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Coastal Community Foundation awards hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to regional students each year, made possible by donors committed to improving access to education in our communities. Some funds have been set up for students from specific areas, who are studying specific subjects or at certain academic institutions. Others are more general and therefore can be more competitive.

Each year, we aim to net as many applications as possible from regional students who qualify for these opportunities. We’ve created streamlined methods to make it as simple as possible for students to review, research and apply for scholarships.

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 Our Online Scholarship Platform

Through this online process, students are automatically matched with scholarships for which they qualify. Basic requirements to apply for a scholarship include short-form personal and financial information, a transcript, letters of recommendation and essay questions.

CCF Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 16, 2020.

High School Seniors: CCF’s 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.

Current college students are only eligible to apply for the Scholarship Program if they received an award from the program for the 2019-20 academic year.

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.

High school seniors, returning scholars, current college students, graduate students, and non-traditional students will be using the same application form.

Reverend Pinckney Scholars

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 2020.

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.

Starting in 2020, only students who have completed the College Readiness Program will be eligible for the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program.

Rufus C. Barkley Jr. Leadership Scholarship

Deadline: March 16, 2020

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.

Amanda's Scholarship Endowment

Deadline: March 16, 2020

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.