State of South Carolina Scholarships
The state of South Carolina funds several scholarship programs for residents.
The Palmetto Fellows scholarship program provides awards ranging from $6,700 to $10,000 per year based on academic level and major. Application must be made through the student's high school to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. The awards may be renewed for a total of 4 years (8 semesters) provided that minimum renewal requirements are met. See additional information regarding "enhancements" below.
The LIFE Scholarship program provides awards ranging from $5,000 to $7,500 per year based on academic level and major. No application is necessary as Clemson University will determine if each student qualifies. The awards may be received for a maximum of four years (eight semesters) from the date that a student first enters college provided that minimum renewal requirements are met. The LIFE Scholarship may be earned after initial college enrollment. See additional information regarding "enhancements" below.
The S.C. HOPE Scholarship is a freshmen year only award valued at $2,800. Students who receive Hope during their freshman year may become eligible for the LIFE Scholarship during their sophomore, junior and senior years.
Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarship "Enhancement" Information*
The Palmetto Fellows and LIFE Scholarships may be "enhanced" for higher values during the sophomore, junior and senior years if the recipient is enrolled in specific math and science related majors and completes specific coursework during the freshman year.
*Renewal for Clemson and state scholarships is based on your GPA and your earned credit hours. Academic Forgiveness can improve your GPA while reducing your credit hours, so you must be aware of all consequences before requesting that a grade be forgiven. Please speak with the Office of Student Financial Aid if you have questions about how Academic Forgiveness may affect your scholarship eligibility. If you are seeking to regain a scholarship for an upcoming academic year, you must submit the Request for Academic Forgiveness form to 104 Sikes Hall before the first day of class of the fall semester.