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The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.
Since 1984, the scholarship programs provide financial assistance to studnets throughout the national who have significant financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity.  Eligibility criteria include: high school graduation in sring/ummer, demonstrated critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjuted gross family income), and United States citizen.  Students may apply online until October 25 at
2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Students who have participated in community service activities over the past year are encouraged to fill out an on-line application at or  Any student in grades 5-12 and a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia is eligible to apply.  Applicants and their parents or guardians also must complete the application form's signature page.  The deadline date if November 7, 2017.  For MHS, one applicant will be selected from the entries.  The principal will certify Local Honorree(s) online by November 17, 2017.  The top middle level and high school youth volunteer in each state and the District of Columbia are named State Honorees in February and two to 10 runners-up in each state are named Distinguished Finalists.  From there, a student may be named America's top 10 youth volunteers of the year at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.  You can also win $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. in April.
ACT Student Champion Award
This award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, no matter the challenge, an did prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place.  ACT Student Champions receive a $500 non-renewable scholarship, certificate, plaque and state-level recognition.  Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:  a student graduating in 2018 who has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions, students must have a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale.  A preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.  Applications can be found at are due December 31, 2017.
Lander University Bearcat Anglers
The Anglers compete in the B.A.S.S. college national championship and the FLW college national championship.  They also compete in the FLW Yeti College Series and the B.A.S.S. Carhartt College series.  Currently Lander University is offering grants to those accepted to the Bearcat Anglers.  The Bearcat Grant is valued at up to $16,000 .  If you are interested, visit Launder admissions 1-888-4-LANDER or visit Counseling Department.

John F. Kennedy - Presidential Library and Museum

2018 Profile in Courage Essay

Five reasons to participate: 1) It's more important than ever to engage students in civic discourse. 2) Discovering acts of political courage inspires students. 3) You'll meet Common Core and national standards with an excellent research and argumentative essay assignment. 4) You'll challenge students to write with a purpose for a national audience. 5) Students can win special scholarship awards including a $10,000 first-place prize  For additional questions, visit deadline is January 28, 2018.

The 2018 Journalism Contest "Inclusion Drives Innovation"  Sponsored by SC Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities  

The winner receives a four-year scholarship to the SC state-sponsored institution of his or her choice provided, of course, that the winner is qualified.  Your article must address the theme: "Inclusion Drives Innovation".  It should reflect the importance of different perspectives in workforce success, featuring the contributions of workers with disabilities and the value of a workforce that is inclusive of their skills and talents.  Your article should not exceed three pages.  Report about people with disabilities in language that focuses on their dignity, equality, individuality and ability.  Research disability issues and interview people with disabilities.  Resources can include your library, the Internet and organizations that serve individuals with disabilities.  Entries must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2018.  Visit the Counseling Department for further details.

SC Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship Program

Criteria: must be a senior in SC high school or an undergraduate in a SC college or university, have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale through the spring 2017 semester, must be a SC resident, must attend an accredited public or private, four-year college or university located in SC in fall of 2018, must have a competitive or recreational interest in golf.  Deadline for submission is no later than 5 pm EST on January 15, 2018.  Apply on-line at

Kitty Moss Fairey Educational Fund Scholarship

Criteria: high school senior enrolled in SC high school, SC resident, cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale through the spring 2017 semester, must have a combined SAT score of 1100 or a composite ACT score of 26, applicant's parents must have a household adjusted gross income not exceeding $40,000 and applicant must be planning to attend an accredited, four-year college or university located in SC.  Deadline for on-line submission is January 15, 2018.  Apply on-line at

Lyceum Scholars Program at Clemson University

Clemson is now accepting applications for fall 2018.  Students accepted into this program receive $10,000 scholarships to Clemson University.  Lyceum scholars study the moral, political and economic foundation of a free society.  Students are paired with a faculty member who guide their intellectual development.  More information and a link to the application are located at The priority deadline is December 11, 2017.

Burger King Scholarship

High school seniors can apply to receive up to $50,000 in school awards.  HS seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and active in their community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations.  Apply at WWW.BK-SCHOLARS.COM   The deadline is December 15, 2017.

Hampton Wildlife Fund

Four scholarships available: Harry Hampton - natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine or environmental science (4 yrs at $5,000 per year); Wallace F. Pate - forestry, marine or environmental science (1 yr at $2,500); David M. Cline - law enforcement/criminal justice/forensic science (1 yr and $2,000), James O. Thomason - print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications ($4 yrs at $2,000).  Download applications at  The Harry Hampton and Pate scholarships are combined on one application.  The David M. Cline and the James O. Thomason scholarships have separate application forms.  Each application must be accompanied by HS transcripts, SAT/ACT scores and essays.  Deadline is January 31, 2018. 

The American Legions Dept of SC

The American Legion is sponsoring the 80th Annual High School Oratorical Scholarship Program - "A Constitutional Speech Contest" for students presently enrolled in grades 9-12.  The purpose of the contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States.  State finalists have the chance to earn a $2,000 scholarship, with the winner going to our National contest and a chance to win an $18,000 scholarship.    Visit or call (803) 612-1171 ext. 40 or by email:  Applications are due by January 24, 2018.

The Dizzy Gillespie Scholarship Fund, Incorporated

The applicant must be a graduating high school senior or junior, planning to attend a four-year college or other institution of higher learning, demonstrate exemplary qualities of scholarship, citizenship, and service to his/her school, church, and community.  Applications are located in the Counseling office.  Several items to complete your application must be postmarked by March 1, 2018 including: one page essay on the life and history of Mr. John Birks (Dizzy Gillespie), three letters of recommendation, an official high school transcript, proof of registration or letter of acceptance from Institution you will attend, an essay on your career choice. 

The Omicron Zeta Omega Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

The scholarship is open to students who will be attending a technical/two-year or four-year college in Fall 2018.  Those individuals interested in applying should have a strong background of scholarship, service, citizenship, leadership, and character, as well as have a need.  The applicant must write an essay on either topic: Education is important because... or How will I be able to help the community once I have earned my degree?  Applications are available in the counseling office.  Applications must be postmarked by March 19, 2018.

South Carolina Association of Extension Administrative Professionals

SCAEAP offers a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing a career in the fields of administrative office technology, accounting, business management or business administration field.  Applications are located in the Counseling Office.  Application deadline is March 2, 2018.

Chesterfield County Farm Bureau (for Agriculture of Agriculture related Majors)

A $1,000 scholarship is being offered to a good standing senior with priority given to students majoring in agriculture.  One scholarship will be awarded to a student at each of the four Chesterfield County High Schools.  Parent or guardian must be a member of the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau.  Applications are located in the Counseling Office.  Applications must be submitted by March 31, 2018.

The South Carolina Education Association-Retired

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually for students to pursue a four-year degree in education at a SACS accredited college in South Carolina.  The applicant must need financial assistance.  Applications are located in the Counseling Office.  Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2018.

Michael A. DeMayo Scholarship Program

The law firm will be awarding 15, $2,500 scholarships to students from the communities that they serve.  The firm's scholarship committee will select students based on their grades, school and community involvement, SAT scores and a video presentation that encourages fellow teens to abstain from underage drinking and driving and highlight the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving.  Hard copy applications are located in the Counseling office or can be downloaded at www.DeMayoLaw.comAll entries must be added to the Dropbox on or before midnight on March 26, 2018.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

HSF is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree.  Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to high school seniors, based on merit, amounts range from $500 to $5,000 (which is based on relative need).  A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required.  Visit for more information.  Applications closes March 31, 2018.

Bethune Woman's Club and Bethune Lion's Club

Criteria: a student must have a Bethune mailing address, be a graduating high school senior, and be enrolled or accepted in an institution of further learning.  The scholarship offering is $500.  Applications are located in the Counseling Office.  They should be returned by March 31, 2018 to Bengie Blair, PO Box 98, Bethune SC 29009.

FBi Construction Scholarship Fund at Eastern Carolina Community Foundation

In the spirit of partnership with the building team including owners, architects, engineers and subcontractors, FBi Construction has created a scholarship fund to encourage people to enter the construction industry.  The grant of $1,000 will be awarded to a student entering a course of study in the construction industry field with the goal of finding employment in a career allied with the construction industry.  This career could range from construction management or civil engineering to architecture to accounting.  Applications are located in the Counseling Office.  Applications must be postmarked by April 2, 2018.    

McBee Lions Club "We Serve" Scholarships

Applicants must be McBee High School seniors who have attended their last two years of school in McBee and are pursuing higher education as an undergraduate student.  Scholarships will be awarded based on service to the community, scholastic achievement, school activities/leadership, recommendations, and general merit (including grammar usage, organization, style and vocabulary).  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.  Applications must be post marked by April 2, 2018.

Edward and Ethel Rodgers Motivation Scholarship Fund

This fund provides post secondary school financial assistance to graduating African-American students of McBee High School.  Two awards will be given to one graduating male and one graduating female.  Students must be accepted to an accredited trade school, community college, or an accredited four- year college or university in the U.S., cumulative GPA must be between 2.5 and 2.9 to be eligible for the first 2 semesters of post-secondary school, and maintan a GPA of 3.0 or higher during subsequent years.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office.  Applications must be postmarked by April 2, 2018.

Hade E. Robinson/CHESCO Services Scholarship

The Committee annually awards scholarships to Chesterfields County high school seniors or graduates enrolled in accredited two or four year college, university or technical college.  Applicants must be students who have designated an interest in working with special needs populations in human service areas such special education psychology, sociology, social work, or other related fields.  The scholarship amount for 2018 is $1,000.  Applications must be submitted by April 1st of each year.  Applications can be found in the Guidance office.

Tywanza Sanders Legacy Scholarship

The foundation provides a one-time scholarship that can be used for tuition, books, room and board, other college fees.  Requirements include high school senior graduating 2017-18, attending a 4-year accredited college/university this fall, have a 2.5 GPA or higher, demonstrate financial need, submit a short written or video essay.  Submit application and supporting documents by April 15, 2018.  To learn more and apply, go to

2018 Fourth Circuit Essay Contest

The contest is open to students currently in grades 9-12.  (Children, grandchildren, stepchildren and members of the household of a federal judge or federal judiciary employee are excluded from the competition.) 

Young Talented KIng Scholarship

This scholarship was designed by Jamarcus Little, for the African American male who possesses the confidence of a king, exhibits exceptional talent in and out of the classroom and is a positive influence in his community.  Mr. Jamarcus Little, a Chesterfield County high school graduate and a 2017 USC graduate has launched this scholarship to inspire and support a minority male in his journey to be the change he wishes to see in the world.  This scholarship will help a male to reach his lifetime goal, set an example for his community and most importantly teach him to always reach back and help someone else.  Criteria includes:  be an African American male senior, resident of Chesterfield County, hold a GPA of 3.0 or better, possess positive character traits and leadership roles.  The application due date is June 7, 2018.

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Additional Opportunities
RaiseMe - high school students can now earn "micro-scholarships" (performance-based scholarships) from Winthrop and over 250 other colleges for each of their academic and extracurricular achievements beginning in the 9th grade.  Winthrop University is a participating college and some examples of their micro-scholarships for students who sign up with RaiseMe include: earn $500 for visiting campus, earn $100 for meeting with Winthrop at a college fair and earn $250 for attending and off-campus event with Winthrop University.  Email Ms. Cook if you are interested in knowing more.