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HCHEC Hardship/Adversity Scholarship

Application Required - Deadline is March 15

This scholarship is awarded annually to Horry County high school seniors who plan to attend Coastal Carolina University who have persevered through hardship and/or adversity.
Hardship/Adversity Scholarship Requirements

  • Achieve a minimum 2.5 high school GPA through the junior year;
  • Be an Horry County resident and high school senior (the Horry County high school must be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools);
  • Be admitted to Coastal Carolina University;
  • Complete and submit the scholarship application to Coastal Carolina University by published date;
  • Provide documentation of being employed during the school year and provide a letter of recommendation from your employer;
  • Attach a brief essay (typed) describing a hardship and/or adversity you have endured and how that has impacted your life; and
  • Be recommended by the high school principal or appointed school official.

Award Amount: $2,500 annually for up to four years or eight semesters (renewal criteria must be met annually) and a computer. Recipients must be enrolled full-time at Coastal Carolina University.
Renewal Criteria:

  • Be enrolled fulltime;
  • Complete a minimum of 30 credits annually (includes summer terms if needed); and
  • Maintain a cumulative CCU GPA of 2.5.

You can view the application by clicking: HCHEC Hardship and Adversity Application

Beginning each January, applications will be available to all accepted CCU students via WebAdvisor. After logging into WebAdvisor, click on the link "Apply for Application-based Scholarships" to apply. Applications will be reviewed by the HCHEC Scholarship Committee. The number of new awards may vary annually.