The DSSF assists academically gifted, deserving students from diverse economic circumstances.  Many of these students do not have the financial means to attend college and are often denied the opportunity to develop their full potential.  To help alleviate these crippling financial obstacles, the DSSF partners with South Carolina State University to support the Presidential Promise Scholarship Program.

The Donnie Shell Scholarship Foundation is independently operated by its Board of Directors as a non-profit (501-c-3) organization.  All donations are tax deductible, as allowed by IRS guidelines.