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Horry County Higher Education Commission Scholarships



The Horry County Higher Education Commission (HCHEC) offers excellent scholarship opportunities to Horry County high school graduates who choose to attend Coastal Carolina University. Most of the scholarships are application-based, and selection criteria include the review of one or more of the following: high school scholastic performance, volunteerism and contribution to the local community, talent in the visual and performing arts, and/or academic progress at Coastal Carolina University. The deadline to apply for the HCHEC application-based scholarships is March 1 of each year.

The Horry County Higher Education Commission was formed in 1959 by the South Carolina General Assembly to oversee the use of county tax millage for Coastal Carolina University. Today, there are 16 members of the commission who are appointed by the Governor of South Carolina and recommended by the Horry County Legislative Delegation to represent Horry County.


Atheneum Logo Icon HCHEC Leadership Scholarship:
Application required

This scholarship is awarded annually to Horry County high school seniors who plan to attend Coastal Carolina University and who have outstanding records in the areas of leadership, volunteer service and academics.

Leadership Scholarship Requirements

  • Achieve a minimum 2.5 high school GPA through the junior year;
  • Be an Horry County high school senior (the Horry County high school must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools);
  • Be admitted to Coastal Carolina University;
  • Complete and submit the scholarship application to Coastal Carolina University by March 1;
  • Attach a brief essay (typed) describing an experience in leadership and service and how they impacted your life;
  • Provide documentation of at least 100 hours of community service within the past 24-month period (only activities in which the student has participated a minimum of 10 hours should be included);
  • Demonstrate outstanding citizenship through documented service and participation in other community activities; and
  • Be recommended by the high school principal or appointed school official.

Award Amount:  $2,500 annually for up to four years or eight semesters (renewal criteria must be met annually). Recipients must be enrolled full-time at Coastal Carolina University.

Renewal Criteria:

  • Be enrolled fulltime;
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits annually (includes summer terms if needed); and
  • Maintain a cumulative CCU GPA of 2.5.

Application Deadline:  March 1

Beginning each December, applications may be obtained from your high school counselor, or from CCU’s Financial Aid & Scholarships webpage. Applications will be reviewed by the HCHEC Scholarship Committee. The number of new awards may vary annually.



Atheneum Logo Icon HCHEC Peace and Conflict Studies Scholarship:
Application required

This scholarship is awarded annually to an Horry County high school senior who best displays critical thoughts about peace, conflict justice, human rights, and human responsibility in the contemporary world through a written essay.

Peace and Conflict Studies Requirements

  • Be an Horry County high school senior (the Horry County high school must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools);
  • Be admitted to Coastal Carolina University;
  • Achieve a minimum 2.5 high school GPA through the junior year;
  • Complete and submit the scholarship application to Coastal Carolina University by March 1;
  • Write an essay of at least 1,500 words that answers the question:
    How can social media be best used in building or maintaining peace or in managing conflict?; and
  • Have an Adult Coordinator who will represent them and provide guidance, ensure the essay is conceived and written by the student, and that the essay meets contest requirements.

Award Amount:  $2,500 annually for up to four years or eight semesters (renewal criteria must be met annually). Recipients must be enrolled full-time at Coastal Carolina University.

Renewal Criteria:

  • Be enrolled fulltime;
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits annually (includes summer terms if needed); and
  • Maintain a cumulative CCU GPA of 2.5.

Application Deadline:  March 1

Beginning each December, applications may be obtained from your high school counselor, or from CCU’s Financial Aid & Scholarships webpage. Applications will be reviewed by the HCHEC Scholarship Committee. The number of new awards may vary annually.


Atheneum Logo IconHCHEC Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship:
Application required

This scholarship is awarded annually to talented Horry County high school seniors planning to major in art studio, graphic design, music, musical theatre, theatre arts or dramatic arts at Coastal Carolina University.

Visual & Performing Arts Scholarship Requirements

  • Achieve a minimum 2.5 high school GPA through the junior year;
  • Be an Horry County high school senior (the Horry County high school must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools);
  • Be admitted to Coastal Carolina University;
  • Complete and submit the scholarship application to Coastal Carolina University by March 1; and
  • Audition or present a portfolio presentation to a committee composed of the Visual and Performing Arts department chairs and appointed faculty representatives.

Additional requirements for the HCHEC Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship are included in the application packet.

Award Amount:  $2,500 annually for up to four years or eight semesters (renewal criteria must be met annually). Recipients must be enrolled full-time at Coastal Carolina University.

Renewal Criteria:

  • Be enrolled fulltime;
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits annually (includes summer terms if needed); and
  • Maintain a cumulative CCU GPA of 2.5.

Application Deadline:  March 1

Beginning each December, applications may be obtained from your high school counselor, or from CCU’s Financial Aid & Scholarships webpage. Applications will be reviewed by the HCHEC Scholarship Committee. The number of new awards may vary annually.



Atheneum Logo IconHCHEC Academic Excellence Scholarship:
Automatic Consideration

This scholarship honors the top graduate of each eligible Horry County high school for his/her outstanding academic accomplishments. The top graduate from each eligible Horry County high school who chooses to attend Coastal Carolina University will be awarded this prestigious scholarship. One scholarship is awarded per high school.

Academic Excellence Scholarship Requirements

  • Be the top-ranked student at an eligible Horry County high school at the end of your junior year or later; and
  • Be admitted to Coastal Carolina University by Jan. 1.

Award Amount:  $2,000 annually for up to four years or eight semesters (renewal criteria must be met annually). Recipients must be enrolled full-time at Coastal Carolina University.

Renewal Criteria:

  • Be enrolled fulltime;
  • Be an Horry County high school senior (the Horry County high school must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools);
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits annually (includes summer terms if needed); and
  • Maintain a cumulative CCU GPA of 3.0.

No application is necessary for this scholarship. Coastal Carolina University will automatically award the top graduate from each eligible high school that meets the above requirements and begins enrollment at the University in the fall semester.


Atheneum Logo Icon‌HCHEC Senior Collegiate Scholarship:
Automatic Consideration

This scholarship provides funding for Horry County high school students who have achieved senior status at Coastal Carolina University.

Senior Collegiate Scholarship Requirements

  • Be enrolled full-time;
  • Complete a minimum of 90 credit hours of course work toward an undergraduate degree;
  • Maintain a cumulative CCU GPA of 2.75;
  • Are not receiving the Palmetto Fellows or SC LIFE Scholarship; and
  • Demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

No application is required to be considered for this award. Students are automatically selected based on the minimum criteria stated above. The number of awards and the amount vary annually. This one-time award is for one academic year.


Atheneum Logo Icon‌HCHEC International Awareness Scholarship:
Application required

This scholarship provides study abroad opportunities for Horry County high school graduates.

International Awareness Scholarship Requirements

  • Be enrolled full-time;
  • Be an Horry County high school graduate (the Horry County high school must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools);

Additional information and criteria can be found on the International Programs and Services website at http://www.coastal.edu/academics/international/studyabroad. Application materials are also available through the International Programs and Services Office.

 

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2015-2016 HCHEC Scholarship Application

The Deadline to Apply is March 1, 2015!