There are a couple of state scholarships that PHEA helps with. Information on the state scholarships is available at the CHE website.
Some of the state scholarships and other scholarships require a class ranking. In order to provide this to qualified students we need the grade point average (GPA) of all of our seniors. We now require all our families registering students in 8th grade and above to send us their grades so that we have this information available in a timely manner. We also need a copy of their SAT and/or ACT scores. The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education reviews this data to award their scholarships. If there is a significant discrepancy between GPA and test scores, we will work with you to recalculate the GPA.
Palmetto Fellows Scholarship
PHEA does the nominating for this scholarship. To apply for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship you must provide your SAT or ACT scores as well as your transcript and possibly your class rank. There are two ways to qualify for the PFS. Because we do a class ranking, all students that are registered with PHEA must be nominated through the association (no matter which way they qualify).
One way to qualify is based partly on class rank. For this option:
1) the GPA must be 3.5 or above on the uniform grading policy;
2) the SAT score must be at least 1200 (27 on the ACT); and
3) the class rank must be in the top 6%. (For PHEA, this is usually our top 7 students.)
The other way is for the students to meet only 2 criteria:
1) the SAT score must be at least 1400 (32 on the ACT); and
2) the GPA must be 4.0 or above.
Any student with scores that meet these requirements, even if not in the top 6%, are qualified and will also be nominated.
All PHEA seniors must be ranked and nominated by PHEA. If your student qualifies with the second criteria and you try to apply on your own, they will reject your application and send you back through PHEA. This has happened in the past.
The state university or college that your student attends will do the paperwork for the LIFE Scholarship. If your student does not qualify for the LIFE Scholarship based on test scores and GPA, they will not likely make the top 30% of the class. Most years our top 30% have GPAs over 4.0.
Find out about eligibility and award amounts here.