South Carolina’s Education Scholarship Trust Fund Program Now Accepting Applications

January 16, 2024

In an effort to enhance educational opportunities for South Carolina residents, the Education Scholarship Trust Fund Program, also known as the “Education Scholarship Account” (ESA), has officially opened its application process. Eligible students have the chance to receive an annual scholarship of $6,000 to cover approved educational expenses.

Who is Eligible?

Families residing in South Carolina are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, but there are specific eligibility criteria to consider. To qualify, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. South Carolina Residency: Applicants must be South Carolina residents.
  2. Income Criteria: Families with a total income of less than 200% of the federal poverty rate are eligible to apply.
  3. Previous Public School Enrollment: Students must have been enrolled in a public school during the 2023-24 academic year.
  4. Age Requirement: Students who turned five between September 1, 2023, and September 1, 2024, are eligible to apply.

Application Process

Interested families should act promptly, as spaces for the Education Scholarship Trust Fund Program are limited. The application process is now open, and families can submit their applications by visiting this link.

Important Considerations

It’s crucial to note that students who receive a scholarship through this program cannot enroll as full-time students in their resident school district during the 2024-25 school year. This provision ensures that scholarship recipients can fully utilize the benefits of the program without conflicting commitments.

How to Apply

For detailed information on the application process, eligibility criteria, and other important details, interested families can visit the official Education Scholarship Trust Fund Program website at

With limited spaces available, families are urged to begin the application process promptly. The Education Scholarship Trust Fund Program aims to provide financial support to deserving students, opening doors to a quality education that may otherwise be challenging to access. Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in your child’s future – apply now!