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Merit Scholarships

Heathwood Hall offers the following merit scholarships for new students: the Rainey Scholarship and the Timmerman Scholarship.

Eligible candidates should contact Jane Beach in the admission office at 803-231-7796 or beachj@heathwood.org

In addition to standard admission requirements, scholarship candidates must submit a supplemental application and schedule an interview with the scholarship committee. 

Scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee comprised of admission staff, administrators, and teachers.

Rainey Scholars Program

Established by the Rainey family in honor of their parents, Callie and John Rainey, this innovative program’s goal is to bring a cadre of academically exceptional students with notable potential in leadership, athletics, and service to the Heathwood Hall Upper School. The Rainey family is offering this scholarship as an incentive to attract the “best and brightest” to the School.  Students selected as Rainey Scholars will receive a fifty percent merit scholarship to defray the cost of tuition. The Rainey Scholarship is available to new students in rising 9th – 11th grades.

Admission to the program will be based on both demonstrated achievement in and potential for future development of the program’s four key characteristics: academics, athletics, service, and leadership. Those not selected as a Rainey scholar will still receive full consideration for admission to Heathwood Hall.

In keeping with the spirit of the program, no current or former Heathwood students will be eligible for the Rainey Scholars Program as we attempt to broaden the reach of the school. Only students applying for admission to the 9th – 11th grades will be considered.


Who are Rainey Scholars?

Academically exceptional, well-rounded students who are poised to lead and inspire others. To be eligible for a Rainey Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:


Academics

Candidates must have an average PSAT score in the 90th percentile or above for their current year in critical reading and math.  For those candidates who have not yet taken the PSAT, Heathwood Hall will administer the verbal ability and quantitative ability sections of the ERB.  Eligible candidates must average 90% or above (suburban norms) on these two sections. 

Candidates must have a 90% or above in all core courses for the first academic semester OR an average of 93% in all core courses for the first academic semester.


Athletics

A critical component of a Rainey Scholar is the individual’s ability in and dedication to an athletic pursuit. The serious pursuit of athletics is an expectation of Rainey Scholars because it is one major avenue that fosters the drive, commitment, dedication, and success the school hopes these young people will demonstrate for the rest of their lives. Applicants must participate at a high level in at least one sport.  Participation may be through a school sponsored team or another high-level organized athletic activity outside of school.


Service

Rainey Scholar applicants must demonstrate an interest in issues and problems of the community and world with a corresponding service ethic and desire to create real, workable solutions.  Students must be engaged in active volunteerism with a non-profit organization.


Leadership

Whether in the classroom or as a leader of a team, club, or activity Rainey Scholars must have the potential to serve as catalysts for other students.  Their potential for leadership at Heathwood Hall could affect many aspects of school life as well as community relationships.  Potential for leadership will be evaluated based on current activities and teacher recommendations.

Timmerman Scholars Program

The Timmerman Scholarship, named in honor of William B. Timmerman, is offered to up to two new students of color in rising grades 6 -11 who embody the values and ideals that represent the very best of the Heathwood community. Bill Timmerman, the retired CEO of SCANA, is well known for his role as an agent for change and champion of diversity in South Carolina.   The Timmerman Scholarship supports Heathwood’s founding mission centered on a commitment to building a school community enriched with a talented and diverse student body.  Timmerman Scholars will receive a fifty percent merit scholarship to help defray the cost of tuition. 

Candidates for the Timmerman Merit Scholarship Awards will be outstanding individuals with proven records of academic achievement and potential as demonstrated through performance in the classroom and on standardized tests. Timmerman Scholars are well-rounded students who actively participate in co-curricular activities.  

Those not selected as a Timmerman Scholar will still receive full consideration for admission to Heathwood Hall.


Who are Timmerman Scholars?

 Academically exceptional, well rounded students of color who embody the values and ideals that represent the very best of the Heathwood community.   Intellect and integrity are among the defining factors of a Timmerman Scholar.  To be eligible for a Timmerman Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:


Academics

Candidates must have an average PSAT score in the 95th percentile or above for their current year in critical reading and math.  For those candidates who have not yet taken the PSAT, Heathwood Hall will administer the verbal ability and quantitative ability sections of the ERB.  Eligible candidates must average 95% or above (suburban norms) on these two sections. 

Candidates must have a 90% or above in all core courses for the first academic semester OR an average of 93% in all core courses for the first academic semester.


Participation in Co-Curricular Activities

Candidates must actively participate in one or more co-curricular activities.  Activities may be but do not need to be school sponsored.


Integrity and Character

Candidates must be identified by their strong character and integrity.  These factors will be evaluated based on recommendations by teachers.


Eligibility

To be eligible for a Timmerman Merit Scholarship, applicants must be a student of color new to Heathwood Hall and be in rising 6th – 11th grades.