The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship offers up to $6,700 in renewable scholarship assistance to entering freshmen. The amount of the award increases to $7,500 for upperclassmen and may be "Enhanced" to $10,000 for upperclassmen in declared science and mathematics related majors. Selection and initial notification is made by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE). Application is made during the senior year of high school through the high school guidance office.
General Eligibility Requirements
Initial Eligibility Requirements
Application for Early awards must be submitted to the Commission on Higher Education by the established date in December of each year. Students must meet the following three academic criteria in order to be eligible to apply for early awards:
Application for final awards must be submitted to Commission on Higher Education by the date established in June of each year. Students must meet the following three academic criteria to be eligible to apply for final awards:
Renewal Eligibility Requirements
Terms of Eligibility
You may receive Palmetto Fellows for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. Landscape Architecture students may be eligible for the LIFE Scholarship during their 9th and 10th semesters.
The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship award amount is determined annually by the South Carolina General Assembly. Currently, the maximum value is $6,700. Sophomore, junior and senior students may receive a maximum of $10,000 provided they are in a declared science or mathematics major and other conditions are met.» More information
Note: The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship in combination with all other scholarships and grants may not exceed the cost of attendance as defined by Title IV regulations.
The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is credited to your student account to satisfy any charges. Excess aid is refunded to the student. The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship is typically available during the fall and spring semesters with the exception of Co-op/Internship students.
To learn about the NEW summer disbursement program for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, please click here.
If you participate in the Cooperative Education Program and/or certain sanctioned internship programs, you are not eligible to receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship during the term of participation. You may, however, elect to receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship in the succeeding summer term at Clemson provided that you take at least 12 credit hours during the summer. You may also elect to move the award that you would have received during your participation semester to the term immediately following your eighth normal semester (provided that you continue to meet all other eligibility requirements). If you elect to use the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship during the summer, you will only be expected to earn 27 hours (rather than 30) for that academic year for renewal purposes. If you co-op during a fall or spring semester and do not attend summer school, you are only required to earn 15 hours for that academic year.
Dropping below Full-Time or Withdrawing
If you are receiving the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, or any other financial aid, dropping below full-time status or withdrawing completely, may affect your eligibility to receive aid. Under some circumstances, withdrawing from the University may require you to repay part or all of any financial aid received. Before taking this action, you should contact the Student Financial Services Office (G-08 Sikes Hall) to determine the effect on your financial obligations.
Frequently Asked Questions [here]
This information is subject to change by either the South Carolina General Assembly or the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. You may view the most recent guidelines for the Palmetto Fellows program at SC Commission on Higher Education.