Sharing information about scholarships is a courtesy of the School Counseling Department at Northwestern High School. Northwestern High School does not conduct scholarship searches for students, nor does it solicit scholarship offers. The criteria for scholarships is determined by the organization sponsoring the scholarship who has requested we advertise their scholarships. It is highly recommended that students conduct scholarship searches on their own if they do not meet the criteria for the scholarships listed in this newsletter. Unless specified, Northwestern High School does not sponsor or endow any of the scholarships listed, nor is it a part of the committees designated to determine scholarship recipients. For more information about the scholarships listed, please contact Mrs. Dean or your School Counselor.
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General search engine websites are a useful way to generate available scholarships; check out a few that are listed below:
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- studentscholarships.org - sign up for scholarship newsletter!
- Quest Bridge -- non-profit program that links high-achieving low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at leading U.S. colleges and universities
- Raise Me -- get scholarships from colleges for your achievements in high school
- SC Commission on Higher Ed
- US Dept of Education
The following scholarships have been updated as of September 19th, 2023:
September Scholarship Newsletter via studentscholarships.org
QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship
Are you a low-income high school senior who has excelled academically, but feels that the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship. Watch this video to learn more. Match Scholarship Recipients are granted early admission to one of QuestBridge's college partners with a full four-year scholarship, worth over $200,000. Visit QuestBridge for more information and details. Click here for requirements and application.
Deadline to apply is September 26, 2023
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to students in their final year of high school. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 35th class in 2023, the Foundation has provided over 6,750 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $81 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. The 2024 application is now open here for students who will graduate during the 2023-2024 academic year. Click here for more information and eligibility requirements.
Deadline to apply is Monday, October 2, 2023, by 5 pm Eastern.
Omegas of Rock Hill International High School Essay Contest
Open to all college-bound students who are homeschooled or attend high school in York or Chester County in South Carolina. Students have the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards at the local Kappa Alpha Chapter level and the First-Place essay will be submitted to compete at the International Level. Click here for more details and application.
Deadline: October 20, 2023
Awards range from $200 - $5,000
John M. Belk Scholarship - Davidson College*
For seniors who plan on attending Davidson College after graduation. The Belk Scholarship provides comprehensive funding (tuition, fees, food and housing), plus $6,000 in special opportunity stipends to support intellectual, personal, and leadership development over the course of their college career. For more information, click here. Students must be nominated for this scholarship. If you plan on attending Davidson College and would like to be nominated, please contact Mrs. Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nomination Deadline: November 1, 2023
Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Award: Up to $50,000
Graduating seniors who are citizens of the Unites States are eligible to apply. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. For more information and the application, click here or visit https://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/mvs.cfm
Deadline to apply is November 13, 2023.
Lyceum Scholars Program
The Lyceum Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for students who will be entering Clemson University in Fall 2024. Those interested in becoming Lyceum Scholars should apply in their senior year of high school to the Lyceum Scholars Program via the application here and separately to Clemson University via the application listed here. To learn more, you can also watch this short video.
To apply to the Lyceum Scholars Program, you will need to provide contact information, write four short essays, and submit at least one standardized test score (from the SAT, ACT, or CLT).
If you have any questions, please contact us at Lyceum@clemson.edu.
Deadline to apply is December 10, 2023.
Hampton Wildlife Fund Scholarships (5)
The Hampton Wildlife Fund is pleased to offer 5 scholarships to South Carolina graduating seniors; Harry Hampton, Thomas W. Hardwick Jr., James O. Thomason, Wallace F. Pate, and David M. Cline Scholarships. Click here for more information.
The Harry Hampton Scholarship and the Thomas W. Hardwick Jr. Scholarship are 4-year $5,000 per year scholarships for students wishing to further their education in the natural resources disciplines, such as wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, or marine science. The recipients will receive these scholarships for 4 years as long as a GPA of 2.5 or above is maintained for the academic year.
The Wallace F. Pate Scholarship is a one-year, $2,500 scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in natural resources discipline such as wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, or marine science.
The James O. Thomason Scholarship is a 4-year $2,000 per year scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications. The recipient will receive the James O. Thomason for 4 years as long as he or she maintains a GPA of 2.5 or above for a given academic year. Applicants are also required to submit a topical essay.
The David M. Cline Scholarship is a one-year, $2,000 scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, or forensic science.
Deadline for all applications is January 31, 2024.
Scholarships for Student's HBCU Education (An HBCU is a Historically Black College or University)
Students that are applying to PC and wish to be nominated 1880 Student Referral Program Scholarship should contact their School Counselor. The scholarship is $1880 awarded annually for up to 4 years. The student should be nominated before the student is accepted to PC.
$100,000 BOYS STATE AND GIRLS STATE SCHOLARSHIPS AT PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE
Palmetto Boys State and Girls State students automatically qualify for a $100,000 scholarship ($25,000/year over four years). But they must apply by our Early Action deadline on December 1. Please encourage your Palmetto Boys State and Girls State students to apply if they haven't already.
FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY #1 Tell your high achievers to apply to PC by December 1 to qualify for the full Griffith Scholarship. The Griffith covers the full cost of tuition, fees, room, and board and is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study at PC. There are two recipients each year.
FULL-RIDE SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY #2 Your service-minded students with entrepreneurial spirits also have a chance to receive a full-ride scholarship. Our Service Entrepreneurship Scholarship Competition gives your students the chance to solve a problem in their community ... for a chance to earn a full ride to PC!
Please check the Presbyterian College Website for additional information about each scholarship.
Golden Door Scholars
As a Golden Door Scholar, each student receives a scholarship to empower them to earn a bachelor's degree and pursue a dream career. Eligible students may be high school seniors, recent high school graduates, or currently enrolled in college pursuing an undergraduate degree. This organization is committed to assisting undocumented students. https://www.goldendoorscholars.org
NSHSS and its partners offer more than $2,000,000 in scholarships annually. All students are eligible to apply for high school and college scholarships in the areas of academic excellence, entrepreneurship, leadership, literature, medicine, music, STEM, sustainability, visual arts, and more. https://nshssfoundation.org/scholarships/
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to empowering creative teens and celebrating youth voices. Scholastic Awards for students age 13 and up. Go to the link to learn more about scholastic awards and eligibility. https://www.artandwriting.org/
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The York County Woman’s Club Scholarship
The York County Woman's Club is a proud supporter of military families in York County. Each year we offer three (3) $1500.00 scholarships to high school seniors who are children of veterans, reservists or active military. This scholarship is available for the 2023-2024 school year and can be used at any post-graduate school. Scholarship money will be sent directly to the school for tuition. Scholarships will be reviewed on May 15, 2023 on the basis of both need and merit and announced no later than May 22, 2023.
Deadline: April 28th, 2023
Award: three (3) $1,500 scholarships
James Brett Ringer Scholarship
Awarded to at least one high school senior who has demonstrated the qualities of hard work and good citizenship. Desired qualities of successful candidate: Works hard to accomplish goals and complete tasks, Exhibits good character, Is well rounded in academics and extra-curricular or volunteer activities, Exhibits loyalty, Works unselfishly with others. Applicant must submit a one page essay on the importance of setting goals and how hard work has had an impact on your success in achieving your goals. Application materials should be turned in to Mrs. Dean by Wednesday, May 3rd.
You may also visit Mrs. Dean in the School Counseling Office for a paper copy of this scholarship.
York Technical College Foundation Achievement Scholarship
The Achievement Scholarship is offered by the York Technical College Foundation to incoming high school students who have been accepted to York Technical College and will start in the fall semester. This scholarship will be awarded to one exceptional student from each of the high schools in the college’s service area. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications and make awards based on the availability of funds to those individuals recommended by their high school representative and who best meet the following criteria: 1. Applicants must rank in the top 30 percent of their graduating class. 2. Demonstrate financial need for scholarship assistance. 3. Be recommended by a high school representative, such as an instructor, counselor or principal. 4. Submit current transcripts and a letter of recommendation to be completed by a high school representative. All completed applications must be emailed for review to the York Technical College Foundation at: Foundation@yorktech.edu
Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2023
Award: $1,000 to be used at the rate of $500 per academic year for two years
Mwanamugimu Essay Contest
Deadline to apply: May 5th, 2023
Richard Boulware Memorial Scholarship
A Minority male student who is in his senior year in high school. The high school must be located in York, Chester, or Lancaster County.
Student must be accepted into a two or four year institution of higher learning.
A minimum GPA of 3.0 (Transcript should be attached).
Two recommendations letters from school or community members.
Student must display a financial need for college.
Deadline: May 8th, 2023
Rev. Robert G. Toatley Memorial Scholarship
Looking to distribute our annual $1000 and $500 Rev. Robert G. Toatley Memorial Scholarships to local Rock Hill seniors. This scholarship honors one of our notable charter members, Rev. Robert G. Toatley. The scholarship consists of an online application on
how the scholarship would help the applicant with college expenses. To be considered for the Rev. Robert G. Toatley Memorial Scholarship, students must complete all scholarship items by Friday, May 19, 2023:
Deadline to apply: May 19th, 2023
Brother David Memorial Scholarship - 2023
The City of Rock Hill and the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA) have partnered to give a $1,000 scholarship to a high
school senior planning to enroll in a full-time program of study at an institution of higher education. The Brother David
Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the volunteer work of Brother Joseph David Boone, an early equal rights activist,
humanitarian, and champion of the poorest residents of the Rock Hill area. The recipient of this scholarship will have
volunteered on one or more service projects that made a significant impact on our community.
Deadline: May 19th, 2023
Powerful Minds Scholarship - 2023
The City of Rock Hill and the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA) have partnered to give $1,000 merit-based
scholarships to a high school senior planning to enroll in a full-time program of study at an institution of higher education.
Deadline: May 19th, 2023
Zeta Epsilon Scholarship
The mission of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to individuals enrolled for undergraduate study in community colleges, trade schools, and universities. Click on the link below to read more about this scholarship and it's criteria.
Deadline to apply: April 13th, 2023
Girls on the Run Tri County Scholarship
Girls on the Run has established three (3) $1,500 scholarships for girls who participated in a Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5) or Heart & Sole (Grades 6-8) program.
Deadline to apply: April 14th, 2023
2023 Juneteenth Rock Hill Scholarship
The Juneteenth Rock Hill Dr. Ann Cain Scholarship was established in June 2016 in memory of Dr. Ann Cain. Dr. Ann Cain spent her life educating children, encouraging them to strive for excellence and passing on the love of learning. She was a staple in her community and beyond. The legacy and life of Dr. Ann Cain, this one-time scholarship will be rewarded to a deserving high school student. Completed application should be postmarked no later than April 15th, 2023 to be considered for the scholarship.
Deadline to apply: April 15th, 2023
Tri County HBCU Alliance Scholarship Program 2023
The purpose of the scholarship program is to financially support post-secondary education for qualifying high
school seniors attending their first year of college. For the Tri County HBCU Alliance, scholarships are
awarded at 3rd Place ($500); 2nd Place ($1000); and 1st Place ($1500). These are non-renewable.
Deadline to apply: April 15th, 2023
The Jamie Nichols Alumni Scholarship Fund 2023
Primary Award Criteria
• Financial need
• Academic achievement:
- Minimum 2.9 GPA or top 50% in class, AND
- Minimum of 1000 SAT score or minimum 21 ACT score
• Community/extracurricular involvement
• Leadership experience
• Awards and recognitions
• Work history
• Parent/Guardian incarceration (for longer than 12 months after 2005)
• Only graduating high school seniors from Rock Hill public schools with a parent or
guardian who has been incarcerated for longer than twelve months post 2005.
• Applicants who do not meet but are close to the academic requirements (GPA/SAT/ACT)
are encouraged to still apply.
Deadline to apply: To your school counselor by April 15th OR on your own by April 20th, 2023
The Michael A. DeMayo Arrive Alive Scholarship
This scholarship plans to award fifteen, $2,500 Scholarships to high school students. The firm's committee selects students based on their grades, school and community involvement, SAT or ACT scores, and a presentation (essay, brochure, billboard ad, or tiktok video) that encourages fellow teens to abstain from underage drinking and driving or distracted driving, and highlight dangers and consequences of drinking and driving or distracted driving.
Please visit Mrs. Dean in the School Counseling office for a Scholarship Application Packet.
Deadline to apply: Must be postmarked on or before March 27th, 2023.
Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream Scholarship
The Sallie Mae Fund’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program for High School Seniors helps make the dream of higher education a reality for outstanding students from under-resourced, underrepresented, and underserved communities.
High school seniors who are facing financial challenges may apply to win a $10,000 scholarship to help them attend college or a vocational-technical school.
Deadline to apply: March 27th, 2023
Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Garrick-Ramseur Memorial Scholarships
The Rock Hill Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., annually awards the Garrick-Ramseur Memorial Scholarships. The scholarships are given in memory of our deceased sorority members, Margaret Garrick and Essie Ramseur. Scholarships may go toward studies at an accredited two-year (including technical school, junior college, or community college) or four-year institution with the award amount split between two consecutive academic terms. Preference is given to minority applicants. There will be multiple scholarships awarded ranging between $500- $2000. Scholarship applications are available to high school seniors who meet the following criteria: 1. Attend a York County high school or current/past Rock Hill Alumnae Jabberwock participant 2. Scholarship: 3.0 GPA or higher 3. Demonstrate Service: Applicant must demonstrate involvement in community service (school and non-school) 4. Demonstrate Leadership: Applicant must show leadership through active membership in school or community organizations.
Deadline to apply: March 30th, 2023
Dallas Hirst Lumpkin Scholarship
This scholarship was endowed by the children and grandchildren of Dallas Hirst Lumpkin in recognition of her devotion to family, lifelong commitment to education, and her active involvement in her church and the Rock Hill community. Applicants must be graduating from a Rock Hill, SC public high school planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university, show financial need, a solid scholastic record: B average and/or upper 25% of the class, possess qualities of leadership, character, and concern for others. Must submit official high school transcript and up to two letters of recommendation from someone other than a family member with a completed application to guidance office. Mail applications postmarked no later than March 31st.
Award: A one-time $2,500 scholarship
Deadline to apply: March 31st, 2023
Bessie Moody Lawrence Scholarship
The York County Democratic Women's Council has been offering scholarships to York County graduating senior women since 2014. This year they plan to offer two scholarships of $1,500+. The scholarship is in memory of Dr. Bessie-Moody Lawrence, a professor of Education at Winthrop University and a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, serving from 1993-2008. She tackled issues that had an impact on children, teachers, and women. She was especially concerned about those living in poverty.
Deadline to apply: Postmarked no later than March 31, 2023
Minority Scholarship Foundation
The Minority Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with post-secondary education for African-American students from the Rock Hill- Fort Mill area. The scholarship is awarded to one student in the amount of $2,000 per year, for 4 years. *A $500 one-time book scholarship may also be provided to deserving students.
Students should meet the following criteria:
Graduating High School Senior
2.5 GPA or greater
Financial Need (free or reduced lunch)
2 letters of recommendation
Completion of Essay
Optional- the Selection Committee may request an interview
Deadline to apply: March 31st
UCB Family Epilepsy Scholarship Program
The UCB will award 30 scholarships up to $5,000 and 3 scholarships of up to $10,000 to people living with epilepsy, their family members, and caregivers pursuing education.
Deadline to apply: March 31st, 2023
The South Carolina Education Association - Retired
Designed to help enable promising young people to pursue a four-year degree in education at a SACS accredited college, university, technical school or community college in South Carolina. Awarded to four students a scholarship of $1,000 to be paid to the South Carolina school they plan to attend, in the name of the scholarship winner. This may be used for room, board, tuition, and/or books.
Criteria: Must be a senior graduating from public high school in SC, must plan to attend a SACS accredited college, must plan to pursue a degree in education, 3.0 GPA or higher, demonstrate leadership abilities, must need financial assistance.
Deadline to apply: Must be postmarked by March 31st
District Number Five Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship
The only requirement to receive this scholarship is to write a 1,000 – 1,500 word essay on the given topic and all essays must be time stamped by April 1, 2023. No late essays will be scored. After the scholarship team has had an opportunity to grade the essay, all participants will be notified by e-mail and/or phone call.
Deadline to apply: April 1
The Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina - Presidents Scholarship
The GFOASC is awarding a $750 Scholarship to any high school student who meets the following criteria: The applicant must be a resident of the State of South Carolina; The applicant must be a high school senior; The applicant must be attending a South Carolina technical college or university working towards a certificate, AssociateDegree, or Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business related field; The applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Deadline to apply: April 7th, 2023
2023 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Scholar/Essay Application
In accordance with National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) purpose to promote,
facilitate, and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of interscholastic athletics in the educational
system, this scholarship program will foster and acknowledge the partnership between the NIAAA and secondary
education. The scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership, and citizenship attributes of high
school student athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life.
1. Applicant must be a Senior
2. Applicant must have achieved at least one (1) of the following:
(A) minimum of B+ average;
(B) Ranked in the top 25% of class;
(C) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1100 (Math and Reading)
3. Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
4. Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
5. Applicant must complete attached scholar/essay application
6. Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
7. School athletic director must be an NIAAA member and a member of their respective state athletic
8. The principal or athletic director must sign the application to insure that the academic information
submitted is accurate
9. All hard copy materials must be postmarked or electronic materials sent to the NIAAA State Liaison
in your respective state by your state's deadline. Select your state at the bottom of the website
Scholarship Page to view liaison information.
There are 3 levels of winning:
State winner receives 500.00 for winning and the school's athletic department also receives 500.00.
Sectional winner which our state winners can win, receive 1500.00
Sectional winner goes to the National and has a chance to win another 2500.00.
Deadline to apply: April 10th, 2023
CAES 1890 Agricultural Scholars Program
For students pursuing studies in the food and agricultural sciences at NC A&T. Open to high school students and college transfer students who demonstrate exemplary leadership traits and a commitment to community service. This scholarship is highly competitve and provides a one-time $2,000 tuition payment for students pursuing majors in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at NC A&T.
Deadline to apply: All application materials must be postmarked no later than February 28, 2023.
For more information about this scholarship, please contact:
Antoine Alston, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean, Academic Studies
James F. Byrnes Scholarship
For seniors seeking to attend a 4-year college that have lost one or both parents.
Deadline: January 2nd - February 1st
South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: January 23, 2023
2023 Brother Professor Prentiss Hough Essay Scholarship Award: Awards vary
This scholarship is open to any African American Male Public High School Seniors in York, Chester, and Lancaster counties with a GPA requirement of 2.5.
Deadline to apply: A typed copy of the written speech and the Scholarship Essay Competition Contest entry form must be emailed to email@example.com no later than February 1, 2023.
Central City Optomist Club and Optomist International Essay Contest
Essay Topic: "Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?"
Compose a 700-800 word essay around this central idea.
Students under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2022, are eligible to compete.
Deadline to apply: January 31st, 2023
The FELLAS Scholarship
The aim of this scholarship is to offer financial support to African American males upcoming first year college students and to encourage serious and deserving young black male students to continue their studies.
Award: One (1) $5,000 Tuition award and four (4) Book awards
Deadline to apply: Feburary 19th, 2023
Ellevation Education Scholarship Program
Ellevation will be awarding ten $2,000 scholarships to deserving MLL (multilingual learner) students who are pursuing higher education. This year, in addition to financial support, they will also be providing scholarship winners with networking and mentorship opportunities from the Ellevation community.
Be a high school senior who has been enrolled as an English Language Learner (ELL) at some point during their K-12 education.
Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four- year college, university or vocational-technical school for the entire 2023-2024 academic year
Deadline to apply: March 2nd at 3:00pm
2023 Juneteenth Rock Hill Scholarship
The Juneteenth Rock Hill Dr. Ann Cain Scholarship was established in June 2016 in memory of Dr. Ann Cain. Dr. Ann Cain spent her life educating children, encouraging them to strive for excellence and passing on the love of learning. She was a staple in her community and beyond. The legacy and life of Dr. Ann Cain, this one-time scholarship will be rewarded to a deserving high school student. Completed application should be postmarked no later than March 1, 2023 to be considered for the scholarship.
Deadline to apply: March 1st, 2023