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2025 Applications will open in February 2025!





Thank you for your interest in becoming a Southern Scholar!


Southern Scholars Initiative offers two types of awards:


















Eligibility Requirements

The ideal recipient of either scholarship should meet the following requirements:

  • Graduating from Denmark-Olar High School, Bamberg Ehrhardt High School, or Hunter-Kinard Tyler High School in South Carolina

  • Accepted and entering as either (1) a full-time undergraduate student at a not-for-profit four-year college/university OR (2) a full-time undergraduate student at a community college or trade/technical school

  • A person of African, Latino, Asian, or, Indigenous descent

  • Eligible to receive a Pell Grant

  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • Exhibit determination in the pursuit of goals and a commitment to and

  • Demonstrated history of giving back and helping those in need

  • Willingness to commit to and participate in each of Southern Scholars’ Five Pillars: Academic Coaching, Career Readiness and Mentorship, Service, Travel, and Scholarship

Ready to Apply?


Please follow this link or use the button below to apply now:

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on April 12, 2024.  Late applications will not be considered. 

Questions? Call us at 803.200.1910 or email our Deputy Director, Kris Robinson, at



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