The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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State Scholarship Programs

SC HOPE Scholarship – This program was established in 2001 by the SC General Assembly. It is available to eligible first-time first-year college students with a 3.0 final high school grade point average who do not qualify for the SC LIFE or SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarships. Recipients must be South Carolina residents who graduated from a South Carolina high school or graduated from a high school outside of South Carolina while a dependent of a parent or legal guardian who is a legal South Carolina resident. Students can only receive the HOPE Scholarship for two semesters. At the end of the freshman college year, the HOPE Scholarship is either lost or translates into the LIFE Scholarship for the sophomore year of college. All recipients are required to complete The Citadel's HOPE Scholarship Affidavit prior to the disbursement of funds. The current annual value of the SC HOPE Scholarship is $2,800. Complete regulations are available through the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

SC LIFE Scholarship – The Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship is available to students for up to eight semesters at The Citadel. Recipients must be South Carolina residents and must have graduated from a South Carolina high school or graduated from a high school outside of South Carolina while a dependent of a parent or legal guardian who is a legal South Carolina resident. High school seniors who graduate with two of the three criteria qualify for the LIFE Scholarship as a college freshman: final high school cumulative grade point average of 3.0, 24 ACT or 1100 SAT, and/or rank in the top 30% of their high school graduating class. All recipients are required to complete The Citadel's LIFE Scholarship Affidavit prior to the disbursement of funds. The current annual value of the SC LIFE Scholarship is $5,000.

Upperclass LIFE Scholarship - A student must earn an average of 30 credit hours per year with a minimum cumulative 3.0 "LIFE GPA" based upon all grades earned at every post-secondary institution attended, including The Citadel, other post-secondary institutions, and while dually enrolled in high school. Eligible credit hours and grades that do not transfer based upon The Citadel's policies must also be included. Every year, students must be certain that official transcripts from all eligible institutions for college courses taken to date are on file at The Citadel Registrar's Office. These transcripts are required to calculate the annual LIFE GPA and total credit hours earned. The state of South Carolina and The Citadel evaluates the annual LIFE GPA at the end of each summer to determine eligibility for the upcoming school year. Upperclass students may earn the LIFE Scholarship even if they did not qualify for the award during their freshman year of college.

LIFE GPA - Courses classified as a remedial/developmental, non-degree credit courses for an associate degree or higher, or continuing education courses will not be utilized to calculate a student's LIFE GPA. Please note that this "LIFE GPA" will be used to determine a student's eligibility for the LIFE Scholarship only. It will have no impact upon a student's standing at The Citadel. Each student's LIFE GPA is available through a secure link on Lesene Gateway. Complete regulations are available through the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

LIFE Scholarship Enhancement - Computer science, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics majors receiving the LIFE Scholarship may be eligible for a scholarship enhancement beginning in their sophomore year. Students must have completed at least 14 credit hours of math and/or science courses by the end of their freshman year (including the summer semester following their freshman year). A list of eligible courses is available on The Commission's website. Other credits that count toward the enhancement include AP courses with a score of three or higher, dual enrollment courses, IB courses, exempted credit hours, CLEP, and Pass/Fail courses with a grade of Pass only.

Students eligible for the LIFE enhancement will receive up to $7,500 per year.

SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarships – This program is administered by the SC Commission on Higher Education, who distributes information regarding the application process to all South Carolina high schools. High school officials identify eligible students who meet the qualifications by the established deadlines and report them to CHE. All recipients are required to complete The Citadel's Palmetto Fellows Affidavit each year prior to the disbursement of funds. The current value of the SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship at The Citadel is $6,700 for freshmen and $7,500 for sophomores, juniors, and seniorsComplete regulations are available through the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Palmetto Fellows Enhancement - Computer science, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics majors receiving the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship may be eligible for a scholarship enhancement beginning in their sophomore year. Students must have completed at least 14 credit hours of math and/or science courses by the end of their freshman year (including the summer after their freshman year). A list of eligible courses is available on The Commission's website. Other credits that count include AP courses with a score of three or higher, dual enrollment courses, IB courses, exempted credit hours, CLEP, and Pass/Fail courses with a grade of Pass only.

Students eligible for the Palmetto Fellows Enhancement will receive up to $10,000 per year.

Study Abroad & LIFE/Palmetto Fellows - State regulations for these state-based scholarships still apply during study abroad/study away programs. Therefore, all grades earned for courses taken while studying abroad/away must be calculated into your LIFE Scholarship GPA and do count toward your Palmetto Fellows credit hours, as long as your transcript is issued by a university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

South Carolina State Summer Scholarship Program - Eligible LIFE and Palmetto Fellows scholarship recipients who are already on track for an early graduation (by one semester) may use 1 of their 8 semesters of scholarship eligibility in the summer as long as they enroll full-time and complete at least 12 attempted summer credit hours. For more information about this program, please contact the financial aid office.

Note: The SC HOPE, LIFE, and Palmetto Fellows Scholarships in combination with all other (Federal, state, institutional, and private) scholarships and grants may not exceed a student's cost of attendance as defined by Title IV Regulations. In some instances, a student's actual award may be reduced below the maximum value of the scholarship in order to resolve an over-award.

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