South Carolina LIFE Scholarship: Up to $7,500

From the website:

The Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program administered by the financial aid office at each eligible public and independent college and university in South Carolina.  The LIFE Scholarship may be used towards the cost of attendance for up to eight terms based on the student's initial college enrollment date. Students must be enrolled in their first one-year program, first associate’s degree, first two-year program leading to a baccalaureate degree, first baccalaureate degree, or first professional degree.

What is the LIFE Scholarship?

The Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program administered by the financial aid office at each eligible public and independent institution in South Carolina. The LIFE Scholarship may be used towards the cost-of-attendance for up to eight terms based on the students’ initial college enrollment date. Student’s must be enrolled in their first one-year program, first associate’s degree, first two-year program leading to a baccalaureate degree, first baccalaureate degree, or first professional degree.

Life Scholarship Award Amounts

What is the LIFE Scholarship Enhancement?

The General Assembly established the LIFE Scholarship Enhancement in order to increase the number of students in the State majoring in mathematics and science and to increase the access to higher education, improve the employability of South Carolina’s students so as to attract business to the State, provide incentives for students to be better prepared for college, and to encourage students to graduate from college on time. Students enrolled at two-year institutions are not eligible to receive a LIFE Scholarship Enhancement. Students can receive the LIFE Scholarship Enhancement beginning their second/sophomore year in college (based on initial date of college enrollment).

The Scholarship Enhancement increases the LIFE Scholarship award from $5,000 to $7,500. The Enhancement is available to students majoring in the mathematics, science and health fields at eligible South Carolina four-year institutions. Students who meet the eligibility requirements for both the Life Scholarship and the Enhancement, will receive an annual award of up to $7,500 to cover their cost of attendance at any eligible four-year public or independent institution located in the state. Eligible students can be awarded a LIFE Scholarship Enhancement to meet their cost of attendance for up to six consecutive terms starting the second year of college enrollment.

There is no application for the HOPE Scholarship. The college will let eligible students know if they qualify.

Initial Eligibility at four-year institutions:

Students must meet two of the following three criteria:

  • Graduate from high school with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the SC Uniform Grading Policy.

  • Rank in the top 30 percent of the graduating class based on the uniform grading policy.

  • Score at least 1100 on the SAT (or 24 on the ACT) by June of the senior year. Only the math and critical reading scores of the SAT may be included.

Initial Eligibility at two-year institutions:

  • Graduate from high school with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA based on the SC Uniform Grading Policy.

General Eligibility Requirements:

  • US Citizen/Legal Permanent Resident*

  • SC Resident*

  • No felony convictions

  • No second or subsequent alcohol/drug misdemeanors

  • Not in default of any state or federal loans

  • Enroll in a degree-seeking program at an eligible SC institution

*this must be determined at the time of high school graduation.

For more information about the LIFE Scholarship Program or the LIFE Scholarship Enhancement, contact: Gerrick Hampton, Program Manager ghampton@che.sc.gov 803-734-4397