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Scholarships and Fellowships

The deadline to apply for 2014-2015 scholarships has passed. Please check back in Spring 2015 for your next opportunity to apply.


Bank of America Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established to recruit and retain full time students at the College of Charleston intending to enter the teaching profession.  Applicants are evaluated based upon academic merit, with preference to those with financial need.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $2,900.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to four years. 

Aline Smith Bulwinkle Memorial Award

This scholarship was established in loving memory of Aline Bulwinkle, class of 1939, by her husband, John, class of 1937, to recognize an outstanding graduate student majoring in Early Childhood Education. When evaluating applications for this scholarship, a student’s academic performance, work experience in the field, and community and College activities will be considered.  The 2014-2015 recipients will receive $1,400.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to two years.

Caroline's Gift

This award was established in 2013 by the family of Caroline Smoak Legare.  Mrs. Legare attended the College of Charleston and always wanted to become a teacher.  Caroline’s Gift is her family’s way of honoring her by enabling another student to achieve his or her dream of becoming a teacher.

Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Special Education are eligible for this award, which is designed to offset living expenses for an exceptional student during the semester of their clinical internship.  When evaluating applicants for this award, the committee will consider academic merit and financial need.  Strong preference will be given to students who have demonstrated a previous or future commitment to community service through volunteering, mentoring or tutoring.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive an award payment of $2,500.00.

Matthew Scott Ciganovic Memorial Scholarship

The Matthew Scott Ciganovic Memorial Scholarship is given in loving memory of Matthew, who died at the age of 13, to recognize a clinical practice intern who demonstrates a commitment and ability to teach children with special learning challenges.  When evaluating applicants for this award, the selection committee will consider academic merit, financial need, and volunteer activities working with children with special needs, commitment to working with children with different learning abilities, and personal experiences with children as related to the scholarship goals.

Undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Special Education are eligible for this scholarship during the semester of their clinical internship.  The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $1,500.00.

Rebecca K. Clayton Scholarship in Education

This scholarship was created by Rebecca K. Clayton, class of 1944, who devoted her life to teaching special education and established the scholarship in recognition of the importance of preparing students as special educators.  The scholarship was created to assist future teachers majoring in education who have demonstrated academic achievement, dedication to their future field and financial need.  Rising junior or senior undergraduate or graduate students majoring in education are eligible for this scholarship.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $1,500.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to two years.

Goizueta Foundation Scholars Endowment

This scholarship was established in 2001 by the Goizueta Foundation to provide need-based scholarship assistance to two full time teacher education candidates in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.  When evaluating applicants for this award, the selection committee will consider academic merit, financial need, community service and/or volunteer activities and a commitment to teach Spanish-speaking students.

In addition to the standard information and documents required in the application, applicants for these scholarships must submit proof of Spanish speaking proficiency as evidenced by passing a Spanish Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), conducted by a certified instructor, at a minimum of intermediate low level (results submitted with application).  Applicants must also certify they have passed the Praxis 1 exam and submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or employer (if entering freshman, one letter must be from his/her Spanish teacher.)

Two recipients may be selected for 2014-2015, each receiving $11,700.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship. 

Laura S. Griffin Scholarships

The Laura S. Griffin Health Educator and Service Scholarships were established by Geraldine Griffin in memory of her daughter, Laura Griffin, former Director of the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention at the College of Charleston.  Laura was an avid believer in the concept of healthy lifestyles—a philosophy that she integrated into her work and personal life.  The last seven years of her life were dedicated to the same principles of healthy lifestyles, prevention of substance abuse, and pedestrian safety.  These scholarships celebrate Laura’s commitment to healthy living and her love of the College of Charleston.

Eligible applicants will be full time students pursing health related degrees and will have completed 60 hours of coursework, 30 of these at the College of Charleston and preferably at least 9 in the Dept. of Health and Human Performance.  Preference will be given to students who have completed at least 25 hours of volunteer related experience while at the College, particularly those who have worked as peer health educators in health-related areas such as substance abuse prevention.

In addition to the standard information and documents required in the application, applicants for these scholarships must submit three letters of recommendation (one from a faculty member in the Dept. of Health and Human Performance and two from individuals the applicant has worked with in a health related field.)

The 2014-2015 recipients of these scholarships will receive $5,400.00 each.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to two years.

Dept. of Health & Human Performance

The Department of Health and Human Performance Scholarship is awarded to a full time undergraduate student who is pursuing a degree offered via the Dept. Health and Human Performance.  Students who have completed a minimum of 9 hours of required coursework in HEHP, who have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and who are active in SSMA, PEH, or an equivalent club are eligible for this scholarship.  When evaluating applicants for this award, the scholarship committee will consider the student’s professional, college and/or community activities (including any leadership roles) and how he/she hopes to enhance the health and well-being of those they interact with in the future.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $500.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship.

Higdon Teacher Education Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Lee and Ann Higdon, who served as the President and First Lady of the College of Charleston from 2001-2006.  Graduate students pursuing an M.A.T. degree are eligible for this scholarship, with preference given to members of an under-represented ethnic group, with a strong preference given to a male student.  When evaluating applicants for this award, the scholarship committee will consider academic merit, extracurricular activities related, and commitment to teaching in South Carolina public schools.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $5,000.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship.

Sharon Stella Holbert Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1993 in memory of Sharon Stella Holbert, ’94, by her family and friends to help fulfill Sharon’s dream.  Juniors and seniors majoring in Early Childhood or Elementary Education are eligible for this scholarship.  When evaluating applications for this scholarship, a student’s academic merit, extracurricular activities and work accomplished towards the major will be considered.  First preference for this scholarship will be given to students from Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, SC.  Second preference shall be given to students from York County, South Carolina.  It will be considered a plus, but not a requirement, for the recipient to be a member of Chi Omega sorority.  Students who do not meet these specific criteria are eligible to apply. 

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $2,200.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to two years.

Dr. Monica Janas Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2007 by former students, alumni, colleagues, and family of Dr. Janas in her honor to benefit full time students majoring in education.  When evaluating applicants for this award, the selection committee will consider academic merit, financial need, and potential as a teacher. Strong preference will be given to students who are pursuing careers in Special Education and who are the first in their family to attend college.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $1,200.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship for up to three years.

Mary A. Lee Endowed Fellowship in Special Education

This scholarship will be awarded to a graduate student majoring in Special Education.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $1,800.00.

Dr. Andrew H. Lewis Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2010 by Dr. Andrew Lewis, a retired an associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance and former Associate Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.  First preference will be given to an African American undergraduate student majoring in Physical Education Teacher Education.  Second preference will be given to an African American undergraduate student with a major within the Department of Health and Human Performance.  Third preference will be given to any undergraduate student with a major within the Department of Health and Human Performance. To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must have earned at least 30 hours of course credit and be active in SSMA, PEH or an equivalent professional organization or club.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $2,500.00.

N. Edgar Miles Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was created in 1995 by Dr. Nathan E. Miles to be awarded to undergraduate students majoring in Elementary or Early Childhood Education who have completed at least one early childhood or elementary education course.  When evaluating applications for this scholarship, a student’s capability in effectively working with young children, commitment to working in early childhood education and financial need will be considered. 

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $2,890.00.

Deborah A. Miller Public Health Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Dr. Deborah A. Miller, a retired professor from the Dept. of Health and Human Performance.  Dr. Miller created the scholarship to support one to two full-time students pursuing a B.S. in Public Health.  Eligible students will have completed 50 credit hours, with a minimum of 15 completed at the College of Charleston and six within the Dept. of Health and Human Performance, and have completed a minimum of 15 hours of volunteer experience in a health related field. Strong preference will be given to non-traditional students (generally those 25 years of age or older), military personnel (active, retired or otherwise honorably discharged), and/or students who have completed all credit hours at the College. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, a total of $2,500.00 will be awarded.  Division of this amount will be at the discretion of the scholarship committee.

Dr. Mary Sudzina Scholarship for Secondary Education

This scholarship was established in 2010 by Dr. Mary Sudzina to assist secondary education majors with tuition.  Dr. Sudzina is a former high school English teacher, guidance counselor, college counseling psychologist, and professor of educational psychology.  When evaluating applicants for this award, the scholarship committee will consider academic merit and extracurricular activities related to their chosen career.  Undergraduate students majoring in secondary education are eligible for this scholarship, with preference given to those pursuing a dual degree in English. 

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $2,500.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship.

Trott Annual Scholarship in Special Education

This scholarship was established by Susan Davis Trott in memory of her husband Jody Trott, special education teacher in Charleston County for 33 years.  He taught students with a range of disabilities, although the majority of his career was spent teaching students with autism.  Eligible students for this scholarship will be juniors or seniors majoring in Special Education with consideration given to financial need.  Strong preference will be given to minority male students.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $2,500.00.

Jeremy Warren Vann Memorial Scholarship

The Jeremy Warren Vann Scholarship was established in memory of Jeremy Vann who graduated from the College in 1997 with a B.A. degree in Comparative Religious Studies.  Jeremy was working towards earning his masters in teaching with the hope of reaching children in disadvantaged areas when he died in a car accident in October of 1998.  This special gift celebrates Jeremy's commitment to teaching, his joy in helping others and his love for the College of Charleston.

Four scholarships will be awarded in 2014-2015 to education majors completing their clinical internships during the academic year.  Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the scholarships, and the award amount will vary based upon their tuition.  Consideration will be given to an applicant’s academic record and financial need.

Viscidi Family Scholarship Fund

Phyllis and Philip Viscidi, whose son Zachary graduated from the College of Charleston in 2010 with a degree in Middle Grades Education, created the Viscidi Family Scholarship Fund in honor of Dean Frances C. Welch, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. Zachary, a teacher in the Charleston Promise Neighborhood, inspired his parents to establish the scholarship to assist students who demonstrate financial need in pursuing their educational dreams. This scholarship aims to provide opportunity to a student who otherwise would not have the resources to attend college. South Carolina residents majoring in teacher education are eligible for this scholarship, provided they have demonstrated financial need and academic merit.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $500.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship.

Volpe Fellowship

This scholarship was established by Chuck and Andi Volpe and is designed to support future teachers who have a strong background and understanding of science and mathematics and how to teach these critical needs subjects.  Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled full time in initial certification programs in early childhood, elementary or middle grades education are eligible. When evaluating applicants for this award, the scholarship committee will consider academic merit and financial need.  Preference will be given to those applicants who are residents of South Carolina, are committed to teaching in the state after graduation, and are willing to sign an agreement demonstrating this intention.  Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $10,000.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship.

Dean Frances Welch Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Andi Volpe in honor of Frances Welch, Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.  Eligible students will be enrolled full time as rising juniors majoring in Exercise Science or Public Health and will have completed at least 30 credit hours at the College of Charleston while maintaining a 3.2 CofC GPA or better.  Eligible students will be graduates of a SC high school and recipients of the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows scholarships.  At least one faculty recommendation is required for an applicant to be considered for this scholarship.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive $10,500.00.  Recipients may be eligible to renew this scholarship.

Wild Dunes Club Scholarship

The Wild Dunes Club Scholarship was established in 2009 and is awarded to an undergraduate student who is committed to becoming a teacher.  When evaluating applicants for this award, the selection committee will consider academic merit, financial need, and volunteer activities or other personal experiences that demonstrate a commitment to teaching.

The 2014-2015 recipient will receive an amount to be determined.


If you are interested in establishing a scholarship to support students in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, please contact Sara Perry (seperry@cofc.edu or 953-5272).
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