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Financial Aid:
Scholarship Opportunities

About Scholarships:

Scholarships, offered by various organizations, private donors, and sometimes the school itself, are a form of “gift” aid that doesn’t require repayment. They can recognize academic excellence, talents, or achievements in areas like arts or sports. Each scholarship has its unique criteria, application process, and may require essays or recommendations. While the FAFSA isn’t always needed for scholarships, completing it is advised since some donors consider financial need. Remember, any scholarship received must be reported to the Financial Aid Office as part of your overall financial aid package.

High School Graduate Pre-Enrollment Scholarship:

High school seniors graduating this year can apply for a $1,000 scholarship from January to May of their graduation year. Applicants are required to submit an essay, referrals, and their high school transcripts. Each high school in Charleston and Dorchester County has two scholarships available. These scholarships are awarded annually between May and August of the graduation year, and recipients must enroll by December following their high school graduation. 

For more details on the High School Graduate Pre-Enrollment Scholarships, please contact us at

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Enroll in a cosmetology course by the end of that calendar year.
  • Maintain an 85% or above in both attendance and grade average.
  • Not receive any suspensions throughout their course.
  • Use the scholarship towards their tuition only.
  • Scholarship is applied at the final checkpoint of SAP.


Scholarship Details:


  • (2) Typed Personal Character References (not provided by family).
  • (3) Personal Essays discussing
    • Your Personal & Professional Goals
    • Lifetime achievements or charitable involvements
    • Financial need.
  • Creativity and Presentation will be considered.


Applications should be submitted to Ms. Jennifer Graffeo in the admissions office in person or by email to:

Additional Scholarship Resources:

FastWeb.Com: is the premier online resource when it comes to paying for and preparing for school. They have scholarships for every type of student from the high school freshmen to the returning adult. They’ve been around for over 15 years and have earned a reputation as a leading scholarship search provider. They not only find scholarships but offer our members information on financial aid, jobs and internships, student life and more.


We also recommend contacting all vendors that a student uses for their hair care, skin care, and nail care. A student should inquire with the right department to see if there are scholarships available.

Recent Scholarship Opportunities Added:

The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) is a great resource for info on cosmetology school grants and scholarships. Here’s another resource for beauty school grants.


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