Scholarship Opportunities

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South Carolina State Fair's Ride of Your Life Scholarship

The South Carolina State Fair annually awards 50 scholarships to South Carolina high school students planning to pursue their studies at any public or private college, university, or technical college in the state. The $6,000 scholarships are awarded at an annual rate of $1,500 and are based on academic and extracurricular achievement, communication skills, need, and completeness of the application.

The scholarships must be used at a public or private South Carolina college, university, or technical college and may cover tuition or other educational expenses like on-campus housing, a computer, or textbooks.

Recipients must retain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and enroll in no less than 30 credit hours each academic year to receive funding for that year.

Scholarship applications are accepted annually, generally beginning on February 1 through March 15. Scholarship winners are announced in mid-May each year.


The South Carolina State Fair, a self-supporting 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was organized in 1869 and is dedicated to preserving and promoting South Carolina’s agricultural roots while supporting statewide education. The South Carolina State Fair has awarded nearly $4 million in scholarships since beginning the Ride of Your Life Scholarship program in 1997.


Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship for South Carolina Students

Anastopoulo Law Firm awards a $2,500 academic-based scholarship to two (2) deserving students in South Carolina who are pursuing higher education at an accredited college/university or graduate school. Students from all areas of study are invited to participate. Interested students must use the form on this page to apply. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2023.

Scholarship Essay Topic

To apply for the Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship, please write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay on the following topic: Tragedy to Triumph: How My Accident Changed My Goals.

Essays should describe how a traumatic accident has changed your life and affected your future and career. Please be sure not to exceed the 1,500-word limit.

In order to be considered for the $2,500 Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship award, applicants must meet a variety of criteria:

  • Be a United States citizen OR authorized to work or study in the U.S.
  • Be a resident of South Carolina
  • Be admitted for enrollment at an accredited college/university or graduate school
  • Provide an unofficial transcript showing a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0
  • Write an original 1,000 to 1,500-word essay on the topic listed above
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship
  • Submit an application through the form on this page
  • Apply by the deadline of June 15, 2023

Anyone who meets the following conditions is NOT eligible to apply:

  • Employees or children of employees of Anastopoulo Law Firm
  • Past recipients of the Tragedy to Triumph Scholarship
  • Applicants who are unable/unwilling to be interviewed by a representative of Anastopoulo Law Firm if they were to be awarded the scholarship.
  • Applicants who submit the same essay for multiple scholarships

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Anastopoulo Law Firm and its scholarship selection committee will not discriminate against applicants of any protected class, including sexual preference, gender, race, ethnicity, country of origin, disability, veteran status, etc. The award of a scholarship will be granted solely on the basis of the applicant’s merit and the quality of their essay.

Submit your essay here

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Award for Aspirations in Computing (Award for AiC)

The Award for AiC honors 9 th-12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and future plans. Since 2007, more than 20,000 students have received an Award for AiC.

Learn about eligibility, prizes, the application process, and more online.

The Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, and Motorola Solutions Foundation.