South Carolina State Aid Programs

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers a number of merit scholarships to help make college more affordable. The State of South Carolina also provides the following lottery-funded scholarships to qualified residents of South Carolina:

  • HOPE Scholarship
  • LIFE Scholarship (or LIFE Enhancement Scholarship)
  • Palmetto Fellows Scholarship (or Palmetto Fellows Enhancement Scholarship)

Our staff has designed a robust state aid programs to help you navigate the initial eligibility requirements, continuing eligibility requirements, award amounts, disbursements, and more. Please be sure to read through these pages and contact our office with any questions.

Alden Transfer Scholarship

The Alden Transfer Scholarship is a two-year full-tuition scholarship awarded on the basis of academic achievement and potential success as a Furman graduate. The Alden Transfer and Bell Tower scholarships require only the admission application for consideration.

Transfer applicants must apply for admission by January 15 to be considered for the Alden Scholarship. Transfer students who apply after February 15 will still be considered for any Bell Tower scholarships based on the strength of their admission application.​​​

National Merit Scholarships

National Merit/National Achievement finalists who indicate Furman as their first-choice college may be eligible for a $2,000 renewable university-sponsored scholarship, in accordance with National Merit Scholarship Corporation guidelines. This university-sponsored scholarship is awarded in addition to any other Furman scholarship or grant for which the student may be eligible. A finalist can be offered ONE monetary award from NMSC (including the university-sponsored scholarship).

Osher Reentry Scholarship

The Osher Reentry Scholarship is awarded to students who may have experienced a cumulative gap in their education for five or more years; are at the undergraduate level and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree; anticipate workforce participation for a significant period of time subsequent to graduation; and are ideally between the ages of 25-50. No individual scholarship may exceed $5,000 per academic year. The award must be applied to tuition costs exclusively. Costs associated with textbooks, lab fees, childcare services and transportation are ineligible. This scholarship is not intended for graduate students or students seeking an additional degree. To obtain the scholarship application, please visit:

ROTC Scholarships

  • Up to full tuition and fees
  • Monthly stipend during the academic year

Available to selected students for up to four years. ROTC scholarships may not be combined with other Furman scholarships. Please contact the ROTC Department at 864.294.2047 for scholarship deadline dates.

Additional Scholarship Resources

Providing the best student experience is important to us, and we heard your feedback loud and clear. You want an easy, straightforward and mobile-friendly way to apply for scholarships. With ScholarshipUniverse, all students will be able to:

  • answer questions and match to scholarship opportunities,
  • easily apply online to multiple scholarship opportunities through a personalized portal,
  • see scholarship metrics to determine your chances and the effort required to apply,
  • be alerted whenever you are matched to new scholarship opportunities, and
  • receive automated reminders about outstanding tasks and next steps

ScholarshipUniverse is a resource for currently, enrolled students at Furman University. Please login here.

Students are encouraged to research and apply for scholarships offered by various organizations, companies and clubs. There are many resources to assist a student’s search for scholarship funding. The list below can help your search: