SCBSIF Scholarship Fund

GENERAL INFORMATION

The SCHB Self Insurers Fund’s Board of Trustees awards five $1,000 merit-based scholarships each academic year to qualified individuals.  The awards are made based upon the recommendations of a panel of independent judges who are not associated with the fund based upon scholastic achievement, extra-curricular activities and community involvement.  Scholarships are paid directly to the college or university on behalf of the recipient.  Additionally, awardees and their parents are honored at an awards dinner in Columbia, typically held in late July.

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS

To be eligible to apply for one of these scholarships, the applicant must be the dependent of a current SCHB Self Insurers Fund policyholder in good standing or the dependent of a policyholder’s direct employee.  Dependents of policyholders’ subcontractors are not eligible.

The applicant must be a graduating high school senior, a high school graduate yet to begin post-secondary education or a current college student with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, be an American citizen or legal resident and must have been accepted to an accredited four-year public or private university or college within the United States.

Exact eligibility requirements are contained in the yearly Scholarship Application Requirements document posted to the website.

APPLICATIONS

Applications are available below during the application acceptance period.  The application is not available outside of the acceptance period as each is year-specific.

There are two different applications; one for those who have never attended college and one for those who have attended college and are continuing to pursue or expand their degree.  It is important to submit the proper application.  If there is any question as to which application form should be used, please contact us using the contact form on our website.

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SUBMISSION ADDRESS AND DEADLINE

All applications and related materials must be addressed to:

SCHBSIF Scholarship Committee
PO Box 7727
Columbia, SC  29201-7727

All application packets must be postmarked no later than May 1 of each year.  If May 1 falls on a day when the United States Postal Service is not operating, the application packet must be postmarked no later than the last operating day prior to May 1.  Application packets postmarked after May 1 are never considered.

RECIPIENT SELECTION PROCESS

As application packets are received, they are screened against qualification requirements by the staff.  Only those that meet all requirements are copied, assembled and forward to the judges.  All application packets are retained by SCHBSIF regardless of qualification status.

The judges independently score the applications, which results in a ranked listing.  The judges compare their rankings with the other judges’ rankings and, through discussion amongst themselves, arrive at a list of five recommended recipients, which is presented to the Board of Trustees.  The Board of Trustees votes during a regular monthly board meeting to award scholarships to the recommended recipients, thus makes each an awardee.  In 2013, the judges were hopelessly deadlocked between two applicants as the fifth recommended recipient.  In this very rare instance, the Board voted to award an additional scholarship as an exception for that year.

NOTIFICATION PROCESS

Awardees are notified by email and regular mail of their award along with the date, time and location of the awards dinner.

PAST RECIPIENTS

2016-2017

  • Rebekah Booth, Myrtle Beach (Coastal Carolina)
  • Jennifer Ford, Bluffton (University of South Carolina)
  • Hannah Kisker, Seneca (Clemson)
  • Berkley Lane, Murrells Inlet (George Washington University)
  • Madeline Saverance, Lancaster (Clemson)

2015-2016

  • Andrew Epting, West Columbia (Clemson)
  • Danielle Halajcsik, Summerville (College of Charleston)
  • Danielle Mahan, Fair Play (North Greenville University)
  • Andrew Murray, Summerville (University of South Carolina)
  • Hannah Reynolds, Bluffton (College of Charleston)

 2014-2015

  • Matthew Carter, Greenville (Clemson)
  • Addison Darr, Aiken (University of South Carolina)
  • Mary Dyches, Chapin (University of South Carolina)
  • Caroline Moore, Myrtle Beach (University of Georgia)
  • Elisabeth Speal, Spartanburg (Catholic University)

 2013-2014

  • Luke Bauer, Greenville (Clemson)
  • Paige Kisker, Seneca (Winthrop)
  • Anna-Grace Pointek, Greenwood (University of South Carolina)
  • Elizabeth Satterfield, Greenville (Auburn)
  • Ashley Thompkins, Galivants Ferry (Coker University)
  • Ashlon Wilson, Gray Court (USC Upstate)

TESTIMONIALS

Mary Margaret Dyches (University of South Carolina)

First, I would say, as the daughter and granddaughter of home builders, I see first hand the hard work it takes to provide me with the opportunity to continue my education. And, to be awarded a scholarship from an organization that shares in that philosophy of hard work and dedication just encourages me more to do the best that I can to become successful and give back to my community. It is truly a blessing that the South Carolina Home Builders Self Insurers Fund cares so much about the success of students to offer these scholarships to further our education. I am truly grateful to be associated with this organization that is committed to building futures and I will always be so appreciative that you chose to invest in mine.

Caroline Elizabeth Moore (University of Georgia)

It was an honor to receive the SCHB Self Insurers Fund Scholarship in 2014. Thanks to this fund, I was able to pursue my first professional position as a marketing coordinator for a health IT and software start-up company in Athens, Georgia. This gift enhanced my junior year of college by making it possible to afford summer housing and living expenses associated with my job opportunity. I now have valuable working experience that sets me apart from other students graduating from my program. I am forever grateful for this scholarship and the opportunities it provided.

Danielle Halajcsik (College of Charleston)

Receiving the SCHB Self Insurers Fund Scholarship was such an exciting moment for me and the people at SCHB made the experience of being a recipient such a memorable one. When I got the email saying I had received the scholarship, I was beyond thrilled. However, SCHBSIF did not just give me the award, they held a beautiful dinner that was not only delicious, but also contributed to making me feel so special for receiving this award. I felt honored and privileged to be a part of something so special and receiving this award has truly benefited me so much already in my first semester of college. Thank you again SCHBSIF for helping me in my college career by providing me with such amazing opportunities and making me feel truly special!

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions concerning the SCHB Self Insurers Fund Scholarship Program, please complete one of the contact forms located through our website or by call (803) 771-0566.

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