Honors College merit scholarships are awarded on top of any other scholarship(s) a student may receive from the College of Charleston, State of South Carolina, or from independent sources. Scholarships are awarded either on a renewable or non-renewable basis depending on the details of the scholarship agreement with the donor(s). Some scholarship agreements also specify whether a scholarship should be awarded to prospective students for recruitment purposes or to current students who have demonstrated excellence (academic, leadership, etc.) on campus at the College of Charleston, particularly within the Honors College community.
The majority of recruitment scholarships awarded by the Honors College are awarded to students who are part of the William Aiken Fellows Society. The William Aiken Fellows Society is a group of highly capable students who have the potential for success in the pursuit of national and international opportunities reserved for top scholars. William Aiken Fellows work closely with the Dean and Associate Dean of the Honors College and with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards to develop an academic and professional portfolio to position themselves to be strong candidates as they apply for competitive graduate school and professional opportunities. There is no separate application for merit scholarships associated with the William Aiken Fellows Society. Students are invited to an interview weekend based upon the strength of their application and other required materials. November 1st is the preferred application deadline to be considered for invitation to the Honors College Interview Weekend; however, all prospective students who have submitted their application and all other required materials by December 1st will be considered for invitation.
Students who aren't invited to the Honors College Interview Weekend may still be eligible for a number of different merit scholarships from the College of Charleston. For more information on other scholarship opportunities, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.
Honors College Named Scholarships
The Swanson Family Annual Scholarship program is a merit award for select students accepted into the William Aiken Fellows Society. The Swanson scholarships are made possible by a generous gift from College of Charleston alumni Steve ’89 and Emily ’89 Swanson. Swanson Scholars participate in a rigorous academic curriculum and a variety of summer enrichment programs, leadership courses, one-on-one faculty mentoring, public service activities in the United States or abroad, as well as research or business internship opportunities across the globe. The actual amount of the scholarship will vary depending on the student's academic record, performance during the interview process, residency status, and cost of tuition and fees.
The Harry and Reba Huge Scholarship is a merit award for select students accepted into the William Aiken Fellows Society. With support from the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation, combined with merit-based, state and College of Charleston scholarship support, Huge Scholars will receive a scholarship that covers tuition, room & board for the Honors College, plus enrichment opportunities to include summer or semester study abroad and one-on-one mentoring with faculty. Huge Scholars will also have increased opportunities for intellectual engagement through public service, undergraduate research and international internships or apprenticeships. Special consideration will be given to students who are interested in the study of music and the arts and/or intend to participate in music-related activities at the College.
Pictured below: Huge Scholars and other College of Charleston students pose with President McConnell and Harry and Reba Huge at the Huge's home
The John H. Newell Scholars program is a merit scholarship for select South Carolina students accepted into the William Aiken Fellows Society. In tribute to Honors College former dean John Newell, Newell Scholars will receive scholarship support from the Honors College. The actual amount of the scholarship will vary depending on the student's academic record, performance during the interview process, and cost of tuition and fees. In most cases, the College of Charleston merit scholarships combined with the Palmetto Fellows scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and Honors housing for in-state students. Newell Scholars will also have increased opportunities for intellectual engagement through public service, undergraduate research and international internships or apprenticeships. Special consideration will be given to students interested in the study of a humanities discipline.
The Lucian Whitaker Pinckney, Jr. and Peter Gilman Pinckney Endowed Memorial Scholarship is a merit award for select students accepted into the William Aiken Fellows Society. Made possible by the generosity of Milward and Lucian W. Pinckney in memory of their sons, the scholarship provides support to outstanding Honors College students. The actual amount of the scholarship will vary depending on the student's academic record, performance during the interview process, and cost of tuition and fees. Pinckney Scholars will also have increased opportunities for intellectual engagement through public service, undergraduate research and international internships or apprenticeships.
The R.I.S.E. Endowed Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Honors College students with demonstrated financial need. The scholarship fund was established in 2014 through a generous gift from Ben ‘02 and Sara ‘02 DeWolf. R.I.S.E. stands for Recognizing Intelligence, Strength, and Engagement, and students awarded this scholarship are expected to exhibit these qualities.
James G. and Andrea B. Hodge Scholarship
The James G. and Andrea B. Hodge Scholarship is a merit award for select students who are admitted into the Honors College and who express interest in a career in either public health or law. The scholarship was established through the generosity of James G. Hodge and his wife Andrea. James, a 1989 College of Charleston graduate, is now a professor of public health law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Hodge Scholars receive personalized mentoring through the Honors College pre-law mentoring program.
Julia Sadler Webb Scholarship
The Julia Sadler Webb Scholarship is a merit award for select students who are admitted into the Honors College. The scholarship fund was established through the generosity of Julia S. Webb and Richard O. Webb. Julia Sadler Webb was the recipient of the Alumni Medal in 1961, awarded annually to the recipient of the highest academic honors in the junior class of the College of Charleston. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic merit.
Rose and Lloyd Hamm Scholarship
The Rose and Lloyd Hamm Scholarship program provides merit awards to select students in the Honors College who are also involved with the athletic program. The fund was established by Dr. Rose Hamm Rowland in memory of her husband Lloyd Hamm. Dr. Rowland served as Director of the Governor’s School and Director of the Honors Program for eleven years. Dr. Rowland was also a mathematics faculty member at the College and was awarded the Distinguished Advising Award in 1997.
Automated Trading Desk Scholarship
The Automated Trading Desk Scholarship was established by the Automated Trading Desk Company of Mt. Pleasant, SC. The company’s founders include Steve Swanson ’89, Dr. James Hawkes, former professor of economics, and Jonathan Butler ’86. The award is given to outstanding students in the Honors College who are interested in studying math or computer science.
The Charles Boykin Scholarship
The Charles Boykin Scholarship was originally established by Charles Boykin to give scholarships to students in pre-engineering at CofC who intended to pursue studies in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. The agreement was amended in 1986 to specify that the Boykin Scholarship may be awarded by the CofC Honors College regardless of the intended major of the recipient. The scholarship should be given to outstanding students on the basis of merit.
Mosteller Family Endowed Scholarship
The Mosteller Family Endowed Scholarship was established by Dr. Mosteller, class of 1981, to provide out-of-state Swanson Scholars with scholarship funds.
H. Biemann Othersen, Jr. Annual Scholarship
The Othersen Scholarship was established by Dr. Othersen, class of 1950. He went on to earn his MD at MUSC and has most recently served as Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Medical Director for the Children's Hospital and Associate Medical Director at MUSC. This scholarship is given to students who deminstrate an interest in pre-health programs or the medical humanities program.
The Class of 1938 Golden Anniversary Scholarship
The scholarship is intended for students who did not receive scholarship support from the College when they enrolled. Students must have competed three semesters of college course work and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. A preference is given to students who demonstrate leadership and involvement with the College community and to those who show financial need. This scholarship is given to current members of the Honors College and is not available to first-year students.
Honors College Dean's Excellence Scholarship
Honors College Dean’s Excellence Scholarships are awarded to current students in the Honors College who have demonstrated academic excellence, who have contributed substantively to the honors community through leadership roles, honors ambassador duties, and/or remarkable participation in honors events and activities, and who prepare a convincing statement about the importance of the scholarship support for their long-term goals. Although merit is the primary consideration, financial need may be taken into account. This scholarship is given to current members of the Honors College and is not available to first-year students.