RB '16

Senior Newsletter, December 16, 2015

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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. Martin in Attendance.

**New Scholarships and Funding Opportunities Added**

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Central Carolina Community Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to our generous donors, the Central Carolina Community Foundation oversees more than 30 scholarship funds to help talented and passionate students attain the dream of a college education. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year will open on January 1, 2016. Visit https://www.yourfoundation.org/scholarship-opportunities for scholarship criteria.
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The Tall Clubs International Foundation Scholarship

The Tall Clubs International Foundation, inc. is a separate IRS 501(C)3 status non-profit organization created to benefit the interests of tall people. Currently, the focus is on funding scholarships for students under 21 years of age, about to attend their first year of higher education, and who meet the height requirements of TCI— 5' 10" (178 cm) for women, and 6' 2" (188 cm) for men. Annually, TCI Foundation awards mulitple student scholarship(s) of up to $1000 each.

Send your inquiry directly to the TCI Foundation at: tcischolarships@hotmail.com.

• You must be entering your first year of college in the fall of 2016.

• You must include your city and state in your inquiry.
• Be sure to include the word "Scholarship" in the subject line of your email.
("No subject" or a simple "Hello" can not be opened—too many viruses.)

• You may request an application from July 15, 2015 thru February 15, 2016.
• All other instructions will be included in the application.

*The due date for the applications is March 1, 2016.

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Do you want to be a welder? Arclabs Welding School offers innovative hands-on programs designed to rapidly teach welding essentials. Their training programs are offered to individuals with no previous experience and welders looking to advance their skills sets. The welding programs are fast-tracked and can be customized to fit specific needs in order to train welders for rewarding welding careers.

Admission Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Minimum age requirement is 18 years old, or 17 years with parental consent
  • Have a desire to go into a welding career upon completion of the program
  • Meet the visual and physical requirements that a welding career demands

Arclabs is a South Carolina State Training Provider. Students who are unemployed or underemployed may possibly qualify for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding. Visit www.arclabs.com for more details.

Colleges in South Carolina

Do you love the Palmetto State and intend to pursue higher education here after graduating? Below you will find a list of some of the colleges South Carolina has to offer.

Taking the ACT and SAT

RBHS AI/CEEB Code 411292

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

The current SAT will be administered for the last time in January 2016. The new SAT will start in March. Students in the Class of 2016 may be affected depending on when you decide to take the test.

How to access your SAT scores:

To access your SAT report, the student should log into collegeboard.com with your unique username and password. Click on "My SAT." This will show the upcoming test for which the student is registered (or registrations that are in progress), plus scores from all previous SATs taken.

***Please remember that Counseling & Advisement does not send SAT or ACT scores to colleges.***

How to send your SAT scores to colleges:

1. Sending score during registration - Choose four score recipients during registration. You can make updates to your score recipients up to nine days after the test date.

2. Sending scores after registration - You can send score reports at any time from your "My SAT" account. Please remember that there is a fee for sending score reports, starting ten days after your original test date. However, if you are a fee-waiver-eligible student, you may have additional score report credits.

For upcoming ACT and SAT dates - see "Important Dates"

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Current SAT Versus ACT

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Important Dates

SAT Test Date

Saturday, Jan. 23rd 2016 at 7:30am

See SAT site for locations

Late Registration Deadline is December 28, 2015
Register at sat.org/register

ACT Test Date

Saturday, Feb. 6th 2016 at 7:30am

See ACT Site for Locations

Late Registration Deadline is January 15, 2016

Register at www.actstudent.org

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Scholarship Search Engines


Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. Visit the FASFA website to familiarize yourself with what you will need to complete your FASFA form in 2016. Remember, there should never be a charge to apply for FASFA funding.

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More 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 Competition

This scholarship program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2000. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. To compete, students should submit one original composition and a process folio for the creative writing, dance, music, or theatre categories. Deadline is February 5, 2016 by 5:00. https://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-major/art-scholarships/archibald-rutledge-scholarship-competition/

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. Application deadline is June 17, 2016. 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). Application deadline is January 13, 2016. 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

Lexington District One Office Professionals Scholarship

This $600 scholarship will be awarded to a current Lexington School District One graduating senior who plans to attend an accredited two or four year institution in the fall, is pursuing a degree in a Business program, has maintained a 3.0 GPA in high school, is a U.S. citizen and a resident of South Carolina. This scholarship can be found on Naviance. Applications can be found in C&A. Applications should be signed, dated and returned to Counseling & Advisement here at RBHS by March 18.

National College Funding Services Scholarship

The amount of the Scholarship is $500 for participating high schools within Lexington Once School District for a 2015-2016 graduating senior. In order to qualify for the scholarship an individual must complete the official scholarship form. The winner from each school must attend an accredited college, university or technical school to validate the scholarship. The scholarship is a random drawing by April 1st or before Awards Night. Official scholarship forms are available in Counseling & Advisement.

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

Ronald McDonald House Charities U.S. Scholarship Program

Ronald McDonald House Charities offer scholarships to students in financial need who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. The deadline for the 2016 academic year is January 20, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.rmhc.org/rmhc-us-scholarships.

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, 2015 until May, 2016. 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

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