RB '18

Senior Newsletter, April 2018

Attendance and Visiting Prospective Colleges

Seniors are given TWO excused absences for College Days. In order to have the absences excused, it will be necessary to turn in a note on college letterhead with the student's name and date of the visit. This should be turned in to Mrs. Wood in Attendance.

Senior Decision Day

Stop by the Rotunda Tuesday May 1st from 10:15-2:15 and let us know what you have decided to do after RBHS. There will be a photo booth, music, friends and fun. Mark you calendar and come celebrate with us! And while you are with us, take advantage of this great opportunity if you are planning on going to college:

The Collegiance College Decision Day Social Media Contest - https://pages.collegeboard.org/collegiance

Getting accepted into college is a big deal. To celebrate this accomplishment, the College Board is hosting its annual Collegiance College Decision Day social media contest to celebrate college-bound students across the country. Students who share a video, Boomerang or photo announcing their college decision with the hashtag #Collegiance, #CollegianceSC and #RBHSCounseling1 on Instagram by May 15 will be entered for a chance to win $5,000.

Be sure and tag @SCCANGO to get your video up on the SCCANGO Page as well!!!!!!

South Carolina students can include #CollegianceSC in their post for a chance to win an additional $500 for just being a finalist.

Get complete rules, prize info, and more.

People are asking...

People are asking …

Is it true that graduates won’t be allowed to wear honor cords?

No. Graduating students will recognize their academic accomplishments at this year’s graduation just as they have every year by earning the right to wear a variety of stoles, cords or medallions.

For instance:

  • Students who complete a “major” receive a cord to wear around their neck and over their gown.
  • Centers for Advanced Study completers wear a white stole with the center’s logo on it.
  • Graduates of the district’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme receive a stole.
  • Graduates of the S.C. Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics and S.C. college partners’ Accelerate program wear a medallion.
  • The district’s high schools recognize honor graduates in a variety of ways. River Bluff gives medallions.
  • Schools also recognize National Honor Society and/or Beta Club members with seals on diplomas.
  • Students who have enlisted and will go directly into a branch of the military receive a military cord.
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Student Awards Night

Tuesday, May 22nd, 7pm

River Bluff High School Performing Arts Center

Graduation Practice-Mandatory

Friday, June 1st, 11:30am

River Bluff High School Performing Arts Center/Main Gym

The PTSO will provide pizza for lunch at 11:00. Come early and get something to eat.

Graduation Ceremony - Class of 2018

Saturday, June 2nd, 8am

801 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC

Mark your calendar now! No Tickets are required for Graduation.

Taking the ACT and SAT

RBHS AI/CEEB Code 411292

River Bluff High School's AI/CEEB Code for Testing and College Applications

Senior Decision Day

Tuesday, May 1st, 10:15am



Saturday, May 5th, 8am

See Website for locations. www.Collegeboard.org

Late Registration Deadline is April 25, 2018.

Register at www.collegeboard.org


Saturday, June 9th, 8am

SEE Website for Locations

Late Registration Deadline is May 18, 2018.

Register at www.actstudent.org


General Information

Please be reminded that it is the responsibility of the student/parent to register for the ACT and SAT tests. The C&A staff can answer questions at any time. Log on to sat.org/register or www.actstudent.org to register.

  • The ACT / SAT are college admissions tests & aid institutions in determining a student’s potential for success in college. (Students planning on attending a 2-year or technical college generally do NOT need to take either test.) Colleges/universities in S.C. accept both ACT and/or SAT scores. Students should refer to the admission requirements for each institution they plan to attend.
  • If you plan to take the ACT, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you take the writing component at least once. It is not so necessary on subsequent retakes.
  • If you are a special needs student and would like to request testing accommodations for the ACT or SAT, it is your responsibility to initiate the process by discussing the procedure with your counselor. The process is very time-consuming (minimum 6 – 8 weeks). Each testing agency (College Board / ACT) has its own application for accommodations.

VERY IMPORTANT! Please make sure that you fill in the school code for River Bluff High School when registering for the ACT/SAT. If you fail to do this, our school will NOT receive your scores. The school testing code is 411292.

2yr College Bound Students

Don’t forget to set up your personal profiles on the internet for scholarships.

www.scholarships.com, www.collegenet.com, www.collegescholarships.org, www.fastweb.com, www.petersons.com and www.salliemae.com/scholarships are great sites to use as resources, but are certainly not the only ones.

  • Start submitting college applications
  • Visit prospective schools
  • Watch your email for information on taking AccuPlacer in the Spring, a placement tests for 2-year technical colleges (You can also use ACT/SAT scores)

Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net if you plan on playing sports your first year of college. Remember that most 2-year colleges do not have sports available but you can check with the school to find out. It is necessary for you to take ACT / SAT in order to qualify for the NCAA Clearinghouse.

4-Year College Bound Students

Don’t forget to set up your personal profiles on the internet for scholarships.

www.scholarships.com, www.collegenet.com, www.collegescholarships.org, www.fastweb.com, www.petersons.com and www.salliemae.com/scholarships are great sites to use as resources, but are certainly not the only ones.

  • Start submitting college applications
  • Visit prospective schools
  • Repeat the ACT / SAT as necessary

Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net if you plan on playing sports your first year of college.

Applying to Colleges


WATCH your ATTENDANCE – remember that absences count for each class -- a maximum of 10 days for a full year class, 5 days for a ½ year class.

  • You’ll receive “FA” (Failure due to Absences) for classes with excessive absences
  • Please see Mrs. Wood in the attendance office for questions concerning absences

College Open House Days and Tour Dates

Seniors are given TWO excused absences for College Days. In order to have the absences excused, it will be necessary to turn in a note on college letterhead with the student's name and date of the visit. This should be turned in to Mrs. Gunter in Attendance.

Anderson University


Clemson University


College of Charleston


Regular Notification Application Deadline: February 15 Notification: April 1

Columbia College


Francis Marion University


Furman University


Lander University


Midlands Technical College


Newberry College


Presbyterian College


Spartanburg Methodist College


Seton Hall University


University of South Carolina - Columbia


University of South Carolina - Beaufort


University of Virginia


Winthrop University


Wofford College


Abbott & Fenner Scholarship

Deadline and Eligibility


The A&F Scholarships are available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution.

Application Procedure for 2018

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words. Your submissions must be sent to us by email at: scholarships@abbottandfenner.com


Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

B. Davis Scholarship

Deadline and Eligibility
DEADLINE: May 22, 2018

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.
  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.
  • Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.

Application Procedure
To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:
Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com

Big Sun Scholarship

All student athletes are eligible to apply for the BigSun Scholarship, regardless of sport. Requires a short essay to a prepared question. $500 available to announced winners. Application deadline is June 19, 2018.

Florence G. Cromer Scholarship- Health Science Scholarship-$500

This scholarship is for a college bound high school senior based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need and an expressed interest in pursuing an education in nursing. Deadline is May 1. Click here for an application or go to Counseling and Advisement for a paper copy.

Floyd Spence Charitable Foundation Scholar Athlete Award-$1,500

This scholarship is for any graduating senior who plans to continue their education at any recognized two-year or four-year college or university in the State of South Carolina. The student must have a 3.0 grade point average. The student must also have been a 2-year starter in a varsity sport.

How to Apply:

Complete an application (pick up in Counseling and Advisement)

Attach a Transcript

Include 2 letters of recommendation

Short essay on what your future plans are and why you wish to be considered for the scholarship.

Deadline is May 7th at 9:00 a.m. and must be turned into Amanda Chandler, Athletic secretary.

Gator-Clamp Scholarship Award-$1,000

The 2018 GATOR‐CLAMP SCHOLARSHIP AWARD was created by the athletic booster club of River Bluff High School, Gator Nation. The Scholarship funds are supplied from the monies raised from athletic events during the school year. Its goal is to reward student athletes for both their academic and athletic achievements. This scholarship is a one‐time award of $1,000 to a male student and a one‐time award of $1,000 to a female student. Each student must demonstrate outstanding character through the following qualities:

Work Ethic: Achieving goals without regard to limits of mind, body or circumstances Courage: Taking risks and following your conscience with fearlessness

Integrity: Being truthful and trustworthy to yourself and others

Responsibility: Conveying an attitude of commitment and conviction

Concern: Demonstrating compassion and a caring attitude toward others

Complete the application here and write an essay of no more than 500 words that describes one or more experiences from your life which demonstrate some of the character qualities noted above. Deadline is Monday May 7th, 2018.

Christopher Connor Foundation "Here Today" MUSIC Scholarship

The Christopher Connor Foundation "Here Today" MUSIC Scholarship is to help musicians or aspiring musicians further their music education, music production, and/or music related career. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must complete this application, a short written description (or video/audio tape) detailing why they deserve the scholarship, a history of music experience and a letter of reference and a letter of acceptance from the college, music institute or provider. Deadline is June 1, 2018.

The Herb Bunch Scholarship-$2,000

The Herb Bunch Scholarship Award Program was developed with the purpose of providing scholarship assistance to students from Lexington County families who are pursuing a higher education in agriculture or related majors.

These scholarships will be awarded annually High School seniors may apply for use towards their freshman college tuition. Recipients must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in order to qualify for the scholarship. An official transcript must accompany the application.

These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of character, community service, demonstrated leadership abilities, and dedication to agriculture and related fields. In all cases of selection the decision of the committee will be final.

Click here for an application. When completed mail to:

Herb Bunch Scholarship

P O Box 244

Lexington, SC 29071.

All applications should be received no later than May 31, 2018. Questions concerning the scholarship should be sent to the scholarship chair, Patricia Gates at patricia.agates1@gmail.com or to the phone number 803-530-7530. The recipient will be chosen shortly after the due date.

Horatio-Alger Career & Technical Scholarship-$2,500 max

Horatio-Alger Career & Technical Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, commitment to pursue career or technical certification/degree, and a desire to contribute to society.

Click here for an application. Deadline is June 15th.

Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers’ Association-$1,000

The Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers’ Association is now accepting applicants for $1,000 scholarships from high school seniors currently attending any high school within Lexington County or any Home Schooled student graduating this spring within Lexington County.

Applicants must be graduating in spring of 2018.  Applicants must plan to attend an institution of higher learning such as a two or four-year college or technical college and provide proof of such.  Applicant must complete and submit an Entry Form accompanied with his/her essay on their topic of choice. (Only one entry per applicant.) Click here for an entry form. Deadline is April 30, 2018.

Write a 1,000 word essay on one of the following prompts:

1) Should South Carolina pass the " Constitutional Carry Act of 2017?" Explain your understanding of the bill. What are the pros and cons as it relates to officer safety?

2) Discuss the " Opiod Epidemic" and it's effect on our community as a whole.

South Carolina Council for the Social Studies-$500

Want to teach Social Studies? Here's a scholarship for you! Application deadline is May 1, 2018.

Clio Scholarship Application - ($500 Scholarship): Application and all materials are due no later than May 1 of each year. This scholarship recognizes a high school senior OR undergraduate student who plans to pursue a career as a K-12 social studies educator. A scholarship in the amount of $500.00 is awarded along with a 1 year complimentary membership to the SCCSS.

Clio Scholarship Reference Form


  • Complete Clio Scholarship online application

  • Submit official transcript

  • 2 Clio Scholarship online references (one must be a recommendation from a SCCSS member)

Universal Retirement-$1,000

Step #1: Record a creative one to two minute video

Step #2: Like our Facebook page and post a link to your video

Step #3: Fill out the scholarship application here.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open to high school seniors and college undergraduate or graduate students who live in the United States
  • Student must enroll in college or graduate school beginning no later than Fall 2018
  • Winner is not based on financial need, but will be selected by Universal Retirement's selection committee based on creativity, humor, and overall quality
  • Universal Retirement's advisors, agents, staff and relatives of advisors, agents, and staff may not enter
  • Applicants are required to upload a video to YouTube and Facebook

Deadline is July 31, 2018.

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Scholarship Search Engines

Additional College Funding Opportunities

Alpha Academy Mentoring and Scholarship Program

OIΛ established the Alpha Academy in 2004 to mentor young African American high school males (juniors and seniors) in the Columbia metropolitan area. In supporting the fraternity’s national program, “Go to High School–Go to College,” the Alpha Academy serves as a venue to stimulate the educational, cultural, and personal growth of young men beyond the scope of the normal high school curriculum.

The objective of the Alpha Academy is to offer enriching experiences for young men to expand his network with like achievers and mentors, and to further develop skills through a variety of civic, educational, and cultural activities.Click here for more information.

The Academic Common Market allows S.C. residents who are enrolled in specific programs at public out-of-state institutions to be charged only the applicable in-state tuition by the institution in which the student is enrolled. http://www.che.sc.gov/Students,FamiliesMilitary/LearningAboutCollege/AcademicCommonMarketInfor mation.aspx or call 803-737-2274

Anderson University – First Choice Scholarships

Get accepted to Anderson University and become eligible for one of several scholarships. http://www.andersonuniversity.edu/finaid.aspx?id=2417&ekmensel=c580fa7b_145_0_2417

The Art Institutes

The Art Institutes specialize in hands-on, career-oriented education that prepares students for entry-level employment as creative professionals. They offer degree programs as well as certificate & diploma programs in the areas of design, fashion, media arts, and culinary arts. www.aiadvantage.com

Christian Connector Scholarship

Simply log onto the website and request information, and you will be automatically entered in drawings. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,500. http://www.christianconnector.com

CSS/Financial Aid Profile – Student Guide

Using PROFILE, college financial aid administrators can develop a more accurate, economically sound assessment of a family’s ability to contribute to college costs & thus award their private (nonfederal) student aid funds more equitably. A Spanish version of the Pre-Application Worksheet is available on the PROFILE Home Page. Columbia College and Furman University are PROFILE users. https://profileonline.collegeboard.com

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

This scholarship database is completely devoted to those of Hispanic descent. www.hsf.net, www.collegescholarships.org/minority2.htm

NHA Scholarship Fund

This scholarship an individual must be a prospective or current high school graduate and the natural, step, or adopted son, daughter or grandchild, or a spouse, of a current or former Navy, USMC or Coast Guard rotary wing aviator or air crewman. Also eligible are individuals, their spouses, or children of individuals who are serving or have served in maintenance or support billets in rotary wing squadrons and Wings. http://www.nhascholarshipfund.org

Spartanburg Methodist College Scholars Program

A full tuition financial package is offered to seniors who graduate with a 3.0 grade point average. In addition, students can also qualify for "Open House Scholarships" of $500 when they visit campus on an Open House Day.

SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes

High school seniors can win a $1,000 scholarship for their first year of college or private career school. One winner will be chosen at random every two weeks from September 14, 2017 until May, 2018. www.offtocollege.info

TEACH Grants - new program for future teachers

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grants (TEACH) will be available at some colleges and universities beginning this academic year. Students considering a career in education should check with the financial aid office at the college or university they plan to attend to determine the program’s availability and if they qualify. http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/TEACH.jsp

U.S. Army

There are scholarship opportunities such as merit-based, full-tuition scholarships, an annual stipend of up to $5,000 to cover living expenses, plus additional allowances for books and fees. http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/scholarships.html