MYRTLE BEACH — High school seniors can get applications for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Early Award from their high school guidance counselor or home school association director, according to a news release from the S.C. Commission on Higher Education.
This is a state-sponsored award that was established by the General Assembly for the state’s academically talented seniors to encourage them to attend college in South Carolina. Palmetto Fellows may receive up to $6,700 their freshman year and $7,500 - or $10,000 if in an eligible science/math major - in subsequent years. Last year, 2,419 seniors received an award.
The Early Award application deadline is Dec. 15. Seniors who graduate by the end of the academic year ending in May or June must meet at a minimum the following:
• Meet one of the following criteria
Score at least a 1200 on the SAT (or 27 on the ACT) by the November test administration, earn a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA based on the S.C. Uniform Grading Policy (UGP) at the end of the junior year and rank in the top 6 percent of either their sophomore or junior year
Score at least 1400 on the SAT (or 32 on the ACT) by the November test administration and earn a minimum 4.00 cumulative GPA based on the S.C. UGP at the end of the junior year (date calculated on transcript must be June 15 or earlier)
• Be a legal resident of South Carolina and be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident (green card holder)
• Have applied or been accepted for admission to an eligible S.C. public or independent four-year college/university for the fall term immediately following high school graduation.
For more information about the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship program, go to www.sccango.org or www.che.sc.gov, or contact Elizabeth Caulder, 803-737-2262 or Karen Woodfaulk, 803-737-2244.
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