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Outside Scholarship Programs

This list is meant to be a starting point in your scholarship search.  It is impossible to include every scholarship nationwide, and it is by no means exhaustive, but  illustrative of the diversity of outside scholarships you’ll find.  Criteria, eligibility and deadlines are subject to change. 

Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants - - Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing their efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.  The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions.  Deadline is June 14, 2013.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement - - Undergraduate and Graduate merit and need based scholarships.  Application deadline is April 15.

Horatio Alger South Carolina Scholarship - - The Horatio Alger South Carolina Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of South Carolina who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.  Some criteria include;  a current HS Senior, demonstrate critical financial need and SC resident.  The application deadline is October 30. 

Best Buy Scholarship Program - -  Up to 1,200 students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. If you’re a 9-12 grade student who plans to attend post-secondary education, have solid grades and are involved in community service or work experience, we encourage you to apply! (Note: Previous winners are ineligible to apply.)  Deadline to apply February 15.

Foundation of the Carolinas - - Foundation For The Carolinas currently administers 108 scholarship programs for undergraduate and graduate level students.  In 2009 the Foundation awarded more than $1.8 million in scholarships to over 900 students.  Refer to the website for all available scholarships and deadlines - most deadlines are March 1.

The Seminary Scholarship - - Watch a promotional video on Logos Bible Software and fill out an application, and you'll be entered into a drawing for a $1,000 scholarship.

Through the Looking Glass - - Through the Looking Glass and its National Center for Parents with Disabilities and their Families are pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for college students who have parents with disabilities. To be eligible, a student must be a current High School Senior or currently enrolled in a college or university, be 21 years of age or younger as of March 5, 2012, and have at least one parent with a disability. Five of the fifteen 2012 scholarships will also consider extreme financial hardship (poverty level) in addition to the above criteria. Please read the Financial Need section on the Application Form if you wish to be considered for one of the five scholarships that also consider financial need.  All application materials must be completed and postmarked by March 1, 2012.

Mary G. Webster Scholarship Fund - - The Palmetto Land Title Association solicits applications from eligible student candidates.  $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to deserving students. To be eligible you must be a resident of South Carolina, be an uprising Sophomore, Junior, or Senior, be pursuing an education in a business-related field, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The application must be completed and postmarked by February 15.

Daniel R. Hoover Scholarship Fund - - Link will take you to Center for Scholarship Administration. Click on Daniel R Hoover. To be eligible you must be studying in the ministry and must demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students from Cabarrus County, NC. There are many other scholarships to apply for on this site as well. The deadline to apply is January 21.

The McManus Scholarship - - Donate Life South Carolina offers a one time scholarship for $2500. To be eligible you must be a South Carolina resident, be accepted to a two-year or four-year college, and you must be either a living donor, a transplant recipient, the child or spouse of a donor or recipient, or an active volunteer with Donate Life South Carolina. Unfortunately, Donate Life SC was unable to secure funds for the 2011-2012 year, but they hope to reinstate the scholarship in the future.

S.C. State Employees Association - - Eligibility for these scholarships is open to everyone and is based on academic achievement and financial need. Applications are available January 1and must be submitted by May 1.

The Fund for Theological Education - - CFTE's fellowship programs provide resources to help gifted students explore and respond to God's calling in their lives. Through financial awards and a network of support students find the help they need to prepare for leadership in the church, academy and the world. NO APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR 2013-14.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship - - Various scholarships for women.  The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship has a deadline of December 15.  P.E.O. International Peace Scholarships are awarded annually to women who are citizens of countries other than the United States or Canada for graduate study in a degree program from schools in the United States and Canada.

Presbyterian Church USA - - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) students have been awarded over 1 million dollars annually.  Scholarships and Grants available to undergraduate and graduate level students.

SC Baptist Collegiate Ministry - - An active resident member of a South Carolina Southern Baptist Church for at least nine (9) months prior to the beginning of an academic school year and approved by action of the church where they are an active member. Applications will not be accepted without church recommendation. (Southern Baptist missionary dependants whose parent(s) list South Carolina as their home state will be eligible for the scholarship.)  Applicatin deadline is March 15.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation - - Through its Education and Leadership Development Program, the Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $7,500 annually to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.  See website for details. Application due February 15.

Ronald McDonald House Charities - - various scholarships.  Application deadline is December 20, 2012.

Military Chaplains Association - - For students pursuing future ministry as a military chaplain. Applications are due MArch 15, 2013.

Church, State, and Industry Foundation - The Church, State, and Industry Foundation (CSIF) wants to support your call financially in accordance with the following goal: “To provide encouragement and support to those experiencing a Call from God to serve as a Military Chaplain (in any of the Armed Forces of the United States of America in any status – Active Duty, National Guard, or Reserve) – as qualified clergy (Ministers, Priests, Imams, Rabbis, etc.), particularly by providing financial assistance which will help to ameliorate the financial pressures inherent in meeting the requisite educational requirements for commissioning and service.”  Deadline March 1, 2013.

Scholarships for Military Children and Spouses - -Consult the website for more information.

Gate's Millennium Scholars - -The purpose of the Gates Millennium Scholars program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need.  Application deadline is January 16, 2013.

AES Engineers Scholarship - Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the basis of character, as determined by evaluated the essays that are submitted.Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility.  You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.  Award amount: $500.  Deadline is OCtober 4, 2013.

College Prowler -  - - Four different scholarships with award amounts between $1000-$20,000.  Various deadlines starting in October.

Phillips Foundation -  Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program - -This program’s purpose is to recognize and assist outstanding young undergraduate student activists for the cause of freedom, American values, and constitutional principles. A renewable scholarship shall be awarded to help defray college expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, and related costs.  Application deadline is January 15 2013.

APIASF Scholarship Program - - Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census.  Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply.  Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1.  Application Deadline January 11, 2013.

Hispanic College Fund - -Plan to enroll fulltime at an accredited college/university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year, minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident; or, have graduated from a high school in the U.S. after having attended at least three years, demonstrate financial need, must commit to meeting program requirements if accepted, including webinar attendance and other activities.  Application deadline is March 1.

Harvesters Scholarship Foundation - - The mission of the Harvesters Scholarship Foundation is to provide for the growth of missionaries-in-training and support their spiritual, financial and emotional needs in the mission fields.  Applications will be posted on their website in February.

Glad Tidings Gospel Ministry - - The Glad Tidings scholarship program exists to aid students that are committed to serving in foreign missions, the inner-city, or other ministry vocations. We strive to provide help with the costs of Christian training and education, in order to enable students to become involved in ministry during or shortly after the completion of their education.  The application deadline for the Fall semester is June 30 and the application deadline for the Spring semester is September 30.

Champions for Christ Foundation, Inc. - - This organization grants scholarships for students that are committed to go into full time Christian Service.  Application deadlines for the Fall term is July 1, Winter/Spring Term is November 1 and Summer Term is April 1.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - - The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards about $30,000 each year to undergraduate students transferring from a two-year to a four-year college or university. Students must be nominated by a Faculty Representative from the transferring two-year college and have financial need to be considered for the scholarship.  The student MUST apply through the two-year college and most deadlines are early December.

Shire 2013 ADHD Scholarship Program - -This Scholarship is intended for US citizens accepted to or attending an approved college, university, vocational, or technical school as an undergraduate student that has been diagnosed with ADHD and is under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD.  All applications must be postmarked by March 27, 2013.

Off to College Sweepstakes - - If you are a high school senior planning to attend college or a current college student who will be continuing their undergraduate studies in the fall of 2012, you are eligible to enter our sweepstakes. Fifteen drawings will be held and one winner will be chosen every two weeks from October 28, 2011 through May 11, 2012.

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarships - -The Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarships offer financial assistance to two graduating seniors with documented learning disabilities (LD) who are pursuing post-secondary education.  The Anne Ford Scholarship was first awarded in 2002; in 2009, with a generous donation from Anne’s daughter, Allegra, the award was renamed the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarship and granted to two students.  Beginning 2012, we are offering two separate scholarships, the Anne Ford Scholarship and Allegra Ford Scholarship. Deadline is December 31.

Watson Brown Foundation - - The Watson-Brown Foundation scholarships are awarded to students from communities in and near the Savannah River valley where Brown was raised and spent the majority of his adult life.  Georgia - Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, and Wilkes counties.  South Carolina - Aiken, Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenville, McCormick, and Spartanburg counties. Application deadline is February 15.

Demonstrative Need Scholarship Fund - - Students from all walks of life are pursuing a college education; as a result, funding is at a premium. With the rising cost of education in America today, the words “college” and “scholarship” almost go hand in hand.  Applications open in January.

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Each spring students are encouraged to apply for assistantships for the following academic year.  Assistantships are applied to a student's financial aid package but the difference is a student will work to earn the scholarship. You must be a full-time student to apply for assistantships and have 12 hours per week to dedicate toward the position.  Please complete the application and return to the appropriate person named below.   The deadline to apply for the 2013-2014 year is March 15, 2013.


ApplicationReturn application to:
Academic ServicesLisa Lanpher
Office of AdmissionsDori Beach
Alumni RelationsMorgan Jones
Athletic DepartmentKim Abbott
College of Arts & SciencesDean Auld
College of CounselingShelby Poole
College of EducationDr Connie Mitchell
College of Intercultural StudiesDr Mike Barnett
HUBDr Mike Barnett
Human Resources DepartmentWinnie Roche
Information Technology DepartmentMichele Branch or Tirrell Howell
LibraryStephanie Solomon
Residence LifeJune Wolfe
Seminary & School of MinistryDr John Harvey
Student LifeDean Rick Swift
TraveLearnElisabeth Davis


Columbia International University is joining hands with other passionate, Christ-centered organizations. Through these partnerships we can accomplish more as together we impact the nations with the message of Christ.

At CIU, it's a privilege to train students as they answer God's call on their lives. To help with the cost of education, any employee or dependent with our partner agencies is eligible for a tuition reduction for any course at any time of the year, with the exception of doctoral level courses. To be eligible for any partnership discount the student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA for undergraduate students, 2.3 for seminary students, or a 2.7 for graduate students.

Students receiving a partnership discount are not eligible for additional aid from Columbia International University.  To view our partner organizations please visit the partners section of our website. 


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