The Constitution of Palmetto Girls State provides that the following requirements of eligibility must be met by the delegates selected to attend PGS:
Eligibility is limited to girls in their Junior or third year of high school and who will be seniors in September or January following the Girls State session. All girls must attend schools within the State of South Carolina (unless a waiver is obtained from the Palmetto Girls State Committee) and be sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary.
When choosing delegates, the following individual qualifications should be considered:
INTEREST IN GOVERNMENT
DESIRE TO ATTEND PGS
These qualities are not mutually exclusive. The above-listed criteria are important when you consider that the week is challenging both physically and mentally and that the delegate must co-exist with others in a controlled environment on a regimented schedule.
Samsung Scholarship Program
Samsung has endowed a scholarship fund to provide scholarships to descendants of U.S. wartime veterans. Participants in Girls State are eligible to apply for this scholarship if they are direct descendants of a U.S. veteran who served during a period of war. Additional information about the Samsung Scholarship Program will be included in the 2015 Delegate materials.
ACE Network College Credit
Thanks to a partnership between Clemson University and The ACE Network, delegates of Palmetto Girls State are eligible to earn college credit for their participation in Palmetto Girls State thereby getting a head start on their college career.
Junior Counselor Applications
Junior Counselors are staff members who are returning to Palmetto Girls State the year after their delegate year. Their primary duty is to assist Senior Counselors in leading delegates through all of the week’s events. Please consult our Junior Counselor Application page for additional information.