Grants and scholarships are available for women in South Carolina who are pursuing education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In most cases, women must be full-time residents of South Carolina and be accepted by an accredited South Carolina college or university. The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation offers grants to colleges and universities in South Carolina and eight other southeastern states to provide scholarships for deserving female students. Interested students should inquire about the scholarships at their college’s office of financial aid. Recipients must be Christian women who reside in South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama or Louisiana and who are majoring in a field related to health education. A list of participating institutions is available through the foundation’s website. Scholarship amounts vary by institution.
The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation
50 Hurt Plaza
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Female graduate students at the University of South Carolina are able to apply for the Rhude M. Patterson Fellowship. Each year, four awards of $2,500 each are given to female students pursuing graduate degrees in social sciences or humanities. Students are nominated for the awards by their program and are awarded the fellowship based on excellence in graduate study and research.
University of South Carolina
The Graduate School
Attention: Fellowships and Awards
901 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Women under the age of thirty who are full-time residents of South Carolina or Ohio can apply for the Jane Edna Hunter Scholarship to help pay for undergraduate tuition. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA and demonstrate evidence of financial need. The scholarship amount varies based on student need.
Jane Edna Hunter Scholarship
127 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44114
Women who are returning to college are eligible to receive the Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship, sponsored by the SC Women Involved in Rural Electrification (WIRE). Applicants must have graduated from high school or received a GED more than ten years ago, be accepted by a South Carolina University, and be members of a South Carolina electric cooperative. The scholarship is worth $2,500 and can be used to offset the cost of tuition and fees.
Marlboro Electric Cooperative, Inc.,
P.O. Drawer 1057
Bennettsville, SC 29512