The College’s scholarship and grant program is designed to recognize academic achievements and special talents of students. Scholarship candidates are selected from the pool of admitted applicants. Your admissions application serves as your scholarship application. Eligibility in no way guarantees awarding. These awards are based upon both academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Both factors are essential in the awarding of institutional aid.
For some students, a merit or talent award will perfectly match their accomplishments. Others will find a variety of ways (a combination of merit-based, talent-based, and need-based award) to make the Philander Smith education affordable.
Institutional scholarships and grants are available to assist students with their direct cost of education. The direct cost includes tuition, fees, room, and board. Most awards are not designed to cover personal, miscellaneous expenses, or for students to make a financial profit. There are some awards that are designed to provide text books.
In order to use limited resources to support the needs of all students, Philander Smith College (PSC) reserves the right to replace institutional aid with other sources in the same amount. Endowed and non-endowed scholarship awards will be used to support the general institutional scholarship pool. In the event the College identifies that a student is an eligible candidate for an outside scholarship (i.e., UNCF) please note that you are expected to complete that application process in its entirety prior to its prescribed deadline. Hence, PSC may replace the institutional award with the outside award when the outside award covers the same costs as the college’s scholarship award. PSC reserves the right to adjust certain awards based on the availability of funds.
Institutional Scholarships & Grants Available
Renewal & Eligibility CriteriaTo maintain eligibility, all institutional aid recipients must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours each academic year and maintain the following cumulative grade point average:
Institutional Scholarships & Guidelines
Outside scholarships designated for tuition, fees, room & board, or other miscellaneous fees will first be used to satisfy the student’s outstanding financial obligation in the following order: tuition, room & board, fees, books & supplies.
Outside scholarships combined with the Academic Scholarship will equal the value of the students Academic Scholarship.
Scholarship Student Morality Clause
Any scholarship student at Philander Smith College is subject to this morality clause. A scholarship student is defined as any student who has been awarded a Presidential, Mason, Taylor, Athletic and Choir Scholarship.
Scholarship students are to refrain from any serious act of misconduct including (but
not limited to) an act of dishonesty, theft or misappropriation of College property,
moral turpitude, insubordination, or any act injuring, abusing, or endangering others.
Further, a scholarship student shall not commit any act or do anything which might
tend to bring himself/herself or the College into public disrepute, contempt, scandal,
or ridicule, or which might tend to reflect unfavorably on the College.