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Essay Scholarships

Purpose

The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship was established in 2017 to honor the legacy of Tywanza Sanders® and his commitment to education. Tywanza was a victim of the Emanuel Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. The mission of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors enrolling in undergraduate study at a four-year college or university in the United States for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

Selection Criteria

The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship awards scholarship on the basis of a comprehensive review process.  The review committee will assess the following areas: written essay, academic performance, and financial need.  Scholarships are awarded upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.

 

The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation awards scholarships without regard to race, sex, religion, age, national origin, or sexual orientation.  Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who do not meet the qualifications.  The Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation reserves the right not to award a scholarship in a given year.

 

Timeline

  • Applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EDT) on April 15, 2024.

  • Award notification will be given by May 24, 2024.

  • Award will be formally presented during a Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Foundation recognition ceremony on July 20, 2024.

Application Process

 

To be considered for the Tywanza Sanders® Legacy Scholarship applicants must submit the application via the secured online application system by April 15, 2024.  Incomplete applications and applications submitted after this date will not be considered. Please note: a) that the online application will close and not allow any more submissions after 11:59 pm on April 15, 2024, b) file sizes are limited to a max of 1500 KBNo applications will be accepted after the deadline or by mail. Please prepare accordingly.

 

Applicants MUST provide:

  • Completed application

  • High school transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)

  • Identification verification (copy of state-issued ID or official school photo ID)

  • Proof of acceptance at an accredited 4-year college/university in the United States (enrollment will be verified upon award distribution)

  • A typewritten essay

  • Completed financial needs worksheet

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Statewide Academic Scholarship

High school seniors that are residents in the state of South Carolina

Textbook Scholarship

High school seniors that are residents in the state of South Carolina

Textbook Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must have permanent residency in South Carolina and must be a United States citizen

  • Applicants must be a graduating high school senior from a South Carolina high school

  • Applicants must be accepted into an accredited 4-year college or university for the 2024-2025 academic year

  • Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application along with the required supporting documents

  • Applicants must demonstrate a financial need using the required financial needs worksheet 

  • Applicants must complete a 300 to 500 word written essay

Essay Question:

What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? Please elaborate on why this event is momentous to you.

AWARDS AVAILABLE

$500
$500

$500
$500

Textbook

AWARDS AVAILABLE

$5000

$2000

$1000

Statewide Academic Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants must have permanent residency in South Carolina and must be a United States citizen

  • Applicants must be a graduating high school senior from a South Carolina high school

  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

  • Applicants must be accepted into an accredited 4-year college or university for the 2024-2025 academic year

  • Applicants must submit a completed scholarship application along with the required supporting documents

  • Applicants must demonstrate a financial need using the required financial needs worksheet 

  • Applicants must complete a 500 to 800 word written essay

 

Essay Question: 

Social injustices have been at the forefront of our society, especially in the last few years.  Choose a social injustice (i.e. voting rights, healthcare, racial injustice, etc.).  Explain how you have or would help to positively change this injustice within your community.  How would furthering your education prepare you to address that injustice?

Statewide
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