sfo (scholarship funding organizations)

evan.cobb.choice.scholarshipScholarship Funding Organizations (or SGO’s Scholarship Granting Organizations) are those designated charities which award grants to exceptional needs children attending eligible schools.

To view a current list of Scholarship Funding Organizations, please click here to IndependentEd’s website
All SFOs must:
  • Be South Carolina based 501(c)3 tax exempted non-profit corporations
  • Spend 95 percent of their income on grants
  • Not have felons, bankruptcy filers or recipient parents serving as directors, volunteers, contractors, consultants, or fundraisers
  • Award grants to students at two or more eligible schools
  • Complete an annual comprehensive audit and provide it the Secretary of State and Education Oversight Committee (EOC)
  • Not release personally identifiable information pertaining to students or donors or use information collected for financial gain
  • Not place conditions on schools enrolling students receiving scholarships to limit the ability of the schools to enroll students accepting grants from other SFOs