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Palmetto Boys State returns for another great year

A group of 700 rising seniors from high schools across South Carolina came to Anderson University last summer to learn about leadership and government and make lifelong connections to impact their communities. Anderson has hosted thousands of Boys State students on its campus since 2011.

This year’s Palmetto Boys State took place June 12-18. The week-long leadership program involves a group of the most promising high school leaders from across South Carolina. They are selected to be part of the camp, which was begun by the American Legion more than 80 years ago to develop future leaders for South Carolina.


Anderson University has hosted thousands of Palmetto Boys State students on its campus since 2011.

Palmetto Boys State participants are nominated by their schools and selected by local American Legion chapters to participate in mock government by running for office, drafting legislation and presenting that legislation to legislators in Columbia.

Anderson University is privileged to serve as the host site for the annual Palmetto Boys State Encampment. In recognition of this special partnership, Anderson University provides a $1,000 scholarship to all Boys and Girls State citizens. In addition, qualifying Boys State citizens are invited to compete for one $40,000 scholarship each year.


To learn more about Anderson University Boys and Girls State Scholarships visit: