The financial aid programs of the University of South Carolina Sumter make it possible for many students to attend the University who could not do so if left entirely to their own resources. Scholarships, grants, loans and part-time employment are available to qualified undergraduate students.
Eligibility for most types of aid except academic scholarships depends on the applicant's financial circumstances. The University uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine the amount of assistance each applicant is eligible to receive. We recommend that you complete the FAFSA via the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov; however, paper applications may still be obtained from most high-school guidance offices or by calling 1-800-4FEDAID.
General Guidelines for Financial Aid
1. The student should have applied and been accepted for admission to USC Sumter as a regular student working toward a degree.
2. The student must have a high-school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
3. Each applicant should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) indicating the University of South Carolina Sumter as the school of attendance (Title IV code: 003426).
4. A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent from the U.S. Department of Education to the student.
5. If corrections are necessary, the corrections should be made on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
6. Information concerning federal financial aid programs, such as Federal Work-Study (FWS), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Pell Grants, and Federal PLUS Loans may be obtained from the USC Sumter financial aid office.
7. The student must be making satisfactory academic progress toward completing a degree or certificate program.
8. The student must sign an educational purpose/certification statement on refunds and defaults.
9. Awards of financial assistance are made in the summer prior to the beginning of the fall semester. An award notification will be sent to the student once the file is complete.
10. In order to be considered for most types of federal financial assistance, a student must be enrolled at least half time (6 semester hours); the Federal Pell Grant program is an exception to this requirement.
11. Awards will be based only on a students enrollment status during the official registration period.
12. The financial aid office staff is available for counseling with students and parents concerning any financial aid program.
Financial Aid and the Extended Graduate Campus Program
Financial aid for graduate students who are admitted and registered through The Graduate School on the Universitys Columbia campus will have their financial aid administered by the Columbia campus financial aid office regardless of the students campus location. As such, graduate students in this category should list the University of South Carolina Columbia as their school of choice on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. All financial aid related correspondence should be directed to the Columbia campus financial aid office.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
All students receiving federal financial aid must adhere to the University's policy on satisfactory progress. The intent of this policy is to ensure that students who are receiving federal and/or state financial aid for their education are making measurable progress toward completion of a degree in a reasonable period of time.
Undergraduate students are considered to be making satisfactory progress if they:
1. are admitted and enrolled as degree-seeking students;
2. meet the University standards for continued enrollment;
3. complete requirements for a degree within a reasonable length of time as specified below:
a. The total number of semesters of full-time enrollment (12 or more semester hours attempted) at any post-secondary institution does not exceed 10 semesters for a four-year degree.
b. The total number of semesters of part-time enrollment (less than 12 semester hours attempted) does not exceed the equivalent of 10 full-time semesters for a four-year degree.
4. earn no fewer than 24 semester hours of undergraduate credit per academic year if enrolled as a full-time student. The academic year for satisfactory academic progress is composed of the fall, spring, and summer terms; (Part-time students must earn no fewer than 12 semester hours of undergraduate credit per full-time equivalent semester if enrolled as a part-time student.)
5. maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 after attempting 48 hours of either USC or other school (transfer) course work.
Under these standards, students will be ineligible to receive federal financial aid funds if any of the following occurs:
1. The total number of semesters of enrollment as a full-time student (12 or more semester hours attempted) exceeds 10 full-time semesters for a four-year degree, or the total number of semesters of enrollment as a part-time student (less than 12 semesters hours attempted) exceeds the equivalent of 10 full-time semesters for a four-year degree. These limits include all work done at any post-secondary institution, whether or not financial aid was received.
2. The total number of earned hours falls below the prescribed number based upon enrollment in undergraduate or graduate study.
3. The yearly cumulative grade point deficit (GPD) is 24 or greater and results in the student's ineligibility for continued enrollment. (See "Academic Suspension" in the "Academic Regulations" chapter of this bulletin for an explanation of the grade point deficit system.)
4. The cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 after attempting 48 credit hours of either USC or transfer credit work.
In other words, students who accumulate a yearly or cumulative GPD that subjects them to suspension, who have been enrolled for more than the equivalent of 10 full-time semesters for a four-year degree program, who do not maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 after attempting 48 credit hours, or who do not earn the minimum number of semester hours required will become ineligible to receive federal financial aid funds. This determination applies without regard to any financial aid award letter that may have been sent or received prior to the time the determination is made.
Financial Aid Programs Covered by These Standards
- Federal Pell Grants
- Federal Work-Study
- Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
- Federal Perkins Loans
- Federal Stafford Loans, subsidized and unsubsidized
- Federal PLUS
- Some select private loans (as determined by the lender)
- South Carolina Need-Based Grant
- South Carolina LIFE Scholarship
- South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program
- Other federal or state programs as required
Students who are ruled ineligible for financial aid may appeal this determination under specifically prescribed conditions. Deadlines for receipt of appeals are 20 days prior to the end of the semester for which aid is requested. Information concerning the appeal process is available in the financial aid office.
Students shall be reinstated for financial aid eligibility at such time as they successfully complete sufficient hours and have a sufficient grade point average to meet the minimum requirements for eligibility as set forth in this policy.
Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is the largest federally funded student financial aid grant program. It serves as the foundation upon which all other undergraduate aid is awarded. Typically, it is available only to undergraduate students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree. Federal Pell Grant eligibility is determined according to federal law and is based on the financial information you and your family provided on your FAFSA.
You are notified of your possible eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant via the Student Aid Report (SAR). The financial aid office will receive this information directly from the federal processor and determine the amount of your Federal Pell Grant. You should carefully review the information on your SAR and, if it is correct, keep it for your records. If you discover mistakes, follow the instructions and submit corrections as soon as possible.
If you or your family experiences a major change in your financial situation after your Pell Grant eligibility has been determined, you should notify the financial aid office immediately. A counselor will be able to determine if you qualify for an adjustment of your Pell Grant award and/or other financial aid.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
The FSEOG is a grant that does not need to be repaid. The financial aid office awards USC's limited allocation of FSEOG funds. Recipients must be undergraduates who have not already earned a baccalaureate degree and who demonstrate exceptional financial need. FSEOG recipients must be eligible to receive a Pell Grant and have the lowest EFC's from among those students being considered for an award.
State Need-Based Grant Program (SNBG)
The South Carolina Need-Based Grant is a state-funded grant for undergraduates attending public and independent colleges and universities within South Carolina. Recipients may not have already earned a baccalaureate degree. To be considered, you must be a South Carolina resident, be admitted or currently enrolled with a minimum GPA of 2.00, complete the FAFSA, demonstrate financial need, be of good moral character, and have no felony and/or alcohol or drug convictions for a period of one year. Additionally, to renew a state grant award, you must maintain an annual 2.00 GPA and complete 24 semester hours during the fall and spring semesters if enrolled full time or an equivalent number of hours based on enrollment if less than full time. Awards are made for the entire academic year (fall and spring semesters) only. The State Need-Based Grant does not need to be repaid.
South Carolina Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence Scholarship
The South Carolina Legislative Incentives for Future Excellence Scholarship (LIFE) was established by the General Assembly during the 1998 legislative session. To be eligible for a LIFE Scholarship, you must have graduated from a high school located in South Carolina on or after May 1995 and be a full-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking student. You must enroll at an eligible institution within two years and three months of high-school graduation. You must be a South Carolina resident for in-state tuition purposes at the time of enrollment and have no felony, alcohol, or drug convictions. If, however, you have been judged delinquent or have been convicted or pled guilty or nolo contendere to an alcohol or drug misdemeanor, you are ineligible for one calendar year from the date of the conviction. You must also be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident under state laws. You may not be in default or owe a refund on any federal or state financial aid program.
If you are a first-time entering freshman, you must have graduated from high school with a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale.
For initial LIFE Scholarship eligibility, if a currently enrolled student, you must have earned a cumulative 3.00 USC GPA at the end of the academic year. You must also have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours, or the annual equivalent at all institutions attended, for the previous academic year if completing your first year; 60 credit hours must have been earned if completing your second year; and, 90 credit hours must have been earned if completing your third year. USC Sumter students are only eligible to receive the LIFE Scholarship for four consecutive semesters.
You may receive the LIFE scholarship for not more than eight semesters for a four-year degree or 10 semesters for a five-year degree. Funds from this program may not be used for remedial courses or continuing education classes. If you are receiving South Carolina's Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, you are not eligible for a LIFE Scholarship.
To retain the LIFE Scholarship you must earn an average of 30 credit hours for each academic year and earn a 3.00 cumulative USC GPA by the end of the academic year. The financial aid office, using data from the admissions and records offices, is responsible for awarding LIFE Scholarships.
Please note that the LIFE Scholarship statutes and regulations are subject to change by the South Carolina Legislature.
South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program
During the 2002 legislative session, the South Carolina General Assembly established the Lottery Tuition Assistance Program. Its purpose is to provide resources that supplement, not supplant, existing resources for educational purposes to South Carolina's students. The program assists students who wish to attend two-year public or independent college in the state. In calculating the amount awarded, any and all federal grants and need-based grants must first be awarded before determining the amount a student is eligible to receive. A student may receive up to the cost of tuition. The college at which the student is enrolled will notify each student of the exact award amount.
In order to qualify for lottery tuition assistance, a student must meet the following requirements:
- file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and complete the process to determine eligibility for federal student aid each academic year
- be a legal resident of South Carolina as defined in applicable state statues governing the determination of residency for tuition and fee purposes
- be enrolled at the time of the grant disbursement in a minimum of 6 credit hours for the term and be making satisfactory academic progress toward an associate's degree
- verify that the student does not owe a refund or repayment on a state grant, Federal Pell Grant, or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and is not in default on a loan under the Federal Perkins Loan or Federal Stafford Loan programs
- must not be eligible for or a recipient of the LIFE scholarship.
To retain program funds, a student must have a 2.00 GPA by the end of the academic year, after attempting 24 credit hours.
In addition, students shall not be eligible to receive lottery tuition assistance for more than one certificate, diploma, or degree earned wthin any five-year period.
The financial aid office administers the South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance Program, and the exact award amount is dependent upon the number of eligible recipients and the amount of funding each academic year. Please note that program statutes and regulations are subject to change by the S.C. Legislature.
Federal Stafford Loan--Subsidized
The subsidized Stafford Loan Program provides long-term, low-interest, need-based loans to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The interest rate is 6.8 percent. The interest rate on subsidized Federal Stafford Loans made prior to July 1, 1996, will vary according to the dates on which the loans were disbursed and/or the borrower's outstanding federal loan indebtedness. The interest rate during repayment will be different. These rates are subject to change by law.
Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans may be requested from a variety of lenders with a loan guaranty from any authorized guarantee agency. As an undergraduate, you may borrow up to $3,500 for the first year of study, $4,500 for the second year, and $5,500 per year for subsequent undergraduate study, not to exceed a maximum of $23,000. If you receive a subsidized Stafford Loan, you will not be required to begin repayment until six months after you cease to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis.
Some students will receive a promissory note which must signed, completed, and returned to your lender before any loan funds will be disbursed. Once a signed Master Promissory Note is on file, it may also be used for all future Stafford Loans you may borrow while attending USC. You will no longer need to sign a promissory note each year you apply for and receive a Stafford Loan.
Federal regulations require that we limit or reduce the amount of a Stafford Loan under certain prescribed conditions. These conditions are as follows: 1) You are an undergraduate and you apply for a Stafford loan and are enrolled less than a full academic year (fall and spring semesters); or 2) you will complete all degree requirements at the end of the semester or term. If either of these conditions occur, the Stafford Loan amount may be reduced. The financial aid office will make this adjustment and send you a revised award letter.
We are required to disburse your loan in two equal installments to coincide with the beginning and midpoint of the enrollment period covered by the loan. Additionally, if after the time your Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized or unsubsidized) was certified, you receive any type of other financial assistance, or your tuition fee structure changes, your eligibility for the Stafford Loan may be reduced. In some cases, you may be required to repay amounts in excess of your eligibility.
Federal Stafford Loan--Unsubsidized
The unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loan program is similar to the subsidized Stafford Loan except that eligibility is not based on financial need and interest payments are not subsidized by the federal government, but rather are the responsibility of the borrower.
If you are a dependent student, you have additional unsubsidized eligibility of $2,000 per year. As an independent student, you have additional unsubsidized eligibility of $6,000 per year for the first and second years of study and $7,000 per year for subsequent undergraduate study. The interest rate is the same as the subsidized Stafford Loan; however, interest begins to accrue at the time the lender makes the loan and is not automatically deferred. You may choose to pay the interest or request that it be deferred. This results in the deferred interest being capitalized and creating a greater expense to you during repayment.
Some students will receive a promissory note, which must be completed, signed and returned to your lender before any loan funds will be disbursed. Once a signed Master Promissory Note is on file, it may also be used for all future Stafford Loans you may borrow while attending USC. You will no longer need to sign a promissory note each year you apply for and receive a Stafford Loan.
Federal regulations require that we limit or reduce the amount of a Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized) under certain prescribed conditions. These conditions are as follows: (1) You are an undergraduate and you apply for a Stafford loan and are enrolled less than a full academic year (fall and spring semesters); or (2) you will complete all degree requirements at the end of the semester or term. If either of these conditions occur, the Stafford Loan amount may be reduced. The financial aid office will make this adjustment and send you a revised award letter.
We are required to disburse your loan in two equal installments to coincide with the beginning and midpoint of the enrollment period covered by the loan. Additionally, if after the time your Federal Stafford Loan, (subsidized or unsubsidized) was certified, you receive any type of other financial assistance, or your tuition fee structure changes, your eligibility for the Stafford Loan may be reduced. In some cases, you may be required to repay amounts in excess of your eligibility.
The PLUS loan is a non-need-based educational loan program that allows parents to borrow funds for full-time dependent students. Parents may borrow up to the cost of education less any other financial assistance received during the loan period. For loans disbursed on or after July 1, 1998, the interest rate is variable, based upon the bond equivalent rate of the 91-day T-bill, plus 3.1 percent. The variable rate is capped at 9 percent. Previous PLUS loans may have a different interest rate depending upon when the loan was first disbursed. Repayment begins within 60 days after the loan is made. The repayment period can be extended up to 10 years with minimum monthly payments to be arranged with the lender.
PLUS loan checks are mailed directly from the lender to the school. The Business Office handles all PLUS loan checks. Questions regarding the handling of these checks should be directed to that office. Parents/students are advised to exhaust their eligibility for other federal student aid programs before considering the PLUS loan.
South Carolina Teacher Loan Program
This program is available only to residents of South Carolina who are attending college for the purpose of becoming certified teachers employed in the state's school system in areas of critical need as defined by the State Board of Education. For loan recipients who become certified and teach in an area of critical need, the loan shall be cancelled at the rate of 20 percent for each full year of teaching, up to 100 percent. Loan recipients who do not become certified and/or do not teach in an area of critical need shall be responsible for repaying the entire amount of loan funds borrowed plus interest. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships for application information and deadlines.
Federal Perkins Loan
The Perkins Loan Program is a low-interest (5 percent), long-term educational loan program available to both undergraduate and graduate students demonstrating exceptional financial need. This is a loan and must be repaid. Undergraduates may borrow up to $4,000 for each year of study and up to $20,000 to complete an undergraduate degree. Interest is not charged and repayment does not begin until nine months after your enrollment drops below half-time status. If you receive your first Perkins Loan on or after October 1, 1992, your minimum payment will be $40 per month. In all cases, repayment may extend up to 10 years depending upon the total amount borrowed. If you have outstanding National Direct Student Loan (NDSL) balances and you are receiving a Federal Perkins Loan now, you must review your NDSL Promissory Note to determine the terms and conditions that apply to your loan. Under certain conditions of reenrollment, employment, or extenuating circumstances, payments may be deferred or cancelled. Further information concerning repayment is available in the Office of Financial Services, Room 110, Petigru.
Federal Work-Study Program. The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time employment for needy students to meet their educational expenses. To be eligible for employment under this federal program, a student must be enrolled in the University or fully accepted for admission and demonstrate financial need.
Students who are enrolled at least half-time work an average of 12 to 20 hours per week. During vacation periods it is sometimes possible to work up to 40 hours per week. Pay rates vary with the job assignment.
Refunds and Financial Aid
The official University policy and procedure concerning refunding of University tuition and fees which result from withdrawal or reduction in hours is contained in the "Fees and Refunds" section of this bulletin. Students who withdraw or reduce hours may be eligible to receive a refund as provided by the official University policy; however, recipients of financial aid generally do not receive the refund.
When students who are recipients of federal financial aid withdraw from all classes, they are only entitled to retain a percentage of the federal financial aid received that is proportional to the time they remained enrolled. If, for example, a student withdraws after completing 30 percent of the semester or summer term, they can only retain 30 percent of the federal financial aid they received. The balance, 70 percent, must be returned to the financial aid programs. The Office of the Bursar performs this calculation and students are notified by mail of the outcome.
When funds are applied back to the federal financial aid programs, loan funds are always returned first, thereby reducing the student's repayment obligation. If funds remain after repaying federal loans, they are then repaid to the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs. After all federal funds are repaid, state-sponsored grant programs then receive any remaining payments.
The following policies and procedures are of primary concern to veterans, servicepersons, members of guard and selected reserves, and other eligible persons who receive VA educational benefits while enrolled at the University.
Please note: Academic standards of progress and attendance are covered under school standards of progress as specified by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, License Division, and are required by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Certification by the University VA certifying official in the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veterans Affairs is required for eligible students who wish to receive VA educational benefit checks. Students must initiate their own requests for enrollment certification. The certifying official will complete certifications and forward other forms to the VA only for those students who have made such requests and have completed the necessary paperwork.
Normally, the VA requires that eligible students must have completed full University admissions requirements and matriculation into degree-seeking status before they may receive VA educational benefits. However, those students admitted as "Provisional," "Military Special," or "Transient," or students enrolling for prerequisite courses required for admission into a professional degree program or school may request VA certification if they provide appropriate documentation. Any VA students in these categories should contact the VA certifying official for details. In these and all other admissions categories, only the federal VA has the final authority to award or to deny military educational benefits.
Undergraduate veterans or servicepersons should contact the Office of Admissions for consideration of receiving college credit for military schools.
Students can best ensure receipt of benefits by informing the school VA office of their intent to register for classes and by supplying the number of credit hours for which they will enroll each session. Eligible VA students may request certification on a semester basis and should recertify for each new semester at least 45 days prior to the first day of class of their next semester.
Normally, VA payments are authorized only for those courses which are required by the academic department for the student's current degree program. All students receiving educational benefit checks from the VA are responsible for notifying the VA certifying official of any changes in their degree programs and/or course loads during a semester, to include drop/add, withdrawal, changing from credit to audit status, invoking the Pass-Fail option in a course, or enrolling in any distance education course, independent study, internship, or practicum.
Appropriate forms and benefits-related information are available at the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veterans Affairs. Each student request will be handled individually according to their VA benefit program and enrollment status at the University.
The University of South Carolina Sumter offers scholarships to academically qualified students in numerous fields of study. Scholarships are available to full-time and part-time students. These scholarships are provided by individuals, organizations, clubs, and businesses in Sumter and surrounding areas. Interested students should complete the USC Sumter scholarship application, which is available in the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veterans Affairs and on the Web at www.uscsumter.edu/students/financial_aid/scholarships.shtml. The following scholarships are offered on an annual basis. Several are for a specific area of study or category of student.
Access & Equity Scholarship. Grant determines restrictions. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Veterans Affairs for more information.
Porter H. Adams Jr. Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student in any discipline who is a U.S. citizen, with preference given to S.C. residents.
Air Force Association, Swamp Fox Chapter Scholarship. Must be awarded to an active-duty member or veteran of the U.S. Air Force or to a legal dependent of such a person.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Scholarship. Must be awarded to an African-American student majoring in education with a GPA of 2.50 or higher, preferably female; if no eligible applicant, then awarded to any African-American applicant.
Father William Atkinson Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student majoring in social work, psychology, physical/occupational therapy, art therapy, or education.
Henry D. Barnett Memorial Scholarship. Must be awarded to a Sumter County resident who has dyslexia or a sight or learning disability; if no eligible applicant, then awarded to a Sumter County resident.
Jane McKenzie Beebe Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in education or pre-education who exhibits academic merit. If no such student meets these criteria, the award may be presented to any worthy student.
Louise L. and John M. Brabham Sr. Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to any student who is a Sumter County resident and who exhibits academic merit attending the University of South Caorlina Sumter.
Ethel Burnett Memorial Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student who is majoring in education or an allied health field, is a resident of Sumter County, maintains a GPA of at least 2.50, and demonstrates financial need.
Eleida Nexsen Burrows Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student majoring in nursing.
Carolina Coca-Cola Bottling Company Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student majoring in education.
Alivia Burrows Davids Scholarship. Must be awarded to a nontraditional student majoring in secondary education in mathematics; in no eligible applicant, then awarded to a secondary education major, or a mathematics or physical education major.
William and Martha Dubose Scholarship. First preference is given to a student majoring in English or journalism.
Farmers Telephone Cooperative (FTC) Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student living in the FTC service area of Clarendon, lower Florence, Lee, Sumter, and Williamsburg counties whose parents or guardians are members of the Farmers Telephone Cooperative.
Laurens W. Floyd Jr. and Charlene D. Floyd Clemson at Sumter Scholarship. First preference to a student who indicates that he/she plans to transfer to Clemson University.
Eola Georgia Hoerner Fienning Memorial Scholarship. Must be awarded to a Sumter County resident who has submitted an application for financial assistance.
Clifton C. Goodwin Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Must be awarded to a Sumter County resident who has submitted an application for financial assistance.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Graham Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student majoring in nursing, preferably to a student pursuing a bachelor's degree.
Janette Barnes Guiler Memorial Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student majoring in nursing.
Fred A. "Larry" Lawrence Memorial Scholarship. First preference is given to a part-time student.
Ralph G. MacDonald Chemistry Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in chemistry. If there is no eligible student applicant, then the award will go to any student enrolled in chemistry classes.
Ross S. McKenzie Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student who desires a liberal arts education balanced with courses in science and business.
Mental Health Association of Sumter County Scholarship. Must be awarded to a Sumter County resident who is planning to pursue a career in a mental health field (through psychology, social work, counseling, nursing, or another related field) and who is planning to return to work in Sumter County for at least one year following graduation.
I. Harby Moses Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of Wilson High School. If there is no eligible applicant, it may be awarded to any student attending the University of South Carolina Sumter.
Andrew W. Muller Scholarship. Must be awarded to a graduate of Sumter School District Two.
E. Whilden Nettles Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Must be a Sumter County Resident.
Dorothy K. Olsen Memorial Scholarship. Must be awarded to a Sumter County resident.
Hubert Graham Osteen Scholarship. Must be awarded to a graduate of a Clarendon, Lee, or Sumter county high school majoring in journalism or to a student majoring in English, history, or computer science.
Mary N. and Douglas R. Plowden Clemson at Sumter Heritage Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to a worthy student who intends to transfer to Clemson University. If no student meets this criteria, the award may be presented to any worthy student.
Progress Energy Education Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student majoring in education.
Julia Reynolds Memorial Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student seeking a nursing degree.
Rotary Club of Sumter Scholarship. All course work must be taken at USC Sumter or Shaw AFB.
Rotary Club of Sumter Sunrise Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student who is very active in the community, with an emphasis on volunteering; otherwise, to any eligible applicant.
Madge G. and Raymon Schwartz Scholarship. Must be awarded to a Sumter County resident.
Joe Singleton Company, Inc., Scholarship. Must be awarded to a freshman who is a Sumter County resident.
A.T. and Jessie T. Sublette Memorial Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student majoring in nursing, premedicine, or other health-related fields.
Sumter County Fair Association Scholarship. Must be awarded to a Sumter County resident and dependent of a member of the American Legion or a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Sumter Lions Club Scholarship. Must be awarded to a student who is sight or hearing impaired or to a student majoring in special education for the sight or hearing impaired; if no eligible applicant, then awarded to any student.
Sumter Partnership Part-Time Scholarship. Must be awarded to students enrolled in at least six credit hours and no more than 11 credit hours.
USC Sumter Commencement Speaker Scholarship. Must be awarded to a USC Sumter student; if recipient changes campuses after receipt, they become ineligible; amount is in-state, full-time tuition at USC Sumter.
Verizon Foundation Scholarship. Must be awarded to a minority student.
Williams-Brice-Edwards Scholarship. Must be awarded to a Sumter County resident.
The following scholarships do not specify area of study or category of student:
- American Legion Post 15 Memorial Scholarship
- Arthur S. Bahnmuller Scholarship
- Bank of America NA Scholarship
- BB&T Scholarship
- Bishoff Scholarship
- John M. Brabham Sr. Memorial/Black River Electric Cooperative Scholarship
- G. Werber Bryan Scholarship
- Roger Dale Bullard Memorial Scholarship
- Albert L. and Nina O. Carpenter Scholarship
- Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Covington Scholarship
- Judith L. Croskey Scholarship
- Mr. and Mrs. Curt Edens Jr. Scholarship
- ESE Marketing Scholarship
- Danny R. Geddings Memorial Scholarship
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gupton Scholarship
- O.D. Harvin Scholarship
- Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Hatfield Memorial Scholarship
- Kiwanis Club of Sumter Scholarship
- Linda Ann Epperhart Lawrence Memorial Scholarship
- Sara Davis McLendon Memorial Scholarship
- NBSCLucile McKiever Memorial Scholarship
- Rotary Club of Sumter Palmetto Scholarship
- SAFE Federal Credit Union Bicentennial Scholarship
- D.L. Scurry Foundation Scholarship
- Mr. and Mrs. R. Glen Sharp Scholarship
- Sumter County Gamecock Club Scholarship
- Sumter Optimist Don Stein Memorial Friend of Youth Scholarship
- Dan E. Turbeville Jr. Scholarship
- USC Sumter Alumni Association Scholarship
- USC Sumter Alumni Association "Big Wednesday" Scholarship
- USC Sumter SGA Teacher of the Year Scholarship
- Wachovia Bank Scholarship
- Wilson MacEwen and Co. Scholarship