Palmetto Scholarship

One of the most important initiatives of the South Carolina Bankers Association’s Young Bankers Division is the Palmetto Scholarship program. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been awarded over the years to deserving students. The Young Bankers Division Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament is the sole fundraiser for the Palmetto Scholarship. Thanks to many sponsors and supporters of the annual tournament, we are able to continue giving through this program. To reinforce the SCBA’s commitment to growing and assist students with the ever-increasing cost of higher education, the South Carolina Bankers Association will continue its scholarship giving with the SCBA Palmetto Scholarship. A key component of the program is the emphasis on offering scholarships to the children of employees or a part time employee* of SCBA member banks who are college students.

For more than a century, the SCBA has been blessed with the strong support of its member institutions and their employees. The Bankers Association believes offering scholarships to deserving children of bank employees helps demonstrate both its appreciation to member banks and their employees.  It also serves as a means for building a path to a better, more prosperous South Carolina.

The SCBA understands that many students today often find themselves burdened by significant debt upon graduation. By offering scholarships to children of bank employees, the SCBA seeks to help students pursue higher education while also laying the foundation for the next generation of South Carolina’s leaders.  Each Palmetto Scholarship awards $1,000.

Additionally, the SCBA Board of Directors is honoring the memory of two members of the South Carolina banking family whose lives were tragically taken during a bank robbery in 2017.  We have established two $2,500 scholarships named after Katie Skeen and Donna Major of CresCom Bank.  The Palmetto Scholarship Committee will select two individuals from the pool of applicants who will receive the “Katie Skeen Palmetto Scholarship” and the “Donna Major Palmetto Scholarship.”

To be considered for a SCBA Palmetto Scholarship students must:

  • Be a resident of South Carolina;
  • Have a parent/legal guardian who lives in South Carolina and works for a SCBA member bank, bank holding company, or wholly owned subsidiary in South Carolina OR be a part-time employee at a member bank working a minimum of 20 hours per week;
  • Be a [full-time] rising junior or rising senior undergraduate at an accredited four-year college or university in South Carolina;
  • Have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Be active in his or her school and community, demonstrate a solid work ethic, and possess strong leadership abilities, good teamwork and a desire to succeed; and
  • Submit a resume and letter of recommendation from a dean or professor when completing the online application. If you are a part time employee, you must also have a letter of recommendation from senior management.

The submission process for consideration in the SCBA Palmetto Scholarship involves:

  • Completing the electronic application (handwritten and/or incomplete applications will not be processed),
  • Upload a resume, and
  • Upload a letter of recommendation from a dean or professor.

Applications are accepted January – March of each year. Continue to check back here for any updates. Once the application closes each year, the Scholarship Committee will review and grade all applications and the students will be notified in the spring.  A dessert reception and check presentation is always held some time in May.  Stay tuned for more details!

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the SCBA Palmetto Scholarship, please contact Caroline Snijders by emailing or calling (803) 779-0850.

Have questions? Visit our Palmetto Scholarship Q & A page.

Congratulations to the 2018 Palmetto Scholarship Recipients

Katie Skeen Scholarship
Kenneth Turrentine, Horry Georgetown Technical College, son of Chardetta Turrentine, CresCom Bank

Donna Major Scholarship
Kaitlyn Coleman, North Greenville University, daughter of Angela Coleman, CresCom Bank

Palmetto Scholarship Recipients
Atlantic Community Bank
Will Monts, Clemson University, son of Michelle Pennell

Bank of America
Caroline Black, Clemson University, daughter of Ben Black
Brittney Desmond, University of South Carolina, daughter of Jacqui Desmond
Chandler Keith, Newberry College, son of Beth Keith
Ariana Mount, University of South Carolina, daughter of Douglas Mount
Jennifer Quindlen, University of South Carolina, daughter of Darlene Quindlen
Taylor Ramsue, College of Charleston, daughter of LaTasha Gandy
Leanne Schutz, Coastal Carolina University, daughter of Dawn Schutz
Sam Steele, Clemson University, daughter of Terry Steele
Brooke Ellison, Winthrop University, daughter of William Ellison

Bank of Clarendon
Lauren Lucas, University of South Carolina, daughter of Desiree Lucas

Bank of Travelers Rest
TaylorAnn Rainey, USC – Upstate, daughter of Stephanie Rainey

BB&T Scott and Stringfellow
Emma Coen, Clemson University, daughter of Elaine Coen

Blue Ridge Bank
Katherine Thomas, Clemson University, daughter of Kyle Thomas

CBL State Savings Bank
Devan Trout, North Greenville University, daughter of Dennis Trout

Community First Bank
Ashley Gibson, Winthrop University, daughter of Carol Gibson

Hannah Walter, University of South Carolina, daughter of Matthew Walter
Will Young, College of Charleston, son of Lynn Turner
Ashley Cooper, Winthrop University, daughter of John Cooper

CresCom Bank
Nate Foster, Clemson University, son of Joel Foster
Jackson Boyd, The Citadel, son of Jim Boyd

Farmers and Merchants Bank of SC
Hunter Paramore, USC – Beaufort, daughter of Charles Paramore
Brant Shuler, Clemson University, son of Arthur Shuler
Jacey Sohm, Wofford College, daughter of Howie Sohm

First Reliance Bank
Michelle Murray, Limestone College, daughter of Pamela Rhoads

GrandSouth Bank
Victoria Cannon, Presbyterian College, daughter of Lesley Cannon
Carl Strickland, Clemson University, son of Mike Strickland
Beale Wood, Clemson University, son of John Wood

Pickens Savings and Loan
Tessa Dunaway, North Greenville University, daughter of Susan Barkley

Sandhills Bank
Peyton Sutley, Clemson University, daughter of Shannon Sutley

South Atlantic Bank
Stephen Humphreys, University of South Carolina, son of Steve Humphreys
Will Pickens, The Citadel, son of Ken Pickens

South State Bank
Chelsea Alford, Furman University, daughter of Elizabeth Carriere
Abbie Kline, College of Charleston, daughter of Katie Moore
Chelsea McKelvey, Furman University, daughter of Edward McKelvey
Anjali Patel, University of South Carolina, daughter of Utpala Patel
Riley Pharr, Clemson University, son of Leslie Francis
Molly Phillips, Clemson University, son of Amanda Phillips
Tyler Pitre, University of South Carolina, son of Darlene Pitre
James Rode, Winthrop University, son of Kathryn Rode
Brittany Shelley, Coastal Carolina University, daughter of Rebecca Shelley
Rachel Spitzmiller, College of Charleston, daughter of Mike Spitzmiller
Emily Washburn, Wofford College, daughter of Kenneth Washburn
Marshall Westbrook, Wofford College, son of Andy Westbrook

Julia Derrick, University of South Carolina, daughter of Bob Derrick

TD Bank, N.A.
Addison Blome, Coastal Carolina University, daughter of Geoff Blome
Chris Brown, Clemson University, son of Jeff Brown
Ashlyn Huffman, Bob Jones University, part time employee
Benjamin Jenkins, University of South Carolina, son of Benjamin R. Jenkins III
Taylor More, University of South Carolina Upstate, part time employee

The Citizens Bank
Quin-Tasia Utsey, USC– Aiken, daughter of Shawnette Lincoln

The Conway National Bank
Caroline Sweatt, Southern Wesleyan University, daughter of Roger Sweatt

United Community Bank
Victoria Baker, Columbia International University, daughter of Kristina Baker
Caroline Currey, Clemson University, daughter of John Currey
Banks Lucas, Clemson University, daughter of Christie Manning
Shelly McComb, daughter of Rory McComb

Wells Fargo
Will Holstein, Clemson University, son of Elizabeth Holstein
Forrest Redden, Clemson University, son of Rick Redden


Click here to view photos from the 2018 Palmetto Scholarship Reception.

Palmetto Scholarship