SSG Matthew J. Taylor Memorial Scholarship      

The fund was established in 2008 in memory of Army Staff Sergeant Matthew J. Taylor, a decorated soldier who completed two deployments in Afghanistan before being killed in action in Iraq. The Fund assists students enrolled in either an associate degree or diploma program who did not complete high school, but have earned a General Education Development (GED) certificate and wish to gain a college education in order to achieve personal, academic and professional goals.

Eligibility Criteria: To be considered for this scholarship, an applicant:

1)      must have earned a General Education Development (GED) certificate instead of a high school diploma;
2)       must be a returning student;
3)     
must be a Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester county resident;
4)     
must be enrolled in an associate degree or diploma program;
5)     
must enroll in and maintain at least six credit hours;
6)      must have completed at least six hours (completed Developmental Studies and bridge courses may be counted);
7)      must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater; and
8)      must demonstrate financial need (determined from completed FAFSA form).

Essay Requirement:  Applicants are required to provide a brief statement describing educational and professional goals and how the scholarship will help achieve those goals.  Instructions for submitting the essay will be provided during the application process.

Award amount/use:  Award of up to $1,800 ($600 for fall semester/$600 for spring semester/$600 for summer semestr) for tuition, books, required course materials and equipment. The award is renewable for three years as long as the recipient continues to meet all eligibility criteria.