. This scholarship was endowed in 1977 by Melvin B. Melton.
Michael R. Melton Endowed Memorial Scholarship. Endowed by Lynches River Electric Cooperative in memory of Michael R. (Mike) Melton as an undergraduate scholarship. Preference given to families who are also members/consumers of Lynches River Electric Co-op. If no members/consumers meet the criteria, nonmembers would then be eligible. Recipients must live in Chesterfield, Kershaw, or Lancaster County.
Elizabeth B. and Robert L. Mobley Sr. Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 2006 and endowed in 2007 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Mobley.
Albertine Moore Scholarships. Awarded for two years at USC Lancaster and two years at USC Columbia to Kershaw and Lancaster County residents with preference given to Heath Springs residents.
Debra Byars Morgan Memorial Nursing Scholarship. Established on Mother’s Day 2010. Preference to a non-traditional student residing in York, Chester, or Lancaster County who is accepted into the nursing program. A cumulative 2.0 GPA or better on all courses which count toward graduation in the program is required.
James L. Morrison Memorial Scholarship. A full tuition annual scholarship for four years with preference given to employees or dependents of employees of the company provided they meet other criteria; if not, then to a resident of Lancaster County. This scholarship was established in 1975 and endowed in 1977 by Morrison Textile Machinery Company in memory of the founder, James L. Morrison.
G.T. Myers Sr. Scholarship. Established in 2002 by G.T. Myers Jr. in honor of his father, G.T. Myers Sr.
Nebraska Bookstore #242 Scholarship at USC Lancaster. Established in 2006 by the Nebraska Bookstore Company for USC Lancaster.
Eliza Parks Nunnery Nursing Scholarship. Established in 1997 and endowed in 1999. The scholarship will be given annually to a nursing student Preference is given to financial need, academic promise/potential, and interest in geriatrics.
Richard L. Patterson Scholarship. Established in 2009. Preference to a struggling student in financial need working at least 30 hours a week…paying his/her own way
James M. and Patricia B. Price Scholarship. Awarded to a rising sophomore for books. Student must be a Buford High School graduate. Student must have at least a 2.0 GPA and must be worthy of financial assistance.
Claude Davis Robertson and Mary Hope Brasington Robertson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established in 1986. Awarded to a student whose emphasis is within the educational field. Student must be from Lancaster County.
D.L. Robinson Memorial Scholarship. These scholarships were endowed in 1984 in memory of D.L. Robinson.
Mrs. D.L. Robinson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1986 in memory of Mrs. D.L. Robinson.
Helen L. Robinson Scholarship. Endowed in 1994 in memory of Helen L. Robinson.
Frank L. Roddey Memorial Scholarship. Two scholarships awarded to students of the region. The scholarships were established in 1979.
The Don S. and Betsy McConnell Rushing Scholarship. Endowed in May of 1998. Awarded to a graduate of Lancaster High School. It is based on financial need and is not based on academic achievement since it is the opinion of the Rushings that there are a lot of average students who are passed over for many scholarships and their need is just as great.
Dr. John E. Rutledge Scholarship Fund. Established in 2008 in memory of Dr. John E. Rutledge.
Sara Jane Scholarship. The scholarship was endowed in 1991 in honor of Sara and Jane. Recipient must be need based.
Donald B. and Carolyn W. Scott Academic Scholarship. Endowed in May 1998. The Donald B. and Carolyn W. Scott Academic Scholarship is to be awarded to a USC Lancaster student who is majoring in business or music. Preference should be given to a student who is physically disabled/handicapped
D.L. Scurry Scholarships. Awarded to students of the region. The scholarships were established in 1976 by the D.L. Scurry Foundation of Columbia, South Carolina.
Dr. W.E. Sims Jr. Health Science Scholarship. Awarded to a student majoring in public health (exercise science, physical therapy, etc.), nursing (bachelor’s degree only), pre-medicine, or prepharmacy. The scholarship was established in 1986 in memory of Dr. W.E. Sims Jr.
The Ruth Wimmer Smith Scholarship - Awarded to graduates of Fort Mill high schools based on academic merit and financial need.
Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Stevens Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a graduate of Buford High School. The scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of Betsy Stevens. 2.5 GPA or better is required for retention. Awarded to a well-rounded student with good moral character. Recipient is required to have a good academic record, but SAT scores and class standing are not to be given highest priority in the awarding decision.
The Hazel Calhoun Strange Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to a student of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1986 in memory of Hazel Calhoun Strange.
The Art Swain Scholarship. The scholarship is a book scholarship established in 2010 in memory of Art Swain. Restricted to an average, continuing student from Lancaster, Lexington, or Chesterfield Counties. Student must have financial need.
Blake E. and Ann S. Taylor Scholarship. Endowed in 1999. Recipient must be a resident of Heath Springs, South Carolina.(must have a Heath Spring, South Carolina mailing address). Based on financial need.
The Fred Thomas Scholarship. Established and endowed in 2009 by Fred Thomas to help Lancaster County male students at USCL.
The W. Carlton Thompson Memorial Scholarship Established in 2006 in memory of Carlton Thompson by his family and friends.
Thompson & Davis Scholarship. Awarded to a deserving, well-rounded Lancaster County or Great Falls high-school graduate with first preference to an employee or dependent of an employee of Thompson & Davis. Preference is also given to a student enrolled in a four year program. The scholarship was established in 1993 by W. Carlton Thompson and James K. Davis.
USC Lancaster Faculty and Staff Scholarship. Awarded to a deserving student of the region. The scholarship was established by USC Lancaster faculty and staff in 1975 and is underwritten annually by their contributions.
USC Lancaster Gamecock Big Thursday Scholarship. Created in 2000 supporters of USC Lancaster. Financial need is a critical factor in the selection of the scholarship recipient. Award Restricted to a Lancaster County resident.
USCL Valedictorian/Salutatorian Award. Awarded to entering freshmen who are graduates of South Carolina public and or private high schools and who ranked first or second in their class.
Richard Edwin Walters Memorial Scholarship. Established in May 2006 by Allen and Nancy Walters in honor of their son, the late U.S. Army Lt. Richard Edwin “Ricky” Walters. Ricky was a USCL student from 1965 to 1967. He was killed in action on November 19, 1969 in Vietnam. Recipient must be a graduate of Lancaster County schools. Financial need is required.
The Kitty Wilson-Evans Scholarship. Established in 2009 by friends in honor of Ms. Kitty Wilson-Evans. Restricted to a need-based Native American or an African American resident of Lancaster County.
D. Glenn Yarborough Scholarship. Awarded to a freshman of the region. The scholarship was endowed in 1979 by friends of D. Glenn Yarborough.