There are five categories of scholarship dollars. Make sure you investigate each area. It is never too early to start the search!
Federal scholarships and aid are provided by the government. Students and parents must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for federal aid. Federal aid includes loans, grants, work-study, and sometimes scholarships from each institution in which students are accepted.
To find out if you qualify for federal scholarships, apply for financial aid through the FAFSA (click here to access it)
Students who decide to join the Armed Forces are eligible for scholarship money, either through their own service or through funding provided to their parents. Several Clover High School graduates have received full and partial scholarships to colleges of their choice--to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars per student. For more information, please visit the following links:
Please also visit individual colleges' websites for more information on military scholarships at their institutions
The South Carolina Education Lottery provides scholarship support to South Carolina residents who attend college in-state and maintain at least a 3.0 or higher GPA. These scholarships include the one-year HOPE Scholarship for four-year college students, the LIFE Scholarship for two-year and four-year college students, and the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship for two-year and four-year college students. The CHE provides information on other forms of aid, including Lottery Tuition Assistance, Need Based Grants, and South Carolina Workforce & Industry Needs Scholarships. Please visit the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education site for more information.
Colleges and universities often offer scholarships based on their own specified standards. Students may have the opportunity to apply for these institutional scholarships upon application or admission, or they may be offered scholarship money after they are accepted. The quality of the application makes a difference toward being offered institutional scholarships. Scholarship factors may include GPA, SAT/ACT test scores, essays, and recommendations. Scholarships are merit-based (based off grades) or need-based (based off financial need and situation). Students and parents should investigate colleges' websites to learn more information on each college's scholarship opportunities.
Organizations and Community
The Clover/Lake Wylie community is extremely generous! Several organizations provide tens of thousands of dollars each year to CHS seniors. There are lots of scholarship opportunties that are offered beyond the local community. We provide a database of local and non-local scholarships offered to our students. Please take the time to read through the database, and you may find opportunities for which you or your child may apply!