Coastal Community Foundation Opens 2017 Scholarship Programs

Opportunities for students from Tri-County, Beaufort and Jasper Counties; applications due March 17th

CHARLESTON, SC: January 24, 2017 – Coastal Community Foundation, a grantmaking organization serving coastal South Carolina, announced that applications are available for its General Scholarship Program and the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program. Each program has a separate application, both of which are due on March 17th.
Awards from the General Scholarship Program range from $500-$2,000 for students residing in Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester Counties. Character, academic success, involvement in extra-curricular and community activities, financial need, academic success, aspirations and ability to overcome obstacles are all considered in scholarship applications, but selection criteria varies by award. Current college students are eligible to apply only if they received a CCF scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year.
The Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program is open to African American high school seniors residing in Beaufort, Charleston or Jasper Counties who plan to attend a 2 or 4-year college in Fall 2017. It is anticipated that up to 10 students will be selected to receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year for up to four years, renewable as long as certain criteria are met.
Reverend Pinckney Scholars also 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 Scholar. Scholarship finalists will be interviewed at CCF’s Charleston office in May.
Prior to applying to either program, students should review scholarship descriptions to determine their eligibility. A PDF with the full list of General Scholarship Program opportunities can be found on our scholarship page, as well as links to both programs’ applications. Students can click “preview” on the applications to review instructions and other required information before creating an account.
The deadline for scholarship applications to both the General Scholarship Program and Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program is March 17th. For more information, please contact Caroline Mullis at caroline@coastalcommunityfoundation.org or visit www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org.  

About the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program: On July 2, 2015, a group of anonymous donors, moved by the tragic murders at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church and Charleston’s remarkable response to the shooting, created a $3.2 million scholarship fund in honor of Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney. In March 2016, Coastal Community Foundation began to administer the scholarship fund and its companion program, the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program.
About Coastal Community Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation works with people and organizations in our region who want to make a lasting difference through philanthropy. By understanding local needs and remembering the unique history of our region, the Foundation carefully invests resources to protect, enhance and change our community for the better. The Foundation serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper Counties. Learn more www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org or call (843) 723-3635.

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