Specialty Scholarships are departmental scholarships which are not associated with one particular major. The department determines the applications, awarding and terms of the scholarship, so students interested in a specialty scholarship should contact the department, not the Office of Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs.
Alumni Association Scholarship
The Alumni Association has proudly offered scholarships for the last 43 years. This year money was awarded to 16 students. Some scholarships are open only to children and relatives of alumni, but others are open to all students. Scholarships are based on demonstrated leadership potential. Applications are available on their website.
The College of Charleston Young Alumni Association sponsors the Young Alumni Scholarship, which provides $1,000 towards tuition at the Graduate School of the College of Charleston.
Gavalas Kolanko Foundation Scholarship
The Gavalas Kolanko Foundation (GKF) is proud to award scholarships to students with physical impairments (sight, hearing, movement) at the College of Charleston. The recipient needs to be willing to serve as a representative of the Foundation and participate in GKF-related functions that occur during the scholarship year. The scholarship can be renewed for up to a total of four years. A full application is required the first application year. Each of the following years a current transcript is required by the application deadline. The scholarship is not automatically renewed each year, a transcript must be provided for the board to review. The application can be downloaded from the Gavalas Kolanko Foundation's website but is submitted to the College's Center for Disability Services
Graduate students finance their education through scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and/or loans. There are both internal and external sources of funding available. The Graduate School offers the Graduate Scholars Award, program scholarships and grants, a number of fellowships, and assistantships.
In addition to the College of Charleston institutional scholarships, the Honors College has several named scholarships that it awards. All currently enrolled Honors College students are considered for these awards-there is no application process. If further information is needed, prospective candidates for these scholarships are contacted.
Herb Silverman Secular Humanist Scholarship
The Silverman Secular Humanist Scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Herb Silverman (Emeritus Professor of Mathematics). The Scholarship is awarded to full-time students enrolled at the College of Charleston. Recipients must demonstrate an interest in ethics and morality based not on religion but rationalism and humanism. The winner is to be selected by a faculty committee and will have the scholarship renewed annually provided he or she maintains a 3.0 or better grade point average, full-time student status, and a secular humanist outlook. Application submissions and questions can be addressed to SilvermanScholarship@cofc.edu.
Study Abroad Scholarships
Students interested into scholarships to study abroad should review the extensive list provided by the Center for International Education.
Transfer and Adult Student Scholarships and Grants
The Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services offers the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship and Adult Undergraduate Student Grants and Scholarships.
To apply for the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, a student must be a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The deadline for submitting the application is April 1.
The Adult Undergraduate Student Grants and Scholarships are for adult students intending to earn a first undergraduate degree. The application deadlines are July 1 for Fall semester and November 1 for Spring semester.
Faculty/Staff Dependent Scholarship
The Faculty/Staff Dependent Scholarship is restricted to dependent children or spouses of currently employed faculty/staff, or dependents of anyone who died while employed at the College, who are seeking their first undergraduate bachelor’s degree. The application deadline is May 1.