HGTC Technical Scholars Pogram

The Technical Scholars Program

The Technical Scholars program at HGTC is designed for high school students who are interested in careers in STEM, advanced manufacturing and healthcare related fields.

Advantages of the Technical Scholars Program

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  • Earn credits now that apply to high school and college degree requirements;
  • Provide a smooth transition from high school to college;
  • Ability to obtain national certification to assist with job placement opportunities upon graduation;
  • Reduce overall college costs significantly.

In order to be eligible, students must be able to complete his/her high school graduation requirements within the parameters of the program and meet admissions requirements through HGTC.

Programs Offered


  • Technical Scholars - Welding
    * For students attending an Horry County high school, please refer to the district information.


  • Technical Scholars - Patient Care & Medical Assistant
  • Technical Scholars - Welding
  • Technical Scholars - Mechatronics
  • Technical Scholars - Machine Tool Technology
  • Technical Scholars - Forestry and Wildlife
  • Technical Scholars - HVAC

How to Enroll in the Technical Scholars Program

  1. Students should contact their high school Guidance Counselor to obtain the Technical Scholars/Dual Enrollment Application Packet.

  2. Complete a HGTC dual enrollment application for admission and return to your high school counselor.
    The SC residency section on the application must be completed.

  3. Submit the completed FAFSA Waiver with required signatures to your high school counselor.

  4. Submit qualifying ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER test scores.
    Schedule an appointment with the testing center. After testing, turn in your scores to your school counselor.

SC Lottery Tuition Assistance

  • State regulations require students who have completed high school to submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to determine eligibility for SC Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA).  However, students enrolled in high school may sign a FAFSA waiver and be eligible for LTA. This FAFSA Waiver is included in the Technical Scholar Application packet and must be submitted. LTA is not based on financial need and covers over 60% of tuition costs

  • Technical Scholars students are eligible for SC Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA), upon meeting qualifications set by the State and enrolling in a minimum of 6 credits per semester.

  • Eligibility for the LIFE or Palmetto scholarships is not impacted by receiving LTA prior to graduation.

  • Early High School Completers: Upon graduation from high school, students cannot receive LTA and LIFE/Palmetto in the same academic year. For example, Early Completers who graduate high school mid-year may not receive LTA in the fall (enrolled in Technical Scholars classes during high-school) and LIFE in the spring (their first semester of college post high-school graduation)

SC•WINS Scholarship

The SC•WINS Scholarship is available to Dual Enrollment students who are already receiving Lottery Tuition Assistance and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Major: A student must be receiving a Lottery Tuition Assistance Program Scholarship (LTAP) for the current academic year and majoring in a critical workforce area as defined by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Educationand be enrolled in at least one course in a critical workforce area during the semester.
  • Income: A student must be receiving a LTAP scholarship for the current academic year and meet theUSDA income eligibility guidelinesfor free and reduced-priced meals.  Please send a copy of your approval letter from the school cafeteria to the PACE Program Coordinator.

Important Note: The grades of college courses completed in high school will affect your class standing and/or GPA and, accordingly, will affect your eligibility for LIFE and other merit-based scholarships following graduation.

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