GSSM – 83 Percent of GSSM Seniors Qualify as Palmetto Fellows

May 24, 2007

On Saturday, June 2, 59 seniors from across the state will graduate from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville. Of those 59 students, 83 percent have qualified for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program.

The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship opportunity administered by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. Each Palmetto Fellow may receive a scholarship of up to $6,700 annually. Palmetto Fellows may be supported for a maximum of eight full time terms of study toward the first baccalaureate degree at a participating institution in South Carolina.

In addition, 17 GSSM seniors have qualified for the Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (LIFE) Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship program administered by the financial aid office at each eligible public and independent college and university in South Carolina.

“GSSM students are increasingly deciding to stay in-state for college,” said Dr. Murray Brockman, GSSM president. “The biggest single reason for that choice is the rising quality of South Carolina’s universities. Our students have been working at high levels of science and math already, and they know high quality when they see it. They all have participated in on-going research projects at a state university or industrial laboratory, so they have an established relationship with scientists in this state.”

Sixty-six percent of GSSM graduates will attend college in South Carolina.

For more information on the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, please contact Jacqulyne Pouncey at the GSSM Foundation at 803-252-9152 or [email protected].