Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities

Please note the online scholarship application process opens annually (usually in November) and closes after a designated period of weeks. All scholarships available through the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance are awarded by May 10th annually. Scholarship applications are not available outside of the established dates. All EHHP students are notified via their official CofC email address once the application process is opened. 

The 2020-21 Scholarship Application will be open on November 1, 2019 and close on February 1, 2020. Please use your MyCharleston credentials to login here to complete the scholarship application. Follow @cofcehhp on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Should you have questions about our scholarships, please contact Dee Stalvey.  


Alexander Family Scholarship

David and Ashley Alexander graduated from the College in 1994; David majored in urban studies and Ashley majored in elementary education. Education is very important to the Alexander family, and they have chosen to create a scholarship which will support students who want to serve their communities by teaching. Applicants for this scholarship must be majoring in elementary education or early childhood education in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.


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.  


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.  


Changing the Face of Teaching Scholarship Fund

This scholarship will be awarded to an African American student, with preference given to male applicants. The student will need to be a junior, senior, or enrolled in a M.A.T. Program. Candidates must demonstrate financial need and display a commitment to teach in South Carolina after graduating. 


Constantina P. Padgett Education Scholarship

Constantina P. Padgett Education Scholarship will provide scholarships for SC students who demonstrate financial need and who have declared a major in teacher education after their sophomore year. Preference will be given to students from underserved populations with particular preference for male students who intend to be classroom teachers for students in kindergarten through 5th grade. Tina Padgett ‘78 earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston in Education and completed postgraduate education earning 30 hours above her master’s degree in Education. She recently retired after a 30-year career from teaching Physical Education in Dorchester School District Two and Berkeley County School District.


Dean Frances C. Welch Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Frances C. Welch, Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. Eligible students will be enrolled as a rising full-time junior majoring in Exercise Science or Public Health; completed at least 30 hours at CofC while maintaining 3.2 GPA or higher; graduate of SC high school and recipient of the LIFE or Palmetto Fellows scholarships. One faculty recommendation is required for an applicant to be considered for this scholarship.


Department of Health & Human Performance Scholarship

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.


Dorie and George Spaulding Scholarship

This award was established in 2014 by friends of Dorie and George Spaulding. George was heavily involved in the College of Charleston School of Education, Health, and Human Performance and School of Business. He also served on the College's Foundation Board. George and Dorie were one of three couples recognized on the School of Business Wall of Honor in 2011.

Undergraduate or graduate students displaying a passion for any major within the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. Candidates must demonstrate care and compassion for others; i.e volunteer work that is not required and have previous employment experience. Candidates must describe in their personal statement their financial need for this scholarship and both their personal long and short-term goals. Candidates GPA and class standing will be considered.


Dr. Andrew and Josephine Lewis Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2010 by Dr. Andrew Lewis, a retired associate professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance and former Associate Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. Recipient must have a strong academic record with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 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. 

Applications for the scholarship must be accompanied by two recommendations.


Dr. 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 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. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. 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 recommendations.


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 teacher education. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. 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.


Dr. William R. Barfield Scholarship

Dr. William R. Barfield is a beloved and admired professor at the College of Charleston who has dedicated his professional life to teaching and research. This scholarship was established for exercise science students in the College of Charleston's Department of Health and Human Peformance. Applicants for this scholarship must be declared exercise science majors and maintain 3.0 GPA or higher.  Preferences include student athletes, students who participate in intramural activities, adult students, and students with veteran status.


EHHP General Scholarship Fund

Recipients of the scholarship must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have declared a major within the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. This scholarship is not renewable. 


Elizabeth R. Reid Memorial Scholarship

Elizabeth "Beth" R. Reid was born in Winnsboro, SC, and was a scholar and accomplished athlete who earned a degree in Physical Education from the College of Charleston, where she also played on the women's basketball team. She served dutifully and passionately as a teacher, coach, and guidance counselor at Great Falls High School. She returned to her native Winnsboro as a guidance counselor and later Head of School at Richard Winn Academy. Beth also served as the director of Elementary and Middle School Education at the South Carolina Virtual Charter School. She believed in and fought for education for all and made this the central theme of her life. She met her husband Hubert M. Rentz while both were teachers at Great Falls High School, and Mr. Rentz has established this scholarship to honor his wife's legacy. Requirements for this scholarship include: the recipient must be a South Carolina resident; must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior, and must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preferences include a Fairfield County resident, followed in preference for a Chester Country or Newberry Country resident; undergraduate or graduate degree students majoring in teacher education; student athletes or students who participate in intramural activities, and ROTC or veteran students.


Fran Welch Teacher Education Endowed Scholarship

Kathy and Steve Parks established this scholarship in honor of Frances C. Welch, Dean of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.  The purpose of this scholarship is to provide scholarships to minority students majoring in Teacher Education within the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance.  Requirements for this scholarship include: the recipient must be a resident of South Carolina; the recipient is an active participant in the Call Me Mister (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Program; the recipient is an early childhood, elementary, middle grade, special education, or physical education major; the recipient maintains a 2.8 GPA.  This scholarship is renewable for the recipient as long as the requirements above are maintained.


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. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

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 recommendations from a teacher, counselor, or employer (if entering freshman, one recommendation must be from his/her Spanish teacher.)


Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Endowed Scholarship Fund

The Yaschiks have contributed generously to the College for many years, with the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation now carrying on their generous legacy upon their deaths. The purpose of the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Endowed Scholarship Fund is to improve the achievement of minority PreK-8 students in SC by providing financial assistance and support to minority PreK-8 teacher education candidates. Candidates must be MAT students in early childhood, elementary, middle grades, or special education, who demonstrate a financial need and are committed to teaching in SC. Preference will be given to African-American or Hispanic male students.


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 and related extracurricular activities.


Jean Sokol Rosner Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Penelope (Penny) Smoak Rosner in memory of her mother-in-law, Jean Sokol Rosner. Jean Sokol Rosner earned her B.S. in Elementary Education and her Master's Degree in Education. She taught kindergarten for more than 30 years in the Charleston County School system. The recipient of this scholarship will be a junior who is majoring in education and who is a resident of South Carolina.


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.

Scholarships will be awarded 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.


Joseph A. Tate Public Health Award

Joseph A. Tate, a 2015 B.A. in Public Health graduate, and the Marketing and Events Coordinator in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, died suddenly in April 2017. This award was funded by family and friends so that Joe's legacy at the College of Charleston would be remembered and carried on. Applicants must be a declared B.S. or B.A. Public Health major; an active member of the Public Health Society for at least one year; must have financial need; 3.0 GPA and junior standing.


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. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. 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 recommendations (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).


Mary A. Lee Endowed Fellowship in Special Education

This fellowship covers tuition expenses for a graduate student majoring in Special Education.


Mary Ellen Hartnett Sottile Scholarship

This scholarship, in honor of Mary Ellen Hartnett Sottile, the grandmother of Mary Ellen Long Way and Joyce Long Darby, provides support to persons who are committed to teaching. Recipients are either those who desire to become teachers by completing the Master of Arts in Teaching degree or current teachers who are seeking a Master in Education. Financial need will be considered. 


Matthew Scott Ciganovic Endowed 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.  


O.M. & Bertie H. Edwards Endowed Annual Scholarship

The scholarship has been created in honor and memory of Dr. Edwards' parents, O.M. and Bertie H. Edwards, who together taught primary and secondary school for a total of 99 years. The purpose of this gift is to create a scholarship based on the following preferences: undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in teaching, demonstrated financial need, residents of the State of South Carolina, and attainment of GPA requirements in the recipient's chosen major.


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. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. 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. 


National Society of Colonial Dames of America SC Teaching of History Scholarship Award

The organization seeks to encourage teaching that includes and focuses on the principles of patriotism and individual freedom and liberty, not from the perspective of any political viewpoint, but from a broad perspective of the liberal arts. NSCDA-SC hopes to inspire students to learn more about the principles of our country’s early history and ways that these principles carry history into the 21st century and beyond. Applicants for this scholarship must be an elementary education or middle grades teacher education major; must have senior class status in the upcoming scholarship year; 2 letters of recommendation; be passionate about American and SC history; demonstrated commitment to teaching; Social Studies must be one of the content areas for middle grades majors.


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.


Representative Floyd Breeland Endowed Scholarship

The Representative Floyd Breeland was established in 2014 and will be awarded to a minority teacher education candidate. The recipient will be an African American male who has met the admission and retention requirements for Teacher Education. Two recommendations are required and the selection committee will consider financial need when selecting the recipient.  


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 former 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 the Chi Omega sorority. Students who do not meet these specific criteria are eligible to apply. 


Teach Local

The Teach Local Program at the College of Charleston is supported by Mark and Judy Buono. Teach Local is a partnership with Charleston County School District (CCSD), Trident Technical College (TTC), and the College of Charleston designed to address the teacher shortage and to diversify the teaching force in CCSD. Teach Local Academy students will work to obtain their associates degree from TTC at the same time they receive a high school diploma. The first cohort began as sophomores at CCSD's Early College High School (ECHS) in Fall 2018.  The CofC Educator Preparation Program (EPP) will accept qualifying undergraduate students who graduated from ECHS and have completed transferable undergraduate credits from TTC. CofC annual tuition (not including fees, meals, and housing) will be $10,000 for Teach Local participants.


Thank a Teacher, Support a Future Teacher Scholarship

The Thank a Teacher, Support a Future Teacher campaign first launched in May 2016. All funds raised provide financial aid to future teachers. The recipient of this scholarship will be a student majoring in teacher education.


Thomas D. Langley Award

The Thomas D. Langley Award was created to recognize Dr. Langley’s dedication and career service to the field of health and human performance. The recipient of the award will be a full-time rising junior or senior with a declared major within the Health and Human Performance Department. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. If the candidate is a major in Physical Education Teacher Education, he/she must be fully accepted as a candidate in the EHHP Teacher Education Program. Applications for the award must be accompanied by one recommendation.


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.


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.


William and James Mulvaney Family Scholarship

The Dr. William P. and James F. Mulvaney Family from the Cincinnati, OH area believes in philanthropy and supporting education. They have established this fund in memory of Dr. William P. Mulvaney and to honor their family's passion for supporting the teaching profession. As well, the Mulvaney Family has a deep appreciation for the College of Charleston, the School of Education, Health and Human Performance, and the City of Charleston. Scholarship requirements include that the applicant must be a declared education major; minimum 3.0 GPA; preference to minority male undergraduates majoring in middle school education, a Charleston resident, and students with need.


If you are interested in establishing a scholarship to support students in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, please contact Lauren Whiteside Mann at 843.953.1718 or Dee Stalvey at 843.953.1984.