S.C. public school seniors can win $2,000 for in-state college tuition

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship recognizes academic, artistic excellence

Application deadline: Monday, February 3, 2020, 5 p.m. ET


The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship program, named for South Carolina’s first poet laureate, offers 12th-grade students (enrolled in a public school in South Carolina) the opportunity to compete for a $2,000 scholarship encouraging and recognizing academic and artistic excellence among South Carolina students.

Students are to fill out one application as it pertains to the art form chosen for this scholarship. Chose from among:

  • creative writing
  • dance
  • music
  • theatre
  • visual arts

Five scholarships (approximately $2,000 each) will be awarded in May 2019. The South Carolina Department of Education will make the necessary arrangements to transfer the scholarship funds directly to the South Carolina college or university of the student’s choice. Students planning to attend an out-of-state college or university are ineligible to apply. The recipients may also be recognized by their local schools/school districts.

The deadline to submit an entry is Monday, February 3, 2020, delivered to the South Carolina Department of Education by 5 p.m. or postmarked on or before Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Entries will not be accepted after the deadline. Entries should have been created during the 2019/2020 school year.

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Students must currently be enrolled in twelfth grade in a public school in South Carolina.
  • Students must plan to attend a South Carolina college or university.
  • Students must be a U.S. citizen and have attended public school in South Carolina for the past two years.
  • Students may only apply for one scholarship.

For additional information and to apply, click here.



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