Presidential Scholarships are merit-based financial awards offered to first-time entering freshmen who are US Citizens or legal permanent residents. Dollar amounts vary based on the current year's applicant pool and budget.
Students must have the admissions application and all supporting credentials on file in the admissions office by December 1 to be considered for the Presidential Scholarship. Students will be notified of scholarship awards no later than March 1. The selection process is highly competitive due to the high number of qualified applicants and available funding. Generally, students should meet all of the following criteria in order to be competitive:
1. Graduate in the top 5 percent of their high school graduation class
2. Score better than 1300 on the SAT (critical reading and mathematics) or 29 on the ACT (composite score)
3. Possess strong academic records
All students must enroll full-time (12 hours) each semester in order to eligible for any scholarship funds.
Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship must complete 30 credit hours per academic year (fall, spring and subsequent summer). Earned hours do not include repeat courses, AP, IB, CLEP, or Placement hours or transfer hours from a previous academic year.
Recipients of the Presidential Scholarship must maintain a cumulative College of Charleston GPA of 3.0.
If the student maintains the required academic standards, the scholarship will be renewed automatically. Renewals are made in the summer of each year for the upcoming year. Students failing to meet the renewal standards will be notified in writing in early summer. Students unable to meet the renewal standards will be given the opportunity to appeal based on mitigating circumstances (e.g. serious health condition, death or serious health condition of an immediate family member, or a traumatic event). Students who wish to appeal may complete the Scholarship Appeal Form. A continuing student that has lost eligibility, or was not previously eligible, cannot regain eligibility.
Students can only receive scholarship funds for 4 years from their initial college enrollment.
Scholarships will be terminated when the student completes the requirements for a first undergraduate degree.
Scholarship funds are not available during summer school.
College of Charleston Academic Scholarship
The College of Charleston Academic Scholarship is available to out-of-state students and covers part or all of the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition. The College of Charleston Academic Scholarship requires that the student remain a Presidential Scholar. Additionally the College of Charleston Academic Scholarship will be canceled if a student gains in-state residency or receives another grant or scholarship that covers the tuition difference (such as DC Tuition Grant).
The College of Charleston does not guarantee that all nonresident Presidential Scholars will receive a College of Charleston Academic Scholarship, nor that it will be the full difference in tuition.