College Scholarships

As a Columbia College student you may be eligible for an art, dance, music, or major related scholarship. To check your eligibility for these scholarships, contact your program coordinator or visit your major page.

Student-athletes may athletic scholarships in addition to any state or externally funded scholarship programs.

If you are seeking federal, state,or institutional financial aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study and/or loans, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Momentum Scholarship

Uniquely designed for students whose personal determination and engagement complements their academic accomplishments, the Momentum Scholarship is intended to reward ambition and honest commitment to make a difference in the world. 

The Momentum Scholarship may cover partial or full tuition and recipients will be assigned a personal leadership coach, paid summer internship opportunities, and access to live on the Academic Achievement floor of McNair Hall.

Eligibility 

Candidates must demonstrate high school or community involvement, a commitment to campus engagement, and the potential for leadership.

Application

For you to apply for the Momentum Scholarship, you must have completed both your college admissions application and the Momentum Scholarship application prior to the spring deadline for consideration. Partial or incomplete application will not be accepted or reviewed.

Application Deadline: Friday, January 5th, 2018

Finalist Interviews: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

Transfer Eligibility 

If you wish to transfer from another collegiate institution you must demonstrate the same level of involvement and community commitment as a first-year student, but must also submit a recommendation from a school official, professor, church or community leader, Columbia College alum, or Employer.

You must submit all required admissions documentation and the transfer Momentum Application before any considerations will be made.

State Scholarships

The State of South Carolina offers a number of scholarships for in-state residents who meet certain criteria:

South Carolina Palmetto Fellowship

The Palmetto Fellows program is awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional scholastic achievement. Students may be awarded a maximum of $6,700 in their first year and up to $7,500 for subsequent years.

Eligibility

A student must be a full-time South Carolina resident and: 

  1. Achieve a minimum SAT math/critical reading score of 1400.
  2. A minimum 4.0 GPA (UGP).

OR meet two of the following three criteria:

  1. A minimum SAT math/critical reading score of 1200. 
  2. A minimum 3.5 GPA (UGP).
  3. Be graduating in the top 6% of their class.

The scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the student maintains state eligibility requirements for renewal.

South Carolina Life Scholarship

The Life Scholarship is awarded to students who have demonstrated scholastic achievement. Students may be awarded a maximum of $5,000 per year.

Eligibility

A student must be full-time South Carolina resident and meet two of the following three criteria:

  1. A minimum SAT math/critical reading score of 1100.
  2. A minimum 3.0 GPA (UGP).
  3. Be graduating in the top 30% of their class.

The scholarship is renewable for up to four years provided the student maintains state eligibility requirements for renewal.