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Most of our scholarship awards run through the CCF General Scholarship program. By completing the General Scholarship application, students are automatically considered for dozens of CCF awards.

Certain scholarship awards require individualized applications. Read below for full criteria to apply for different scholarships at CCF and links to scholarship applications. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

Have any questions? Contact Caroline Rakar at (843) 793-6120 or caroline@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

About Smarter Select

Applications must be completed online via the web-based program, SmarterSelect, accessible through the links below. Please use the “preview” feature to review the instructions and entire application prior to creating an account. Applicants will then be prompted to create an online account and will be able to login to complete their application as many times as they need to until the deadline.

CCF General Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 15, 2019. Applications are closed until January 2020.

CCF’s General Scholarship Program is open annually to students who permanently reside in Charleston, Berkeley or Dorchester Counties. Awards generally range from $500-2,000. By submitting one application, students are considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible – a full list of scholarship offerings is here.

College students are only eligible to apply for the General Scholarship Program if they received an award from the program for the 2018-19 academic year and must do so through the application for Returning Scholars. Eligible students should email Caroline Rakar for a link to the Returning Scholars application.


CCF Specialized Scholarships

Deadline: March 15, 2019. Applications are closed until January 2020.

Specialized Scholarships are targeted towards specific individuals – usually someone studying a specific subject, with a certain background or non-traditional students. Download this PDF for a full list of Specialized Scholarship offerings, and email Caroline Rakar for link to the applications.


Reverend Pinckney Scholars

Deadline: March 15, 2019. Applications are closed until January 2020.

Through the generosity of anonymous donors, Coastal Community Foundation established the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program in 2016 to promote access to higher education for African American students. Applications are open to African American high school seniors whose permanent residence is in Beaufort, Charleston or Jasper Counties and are planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college in Fall 2019.

It is anticipated that up to 10 students will be selected this year to receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year for up to four years, which will be renewable as long as certain criteria are met. In addition to monetary support, scholars will receive pre-college training and assistance, contact and support from program staff each school year and invitations to workshops and events during each student’s tenure as a Reverend Pinckney Scholars.

The Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program accepts a separate application from the General Scholarship Program. Students applying to the General Scholarship Program wishing to be considered for the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program must complete both applications.

Rufus C. Barkley Jr. Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Created in honor of Mr. Rufus C. Barkley, Jr. before his passing in 2001, the scholarship is awarded to one applicant annually with a strong academic record, a history of community service, and demonstrated vision, integrity, ethics, leadership and generosity.

The scholarship is renewable for all four years of college, providing $40,000 in total. One awardee is selected annually. Finalists are selected from the CCF General Scholarship applicant pool, so to be considered, please submit an application to the General Scholarship Program.

Amanda's Scholarship Endowment

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Amanda’s Scholarship Endowment was created in memory of Amanda Welling Dykes, a student at Porter-Gaud School who died of cancer when she was 14. After her death in 1995, her mother used money saved for Amanda’s education to create a fund to honor Amanda’s love of learning and strength of character. An annual, renewable award is made each year to a student from Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester counties. The recipient is selected by CCF’s Scholarship Committee. To be considered, please submit an application to the General Scholarship Program.