Scholarship Opportunities for Non-Traditional Students

Posted by Allison Leach on Mar 1, 2016 12:54:44 PM

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Financial need is a common concern among those pursuing four-year degrees, and is frequently a factor in student attrition.  Many prospective non-traditional students cite financial instability as a barrier to competing their education, and report that financial aid availability played a significant role in their decision to pursue a degree-completion program.


As a partner on the academic journey, the CofC School of Professional Studies is dedicated to providing beneficial resources, and helping students to eliminate obstacles.  To this end, the school currently offers two exclusive scholarship opportunities for student enrolled in SPS credit programs, and strives to make students aware of other awards available to non-traditional students.

SPS General Scholarship Fund

Funded by donations to the College of Charleston School of Professional Studies, the SPS General Scholarship is a merit-based partial award offered to both full and part-time undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in the School of Professional Studies.  Eligible candidates must be declared Bachelor of Professional Studies majors - or be pursing a pre-BPS course of study - and have completed 2 semesters (and 15 credit hours) in the BPS program with a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

In addition to completing the online application form, students wishing to apply for the School of Professional Studies General Scholarship must also submit a current resume, and a personal essay describing the strength of their candidacy.  Students may also choose to submit a letter of recommendation from a CofC faculty member.
All application materials must be received by March 31, 2016.


Sue Sommer-Kresse Scholarship Fund

Dr. Sue Sommer-Kresse established the first endowed scholarship in the School of Professional Studies as a reflection of her passion for education, and her devotion to the College of Charleston.  Recently retired, Dr. Sommer-Kresse enjoyed a laudable 30-year career as a CofC administrator and faculty member - a tenure that began serving adult students as Dean of Continuing Education - and strongly believes in the transformative power of higher education.  

The Sue Sommer-Kresse Scholarship is a partial need-based award offered to undergraduate students admitted to the CofC School of Professional Studies.  Eligible candidates must be declared Bachelor of Professional Studies majors - or who be pursuing a pre-BPS course of study - and have demonstrable financial need.

Students wishing to apply for the Sue Sommer-Kresse Scholarship must complete both the scholarship application form and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application, and must also submit a current resume and personal essay.  It is recommended that the personal essay illustrate the student’s background and experiences, while also summarizing the student’s academic plan.  Students may also choose to submit a letter of recommendation from a CofC faculty member.

All application materials must be received by March 31, 2016.


Adult Student Scholarships

Adult Student Scholarships are partial need-based awards offered to both degree-seeking, and non-degree seeking adult students.

Students wishing to apply for an Adult Student Scholarship must complete both the scholarship application form and the FAFSA application, and must also submit a current resume and personal essay.  Essays should expand on the student’s academic experiences, and explain their reasoning for pursuing a degree completion program.

All application materials must be received by March 31, 2016.

*Note: These scholarships are not sponsored by the School of Professional Studies.


2016 WIRE Scholarship*

The 2016 WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship is a one-time $2,500 award is offered to female members of the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina who have been accepted to an accredited SC college or university program for the 2016-2017 school year, and have not yet received a four-year degree.  Eligible candidates must at least ten years beyond high school graduation, and have demonstrable financial need.
Application forms are available from local electric cooperatives, or may be downloaded from the South Carolina Living website.  Applications for the 2016 WIRE scholarship must be submitted by June 2, 2016.


*Note: The CofC is not affiliated with the sponsors of this scholarship. Please direct inquiries to your local South Carolina Electric Cooperative.


Additional information about the SPS Scholarship Funds and Adult Student Scholarship opportunities may be obtained by contacting Ashley Riser, SPS Director of Admissions.

Current or Prospective students who have further questions or concerns about financial aid at the CofC may contact Tamieka Frasier at the CofC Office of Financial Assistance

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