Departmental Scholarships

Departmental scholarships are made possible through generous individual donors, corporations and non-profit organizations.

To qualify for departmental scholarships, current undergraduate students must be a declared major in the department awarding funds. Incoming students must list their intent to major in the department when registering.

Students listed as "undeclared" are not eligible for departmental scholarships.

Graduate Program Scholarships

SSME Scholarships

Quattrochi Scholarship

Open to all SSME majors, the Quattrochi Merit Scholarship was created by Peter Lawrence Quattrochi and Jane Elizabeth Quattrochi ’93, for students at the College of Charleston. The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and an original essay.


  • Student must be full-time at College of Charleston and must participate in a minimum of two College of Charleston organizations
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Rising junior or senior majoring in Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering

Apply through the Cougar Scholarship Award System (CSAS).

Crossing the Cistern

This one-year momentum program aims to re-engage students and improve their academic standing to achieve academic, professional and personal success.

The program focuses on the inclusion, retention and well-being of students with an emphasis on serving individuals of under-represented populations including women in science, math and engineering.

In addition to $650 of scholarship support per academic year, students accepted to the SSME-CTC program will receive academic advising, one-on-one and group mentoring by SSME faculty, extracurricular programming and interactive peer communities to help navigate the academic experience.

Program Eligibility:

  • Declaration of a major within SSME
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours
  • GPA: 2.0 – 2.99
  • One-year commitment to the program

Program Support:

  • $650 per year with positive engagement in the program activities


  • Crossing the Cistern applications open in the spring with a deadline for applications in August.


Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LS-AMP) program is a four-year academic program designed to increase and retain historically underrepresented minority students in STEM fields. The program offers enrichment opportunities such as mentoring, counseling, networking, tutoring, and special access to professional and community development opportunities.
  • Incoming First-Year Students
    Incoming freshmen may apply to the LS-AMP Program after being accepted to the College of Charleston. Eligible students will be invited via email.


    Benefits of being an LS-AMP Scholar:

    • Eligible students will receive an annual stipend of up to $500 during the academic year.
    • Access to funding to enhance your education through international study, professional conferences, and undergraduate research opportunities.
    • Enhanced support as a member of a community of undergraduate scholars with connections to professional and peer mentors to achieve in STEM courses and beyond.
    • Preparation and guidance towards graduate or professional school with bi-monthly research and professional development meetings and career counseling.
    • Leadership opportunities, engagement in community service projects, and tutoring.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Math placement score of 5 or more.
    • SAT Mathematics Score Range: 580-670 or ACT Mathematics score of 24-31 and High School GPA 4.0 or higher.
    • Must have taken and passed Algebra 3 and Trigonometry or Pre-Calculus with a grade of A or B.
    • Must have a high "A or B" academic average based on a 5.0 scale.
    • Be able to take a Pre-Calculus or Introductory Calculus course in the Fall.

      Note: Students who have taken any "AP" mathematics courses should submit AP scores as soon as possible. Also, students who have taken mathematics coursework at another college while in high school (dual enrollment) must submit an official transcript to the College of Charleston’s Registrar's Office. 

    Recommended Math Classes

    Because all science and engineering majors require a strong foundation in mathematics, we strongly encourage our scholars to register for the appropriate math classes during their first semester.

    Based on their math placement determined during admission, eligible students will register for one of the following math class options during the Fall semester:

    1. MATH 111, Pre-Calculus (4 credits) and accompanied Lab support, MATH 111S (1 credit), or
    2. MATH 120 Introductory Calculus (4 credits) and accompanied Lab support, MATH 120S (1 credit), or
    3. MATH 220 or MATH 250 (depending on the major requirements and a requisite high math placement)

    All courses emphasize the concepts and skills that are required for all science majors.


    NOTE: The application deadline for Fall 2024 is July 31, 2024.

     QR code to LS-AMP incoming student application

    2024 LS-AMP Application
  • Currently Enrolled Students

    Currently-enrolled sophomores and juniors may apply to the LS-AMP Program during September of each year. More information about the program is available on The Hub.

    Eligibility Requirements

    • Underrepresented minority as defined by the National Science Foundation (African-American, Hispanic American, Pacific Islander, or Native American)
    • Citizen or legal resident of the United States
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Undergraduate student seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in: Astrophysics, Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Geosciences, Geology, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Meteorology, Physics, Software Engineering, or Systems Engineering.
    • Student must attend the College of Charleston
    • Student must intend to pursue graduate studies and conduct undergraduate research with a faculty mentor
    • Complete LS-AMP application by September 31

    NOTE: The application window for 2024 is from September 1-31, 2024. Please check back for the 2024 application.

    QR code to LS-AMP current student application


    Current Student LS-AMP Application

LS-AMP is an initiative of the National Science Foundation and is a part of the South Carolina Alliance of the LS-AMP programs.