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Scholarships and Financial Aid

The College of Charleston's Financial Aid Office website has much helpful information regarding scholarships from both inside and outside of the College, including scholarships for minority students.

Scholarship aggregating sites such as www.collegeboard.com and www.fastweb.com can help you find the scholarships for which you are most competitive. If you are unsure about the validity of a scholarship service, you can contact the Federal Trade Commission. Be wary of those services that require payment.

You can also get more information from federal websites such as www.studentaid.ed.govwww.students.govwww.college.gov.

The following is a list of justsomeof the scholarship opportunitites available:

Students with Disabilities

American Council of the Blind Scholarship
If you are legally blind, and have been accepted for study at an accredited university, college, or vocational school, you may be eligible for one of over two dozen scholarships given by the ACB each year. Consideration is also given to blind undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a career in service to people with disabilities.

Sertoma Scholarships for Hearing Impaired Students
The Sertoma service organization presents multiple $1,000 scholarships each year to students who have clinically significant bilateral hearing loss. The recipients must attend school in the U.S. in pursuit of their bachelor’s degrees, and freshmen are eligible. The academic requirement is at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Minority Students

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
AISES is a national, nonprofit organization which bridges science and technology with traditional Native American values, encouraging studies in science, engineering, and other academic areas with scholarships, internships, & other programs.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Minority Accounting Students Scholarships
The AICPA Minority Scholarship awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation.

NAACP Scholarship Program
The NAACP works to protect and enhance the civil rights of African Americans & other minorities, and offers a variety of scholarships to help ensure that all Americans have an opportunity to pursue their educational goals.

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
NABJ seeks to strengthen ties among African-American journalists, promote diversity in newsrooms, and honor excellence in journalism. NABJ offers scholarships, internships, and fellowships to qualified individuals.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholarships
NACME is known as the nation's largest private source of scholarships for African American, American Indian, & Latino women and men in engineering.

Women Students

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was created to encourage excellence in female university seniors and graduate students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related area of study in a technical field. Each scholarship is in the amount of $10,000, but all finalists receive an award of $1,000. In addition, all scholarship recipients and finalists are invited to attend a 3-day retreat at Google featuring social events, networking, workshops, and breakout sessions. Selection of recipients is based on academic achievement and the student’s individual leadership qualities.