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I believe that students live under a haze when it comes to the topic of scholarships. I think students have a myopic view of the process and how far colleges can extend a hand financially to international students.

Let us review the issue from a wide perspective.

Colleges and Universities

Many schools in the US are experiencing low enrollments. King's College in New York, a Christian college, has just closed its doors. Lack of profitability and low enrollment.

The embargo on Chinese students on account of Covid created a huge gap in the profit making factor for colleges and universities. The Chinese were known for paying full fees, rarely seeking scholarships. It is often from the largesse of full- paying students that others benefit from the coffers.

The world is in an economic tailspin.

I believe when schools can extend a scholarship offer of any amount, consider it a miraculous blessing.

We are aware that the world is not evenly built, some fare better than others. We do know that 1-2% will receive full funding, and that would be the creme de la creme of the world. Not just Americans. After all, they need to attract the best and brightest. How else do First World countries develop?

The Other 98%

So what of the others? They may receive a half or one third in aid. What to do? Some use their savings, others assistance from family and friends, and a few use student loans or they try to apply for scholarships via external sources.

Some choose to remain in their home countries. Others find cheaper alternatives in Cuba, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Poland, name a few.

We all dream of that acceptance letter that bestows quite a bit in funding....but realistically, let us temper our expectations!


Sandra , Have you nominated your high-achieving juniors for the PC Fellows Award? If you have, thank you! If you haven't, please nominate your high-achieving juniors by April 1 so that we can mail you their certificates in time for your awards ceremony. Nominate your 11th graders who meet any two of the following criteria:

  • One or more of the following test scores:

    • PSAT (evidence-based reading, writing, and math) score of 1100 or higher

    • SAT (evidence-based reading, writing, and math) score of 1100 or higher

    • ACT Composite score of 22 or higher

  • Ranked in the top 10 percent of the current junior class

  • A weighted GPA of 3.5 or more

You can nominate as many juniors as you'd like! Each student you nominate will earn a scholarship to PC in the amount of $1,000 per year. That is a total scholarship of $4,000 over 4 years. The students will also be considered for other PC academic scholarships ranging from $14,000 to $28,000. They may also be considered for our "full-ride" Griffith Scholarship Competition. We will send certificates to you, designating each recipient as a Presbyterian College Fellow for presentation during your Awards Day. We look forward to receiving your nominations for PC Fellows. Nominate now >> Best wishes to you and your students! All the best, Leigh Lanford, '98 Executive Director of Admissions Presbyterian College 1-800-960-7583 P.S. Don't forget to submit your nominations by April 1. Nominate now >>


College of Charleston will remain test-score optional for first-year students through fall 2025.

As you may know, students who were applying for admission to the College of Charleston as a first-year student for fall 2023 could choose to have their application evaluated without SAT or ACT scores. We are pleased to let you know that we have extended our test-optional policy test-optional policy to high school students through fall 2025. Candidates for the Honors College will also be allowed to apply without submitting SAT or ACT scores. All students, regardless of whether they submit test scores, will be considered for merit and departmental scholarships. College of Charleston admissions counselors will continue to evaluate all elements of a student’s application, focusing on materials required to complete a holistic review. As a university, we believe this policy will allow us to recruit academically talented and diverse students while remaining accessible and equitable in our admission practices. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Office of Admissions College of Charleston 843.953.5670

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