What is the SC HOPE Scholarship Program?
The SC HOPE Scholarship Program was established under the South Carolina Education Lottery Act and began with the 2002-03 academic year. It is a merit-based scholarship, good for one year, for
first-time freshmen attending a 4 year college who are not eligible for the LIFE or Palmetto
Fellows Scholarships, but graduate from high school with a minimum B average. Funding for the program is
When searching for information on the Hope Scholarship, it can be quite confusing. One reason for this due to the name being used for various awards.
The South Carolina HOPE Scholarship Program was established under the South Carolina Education Lottery Act during the 2001 legislative session. The program is a merit-based scholarship created for students attending a four-year institution who do not qualify for the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded during the freshman year of attendance only. Funding for the program is included in the annual appropriation to the Commission on Higher Education and will be dependent upon the annual proceeds generated by the South Carolina Education Lottery.
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South Carolina Hope Scholarship Requirements
The South Carolina Hope Scholarship is a merit based scholarship. It is for first year college students at eligible institutions (see below…)
Eligibility requirements and eligible institutions for South Carolina Hope Scholarship Program