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.

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.

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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.”

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To be considered for a SCBA Palmetto Scholarship students must:

  • Be a resident of South Carolina;
  • Be a rising junior or rising senior in COLLEGE, in South Carolina (must be an accredited four-year college or university in 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 [the student] be a part-time employee at a member bank working a minimum of 20 hours per week;
  • 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 yourself [the student] are a part-time employee of a member bank, 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.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted January – March of each year. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019! 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 will be held 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 csnijders@scbankers.org or calling (803) 779-0850.

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

CONGRATULATIONS, 2019 WINNERS!

Ameris Bank
Rachel Anderson, University of South Carolina, daughter of Tina Anderson
Scott Samson, University of South Carolina, son of Brian Samson

Anderson Brothers Bank
Summer Goewey, University of South Carolina, daughter of Dean Goewey

Arthur State Bank
Grayson Fallaw, Presbyterian College, son of John Fallaw

Bank of America
Addie Cromer, University of South Carolina, daughter of Kevin Cromer
Katherine Giraldo Escobar, Clemson University, daughter of Rosalia Escobar
LaCourtney Jackson, Clemson University, employee
Bri Kennedy, Presbyterian College, daughter of Stephen Clyburn
Taylor Ramsue, College of Charleston, daughter of LaTasha Gandy
Leanne Schutz, Coastal Carolina University, daughter of Dawn Schutz
Caroline Trembly, Clemson University, daughter of Mark Trembly

Bank of Travelers Rest
Skylar Hicks, Coastal Carolina University, daughter of Kelly Eldridge
Kayelin Talley, Clemson University, daughter of Chris Talley

BB&T
Tristyn Peterson, University of South Carolina, son of Amanda Peterson

Carolina Alliance Bank
Halley Gainey, Clemson University, daughter of Tina Gainey
Kaylin Rogers, Anderson University, daughter of Gina Rogers

Carolina Bank & Trust Co.
Zoe Geddie, Francis Marion University, employee

Coastal Carolina National Bank
Eugene Utley, Clemson University, son of Maura Utley

CoastalStates Bank
MaryAllan Dolyniuk, Winthrop University, daughter of Randy Dolyniuk

Community First Bank
TJ Galloway, Anderson University, son of Sheila Galloway

Conway National Bank
Audrey Hinson, University of South Carolina, daughter of Anita Hinson

Countybank
Morgan Roberts, University of South Carolina, daughter of Chris Roberts

CresCom Bank
*Kaitlyn Coleman, North Greenville University, daughter of Angela Coleman
*Shane Peters, Coastal Carolina University, son of Helen Peters

First Citizens Bank
Houston Bennett, Coastal Carolina University, son of James Bennett
Boyce McCool, University of South Carolina, son of Gerald McCool
Morgan McCrary, Wofford College, daughter of Vicki McCrary
Oliver Tucker, Clemson University, son of Angelia Henry

First Community Bank
Riley Branham, University of South Carolina, daughter of Charlie Branham
Rachel Hair, University of South Carolina Aiken, employee
Peter Jones, Anderson University, son of Kevin Jones
Andrew Lyon, University of South Carolina, son of John Lyon
Whitney Roberts, University of South Carolina, daughter of Gina Roberts

First Reliance Bank
Isaac Smith, Winthrop University, son of Catherine Smith

GrandSouth Bank
Beale Wood, Clemson University, son of John Wood
Mary Wallace Martin, Furman University, daughter of Patrick Martin

HomeTrust Bank
Sam Gooding, College of Charleston, son of Ron Gooding

Palmetto State Bank
Will Gooding, Clemson University, employee

South Atlantic Bank
Will Monts, Clemson University, son of Michelle Pennell
Austin Siau, University of South Carolina, son of Danny Siau

South State Bank
Haleigh Kauffmann, Winthrop University, daughter of Greg Kinkade
Rachel Spitzmiller, College of Charleston, daughter of Mike Spitzmiller
Jayme Chisholm, South Carolina State University, daughter of Mary Chisholm
LeighAnn Faulkner, College of Charleston, daughter of Rob Faulkner
Eli Goodwin, Anderson University, son of Marty Goodwin
Reagan Kilpatrick, College of Charleston, daughter of Carl Kilpatrick
Abbie Kline, College of Charleston, daughter of Katie Moore
Amy Petrolawicz, College of Charleston, daughter of Lee Petrolawicz
Brittany Shelley, Coastal Carolina University, daughter of Becky Shelley
Marshall Westbrook, Wofford College, son of Andy Westbrook

Synovus
Jessica Coffin, Winthrop University, daughter of Byron Coffin
Parker Futrell, Erskine College, son of Kevin Futrell
Allie Kyber, Clemson University, daughter of Neal Kyber

TD Bank, N.A.
Addison Blome, Coastal Carolina University, daughter of Geoff Blome
Jessica Lane, University of South Carolina, daughter of Craig Lane
Rebecca Little, Furman University, daughter of Lucinda Little
Vedanti Patel, University of South Carolina, employee
Aditya Pradhan, University of South Carolina, son of Preeti Pradhan

United Community Bank
Caroline Currey, Clemson University, daughter of John Currey
Madeline Durrell, Clemson University, daughter of Bill Durell

Wells Fargo
Will Holstein, Clemson University, son of Elizabeth Holstein
Madeline Huffman, Clemson University, daughter of Vivian Huffman
Forrest Redden, Clemson University, son of Rick Redden

Congratulations!

*Denotes students who won the Donna Major & Katie Skeen Palmetto Scholarships