2016-2017 Scholarship Application:  Click HERE

STEP TWO Independent Medical Professional Form: Click HERE

June 8th, 2016 Update:  Well, it is final and Governor Haley has signed the 2016-2017 Budget which includes our (
now DORs) scholarship program. Without any public discussion, input, or a hearing … and in the final 52 minutes of the nearly 5 month long 2016 legislative budget session … a few key opposition SC Legislators transferred complete control of the scholarship program for the 2016-2017 school year to the SC Department of Revenue. After 3 years of unprecedented success, everybody (including parents, schools & donors) will have to start over – sometime in “early July“.

2016-2017 Proviso 109.15 click HERE.   More updates coming soon!!! 

PRESS UPDATE (5/26/2016):  “a huge blow to our children” that “has thrown families and schools into disarray.”  For The State Newspaper article, click HERE.

EDITORIAL UPDATE (6/13/2016):  “Keep State Out of PKF“, click HERE.

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Parents – Although funds are still limited (there was no increase in the $12 program cap), the new law gives priority prior year recipients. New scholarship applicants at any level school (Level 1, 2 or 3) will have no legal priority, and kids at our full time schools will have no legal priority either.  Ugggg … we needed FULL FUNDING, not this.

Donors – The Department of Revenue will be establishing a 509(a)(1) – (4) for acceptance of tax credit donations.  DOR has told us they will have a webpage posted in early July.  Stay tuned.

Sylvan D. Proser
Tax Research Manager
South Carolina Department of Revenue
Research and Forms Development
P.O. Box 125
Columbia, SC 29214

We hope DOR will take care of our 4,000 families – CHANGING LIVES!!!  

UPDATE (6/1/2016):  By popular request from parents, school leaders, donors, CPAs … and others (including legislators) … we at Palmetto Kids FIRST will continue to advocate on our kids behalf … on your behalf!!!  LET’S GET OUR PROGRAM BACK (with full funding) IN 2017!!!


Palmetto Kids FIRST is South Carolina’s only independent and non-partisan Scholarship Funding Organization. Since January 1, 2014, together we raised approximately $18 million from 1,000 individual donors ranging from $100 to $2.75 MILLION each. We have allocated over $17 million dollars of K-12 scholarships to eligible “special needs” children – that is nearly 3,000 scholarships at 70 schools all across SC (and issuing more everyday)!!!  Together we are “changing lives”.

Any questions, please contact Palmetto Kids FIRST at info@palmettokidsFIRST.org or call us anytime at 843-501-1842 (office).