Scholarships

Note: All scholarships that are offered through the College are advertised at and require a student application through this common portal: https://cofc.academicworks.com/

Harry Freeman Scholarship

These scholarships are funded through gifts made by former students and friends of Dr. Harry Freeman on the occasion of his retirement from the College in 1999.  A graduate of CofC, Dr. Freeman joined the Biology Department as a faculty member in 1960 and served as its chair for 18 years.

Scholarship Honors Biology Professor’s Legacy

Remembering a Legend: Harry W. Freeman

Intended for: Incoming freshman students who have indicated a desire to study biology and have demonstrated academic potential.  Students are eligible to apply before they have matriculated.  Two scholarships are available at any time. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years as long as the recipient maintains the College’s GPA standard for scholarship renewal (3.0) and remains a major in the Biology department.  A committee selects each recipient from among scholarship applications of incoming students who indicate an interest in majoring in Biology or Marine Biology. Apply at https://cofc.academicworks.com/opportunities/5023 (Deadline Feb. 1)

Dr. Susan J. Morrison Scholarship in Biology

Dr. Morrison joined the College of Charleston faculty in 1979 and served the College for 38 years as a biology faculty member, as the first director of the minor in Environmental Studies, and as Associate Provost. Most of her research focused on microbiology, sanitation, and environmental issues, with significant collaborative involvement of undergraduate students. This scholarship was established in 2019 by Dr. Morrison, Professor Emeritus in the Biology Department.

Intended for: rising Sophomore, Junior or Senior Biology majors not enrolled in the Honors College.  Preference is given to students with an expressed interest in microbiology. The faculty of the Department of Biology chooses the single recipient each year, and the award is renewable.  Apply at https://cofc.academicworks.com/opportunities/5663 (Deadline Feb. 1)

Maggie T. Pennington Scholarship

This scholarship was endowed by students, friends, and alumni to celebrate the retirement of Maggie Pennington, after 35 years of service teaching biology and botany from 1962 to 1997. She was the first full-time female faculty member hired by the College and served as the College's first Dean of Women. She played a crucial role in designing and building the campus’ greenhouses. She also served as president of the South Carolina Academy of Science in 1971–72.  She was awarded the Founders’ Medal, the highest award given at the College.  

Maggie T. Pennington, CofC Distinguished Service Award

Intended for: an outstanding rising junior or non-graduating senior Biology major.  An award given to a junior is renewable in the senior year.  The faculty of the Department of Biology chooses the single recipient each year.  Apply at https://cofc.academicworks.com/opportunities/3413 (Deadline Feb. 1)

Dr. Stephanie Dellis Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Dellis taught molecular biology at the College and mentored undergraduates in research projects for 14 years. She also taught at the National Youth Science Campus, encouraging high school students to pursue careers in the sciences.  Her passion for teaching and mentoring is embodied in this scholarship, which was established in 2014 by family and friends to honor Dr. Dellis and to memorialize her devotion to her students.

Intended for: a student who is pursuing a B.S. in Biology, with preference given to those with a concentration in molecular biology. The faculty of the Department of Biology chooses the single recipient each year.  Apply at https://cofc.academicworks.com/opportunities/5507 (Deadline Feb. 1)

The Navy League Council of Charleston Marine Biology Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1989 by Jerry J. Nuss '90 and the Nuss Family Scholarship.

Intended for: a rising senior or non-graduating senior Marine Biology major who has demonstrated exceptional academic performance.   The faculty of the Department of Biology chooses the single recipient each year.  Apply at https://cofc.academicworks.com/opportunities/3125 (Deadline Feb. 1)

Goat Island Boat Club Scholarship

The Goat Island Boat Club sponsors a $2000 merit scholarship to either a high school senior who will be attending a higher learning institution in the fall or a student currently pursuing a degree in wildlife management, forestry, fisheries, marine biology, or other related field.  Eligible high school seniors must reside in Clarenon, Calhoun, Orangeburg, Berkeley, or Sumter counties.  This scholarship is not administered through the College.  Application available online. (Deadline April 15)

Health Profession Scholarships and Awards:

Dr. René Ravenel Endowed Scholarship

W. Jervey Ravenel Memorial Scholarship

J. Gorman '43 and Gladys Thomas Endowed Memorial Scholarship

Mary Louise Kurtnacker Memorial Award

MCAT Prep Scholarship

These five awards are determined by the Health Professions Advisor at the College of Charleston.  Learn more about these awards from the Health Professions Advising website.