Published Aug. 17, 2012
South Carolina’s most recent high school graduates collectively have garnered more than $1 billion in college scholarships, the South Carolina Department of Education said this week.
Top 15 school districts
Among the state’s Governor's schools, the School for Arts & Humanities reported $25.92 million in scholarships, and the School of Science & Mathematics reported $11.88 million.
The class of 2012 was the first group to reach this mark since the state began tracking the information.
The scholarship totals came from an annual survey of South Carolina school districts, as well as district-sponsored public charter schools, the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.
Hampton County School District 2 was the only district that did not participate.
The numbers represent two-year scholarship values for technical colleges and two-year schools, and four-year totals for four-year colleges and universities.
Scholarship totals have steadily increased over the last five years. In 2007, S.C. high school graduates garnered $684 million; $767 million in 2008; $869 million in 2009; $917 million in 2010; and $966 million in 2011.
Since 2007, South Carolina students have earned $5.2 billion in college scholarships, the state Department of Education said.