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General Information

Name Graduate Incentive Scholarship
Number of Awards
Award Value $15,000
Award Type Merit-Based Scholarship
Accept Applications
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Contact Information

Contact South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
1333 Main St.
Suite 200
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone (803)737-2260

Scholarship Description

The Graduate Incentive Scholarship (GIS) Program will provide forgivable loans to “historically underrepresented” students in master’s, first professional, and doctoral programs at public higher education institutions where such programs are offered. The GIS program is implemented annually at the following institutions: Clemson University, University of South Carolina, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, College of Charleston, The Citadel, Winthrop University, S. C. State University, and Francis Marion University.

Student Eligibility Criteria

Doctoral Level
1. United States citizen;
2. Accepted for admission to or enrolled in a doctoral program, or terminal degree program in the fine or applied arts, at a South Carolina public postsecondary institution;
3. Member of "historically underrepresented" at institution to be attended;
4. Outstanding student;

NOTE: In instances where there are equally qualified applicants who are South Carolina residents and nonresidents, preference will be given to applicants who are South Carolina residents. Priority will be given to applications of full-time students when making awards. Remaining available funds may be awarded to part-time students.

Master’s and First Professional Level
At the master’s level, priority will be given to full-time students with strong academic records whose ultimate intent is to pursue a terminal degree program which would qualify them for a college teaching position.
1. United States citizen;
2. Accepted for admission to, or enrolled as, a full-time student in an eligible master’s or first professional program at a South Carolina public postsecondary institution;
3. Bona fide resident of South Carolina;
4. Member of "Historically Underrepresented" at institution to be attended;
5. Outstanding student;

"Historically Underrepresented" students are students that have been historically underrepresented at traditionally white