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The following scholarships are available through the Central Carolina Community Foundation in Columbia and use a standard Central Carolina Community Foundation Scholarship Application. For more information about each scholarship, simply click on the name of the scholarship. Scholarship applications are due on March 15 of each year and may be mailed to: Central Carolina Community Foundation, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213, Columbia, SC 29204. For more information about the Foundation or scholarships offered, visit online or call (803)254-5601. To download the CCCF Scholarship Application, click here: scholarship application.


James A. Broome Scholarship Fund - This scholarship is available to graduating seniors from a high school in Richland County, SC who are members of a Key Club sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Columbia.

Zack and Rachel Clarkson Scholarship Fund
 - Priority for this scholarship is given to African-American male students who are graduating seniors at Lower Richland High School.

Daughters of the Holy Cross - Sara Hempley Scholarship Fund 
- Priority for this scholarship is given to non-traditional students who are residents of Richland County School District 1 and have some degree of life and work experience.

First Choice Members Scholarship Fund
 - This scholarship was established for First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina members and assists them with their efforts to attend college.

Handel-Carter Assistance Fund
 - This scholarship assists persons living at St. Lawrence Place, the Women’s Shelter or in a Habitat for Humanity home to further their education.

William S. and Elizabeth B. Heath Scholarship Fund
 - This scholarship is available for qualified employees of the former Carolina Coca-Cola Bottling Company or a legal dependent of a qualified employee.

Dr. Robert Howard/WHS Scholarship Fund
 - This scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.

Estelle Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund
 - Priority for this scholarship is given to students who are members of Zion Damascus Church Number Two. 

Estelle Jones Non-Traditional Students Scholarship Fund
- This scholarship provides funds for African-American residents of Richland County School District One and priority is given to non-traditional students with some degree of life and work experience.

LinkScholars Program Fund 
- This scholarship supports two graduating low-income African American high school seniors from Fairfield, Lexington, Richland, Kershaw or Sumter counties.

Grace Brooks and E. Perry Palmer Fund 
- This scholarship is available to students who graduated from high schools in the Foundation’s 11-county service area and are accepted into post-graduate seminary programs.

The Pierce/Zimmerman Scholarship Fund 
- The scolarship assists families of South Carolina State University’s Facilities Management Division who pursue a college education at South Carolina State University.

Rogers and Meredith Scholarship Fund
- This scholarship is available to students who are residents of Carolina Children’s Home, Epworth Children’s Home or Thornwell Home and School for Children; students in custody of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice; or students attending Glenforest School.

Bobbi Rossi Memorial Scholarship - USC School of Nursing
 - This scholarship provides scholarships for upper division nursing students at the University of South Carolina. 

Louetta Slice Scholarship
- This scholarship is available to students 21 years or older who currently reside in the Greater Chapin area of Ballentine, Chapin, Little Mountain, Peak, Prosperity or White Rock.

Smart Matters Scholarship
 - The Junior League of Columbia created this scholarship to assist students who attended one of the elementary schools in Columbia where the Smart Matters program is offered.

H. Eugene Webb Jr. Scholarship - Columbia High School 
- This scholarship is available to graduating seniors from Columbia High School who show excellence in public speaking, debate, drama, creative writing and/or student leadership opportunities.

Woodlands' Families Scholarship Fund
 - The scholarship is available to African American students who are descendants of the enslaved families of Woodlands Plantation. If no such students are eligible, the scholarship may be awarded to a student in Bamberg County who meets all other criteria.

Milford H. Wessinger Scholarship
- The scholarship is available to a graduating senior or a graduate of a high school in Lexington County, S.C.


A.C. Flora First Five Years Foundation Scholarship - The A.C. Flora First Five Years Foundation created this scholarship to provide scholarships to students graduating from A.C. Flora High School who desire to pursue a college education.

Rhittie Gettone Leading By Example Scholarship 
- This scholarship is available to a graduating senior enrolled in a CIS of the Midlands’ program who shows leadership potential.

Gilbert Ruritan Scholarship Fund 
- This scholarship was established by the Gilbert Ruritan Club to provide educational opportunities for students graduating from Gilbert High School in Lexington County.

Bobby J. Jacobs Jr. Turn Your Life Around Award 
- This scholarship is available to a graduating senior involved in a Communities in Schools of the Midlands program who demonstrates effort, perseverance and commitment in turning his/her life around.

Terry A. McCoy Leadership Scholarship
 - This scholarship is available to a graduating senior of Richland Northeast High who exhibits the rarest of talents, force of character and vision for the future – a genuine leader.

Dr. William L. McDow Scholarship
 - This scholarship is available to outstanding students graduating from Andrew Jackson High School in Lancaster County who show exemplary leadership, community involvement and academic excellence.

Jacqueline M. Miller Scholarship
 - This scholarship is available to the valedictorians of four local high schools: Great Falls High, Richard Winn Academy, Fairfield Central High School and Fairfield Career & Technology Center.

National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - SC Scholarship
 - This scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving student within the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina who has declared a concentration in Insurance.

Rogers and Meredith Scholarship Fund - Glenforest School
- The scholarship fund provides academic scholarships for K – 12 students with diagnosed learning disabilities to attend Glenforest School.

Bobbi Rossi Memorial Fund Scholarship - Cardinal Newman High School
 - This scholarship is awarded to an incoming senior at Cardinal Newman High School who not only possesses the dedication and spirit illustrated in Bobbi’s life, but also holds the power to reach and touch others.

H. Eugene Webb Jr. Scholarship - Asbury Theological Seminary
 - This scholarship is available to a United Methodist clergy candidate from South Carolina who enrolls in the Asbury Seminary program with emphasis on evangelism in pastoral ministry.

*Full-Tuition Academic Scholarships*

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)

McNair Scholars and Carolina Scholars

90 full-tuition scholarships are awarded each year, 50 for high school seniors from South Carolina and 40 for high school seniors from the rest of the country. Depending on the award, there may also be additional money towards room and board and books and supplies. The scholarships are awarded by the Admissions Office. The awards are renewable for a total of four years provided that a 3.0 or higher GPA is maintained.

25 South Carolina students are named Carolina Scholars and 20 out-of-state students are named McNair Scholars. South Carolina students receive a stipend of $10,000 per year. Out-of-state students receive stipends of $12,000 per year in addition to receiving a tuition reduction to in-state rates. The 25 South Carolina finalists not named Carolina Scholars are offered the Carolina Scholars Finalist Scholarship valued at $7,000 per year. The 20 out-of-state finalists not named McNair Scholars are offered the McNair Scholars Finalist Scholarship valued at $8,000 per year as well as a tuition reduction to in-state rates.

Selection criteria: Superior scholastic ability and achievement, leadership potential, and character. Financial need is not a consideration. Typical candidates rank at the top of their class and present SAT scores above 1300.

A separate application is required in addition to the application for admission. All credentials and applications must be postmarked by December 1.


Please visit Graduation Imperative on-line at to learn more about scholarships offered by the following colleges and universities throughout the Midlands of South Carolina:

Allen University

Benedict College

Columbia College

Columbia International University

Throughout the month of February, the Office of Student Financial Services at CIU will offer FAFSA Fridays to prospective students and parents who would like assistance with completing the FAFSA form. Those who are interested should schedule their appointment in advance and bring current tax and income information with them.  Please call Student Financial Services at CIU to schedule an appointment for FASFA Fridays. The office number is 803-807-5036.

Midlands Technical College

The Midlands Technical College Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) program, a federally funded TRIO program offers help completing FAFSA forms and other forms of college readiness assistance to eligible adults in Fairfield and Lexington Counties who are entering or re-entering college.  (Richland County residents are assisted by the EOC program at the University of South Carolina.)  To make an appointment to attend an individual appointment or an information session, interested individuals should contact 822-3749 or 822-6702.  Additional information can be found on the EOC website ( 

Newberry College

South University

University of South Carolina

The Money Matters Brochure provides and explanation of University scholarship awards, as well as the Gamecock Guarantee, their need-based aid program for low income South Carolinians.  It also outlines state scholarship awards, which can be stacked with University scholarship awards. 


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