RB '20

Senior Newsletter, April 2020

Counseling & Advisement Department Listing

Traveling students OCP, CC2, & CC3 students (including all who attend LTC or other high schools) Marci Newman mnewman2@lexington1.net

Students in their 3rd and 4th (or greater) year of high school (typically 11th & 12th graders)

Last names A-Gar Mandy Wilson aswilson2@lexington1.net

Last names Gas-O Crystal Wingate cwingate@lexington1.net

Last names P-Z Joe Ben Watson jbwatson@lexington1.net

Career Specialist A-M Susan Bennett sjbennett@lexington1.net

Career Specialist N-Z Julie Rojeck jrojek@lexington1.net

Transcript, College application and Scholarship help Carole Farrar cfarrar@lexington1.net

College Acceptance Letters/Scholarship Offers

We want to celebrate with you! Bring your College Acceptance Letters/Scholarship Offers (even if you don't know if you are attending there). All scholarships turned in to Mrs. Farrar will be included in the graduation program.

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Taking the ACT and SAT

RBHS AI/CEEB Code 411292

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


The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Learn more.


Future Testing Opportunities

College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations.


AP exams going Virtual!!

AP exams are going virtual. Here's the statement https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

Two different test dates for each class to accommodate those that want to take while material is fresh and those that want to wait a bit (not seeing actual dates yet). Only testing material most would have gotten through by early March.

They're offering online review courses starting next week being taught by instructors nationally.


Friday, May 22nd, 8-11:45pm

900 Senate Street

Columbia, SC

The theme is "The Roaring 20s", voted on by the Junior and Senior class. To get into Prom you must have a ticket, a picture ID and your name must be on our register. All school rules and consequences apply at Prom. Once you leave Prom, you cannot return.

Students are welcome to bring one guest. This guest must not be younger than 9th grade or over the age of 20.

Dress should be appropriate for a school-sponsored formal event for River Bluff students and their guest. This means that dresses should not be low cut in the front, back or sides and should not be extremely short. Remember you will be dancing and moving around so you want to be comfortable. Your outfit needs to be CLASSY!!!! Anyone dressed inappropriately will be turned away and your money will not be refunded.

Student Awards Night-**Tentative**

Wednesday, May 20th, 6:30pm

RBHS Performing Arts Center

Lexington One wants your feedback about Graduation-Complete by 04/18


Because of the impact of the COVID-19 virus, we know that your senior year hasn’t turned out the way you thought it would. We believe that it is important to honor your senior year — even though we know that it might look different than past years.

As we look to new ways to celebrate the end of your K–12 education, however, we want to get your thoughts and ideas.

In order to do that, we would like for you to think deeply about this. You might also talk to your parents and include their ideas. Then, we ask that you fill out a survey and provide those great ideas and feedback to us.

We are providing a link to that survey below. Remember, though, we must honor the Governor’s directive and CDC guidelines in order to protect and keep safe our seniors, their families, and our communities.

This survey will close at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. Once it closes, we will gather your input and consider your ideas, while also following health expert’s guidelines for safe activities.

Thank you, Dr. Greg Little, Superintendent


Mandatory Graduation Practice **Tentative**

Friday, June 5th, 8am

Main Gym

You must attend the Graduation practice in order to participate in the Graduation ceremony.
Selective Service System-All Males ages 18-25

Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.

Are you considering applying to Midlands Technical College? Apply for FREE!

Apply to Midlands Technical college for free for the month of April! Students can use code: Apply2020

Helpful Links:

New Placement Measures (under qualifications to exempt placement test):

For students uncertain about their career paths:


To apply:


2yr College Bound Students

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, a placement test 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

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter Scholarship

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter is pleased to announce its annual college scholarship awards.

Applicants must be a high school senior planning to enter a four-year college/university in the fall of 2020.

Applicant must be attending a public high school in Lexington County, Richland/Lexington School District Five.

Applicant must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.

All applications must be postmarked by May 22, 2020.

The application can be submitted using the following link:


BigSun Scholarship - $500

Please send us a short essay (500 - 1,000 words) answering the following questions:

  • How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
  • Has your participation influenced your career goals?
  • Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?
  • All student athletes are eligible regardless of the sport they are engaged in or the capacity in which they participate. The student must be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute.All essay submissions should be sent to:
  • athleticawards@bigsunathletics.com
  • Click here for more information. Deadline is June 19, 2020.

Beauty Changes Lives - Cosmetology Scholarships

Interested in a career in Beauty? Click here for a extensive listing of scholarship opportunities.

Beauty Changes Lives is a nonprofit driven to make the beauty profession a first-choice career by empowering individuals with mentorship, inspiration & scholarships.

We empower the next generation of beauty professionals with the education & expertise to realize their full potential — & the full potential of the beauty industry. Beauty Changes Lives works with leaders across specialties to sponsor scholarships, foster mentorships & provide the stage on which to showcase our individual & industry impact.

Working together, we’re building more confidence in our industry, our clients & our communities.

Lawyers against Distracted Driving Scholarship

The Law Office of Kenneth Berger is offering a yearly $1,000 scholarship to a South Carolina student who is either preparing for their first year of college or is currently enrolled full time at a college or university.

Our firm serves catastrophically injured people throughout South Carolina. All too often, we see the horrible effects of texting and driving on our state’s roadways. With this scholarship offering, we not only want to help students overcome the financial challenges of pursuing higher education, but also highlight the dangers of distracted driving with the hope of eliminating it altogether.


  • Must be attending or planning to attend a university or college in the United States during the Fall 2020 semester
  • Must be a South Carolina resident
  • Must be able to provide a school transcript or acceptance letter proving your enrollment

How to Apply

To apply for the Law Office of Kenneth Berger scholarship, students must complete the application form attached below and write an essay on the dangers of distracted driving and what should be done to reduce or eliminate it. The essay must be at least 500 words, but not exceeding 1,000 words long.

Click here for the application. Deadline is April 30, 2020.

Both the application and the essay may be submitted via email to cfullerton@bergerlawsc.com or by mail to:

LOKB Scholarship

5205 Forest Dr, Suite 2

Columbia, SC 29206

Doris Burkett/Lexington Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The Lexington Chamber & Visitor Center is proud to continue the Doris Burkett Scholarship.

This is a needs-based scholarship with emphasis placed on moral integrity and the potential of the individual to become a productive citizen. The Doris Burkett Scholarship is for the “underdog” who needs a little help to reach success and who may be overlooked for scholarships from other organizations. To be eligible for this scholarship, students do not need to qualify for the Life Scholarship or Hope Scholarship but have potential and desire to further their education.

This year is a little different. This year we will be using proceeds from our 2019 Dining on the Dam event and issuing one $5,000 scholarship to a student from each Lexington School District One high schools. We are offering this opportunity to students who will be attending either a four-year college/university or a technical college.

The applications must be mailed to the Chamber office no later than May 8, 2020. Our mailing address is PO Box 44 Lexington, SC 29071.

Click here for an application, and here for the evaluation criteria.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund-Military

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to the dependent children of U.S. military personnel who have been killed or permanently disabled as a result of an operational mission or training accident, or a U.S. military personnel who is classified as a prisoner of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). You must also maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and be enrolled full time to remain on scholarship and to be eligible to renew your scholarship.

"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. Click here for an application.

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

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.

George Rogers First in Family Scholarship

The George Rogers Foundation was founded in an effort to provide scholarships for first in family students in need of financial assistance to purse a college education. George Rogers developed the foundation as a means of giving back to both a school and a community that provided for him during his years at the University of South Carolina.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be a:

✓ South Carolina Resident

✓ First in Family student - defined as a student who will be the first person in their family to attend a 2 or 4 year college

✓ Graduating high school senior

Applicants must submit:

✓ An official transcript indicating a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better

✓ Admissions acceptance letter. Unfortunately, students applying to online or proprietary schools are not eligible

✓ Two letters of recommendation from a high school/college faculty member, school counselor, employer, or church leader

✓ One letter of affirmation from a parent/guardian stating the applicant is the first person in his/her family to attend college

Award Criteria:

Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievements and honors, extracurricular and volunteer participation, work experience and short answer responses.

Deadline is May 15, 2020. Click here for an application.

2020 Journalism Contest

The winner of the 2020 Journalism Contest receives a four-year scholarship to the South Carolina state-supported institution of his or her choice provided, of course, that the winner is otherwise qualified.

Your article must address the theme: “The Right Talent, Right Now.” It should emphasize the essential role that people with disabilities play in America’s economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent.

Click here for more information.

Rooms to GROW: 2020 Dorm Room Grants sponsored by Lexington One Educational Foundation

The Educational Foundation’s Board of Directors established this grant program to assist Lexington School District One students with typical college expenses outside of tuition. The Foundation will provide $300 grants to help 25 high school seniors purchase basic dorm room supplies. The program gives preference to college-bound students who have excelled despite sometimes overwhelming financial disadvantages.

Eligibility and Application Deadline: Applicants must be planning to attend a college, university, or technical college and live on campus. Grants are intended to place money in the hands of seniors who need it most. Therefore, highest priority will be given to students in the following circumstances:

• Foster care;

• Housing shared with others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar circumstances;

• Motel/hotel lodging due to lack of other adequate accommodations;

• Emergency or transitional shelter placement; or

• Significant financial need based on individual and/or parent/household income.

The following is required to apply for this scholarship. All information must be submitted electronically to your counselor or to Mrs. Farrar at cfarrar@lexington1.net.

  • Dorm Room Grant application
  • College Acceptance letter
  • College Financial Aid Award letter
  • College Scholarship letter(s)
  • any additional information to verify true financial need

All qualified Lexington District One seniors are encouraged to apply. Applications must be submitted to your high school Counseling and Advisement Office no later than Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Lexington District One Office Professionals Scholarship - $1,000

This scholarship is provided by the Lexington District One Educational Office Professionals Organization and will be awarded to a current Lexington School District One student meeting the following qualifications: -Is a graduating senior who plans to attend an accredited two or four year institution in the fall term following the awarding of the scholarship -Is pursuing a degree in a Business program (Computer Science, Advertising, Marketing, Accounting, etc.). -Has maintained a 3.0 GPA in high school -Is a United States citizen and a resident of South Carolina -Demonstrates through grades, character, and commitment a potential success as a business professional.

The application has been revised. Click here for the updated application.

Deadline is Friday May 1st, 2020. Apply here. Email completed applications to tpound@lexington1.net.

The Lexington Woman’s Club-Education-Deadline extended Must mail in***

The Lexington Woman’s Club is sponsoring a scholarship for a Lexington High School, River Bluff High School, White Knoll High School, Gilbert High School, or Pelion High School graduating senior (male or female) entering the field of education. The criteria for selection include:

  • Financial need

  • Academic achievement

  • Service to community

  • Leadership ability

You will need to mail in the following (in this order, please):

  1. Completed application form (Don't worry about the counselor signature, but don’t forget to sign it yourself!)

  2. A brief essay explaining why you feel you deserve this scholarship, what it means to you, and any other information you would like to have considered in awarding this scholarship

  3. One recommendation from a teacher (form attached)

  4. One recommendation from a member of the community (form attached)

  5. Transcript (Get this from Parchment.com)

Please check carefully to make sure you have included everything with your application!

Applicants must MAIL the completed information to Sally Taylor 524 Mill Creek Rd Lexington, SC 29072 by April 30, 2020

Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology Scholarships and Beauty School.org

The beauty industry wants you! American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) partners with industry sponsors to offer scholarships and grants to deserving cosmetology students.

Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology is dedicated to providing the best cosmetology and esthetics training to our students. With 8 campuses across South Carolina, Kenneth Shuler has made quality beauty education accessible across the state. We are also dedicated to making sure anyone who wants to start a career in beauty has all the resources available to them to make their dreams a reality.

Click here to discover where you can find information about cosmetology school scholarships.

Ponton Law Scholarship

  • This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on merit & need.
  • Completed application must be submitted online by July 31, 2020. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • Applicant must plan to attend college by fall semester 2020.
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • A transcript must be attached for application for consideration.
  • Applicant must submit an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.
  • This scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000 to be awarded the fall semester of 2020.
  • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.
  • Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need for this scholarship
  • Applicant must plan to attend college by fall semester 2020.
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • A transcript must be attached for application for consideration.
  • Applicant must submit an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.
  • This scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000 to be awarded the fall semester of 2020.
  • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.
  • Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need for this scholarship

Deadline is July 31, 2020. Click here for application.

Going to USC? Did you know about these scholarships?

My Carolina wants to inspire academically qualified students to take part in the Carolina tradition and provide them with necessary tools to experience a world-class education. We proudly support the three scholarships listed below, which we present to incoming freshmen entering in the fall.

Click here for more information including dates and applications.

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Additional College Funding Opportunities

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

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship

The South Carolina Department of Education is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. To compete, students should submit one original composition and a process folio for the visual arts area and an original and two copies of the original composition and process folio for the creative writing, dance, music, or theatre categories. For more details: https://ed.sc.gov/instruction/standards-learning/grants-and-awards/archibald-rutledge-scholarship-program/

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

BigSun Scholarship

All student athletes are eligible to apply, regardless of sport. Requires a short essay to a prepared question. $500 available to announced winners. www.bigsunathletics.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

Gates Millennium Scholarship

Offers full tuition to any US accredited college or university. Student must be a US Citizen or legal resident with a 3.3 GPA (unweighted) is required, and a financial need must be demonstrated (must be eligible for a Pell Grant). www.gmsp.org

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

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

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs

This scholarship program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Criteria include commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree and US citizenship. https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies. For more information and to apply: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/how-to-apply/

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. 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