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The Avery Scholarship

The Avery Scholarship is named after the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture located in downtown Charleston, formally the Avery Normal Institute, a private school educating African Americans from 1865–1954. Currently they are an archive, small museum, and historical center. The mission of Avery is: To collect, preserve, and document the history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Avery has a long distinguished history with its immense commitment to the education of, and concerning, African Americans specifically, and the community at large that it was only fitting that this scholarship was created to help underrepresented freshman fund an excellent education while gaining valuable skill sets as Avery Scholars. 

Program Details

There is no application for an Avery Scholarship. The Avery Scholarship was established to increase enrollment of first generation, underserved and economically disadvantaged students. Selection is competitive and is based on a combination of a student’s overall academic profile and financial need. Priority will be given to legal residents of South Carolina who were admitted by and have completed the FAFSA by March 1. Other information will come from a student’s admissions application. Students receiving an Avery Scholarship are not eligible to receive the Palmetto Promise.

Students who have participated in TRIO programs, a College of Charleston program such as College Experience or a College of Charleston bridge program with a South Carolina technical college, or similar programs, will receive strong consideration.

Scholarships amounts vary and are contingent upon funding. Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Avery Scholars Requirements

In order to renew the scholarship, a student must:

  • Maintain a 2.75 minimum cumulative CofC GPA

  • File a FAFSA each year, demonstrate financial need.

  • Complete 30 credit hours per academic year (fall, spring and subsequent summer).

  • Participate with the Avery Research Center as listed below.

The Avery Research Center requires first year students to participate in the following:

  • Attend the Avery Scholars Welcome Reception, take an official tour of the Avery Research Center, and attend Avery Scholars Closing Ceremony and Recognition Event

  • Attend two (2) mandatory individual academic reviews per semester.

  • Usher/volunteer at least three (3) Avery Research Center events per semester and submit a type written critic for each event attended

  • Attend the SPECTRA/SCAMP Summer Transition Program http://msps.cofc.edu/spectra/index.php SPECTRA is a summer residential program designed to assist incoming multicultural and/or first generation students in making a smooth transition from high school to college. SPECTRA provides an opportunity for a limited number of students to enroll in summer school courses, live on campus and participate in co-curricular activities which give them a great start on their first-year college experience.

  • If during semester mid-terms you drop below a 3.0 GPA; it is a requisite to consult (face to face) with a campus academic advisor. Afterwards, the academic advisor will need to confirm your participation with the Gateway Scholars Coordinator.