Emerge South Carolina

Emerge South Carolina

Emerge South Carolina launched in 2017 as the premier campaign training program for Democratic women in the state. Emerge inspires women to run for public office, and hones their skills to win. Our goal is clear: to increase the number of Democratic women in all levels of public office throughout the state. Emerge South Carolina is one of 23 other state affiliates that are part of the national organization, Emerge America. 

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Emerge South Carolina is Now Accepting Applications for our 2018 Class!

Emerge South Carolina’s training program offers Democratic women who want to run for public office a unique opportunity. Women who are accepted receive 70 hours of in-depth education over a six-month period designed to give our women the confidence they need to run, as well as the tools to win. Emerge South Carolina trainers will be comprised of an elite team of campaign consultants, advisors, and staff located primary in South Carolina, which provides our class members with a number of options when the times comes to hire their own campaign staff.

 South Carolina has a pool of highly qualified Democratic women that is being left untapped. Too often, women do not see themselves running for office-they don’t think they have what it takes to win or they just do not know where to start. Emerge South Carolina is here to recruit, train and support women running for office. Why No YOU! Let us help you be a force for change.

Applicants must be a Democrat, identify as a woman and reside in South Carolina. All ages, races, nationalities, religious affiliations, sexual orientation, physical abilities and marital status are encouraged to apply. 

Application Process and Timeline:

Application fee: $35
You Can Pay Your Application Fee Here: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-357892774775748864

Please click here to begin your application for Emerge South Carolina. The application deadline is December 31, 2017.

  1. Create a Username and an email will be sent to you so you can set up a password.
  2. Sign-in and select “2018” and “South Carolina”.
  3. Take your time to thoughtfully complete the questions.
  4. Choose 2 references and ask them to complete a short recommendation on your behalf.
  5. Pay the $35 non-refundable application fee.

Application accepted: November 15th through December 31st at 11:59 p.m. EST. A completed application includes answers for all application questions, 2 references, and a non-refundable application fee of $35. 

Class of 2018 Training Schedule (Times and Location TBD):

  • 1st Class: March 24, 2018
  • 2nd Class: April 28, 2018
  • 3rd Class: May 19, 2018
  • 4th Class: June 30, 2018
  • 5th Class: July 28th, 2018
  • 6th Class and Graduation: August 25, 2018

*Some classes may need to start on Friday and/or end on Sunday.

Application Fee

A non-refundable application fee of $35 is required and must be submitted along with your completed application. You can make the payment online or mail a check or money order payable to Emerge South Carolina to P.O Box 291628, Columbia, SC 29229.


Tuition for the Emerge South Carolina Program is $750.00.

Emerge South Carolina believes individual circumstances should NOT be a barrier to participation in the program. As a result, we are committed to working with accepted applicants to secure partial scholarships or fundraising opportunities for their tuition. 


Travel to and from the training sessions will be a requirement of the program. Please note travel expenses are not included in the program tuition and must be covered by the program member (hotel, airfare, mileage, toll, taxis, shuttles, etc.).

Time Commitment

The success of the Emerge South Carolina program depends upon the commitment to the program’s entire schedule by each participant. Over the six-month period, approximately 70 program hours are schedule. Time outside of regularly scheduled trainings will be necessary for homework and training preparation. All six training sessions are mandatory-missing a training session with good cause may impact graduation and further participation in the program.


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