Coastal Community Foundation establishes new scholarship in the Southern Lowcountry, supporting nontraditional students

January 18, 2022
Contact: Sarah Lamb

Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina is pleased to announce the launch of the Lowcountry Scholarship for Nontraditional Students, a new scholarship aimed at encouraging students regardless of their circumstances to pursue higher education at a South Carolina accredited technical college.

Historically, nontraditional students have been underserved by traditional financial aid and scholarships. With the Lowcountry Scholarship for Nontraditional Students, CCF aims to support students who meet one of the following criteria: ineligible for state, federal and local financial aid, a returning learner, recipient of a GED or Certificate of Completion, or didn’t matriculate directly from high school.

“CCF and our donors recognize the transformative impact technical colleges have on students and the community at large,” said Caroline Rakar, Director of Grantmaking and Scholarships at CCF. “We hope to help alleviate the financial burden of attending college for students who may not be eligible to receive assistance otherwise.”

Applicants must be permanent residents of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton or Jasper counties, who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a South Carolina accredited technical college and must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applications can be completed on CCF’s online scholarship portal beginning January 18, with a deadline of March 18. The portal can be accessed through the “Apply” button on the Scholarships for Graduate & Non-traditional Students page on our website.

Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works to create communities rich in equity, opportunity and well-being by uniting people and investing resources so that all community members have a pathway to achieve their goals. The largest community foundation in South Carolina, Coastal Community Foundation’s service area includes Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper counties. Through our tools for long-term charitable giving, we help individuals, families, businesses and organizations be the reason why communities thrive in the nine counties we serve along South Carolina’s coast. To learn more, visit or call (843) 723-3635.


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