University of South Carolina

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Non-Institutional Scholarships


USC recognizes non-institutional scholarships as any funding awarded directly to a student by non-USC affiliates, businesses, organizations, groups, or individuals. Non-institutional scholarships can be based on a variety of criteria including but not limited to academic merit, financial need, community service, area of study, organizational affiliation, place of residence or employment, and ethnic or religious background.

It is important to note that non-institutional scholarships may affect the amount of need-based financial aid you are allowed to receive in your total financial aid award. Books to search for information about non-institutional scholarships and scholarship sponsors are usually available at your public library. There are also quite a few websites with information about non-institutional scholarships for which you might be eligible.

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Below are some links to help you in your search for scholarships! Before you search:

  • Beware; scholarship scams do exist. Check out this scholarship scam information from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
  • Note that the scholarship search websites to which we provide links do not charge for the search; however, some websites may sell your name to other companies. When you register to participate in the search, you should consider whether you want to receive mailings from groups who may buy your name and address from the website owners.
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American Association on Health & Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program
AAHDs scholarship program supports students with disabilities in higher education. Preference is given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in public health, health promotion or disability studies, including disability policy and disability research.

American Indian College Fund
This organization provides information about resources for Native Americans.

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship
The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship encourages and recognizes academic and artistic excellence; students compete for scholarships in creative writing, drama, music, and visual arts. Twelfth-grade students enrolled in a South Carolina public school and planning to attend a state college or university are eligible to participate in the scholarship competition. Students receiving the scholarships must be United States citizens who have attended the state's public schools for the past two consecutive years.

Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola Scholarships are awarded based on character, personal merit, and commitment.

Gates Millennium Scholars
Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Hispanic College Fund
This organization provides information for funding resources for Hispanic Americans.

James F. Byrnes Scholars Scholarship
All applicants must have lost one or both parents by death, have financial need, and plan to pursue a bachelor's degree.

The J. E. Sirrine Scholarship Program
J. E. Sirrine Scholarships is available to high school graduates in The School District of Greenville County (South Carolina) and is based on financial need and academic ability.

Sallie Mae Fund Scholarships
All Sallie Mae Fund programs are based on financial need, as The Fund seeks to bridge the dollar gap when no one else can.

United Negro College Fund
This link provides a list of some of the scholarship available from UNCF.

USA Funds Access to Education Scholarship
USA Funds® will award $1,500 individual scholarships to students with economic need through USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships®.

Watson-Brown Foundation
The Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc. awards $3000 and $5000 renewable scholarships to high school seniors and current college undergraduates. To be eligible,  students must be from Burke, Columbia, Elbert, Glascock, Hart, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes counties in Georgia or Aiken, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenville, McCormick, and Spartanburg counties in South Carolina and plan to attend any 4-year, accredited college in the country.

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Center for Scholarship Administration
Free Scholarship listing

College Answer
This is the Web's premiere destination for getting a head start on preparing for the world of continuing education.

College Board Scholarship Search
Complete the brief questionnaire and Scholarship Search will find potential opportunities from their database of more than 2,300 sources of college funding, totaling nearly $3 BILLION in available aid!

CollegeNET
Free scholarship search

Colleges.com
Free scholarship search

FastWeb
Large database of 375,000 scholarships

Petersons.com
One of the largest free online scholarship databases with over 1.6 million listed scholarships available.

Scholarship America
Free scholarship listings.

ScholarshipExperts.com
Constantly updates their database to provide the most accurate scholarship information available.

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All non-institutional scholarship checks should be mailed to the following address:

Bursar's Office
University of South Carolina
516 S. Main Street
Columbia, SC 29208

Checks Made Payable to USC
Scholarship checks that are made payable to USC should be sent to the above address. Make sure that you include your name, social security number and any award notification correspondence with the check. We need to know any disbursement instructions and often need the donor's name and address. Once the check is received, it will be recorded and made available for you to use for your educational expenses. Please keep in mind that any checks received by the Bursar's Office after the receipt dates noted below will be made available as soon as possible, but may not be available before the fee payment deadline. You may check on SSC by choosing Financial Aid, Ward, and Ward for Aid Year. Select Resources/Additional Information for the most up-to-date information regarding your non-institutional scholarship.

Checks Made Payable to You and USC
Scholarship checks that are made payable to you and USC must first be endorsed by you and then mailed to the above address. Failure to endorse the check prior to mailing can cause delays in its availability. Make sure that you also include your social security number and any award notification correspondence with the check. We need to know any disbursement instructions and often need the donor's name and address. Once the check is received, it will be recorded and made available for you to use towards your educational expenses. Please keep in mind that any checks received by the Bursar's after the receipt dates noted below will be made available as soon as possible, but may not be available before the fee payment deadline. You may check on SSC by choosing Financial Aid, Ward, and Ward for Aid Year. Select Resources/Additional Information for the most up-to-date information regarding your non-institutional scholarship.

Written Authorizations To Bill or Invoice
If the funding source provides you a form that authorizes our billing for a scholarship, the form must be sent to the above address. Make sure that you include your name, social security number and any award notification correspondence with the authorization. We need to know any disbursement instructions and often need the donor's name and address. Once the authorization is received, it will be recorded and made available for you to use towards your educational expenses. Please keep in mind that any authorizations received by the Bursar's Office after the receipt dates noted below will be made available as soon as possible, but may not be available before the fee payment deadline. You may check the University's SSC system at https://my.sc.edu/ for the most up-to-date information.

Receipt Dates and Fee Payment
If the Bursar's Office receives your scholarship check or authorization by the dates noted below, the credit will appear on your University bill. In the new Banner system, any Non-University Scholarship you receive will automatically be applied to any outstanding financial obligation that you have with the Uuniversity. In cases where your available financial aid exceeds your charges, you may elect to have your financial aid refund direct deposited into your bank account or mailed to you. To avoid class schedule cancellation, you must pay your registration fees prior to the semester fee payment deadline. You can apply for direct deposit on Self-Service Carolina (SSC).

Checks and authorizations received after the following dates will be made available as soon as possible, but may not be available before fee payment.

July 1 Fall Receipt Deadline
November 15 Spring Receipt Deadline
May Summer I Receipt Deadline
June 1 Summer II Receipt Deadline

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