Scholarships are offered through a variety of sources with a variety of eligibility requirements. Students can receive scholarships in addition to federal aid, however, the total of all scholarships and financial aid received cannot exceed the cost of attendance as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
The ATC Foundation awards scholarships to students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in high school or college level course work. Some scholarships are based on general academic achievement, while others are based on potential in specific subject areas. Students are selected primarily during March of the spring semester for scholarships to be awarded for the following fall. Occasionally, scholarships may become available at other times during the year. If this happens, all initial applicants who have met the qualifications will be considered for available scholarship funds.
Qualifications and How to Apply
Current students apply at atcf.awardspring.com. New or dual enrolled high school students apply at atcf.awardspring.com/prospective/signin. The application deadline is March 1 of each year for the upcoming academic year. A listing of the ATC Foundation Scholarships offered each year and their qualifying criteria can be viewed at www.atc.edu/Foundation/Scholarships/Scholarship-Information.
Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship
The LIFE Scholarship is administered by the ATC Financial Aid Office as outlined by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE). The annual award is available to students graduating from a SC high school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Eligible students can receive the scholarship for up to 2 years if enrolled in an associate degree program and for a year if enrolled in a certificate or diploma program. Renewal requires a 3.0 cumulative collegiate GPA and a minimum of 30 credit hours earned. The scholarship covers a student’s cost of tuition and $150 per semester toward books, up to a maximum of $2,500 per semester. In rare circumstances a student can receive LIFE Scholarship funds for full-time summer enrollment. View additional eligibility requirements and download a LIFE Scholarship Assessment Form by clicking on the link.
Transfer students who wish to be considered for the LIFE Scholarship must complete a LIFE Scholarship Assessment Form, LIFE Collegiate GPA Calculation Request Form, and submit all official collegiate transcripts to the Enrollment Services Center.
Technical Scholars Program
Sponsorships cover all college tuition, fees, textbooks, and provide paid part-time jobs for selected students. Students applying for these scholarships must be fully accepted into an appropriate associate degree program, meet scholarship criteria, agree to comply with all sponsoring employer’s interviews and other required screenings. Sponsoring employers make the final decision on who is offered a scholarship based upon their needs and the applicant’s qualifications. Students interested in the Technical Scholars Program should contact Patsy Fields at (803) 508-7278 or Shareffa Harris at (803) 508-7420.
Learn More About the Technical Scholars Program
Privately Funded Scholarships
Many outside agencies offer scholarships to students planning on attending ATC. Typically the student is given a set of criteria they must meet or maintain from the agency offering in order to receive the scholarship. Checks are sometimes mailed directly to the student, but most often they are mailed directly to the institution’s Cashier’s Office. Checks mailed to the institution and written to ATC will be deposited into the student’s account for tuition payment. If checks are mailed to the institution and written to ATC and the student, the student must sign the check before it can be deposited.