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Tri-County Technical College Foundation Scholarships

TCTC Foundation Scholarship

Foundation Scholarships at Tri-County Technical College are dedicated to helping students reach their educational goals by reducing the financial burden of attending college.  Foundation scholarship criteria and review processes are designed to be streamlined and connected to the Strategic Enrollment Management efforts of the college.  The intent of the scholarship criteria and determination process is to inspire, encourage, and support students to begin and complete their College journey by providing funding resources to overcome financial barriers that may otherwise prevent enrollment at Tri-County Technical College.

We encourage all students to apply for these scholarships, regardless of whether or not you have been awarded these funds before. Those who have received a TCTC Foundation Scholarship before may receive one again in a different academic year, and those who've applied before but were not awarded may apply again. 

The application for Fall 2022 is now closed. All applicants will be notified by April 30th.

 

TCTC Foundation Scholarship FAQs:

Yes, you can apply every year that you are a TCTC student.

Yes, you can apply even if you have been denied in the past.

If you graduate HS this semester and are admitted to TCTC in a certificate, diploma or a degree-seeking program for the next semester, then yes, you can apply. Otherwise, dual enrollment students are not eligible to apply.

Yes, as long as you attend any semester during the same academic year (for example, the 19/20 academic year is Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Summer 2020), we can move your scholarship to the semester(s) you plan on attending. Please notify the financial aid office at the contact information below that you wish to move your scholarship funds.

Yes, you can receive any type of scholarship in addition to your other financial aid as long as you don’t exceed your total cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books, supplies, etc).

Yes, you are eligible to apply. Foundation scholarships can be awarded even if all of your tuition costs are already paid for.

You must be enrolled in a certificate, diploma, or Associate Degree program and be enrolled (or plan to enroll) in at least 6 credit hours. Awarding is not solely based on need or merit and some scholarships are awarded based on donor preference (which can differ per donor).

LIFE Scholarship

Requirements

  • Graduate from an accredited South Carolina high school with a 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • To accept the LIFE Scholarship students must read, sign and submit a LIFE Affidavit, which is found in the student's MyTCTC Student Portal.
  • Transfer students must self-identify as LIFE recipients by sending a copy of their high school and college transcripts, as well as a copy of their prior award to the Financial Aid office.
  • To qualify for LIFE each semester students must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours).
  • To keep LIFE Scholarship after the first year, students must earn at least a 3.0 GPA and 30 college-level credit hours during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Rules and Regulations

  • For SC residents- the total LIFE scholarship for the academic year will not exceed $5,000. The scholarship will be divided equally between fall ($2,500) and spring ($2,500) semesters.
    • This figure does include the $300 annual book allowance.
  • LIFE Scholarship may be used for the summer term if the student meets the renewal criteria at the end of the spring semester. The student must be attending at least 12 hours for summer and must take the hours at their home institution.
    • Students who wish to use LIFE Scholarship in summer must self-identify to the Financial Aid office. Using LIFE during summer will not extend LIFE eligibility.
  • Remedial/developmental courses or non-degree DO NOT count towards the 12 credit hours needed (examples include: ENG 031, ENG 032, ENG 100, ENG 150, RDG 032, RDG 100, MAT 010, MAT 012, MAT 031, MAT 032, MAT 150, BIO 100, CHM 100).
  • Beginning with the Fall 2021 term, students who are enrolled in identified Associates Degree programs that exceed 68 credit hours to completion, at eligible two-year institutions, may receive the LIFE Scholarship for up to six consecutive terms.  A list of those eligible programs can be found here.

For further information pertaining to the LIFE Scholarship or Life Enhancement, please click here.

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

Requirements

  • Initial application for this scholarship must be submitted during the student's senior year of high school by the school counselor/representative.
  • Graduate from an accredited South Carolina high school with one of the following:
    • Score at least 1200 on the SAT (27 on the ACT) by the June national test administration of the senior year; earn a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA on the SC UGP at the end of the senior year; and, rank in the top six percent of the class at the end of the sophomore, junior or senior year; OR
    • Score at least 1400 on the SAT (32 on the ACT) by the June national test administration of the senior year and earn a minimum 4.00 cumulative GPA on the SC UGP at the end of the senior year.
  • To accept the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship students must read, sign and submit a Palmetto Fellows Affidavit, which is found in the student's MyTCTC Student Portal.
  • Transfer students will need to complete the In-State Transfer Form and get approval from the Commission on Higher Education.  The form is located here.
  • To qualify for Palmetto Fellows each semester students must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours).
  • To keep the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship after the first year, students must earn at least a 3.0 GPA and 30 college-level credit hours during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.

Rules and Regulations

  • For SC residents- the total Palmetto Fellows scholarship will not exceed $6,700 (for the first academic year) and $7,500 (for the second academic year) . The scholarship will be divided equally between fall and spring semesters.
  • Palmetto Fellows Scholarship may be used for the summer term if the student meets the renewal criteria at the end of the spring semester. The student must be attending at least 12 hours for summer and must take the hours at their home institution.
    • Students who wish to use Palmetto Fellows Scholarship in summer must self-identify to the Financial Aid office. Using Palmetto Fellows during summer will not extend Palmetto Fellows eligibility.
  • Remedial/developmental courses or non-degree DO NOT count towards the 12 credit hours needed (examples include: ENG 031, ENG 032, ENG 100, ENG 150, RDG 032, RDG 100, MAT 010, MAT 012, MAT 031, MAT 032, MAT 150, BIO 100, CHM 100).

For further information pertaining to the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or Palmetto Fellows Enhancement, please click here.

Outside Scholarships & Other Resources:

Please be aware that the following links direct you to search engines outside the TCTC network and are not directly associated with TCTC.

  • College Resource Network
  • FastWeb
  • BigFuture by College Board
  • StudentAid.Gov
  • Scholarships.com
  • JLV College Counseling
  • South Carolina Student Loan $1k College giveaway
  • SC Able Savings Program- The Palmetto ABLE Savings Program allows individuals with disabilities the opportunity to save and invest money while maintaining eligibility for other needs-based benefits programs.
  • Future Scholar 529 College Savings Plan- South Carolina’s 529 college savings plan, Future Scholar, can be an important resource for paying for qualified college expenses, such as tuition, room and board, text books and computers. This tax-advantaged investment program helps families invest overtime for future education expenses. Account funds can be used at accredited two- and four-year educational institutions throughout South Carolina.  
  • Tony Ferguson Memorial Scholarship- This scholarship is for students interested in a certificate in welding, an associates degree in welding or a bachelors degree in welding. The scholarship was established in memory of Tony Ferguson, 58 year employee and welding engineer for Fluor.  Applicants from South and North Carolina will be given priority. The winner will receive $3000 paid directly to educational institution by the AWS Foundation.