South California high school students are now eligible for the Palmetto fellows scholarship.
Here, you’ll find the answers to all of your questions concerning the Palmetto fellows scholarship application process and eligibility.
PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships for Palmetto Fellows are merit-based awards given to outstanding high school graduates in order to encourage them to pursue higher education in South Carolina. It was established in 1988.
The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education is in charge of administering the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship must be used to cover the full cost of tuition, minus any other financial assistance obtained. Up to eight full-time semesters of undergraduate study at a South Carolina four-year college or university are covered by the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
PURPOSE OF THE PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP
With this scholarship, we want to:
- Recognizing South California’s top high school graduates in terms of scholastic achievement.
- Encouraging kids with exceptional academic abilities to attend public universities.
- Minority students who may otherwise leave the state to seek higher education elsewhere.
PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP WORTH
There is a maximum of $6,700 for the first year of study at Palmetto Fellows, followed by $7,000 for the second and third years. Both autumn and spring semesters get a portion of this award.
This award is hosted in the united state.
High school seniors in South California in the united states are eligible for this scholarship.
To be eligible to apply for a Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, a high school senior in South California must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- 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 U.S. citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) at the time of high school graduation
- Be a legal resident of South Carolina as defined in applicable State statutes governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes at the time of high school graduation;
- 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
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STEP BY STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO APPLY FOR THE PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP
- The relevant checklist should be printed out. One checklist is all that is required for each package:
This rule applies to all schools such as;
- Schools in the state of South Carolina.
- South Carolina homeschools, private schools, and charter schools.
- Out-of-state institutions.
- However, on the Eligible Applicants Form, indicate all eligible and refusing students.
- The form must be printed and included in the application package submitted to the Commission.
- For the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, the High School Counselor is responsible for determining whether students at his/her high school are qualified.
- Complete your Student’s Online Application
- Note: Once you start an application, you cannot stop it. You can’t go back and make changes to an application after it’s been filed.
- Keep a copy of each submission’s Success Page for your own records. As a confirmation of submission, a transaction ID will be provided for each input.
- DO NOT submit the application with the success page attached.
- Do not submit another online application if you realize you made a mistake after you submitted the first one. As an alternative, you may submit a letter with the paper application forms. Please describe the error or change in that letter.
- Print out the Certification and Authorization of Applicant Form.
- Students, on the other hand, must complete and submit pages 4-5 to their counselors at school.
- Send all of the necessary paperwork, such as papers and certificates, in the mail.
- To be taken into consideration, the Commission on Higher Education requires that all essential paperwork from your high school be submitted by certified mail with a request for a return receipt before the deadline.
- The Commission’s office must receive all needed papers and application packets by 5:00 p.m. on the set due date.
- Non-certified mail, including but not limited to emails, faxes, and regular mail, will not be accepted.
- On weekends and holidays, the deadline is always the Friday of the previous week.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP
Eligible applicants must meet the following application requirement as required by the Palmetto fellows scholarship program.
For Early Awards
Early students are eligible to apply if they meet one of the following sets of academic requirements:
- Score at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on the ACT)1 by the November national test administration,
earn a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA2 on the SC Uniform Grading Policy (SC UGP) at the end of the
junior year, and rank in the top six percent3 of the class at the end of either the sophomore or the junior
- Score at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT)1 by the November national test administration
and earn a minimum 4.00 cumulative GPA2 on the SC UGP at the end of the junior year.
For Late Awards
High school seniors are eligible to apply if they meet one of the following sets of academic requirements:
- Score at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on the ACT)1 by the June national test administration of the
senior year; earn a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA2 on the SC UGP at the end of the senior year; and,
rank in the top six percent3 of the class at the end of the sophomore, junior or senior year; OR
- Score at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT)1 by the June national test administration of the senior year and earn a minimum 4.00 cumulative GPA2 on the SC UGP at the end of the senior year.
Applicants are expected to meet up with the following requirements to renew their Scholarship each academic year:
- Be continuously enrolled full-time at a four-year eligible institution at the time of Scholarship disbursement;
- Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at your home institution for graduation purposes by the end of each academic year
- Earn at least 30 non-remedial credit hours for graduation purposes by the end of each academic year
- Maintain South Carolina residency as defined in applicable State statutes governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes;
- Cannot be in default or owe a refund/repayment on any state or financial aid by submitting a signed affidavit to your college financial aid office;
- Certify that you have never been convicted of any felonies and have 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 your college financial aid office; and
- Complete any other documentation required by your college financial aid office.
Eligible high schools students who meet the criteria of the scholarship must:
- Submit an electronic application through the application portal on or before the established deadline date.
- Submit the required documents on or before the established deadline date.
HOW TO APPLY
If you meet all the eligibility and academic requirements, you are expected to submit and complete your application online.
An applicant of the early Palmetto Fellows Scholarship award must have completed and submitted all application requirements on or before December 15th.
An applicant of the late Palmetto fellowship scholarship award must submit the application and required documentation to the CHE for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship by June 15th
Note: If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday the deadline is the preceding Friday (students cannot use the Early Awards criteria to be eligible for the Late Awards).
RESOURCE LINKS FOR PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIPS.
- Palmetto Fellows Scholarship – Additional Information
- Math/Science Scholarship Enhancements
- Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Regulations
- Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Legislation
- Year-Round Policy Guidelines
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PALMETTO FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP
- How is the qualifying score on the SAT determined?
The score on the SAT must be calculated by using the highest Math score combined with the highest Critical Reading score. Students cannot use the Writing subsection score to meet the minimum SAT score. The score on the ACT is determined based on the composite score at one test sitting.
- If I attend high school out-of-state, am I still eligible to apply?
Students who attend out-of-state preparatory high schools may be eligible to apply if they are
residents of South Carolina. These students are personally responsible for contacting the Commission about the application process and must adhere to the established deadlines.
- Do I qualify if I attend a high school that has a small class size (less than twenty students)?
For those schools/home school associations that have a policy on rank and the policy has been determined to be in compliance, the top two students shall be considered regardless of whether they rank in the top six percent of their class if they also scored at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on the ACT) and earned a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA on the SC UGP. If a student does not rank number one or number two in the class, he/she may also qualify by scoring at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT) and earning a minimum 4.00 cumulative GPA on the SC UGP (without any regard to class rank). Students must meet all other eligibility
- After submitting the application, when should I expect to be notified about the status of my application?
Students who meet the Early Award deadline in December will be notified in March if they meet the academic criteria.
Students who meet the Late Award deadline in June will be notified in August if they meet the academic criteria.
Note: Notifications are sent via e-mail to the address provided by the student on the electronic
- I need to drop a class for the term, will I automatically lose the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship?
No. As long as you are enrolled full-time at the time of scholarship disbursement, you have until the end of the academic year to complete the required thirty credit hours.
Note: The student is expected to contact the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Coordinator at your college financial aid office before dropping any class(es) else, you may be required to repay funds you received based on the date you dropped below full-time status.
- Can I use my Palmetto Fellows Scholarship to study abroad, co-op, or participate in an internship or exchange program?
Yes. You may be eligible to receive Scholarship funds if the program is approved by your college and is accepted by your college as full-time transfer credit.
- How do I transfer my Palmetto Fellows Scholarship from one eligible college to another eligible college within South Carolina?
You will need to complete the In-State Transfer Form, which is available online at Palmetto fellows scholarship transfer
Note: Transfers must receive prior approval from the Commission on Higher Education.
- Can I earn the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship once I have started college?
No. The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship must be awarded during the senior year of high school.
- What eligibility requirements must I meet to continue receiving the Palmetto fellow scholarship funds?
In order to maintain the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancement, you must continue to declare an approved major, meet the institution’s criteria for satisfactory academic progress in that major, and meet all continued eligibility requirements for the underlying Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.
An effort was made in South Carolina to boost the number of students majoring in math and science.
Palmetto Fellows are required to declare a major in mathematics or science from an accredited institution. From the first-year freshmen class of Fall 2007 forward.
Also before the conclusion of their first academic year, all Palmetto Fellows are required to have completed a minimum of fourteen credits in mathematics or life and physical science (or a mix of both).
Eligible students may receive up to $10,000 (combined funds from the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and the Scholarship Enhancement) per year beginning with their second/sophomore year of college enrollment.
Enhancement money is available to students in South Carolina who are pursuing their first bachelor’s degree at a qualified four-year college or university.