Pass/Fail Option Notice

If you plan on using the pass/fail option, see how it would impact your state scholarships. Check the state scholarship tab for more information.

PC Scholarships

Presbyterian College is proud to help you achieve your goals by awarding a variety of scholarships. ALL students are considered for Merit Scholarships automatically with the submission of their PC Application for Admission. Below are examples of what you may receive or additional aid you may apply to receive.

Full Ride Scholarship Opportunities at PC

Griffith Scholarship: By invitation only – PC’s most prestigious award, the Griffith Scholarship, covers the full cost of tuition, fees, room, and board and is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study at PC Two high school seniors are selected each year as Griffith Scholars. These students exhibit exceptional academic achievement, and have demonstrated leadership ability as well as outstanding personal character. To be considered, candidates must apply by December 1.

Service Entrepreneurships Scholarship: Requires a separate application – anyone interested in Service Entrepreneurship attending college for the first time as an undergraduate student may submit their proposal online: Service Entrepreneurship Scholarship Competition by December 1st of their senior year. This Scholarship is offered to one student and covers the full cost of tuition, fees, room, and board and is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study at PC.

Promise Scholarships at PC

Palmetto Boys State and Palmetto Girls State Scholarships: The Palmetto Girls State and Palmetto Boys State Promise Scholarships are valued at $100,000, awarded as a $25,000 per year scholarship, for a maximum of four years while enrolled at Presbyterian College. The $25,000 per year scholarship is the minimum commitment from Presbyterian College and cannot be combined with other Merit Scholarships.

Presbyterian Promise Scholarship: Students who are members of a Presbyterian church or attend a Presbyterian school will receive a scholarship for a minimum of $20,000 per year for up to four years—that’s an $80,000 commitment to you. More Information may be found here.

Laurens County Scholarship: Students must be a current resident of Laurens County, S.C., to be eligible for the Laurens County Scholarship of $2,500/year. Students must have attended and graduated from a Laurens County (SC) high school and plan to enroll at PC the following academic year.

Other Scholarship Programs @ PC

1880 Student Referral Program Scholarship: Incoming students who are nominated by PC alumni, faculty, staff, current students, current or past parents, or friends of the college prior to their acceptance will receive the 1880 Student Referral Program Scholarship, a $1,880 scholarship awarded annually for up to four years. The amount honors the year PC was founded.

Emerging Church Leader Scholarship: This scholarship, which totals $1,880 and is awarded for a maximum of four years, is awarded to students who are viewed as leaders in their church community. In order to qualify, students must be recommended by a leader in their church. In addition, referred students must apply by December 1. The Emerging Church Leadership Scholarship cannot be combined with the Student Referral Program Scholarship or the Legacy Scholarship.

Legacy Scholarship: Students whose immediate family (i.e. parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles) graduated from Presbyterian College qualify for the Legacy Scholarship. This award is a $1,880 scholarship awarded annually for up to four years. Please note there is a limit of one Legacy Scholarship per student. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Student Referral Program Scholarship or the Emerging Church Leadership Scholarship.

*These three (1880 Student Referral Program, Emerching Church Leader, and/or Legacy Scholarships) may not be combined.

Need Based Aid at PC

Presbyterian College Grants: PC awards a needs-based grant to students who qualify due to need resulting from the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Awards may be renewable, provided satisfactory progress is maintained.

Talent Scholarships at PC

Athletic Scholarships: Athletic scholarships are available for men in baseball, basketball, cross-country, esports, golf, soccer, and tennis. Women may receive scholarships in basketball, cross-country, esports golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.

Music Scholarships: The Department of Music offers music scholarships to students at PC regardless of major or minor. Ensemble scholarships are available as are scholarships for majors and minors in music. Candidates must audition to be considered. Please call the music department at 864-833-8470 or email them at music@presby.edu if you have any questions.

ROTC Scholarships: High school juniors and seniors may apply for the U.S. Army ROTC Three-Year and Four-Year College Scholarships. These scholarships cover full tuition and fees, $1,200 annually for books, and a monthly stipend for contracted cadets. Presbyterian College may pay room and board for these scholarship recipients. You must apply by December 1 and the FAFSA by January 1 of your senior year of high school to be considered. Current PC students may also apply for ROTC scholarships. Visit the Military Science Department for details.

We encourage you to complete your FAFSA, which opens on October 1st. Students need to submit it as early as possible to be considered for all aid opportunities.

Undergraduate Candidates: You may qualify for one of the following academic-based scholarships if you’re a South Carolina resident at the time you graduate from high school and enroll in college. You must enroll as a full-time student to be considered for these scholarships*.

Pharmacy Students Year 1 (P1) and Year 2 (P2): The Financial Aid Office will determine the remaining terms of eligibility. Please email the Office of Financial Aid if you have eligibility for these state scholarships.

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship awards $6,700 for freshmen and $7,500 for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, up to a maximum of eight consecutive semesters. You must submit an application to the SC Commission on Higher Education for this award during your senior year of high school. See your high school guidance counselor for details about the application.

Three Requirements for Eligibility:

  • A 3.5 GPA at end of your junior year of high school (state uniform grading scale)
  • Score at least 1200 on the SAT or 25 ACT equivalent
  • Rank in the top 6% of your class at the end of your sophomore or junior year

Two Requirements for Alternate Eligibility:

  • A 4.0 GPA at end of your junior year of high school (state uniform grading scale)
  • Score at least 1400 on the SAT or 31 ACT equivalent

Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 PC GPA and earn at least 30 credit hours each academic year to retain the scholarship.

Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancement

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancement awards an additional $2,500 per academic year for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Three Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Maintain continued Palmetto Fellows Scholarship eligibility
  • Earn at least 14 credit hours of instruction in math or life and physical sciences or a combination of both by end of your freshman year in college
  • Declare an eligible major in a math or science field by the DROP/ADD date of your sophomore year

LIFE Scholarship

The LIFE Scholarship awards $5,000 per academic year up to eight consecutive semesters.

Requirements for Eligibility (must meet two of the three following criteria):

  • Earn a 3.0 final high school GPA (state uniform grading scale)
  • Score at least 1100 on the SAT or 22 ACT equivalent
  • Rank in the top 30% of your high school graduating class

Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 Life GPA each academic year and earn an average of 30 credit hours each academic year to retain the scholarship. Students attempting to increase the Life GPA may obtain advanced approval from PC’s registrar to enroll in another institution’s summer courses.

LIFE Scholarship Enhancement

The LIFE Scholarship Enhancement awards an additional $2,500 per academic year for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Three Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Maintain continued Life Scholarship eligibility
  • Earn at least 14 credit hours of instruction in math or life and physical sciences or a combination of both by end of your freshman year in college
  • Declare an eligible major in a math or science field by the DROP/ADD date of the sophomore year

South Carolina HOPE Scholarship

The South Carolina HOPE Scholarship awards a one-time grant of $2,800 for first-time entering freshmen.

Eligibility Requirement:

  • Earn a 3.0 final high school GPA (state uniform grading scale)

Impact on State Scholarships using Pass/Fail Options

Taking the pass/fail option gives you credit for earned hours but does not impact your GPA. This can be an advantage for some but not all students. Look at your individual situation, not what another student is doing. Students are unique in their financial aid awards and academic history.

Consider using letter grades (quality points) to increase your GPA if your current GPA is below what is required to renew your state scholarship and you would need to earn spring grades that will improve your GPA. 

If your GPA met the renewal standards after fall semester, you should consider if your spring grades would help or hurt your GPA. If spring grades decrease your GPA, then the pass/fail option would be to your advantage. 

We suggest using this GPA calculator to see if grades help or hurt your GPA.

A reminder about what is required to renew state scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year:

For the SC Tuition Grant, you must earn at least 24 credit hours annually and you must meet SAP requirements found on p.13-14 of the PC Academic Catalog. Remember to file your FAFSA by the SCTG deadline of June 30th or you will not be eligible regardless of grades and credits earned.

If you have SC Hope, you need to meet the renewal requirements for SC LIFE after the first year of college. Read more about that in the next paragraph. SC Hope is for the freshman year only.

If you have SC LIFE, you must earn at least a 3.0 LIFE GPA (LIFE GPA looks at ALL college credits earned at any institution you have attended) and the following average of hours each year:

  • After the first year of college, earn at least 30 credit hours.
  • After the second year of college, earn at least 60 credit hours.
  • After the third year of college, earn at least 90 credit hours.

If you have Palmetto Fellows, you need at least 30 hours earned at PC since August and you have to have at least a 3.0 PC GPA (only grades earned at PC) to renew for 2020-2021.

Private Scholarships, also known as non-institutional scholarships, are funded by various individuals, organizations, and companies. Application and awarding procedures vary.

PC is not affiliated with these types of scholarships and we ask that you use caution when using certain scholarship search websites. Some websites may sell your name to other companies. When you register to participate, you should consider whether you want to receive mailings from groups who may buy your name and address from the website owners.

Recommended Scholarship Search Services

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All outside funding must be reported to the Financial Aid Office.