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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 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 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 resident. Students may not receive the HOPE Scholarship for more than two semesters. All recipients are required to complete a certification statement that is provided by The Citadel prior to the disbursement of funds. The current annual value of the SC HOPE Scholarship at The Citadel is $2800. 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. All recipients are required to complete a certification statement that is provided by The Citadel prior to the disbursement of funds. The current annual value of the SC LIFE Scholarship at The Citadel is $5000.

A student must earn a minimum cumulative 3.0 "LIFE GPA" based upon grades earned at all post-secondary institutions, including grades earned at The Citadel, other post-secondary institutions, and while dually enrolled during high school. Eligible credit hours and grades that do not transfer based upon The Citadel's policies must also be included. Students are responsible for submitting official transcripts from all eligible institutions attended to calculate the new LIFE GPA and annual credit hour requirement. 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.

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.

Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, some students receiving the LIFE Scholarship are eligible for a scholarship enhancement. These enhanced awards are made available to students who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year and currently receiving the base LIFE scholarship.

The following majors are eligible for the enhancement at The Citadel: computer science, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

Additionally, students must have completed at least 14 credit hours of math and/or science courses by the end of their freshman year. (This 14 credit hour requirement is waived for students who had completed their first year of enrollment prior to Fall 2007.) 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 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 a certification statement that is provided by The Citadel prior to the disbursement of funds. Complete regulations are available through the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, some students receiving the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship are eligible for a scholarship enhancement. These enhanced awards are made available to students who are in their sophomore, junior, or senior year and currently receiving the base Palmetto Fellows scholarship.

The following majors are eligible for the enhancement at The Citadel: computer science, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biology, mathematics, chemistry, and physics.

Additionally, students must have completed at least 14 credit hours of math and/or science courses by the end of their freshman year. (This 14 credit hour requirement is waived for students who had completed their first year of enrollment prior to Fall 2007.) 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.

The current value of the SC Palmetto Fellows Scholarship at The Citadel is $6,700 for freshmen and $7,500 for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Those students meeting the eligibility requirements for the enhancement will receive an increase to $10,000 per year.

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.