Grants and Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships

You automatically qualify for most grants and scholarships when you apply to SMC.

What you should know about grants and scholarships:

  1. Unlike loans, they do not have to be repaid.
  2. Some are awarded based on financial need. Others are awarded for good grades (merit-based)
  3. To qualify for grants and scholarships, you must submit a FAFSA by June 30 in the year you plan to attend.
  4. When you submit a FAFSA, we’ll automatically apply any grants/scholarships for which you qualify to your cost to attend SMC.

Federal Grants

If you qualify for these federal grants, they will be automatically applied to your Financial Aid award when you complete a FAFSA.


  • Entirely need-based
  • Completion of FAFSA required
  • Awards range from $606 to $5920 based on full-time enrollment
  • Does not have to be repaid


  • First priority given to Pell grant recipients
  • Awarded on first-come, first-served basis
  • Does not have to be repaid

State Grants and Scholarships

If you qualify for federal grants, they will be automatically applied to your Financial Aid award when you complete a FAFSA.

  • South Carolina residents only.
  • Available at South Carolina private colleges and universities.
  • Completion of FAFSA required annually by June 30th.
  • Academic requirements for freshman student eligibility and continuing student eligibility.
  • Submission of South Carolina State Aid Affidavit. Click here to download affidavit form.
  • To qualify at Spartanburg Methodist College, a student needs to graduate from high school with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on the Uniform Grading Scale.
  • Must enroll in at least 12 non-remedial hours per term.
  • No required application.
  • Renewable award based on a 3.0 LIFE GPA with an average of 30 credit hours earned each academic year (remedial coursework does not apply toward this requirement).
  • Definition of LIFE GPA: Must include all grades and credit hours earned at any eligible institution (in-state or out-of-state), including courses that do not transfer based on the institution’s policy and college courses taken while in high school.
  • How to calculate the LIFE GPA
  • South Carolina residents graduating from a SC high school or an approved home school program only.
  • Cannot receive South Carolina Lottery Tuition Assistance.
  • Submission of South Carolina State Aid Affidavit. (16-17-SC-State-Aid-Affidavit)
  • Completion of FAFSA.
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time (6 hours).
  • South Carolina residents only.
  • Must be enrolled in a diploma, certificate, or degree program.
  • Cannot receive South Carolina LIFE Scholarship.

SMC Merit Scholarships

If you qualify for SMC Merit Scholarships, they are automatically applied to your Financial Aid award when you complete a FAFSA.

Award Amount: Up to $8,500

  • 4.0 High School GPA
  • 1100 SAT / 23 ACT
Award Amount: Up to $7,000

  • 3.6 High School GPA
  • 1000 SAT / 22 ACT
Award Amount: Up to $6,000

  • 3.2 High School GPA
  • 950 SAT / 20 ACT
Award Amount: Up to $4,500

  • 3.0 High School GPA
  • 900 SAT / 19 ACT
Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on these scholarships:

  • Athletic Training
  • Athletics
  • Cheerleading
  • Drama
  • Eagle Scout / Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Music
  • Newspaper
  • Palmetto Boys State/Palmetto Girls State

United Methodist Church Scholarships

United Methodist Church Scholarships ARE NOT automatically applied to your Financial Aid award.

You must apply for these scholarships separately following the instructions below.

Award Amount: $1,000.
How to qualify:

  1. You must be a member of a United Methodist Church.
  2. Your pastor must complete and return the United Methodist Recommendation Letter
Award Amount: $1,500.
How to qualify:

  1. You must be the child of a United Methodist Church pastor.
  2. Your parent must complete and return the United Methodist Recommendation Letter
$1,000 Matching Scholarship

  • Awarded through the United Methodist Dollars for Scholars (UMDFS) program.
  • The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF) provides $1,000 matching scholarships to United Methodist students who have received a $1,000 scholarship from their local United Methodist church to help them attend a United Methodist-related college, university, or seminary.
  • Additional matching funds may be available to eligible applicant through the Triple Your Dollars and/or the Quadruple Your Dollars components of the UMDFS program.
  • Please click here for more detailed information.
  • Also, you can visit the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation at for additional Methodist scholarship resources.
The United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) also offers scholarships to students who are a member of the United Methodist Church.

For general scholarship criteria and a complete list of scholarships, please visit their website.

Application Deadline: April 1.

The South Carolina United Methodist Advocate invites applications for a $1,000 scholarship for South Carolina United Methodist students who are planning to enroll or are already enrolled at one of the four United Methodist colleges in South Carolina: Claflin University, Columbia College, Spartanburg Methodist College or Wofford College.

The scholarship is available to students with an interest in communications, journalism or business.

Applications must include the following: 

•  A letter of application to address the applicant’s background, how the scholarship would help him or her in pursuing a college degree, and their view of the role of journalism in ministry. If there is a specific financial need, it should be specified in the letter of application.
•  A college transcript (or a high school transcript if the applicant is a rising freshman)
•  A letter from the pastor of the applicant’s local church or a college chaplain confirming that the applicant is a United Methodist and describing the applicant’s participation and contributions to the church or to campus ministry.

Applications may be submitted to Jessica Brodie, editor of the Advocate, via email or postal mail.

Attn: Scholarship
4908 Colonial Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203

Outside Scholarships

There are lots of other scholarships available. Here are just a few, plus some ideas for how to discover others. Note: Outside scholarships must be applied for separately and ARE NOT automatically awarded at SMC.

Applicants must be residents of Greenville County, SC. The criteria for receiving the scholarship is based on financial need, test scores, and academic ranking. Sirrine scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three years.
Scholarship range: The amount of scholarships range from $200 to $2,000 depending on the financial need, as determined by the student’s FAFSA.
Application deadline: applications must be submitted in April each year. Students are encouraged to apply online.
Apply Online for the J.E. Sirrine Scholarship Program
Applicants must be residents of Spartanburg County, SC pursuing a college degree in the visual or preforming arts. The criteria for receiving the scholarship are based on character, financial need, and artistic potential.
Scholarship range: One or more $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually
Application deadline: April 3rd
Click here for more information on the application process.
Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning during the academic year following the application date.
Applicants must submit an application and essay explaining his or her career, academic and/or vocational goals.
Application process begins September 15th and closes January 15th. Essays must be postmarked by January 15th.
Click here for more information on the MENSA Foundation Scholarship.
College scholarships are available to provide academic and financial assistance to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.
Young Scholars Program
College Scholarship Program
Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Click here for the application process and deadline information.
Applicants must be residents of Spartanburg County and attending a Spartanburg County high school. Contact your Guidance counselors regarding their scholarships or click here for more information.
Applicants for this scholarship must be African American. Applicants must have attended a school in the following South Carolina counties: Richland, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Jasper, Allendale, Dillon County, District 2; Marion County, District 7; Hampton County, District 2; Florence County, District 4, and Orangeburg County, District 3. Applicants must attend an accredited 2 or 4 year college.
For application and deadline dates, please see your guidance counselor or any local Bank of America.
HSF is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund gives over 4,000 scholarships each year to students attending four-year universities, community colleges, and graduate schools. For specific scholarship information, applications and deadline dates please see the following link:
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Wal-Mart Foundation offers three scholarship programs and also administers the Walton Family Foundation Scholarship on behalf of the Walton Family Foundation.
For additional information, application process & specific deadline dates please see:
Wal-Mart Foundation
Altrusa International of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Inc.

Altrusa International, Inc. of Spartanburg is a volunteer service organization that focuses on improving the educational level of citizens of Spartanburg County. The Eula Sherman Scholarship was named for the late Mrs. Sherman, a charter member of Altrusa of Spartanburg. Mrs. Sherman was an avid supporter of higher education and made many contributions to adult literacy, including serving as a tutor for seventeen years.
Each Eula Sherman Scholarship assists a non-traditional student who is a Spartanburg County resident and is enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education. Six (6) scholarships of $700 each will be awarded to qualified applicants.

Deadline: Applications postmarked on or before October 30th.

An applicant should be:
• A resident of Spartanburg County who plans to remain in the area
• A non-traditional student (out of high school for six or more years) who seeks to upgrade work skills
• An individual who has financial need

Don’t forget to check for other smaller, local scholarships that may not be on large search sites. Below are a few tips on where to find them:
• Your high school guidance office
• Your or your parent’s employer – many companies offer scholarships
• Local civic clubs and organizations (Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Lion’s Club, etc.)
• Churches and other religious organizations

The following are online “Scholarship Searches” that may be helpful in identifying potential scholarship opportunities. When utilizing such sites be sure that it is a safe, trusted, and legitimate search and that you are not charged a fee for the services. Also, check to make sure that your name and other personal information will not be collected and provided to third parties. After completing information about yourself, many websites will match you with scholarships that you may qualify for. Once you create a profile with them, you will begin receiving many scholarship emails.

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