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TTOG Scholarship

Funded by
2 winners, $5,000 each
Application Deadline
May 24, 2024
Winners Announced
Jun 24, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
South Carolina
3.5 or higher
Financial Status:
Low or middle-income

Many lower-income students excel academically yet struggle to afford their collegiate dreams.

These financial burdens can make it impossible to enroll in and complete a college program, leaving many students in cycles of poverty. High-achieving students who push themselves despite their financial limitations should be uplifted so that their dreams aren't out of reach. 

This scholarship seeks to honor Terryn, Teagan, and Olivia Giles by supporting students who need financial assistance in order to achieve their educational goals.

Any low or middle-income high school senior in South Carolina who has at least a 3.5 GPA may apply for this scholarship, but applicants with AP, IB, or dual enrollment experience are preferred.

To apply, tell us how the advanced courses you’ve taken have prepared you to be nice and hardworking and how your financial background has hindered your path to higher education.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Need
Published February 23, 2024
Essay Topic

The Giles family motto is, “the two most important things are to be nice and hard working.” How have the advanced courses you’ve taken (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment) helped prepare you to be nice and hard working? How have your financial circumstances hindered your path to higher education?

400–600 words

Winning Applications

Morgan Glaze
Travelers Rest HighCLEVELAND, SC
When I initially enrolled in IB classes my sophomore year at Travelers Rest High School, I was prepared to participate in an academically rigorous program that would strengthen my applications to future colleges and provide me with additional learning opportunities. However, within the first few weeks of my classes, I realized that the program was unlike the typical AP courses I completed in the past. The pace, content, and curriculum of the IB program was unlike anything I had previously experienced, and I was initially left shocked. How was I to become the “open-minded”, “balanced” individual that my teachers wanted me to become with the caliber of work that I was expected to complete? However, as my time in the IB program continued, I began to realize that in order to thrive, I needed to adjust my attitude towards personal and academic success. By immersing myself in the IB values of becoming an “inquiring”, “caring” and “principled” person, I have become a kinder and more hardworking individual that is prepared to tackle my future endeavors. After initially struggling to adjust to the rigor and difficulty of the IB program, I began to realize the wide spectrum of benefits that the curriculum has provided me. Instead of remaining in my shell as a more reserved individual, the IB program has allowed me to develop into a more socially mature person. The numerous presentations I have completed within my classes have enabled me to become a more social person that is able to communicate more effectively with others. This skill has benefitted me outside of my classes as well, inspiring me to apply for my first job as a cashier who must deal with challenging situations on a daily basis. Additionally, IB has also allowed me to communicate with my teachers and peers with a kind demeanor in times of stress. In an environment where I was constantly surrounded by the same individuals, it was at times difficult to kindly express my emotions without becoming frustrated with my peers. However, my classmates and I have realized that collaboration, rather than retaliation, breeds success. I now feel confident in my ability to express myself and to effectively communicate with others in a kind and polite manner. In addition to helping me develop into a kinder and more polite individual, the IB program has also helped me to refine my academic skills and become a more hard-working person. I have learned that diligence -- rather than procrastination and fear -- is the determining factor of success in many situations. I have also learned that in times of stress, it is more important to focus on a single task at one time rather than to become mesmerized in the quantity of work that there is to complete. I believe that IB has fully prepared me for the curriculum and rigor of work I will experience in my future career in nursing. In the fall of 2024, I hope to attend Clemson University to persue a bachelor of science degree in Nursing. Following the completion of this degree, I plan to enroll in a CRNA program or become a Nurse Practitioner to give back to my community and to help improve the lives of others. However, in order to achieve this goal, I will need to find ways to pay for my education as the costs of CRNA and N.P. programs continue to rise. I hope to provide high-quality care to children or women within my community, and the TTOG Scholarship will enable me to do so by reducing the financial burden of these costs.
Madeline Frazier
Travelers Rest HighGREENVILLE, SC
Growing up in an area that can sometimes struggle to support higher academic students, I was thoroughly blessed with the opportunity to participate in stronger classes at my high school. Greenville, South Carolina, while a growing community, is not known for its rigorous academics or a "gateway" to the popular Ivy Leagues all around the country. Many students that grow up in our town tend to stay in our town, held by tradition and conservative values. While this is not an all negative scenario, it was never my dream. Ever since I was a young student, I had goals of moving out of my small town and seeing what God had given me and truly showing other people the love and strength of Jesus. I strive to excel and put every ounce of effort into everything I do, and finding a challenge has been a long term goal of mine, having the opportunities to grow. As I progressed in my studies, I was able to find what some would call "loopholes" for moving on to meet my goals, and I was able to do this at Travelers Rest High School. My teachers were strong and diligent in helping us meet our standards, a luxury that is rare with many high schools currently. Travelers Rest's AP and IB programs were nothing less than the academic challenge that comes with the prestigious names. Alongside, I was able to take classes at our local community college, Greenville Tech, and gain early exposure to a collegiate classroom atmosphere. In taking these rigorous courses: Dual Enrollment English 102, and Advanced Calculus with Analytical Geometry, IB Sports, Health and Exercise Science and AP Language Composition, I was able to learn critical life skills such as time management, perseverance and diligence. These classes forced me to push myself and to be all of that I could be with a lesser amount of instructor supervision, similar to what I will find later in life whether that be academically or career based. I was also able to grow significantly as a person, for all of my instructors genuinely cared about my growth and success, allowing me to be myself and create long-lasting friendships. Travelers Rest High School was able to create opportunities for everyone, no matter their abilities or goals, which is a characteristic that is sometimes hard to come by. Having the ability to complete these higher level courses will prepare me for college and will help me find the success that I have been reaching toward since I was young.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 24, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jun 24, 2024.

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