First-Year Scholarships

 

Program
Estimated Amount
Eligibility
Resident Commuter
Momentum Scholarship $14,000 up to full tuition Candidates must be Nominated and have the potential for leadership.

McNair Scholarship

full tuition equivalent 
1300+ Critical Reading/Math
29 ACT
Founders Scholarship
full tuition equivalent 
1300+ Critical Reading/Math
29 ACT
Presidential Scholarship At least $14,000
1150-1290 Critical Reading/Math
25-28 ACT
Trustee Scholarship At least $11,000 
1000-1140 Critical Reading/Math
22-24 ACT
 

The table above shows typical financial aid awards in 2015-16 for students with the designated SAT/ACT ranges. These ranges are not guarantees, but they do indicate reasonable estimates of scholarship amounts from Columbia College.

State and federal aid as well as other scholarships may significantly increase one’s financial aid award. For example, many South Carolina residents qualify for the $5,000 Life Scholarship (current funding levels). Also, our out-of-state students may qualify for an additional $1,000 annually from our Residential Scholarship.

Any student seeking federal, state and institutional financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work and/or loans must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Columbia College scholarships will be limited to no more than the difference between tuition, room and board, books and the total of all other aid (state, federal and outside scholarships). Scholarship amounts will be adjusted if total aid awarded exceeds the amount needed to cover tuition, room, board, and fees for residents or tuition and fees for commuters. Full-tuition scholarships are excluded from combination with any other institutional scholarships and grants. Regarding other institutional funds, only need-based grants and endowed scholarships may be combined with institutional merit-based scholarships and grants.

Please click here for the Merit Scholarship Nomination form.

The McNair Scholarship

The most prestigious scholarship at Columbia College, the McNair Scholarship provides special programming and full tuition for each of a student’s four years at the College. Students are selected based on academic ability (minimum of SAT math/critical reading score of 1300 or ACT composite of 29), volunteer history and demonstrated qualities of leadership, responsibility and service to others.

Founders Scholarship

The Founders Scholarship provides up to full tuition for  first-year students  who have an SAT math/critical reading score of 1300 or more (ACT 29 or more). The scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the student remains in good academic standing.

Presidential Scholarship

Students who achieve an SAT math/critical reading score of 1150-1290 or ACT composite score of 25-28, receive the Presidential Scholarship, which provides $14,000 toward the cost of tuition for each of a student’s four years at the College.

Trustees Scholarship

Students who achieve an SAT math/critical reading score of 1000-1140 or ACT composite score of 22-24, receive the Trustees Scholarship, which provides $11,000 toward the cost of tuition for each of a student’s four years at the College.

Momentum Scholarship

Students who have big ideas about their future and possess a unique
combination of determination and character are invited to apply for the
Momentum Scholarship. This is a competitive scholarship program requiring nomination and separate application. Scholarship amounts range from $14,000 up to full tuition. For selected candidates, the Momentum Scholarship takes the place of any other merit scholarship.

Leadership Scholarship

$1,000 for 4 years. Examples to qualify: Girl’s State, Girl Scouts, President or VP of clubs, or Team Captain. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Service Scholarship

$1,000 for 4 years. Examples to qualify: community service, church involvement, service hours indicated on your admissions applicationContact the Admissions Office for more information.

Art, Dance, or Music Scholarships

Awarded to full-time students enrolled in their respective majors. Selection based on audition or portfolio.

Athletic Scholarship

Awarded to full-time students with exceptional ability in basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field or volleyball.

South Carolina Palmetto Fellows Program

Up to $6,700 awarded to full-time South Carolina residents in the first year and up to $7,500 for subsequent years. Awarded to full-time South Carolina residents who achieve a minimum SAT math/critical reading score of 1400 AND a minimum 4.0 grade point average (SC uniform grading policy or UGP) OR meet two of the following three criteria: a minimum SAT math/critical reading score of 1200, a minimum 3.5 GPA (UGP), or graduating in the top 6% of one’s class. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the student maintains state eligibility requirements for renewal.

South Carolina LIFE Scholarship

Awarded to full-time South Carolina residents who achieve two of the following three criteria: a minimum SAT math/critical reading score of 1100, a "B" average in high school, or graduating in the top 30% of one’s class. Current scholarship amount is $5,000 per year.  The scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the student maintains state eligibility requirements for renewal.

South Carolina Hope Scholarship

Awarded to full-time, South Carolina residents with a minimum "B" average in high school.  Current scholarship amount is $2,800. This scholarship is for first-year students only; however, students may be able to acquire the LIFE scholarship in subsequent years by meeting state eligibility requirements.