Pelion Pride 2020

Issue 4: January, 2020

Stay in touch with the Counseling & Advisement Office

Twitter: @PelionCounselor


Mrs. Jessica Burke (Director): Last Names A-C

Ms. Amber Hartley: Last Names D-Mc

Mrs. Alysha Walker: Last Names Me-Z

Mrs. Dana Crumpton: Career Specialist

Ms. Tara Simmons: Graduation Coach

Selective Service Registration

Did you know that males are required to register with the Selective Services within 30 days of their 18th birthday?

Please bring your college acceptance letters and scholarship award letters to Ms. Kirby in the School Counseling Office.

CONGRATULATIONS! College Acceptance Letters

The following students have received their college acceptance letters!

Nicholas Adair

Emily Barney

Leighanna Bunton

Ina Burkhart

Maria Del Carmen Charre

Bradley Creech

Whitney Craft

Abagail Goff

Megen Gordon

Ian Kell

Amber Lucky

Korine Otto

Jadon Patterson

Madyson Quinn

Coastal Carolina University

Caroline Grace Sasser

Alison Scott

Breanna Spencer

Kassandra Villafuete-Ibarra

Ashley Walker

Rachel Walters


The following students have received college scholarships!

Emily Barney

Megen Gordon

Korine Otto

Jadon Patterson

Madyson Quinn

Caroline Sasser

CONGRATULATIONS! Military Enlistment

The following students have enlisted in the military upon graduation:

Chance Vincent Hunter

Crystal Martinez-Lopez

Elisabeth Grace McKinney

William Ethan Summers



Deadline: January 15, 2020


  • Youth Exchange program
  • At least 18, no more than 19 by July 1, of the departure year.
  • Graduating seniors who will complete U.S. school studies in January or June prior to departure.
  • GPA 3.0
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to serve as an ambassador for your country.


Deadline: January 24, 2020


When: June 7-13, 2020

Where: University of Georgia (Athens, Ga.)

VetCAMP (Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program) is a week-long, on-campus summer program for high school students. At VetCAMP, students experience veterinary medicine – and will be involved in activities aimed at evaluating their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians. The week is filled with visits and hands-on learning at our veterinary teaching hospital, diagnostic labs, and the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center — and highlighted by a behind-the-scenes tour of the Georgia Aquarium. In addition, VetCampers learn about what vet school is all about – from admissions to classes to study abroad opportunities, to the wide variety of career paths veterinary medicine has to offer!

The cost of attending the program is $900 and covers lodging, meals, instruction and social activities. Financial assistance is available to participants with demonstrated need. Students who are accepted into VetCAMP may request a financial assistance application by emailing .

To apply:

  • Online application

  • $20 application fee

  • Teacher/counselor recommendation form (emailed directly from teacher/counselor as a PDF attachment to

  • High school transcript

    • Your transcript should be emailed as a PDF attachment directly from a staff/faculty member from your high school to (preferred method). Alternatively, an official copy of your transcript can be mailed to:
      c/o Academic Affairs
      501 DW Brooks Dr.
      Athens, GA 30602

  • YouTube video answering the following prompt (please keep the maximum length of your video to 90 seconds)
    Aside from loving animals, what 3 qualities make a successful veterinarian, and how have you demonstrated these qualities?

Please note that all application materials must be RECEIVED BY January 24, 2020.

Center for Media Arts Open House

When: January 30, 2020, 8:30-11:30am

Where: River Bluff High School

Any student interested in Photography, Film/Television, and Sound Recording/Composing is invited to Open House to see if the Center for Media Arts is the right place for them to learn and grow as an artist! During the Open House, students will have the opportunity to visit classes, meet teachers and students, make Ice Cream Sundaes and will participate in a Q&A session with current Center students.

If you are interested in attending this event, please see your school counselor.

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative: Attention Juniors & Sophomores

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Amount: $5,000 (scholarship if selected)


The Cooperative is once again sponsoring three students to participate in the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, DC. You could be selected to attend this week long expense paid trip. If you have any questions please see Kim Kirby in the Counseling office.

Aiken Electric Cooperative: Attention Juniors & Sophomores

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Amount: $5,000 (scholarship if selected)


Aiken Electric Cooperative sponsors up to seven high school juniors on an all-expenses-paid trip to our nation’s capital. This week-long tour gives students a chance to see our government in action, experience the history of our nation and learn more about electric cooperatives. We also sponsor five students for the Cooperative Youth Summit for a four-day exploration of our state’s capital. The primary residence of the applicant must have an active account with Aiken Electric Cooperative, Inc.

JA Girl's STEM Breakfast Summit

When: February 20, 2020

Where: Lexington Technology Center Multipurpose Room, 2421 Augusta Highway, Lexington SC

Time: 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Who: 9th - 12th-grade girls from any Lexington One high school.

Registration Link:

**Please come to the Counseling Office for permission forms if you are interested in attending.

Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina in partnership with Lexington Technology Center’s Work-Based Learning will introduce girls to women mentors who work in STEM-related fields and show them the exciting possibilities for their future. Guided by the JA Reverse Job Shadowing curriculum, girls will investigate, ask questions, and be inspired to consider STEM for their future. The morning will feature keynote speakers, one being Ms. South Carolina, a pancake breakfast, and hands-on activities.

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs

Deadline: March 1, 2020


  • Study abroad in 2020-2021 school year.
  • Walter Danielson Scholarship covers 100%.
  • Global Adventure Scholarship covers 90%.
  • Must be 15 but not older than 18 1/2 upon departure.
  • Have a B average.
  • In good health.
  • Excellent character references.

2020 John Cabot University Exchange Program


  • Study in Rome.
  • Immersion in Italian life and culture.
  • An international student body representing more than 80 different countries.
  • Internships and career assistance.
  • US Federal Student Aid
  • Generous Scholarships

2020 USC Elementary Education Showcase

When: April 30, 2020, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Where: USC College of Education

Link to Register:

Are you a high school student considering a career in elementary education? If

so, please join us at the University of South Carolina (USC) 2020 USC

Elementary Education Showcase.

During the event, participants can learn about our “practice-based” teacher

preparation program and support systems available to students.

This event is a limited opportunity. If you have questions email the Elementary Education Program Coordinator, Dr. Stephen Thompson (

College Visit Procedures

Seniors are allowed two excused days for college visits. When you visit the college, be sure to ask the visitor's office at the college for a letter/form stating you were there that day. Turn that letter/form into attendance at PHS.

Requesting Transcripts

Transcripts are sent electronically. For college applications and the NCAA you will need to create an account and request transcripts through

Transcript requests for scholarship applications should be made to Ms. Kirby in the Counseling & Advisement Office.


Every college-bound senior needs to complete the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not completed the FAFSA, The Educational Opportunity Center at Midlands Tech will help you. You do not have to be attending Midlands Tech to use this service.

Call 803-822-3749 to schedule an appointment. You will need to bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Picture ID
  • Permanent Resident card (if eligible non-citizen)
  • Social Security card
  • Most recently filed tax return and W-2 forms
  • Parents’ most recently filed tax return and W-2 forms (dependent students only)

Student-Athletes: Are you planning to play sports in college?

You need to see Mrs. Burke ASAP. You may need to complete the NCAA Eligibility form or the NAIA form.

NCAA link:

NAIA link:

Important Deadlines:

Clemson University

December 1 Applicants who apply by this date will receive an admissions decision the week of February 15. Final deadline to apply for Fall admission is May 1.

College of Charleston

November 1- Early Decision Deadline Students’ applications and all supporting documents – including transcripts and secondary school reports – must be submitted or postmarked by this date. Students should select the early decision option only if they have selected College of Charleston as their first choice and will not use scholarships and financial aid as a primary factor in their decision. Application materials for early decision candidates must be submitted by November 1. Decision letters are issued by early December 1.

University of Georgia

January 1 - First-year application Deadline.

University of South Carolina

October 15 - Early Application Answer Deadline Students who submit complete applications and all required credentials by this date will hear from the admissions office by December 19. Answers may be acceptance, denial, or deferred decision until mid-March.

November 15, 2019 - Deadline for SC Honors College and Top Scholars Applications

December 1 - USC Regular Application Deadline

***January 15, 2020 - Extended priority consideration and scholarships

Students can apply through the Common Application, the Coalition Application or UofSC Application. All standardized test scores must be self-reported by February 1.

USC uses self-reported standardized test scores to make initial admission and scholarship decisions. Students can report their scores through their Admissions Portal after they apply.

College Open House/Visit Dates

Converse Open House: April 17, 2020

You can also check college websites for postings of Open House dates.

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If You Are Planning to Attend the Following Colleges, please see Ms. Hartley in the Counseling & Advisement Office:

Coker University

Gettysburg College

Interested in Cosmetology or Barbering School?

Complete your FAFSA and check this website out for possible scholarships:

WACE - National Co-Op Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies

Amount: 160 Merit Scholarships worth $4.2 million


Go to Go the website for the most informative source about college level co-op programs. Students who are admitted to one of the eleven institutions listed in the scholarship brochure can apply for one of the scholarships. Go to to apply.

Ron Brown Scholarship

Deadline: January 9, 2020

Amount: $40,000

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be Black/African American.
  • Must excel academically.
  • Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential.
  • Must participate in community service activities.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.
  • Be a current high school senior at the time of your application. NOTE: Current college students are not eligible to apply.

SCATA NAFEA Scholarship

Deadline: January 10, 2020

Amount: $2,500

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

The purpose of the scholarship program is to financially support post-secondary education for qualifying high school seniors attending their first year of college. There are four scholarships, each worth $2,500, and they are non-renewable. Two scholarships are for students pursuing degrees in Education. The other two scholarships may be awarded to applicants pursuing degrees in Education or any other field.

Requirements for Eligibility:

High school students who are on track to graduate in the spring of 2020 are eligible to apply for the NAFEPA scholarship. Candidates will be nominated by the NAFEPA affiliate state organization or representative. Each state may select one candidate to nominate for the national scholarship program. States with more than 100 members may nominate two candidates.


  • A personal essay of 350 - 500 words that reflects proper conventions of writing and fully addresses the required discussion points (See Application Checklist for discussion points.)
  • GPA, based on the applicant’s Spring 2019 High School transcript.
  • School, community, service, leadership and/or work activities and experiences in which the applicant participated during grades 9-12, including leadership positions held.
  • Three letters of recommendation including a letter from the student’s high school principal or administrative designee, a faculty member/advisor, and a non-family member.

Simple Texting College Scholarship

Deadline: January 11, 2020

Amount: $1,000


For the 5th year in a row, SimpleTexting is excited to offer a $1,000 college scholarship to a deserving high school senior or current college student. If you are currently enrolled in college or headed there in 2019-20, and want to win a $1,000 college scholarship to help cover expenses, consider entering the SimpleTexting College Scholarship Contest. SimpleTexting will award a $1,000 college scholarship to a highly motivated student who can thoughtfully respond to the below prompt.

The Prompt:

At SimpleTexting, we believe in the power of positivity– and in the value of both written and spoken communication, when used to uplift. If you could send one text to your younger self during a tough time what would you say and why? What advice would you give? What encouragement would you offer?

How to Enter:

  • Answer the prompt above in 800 words or less.
  • Though your response should be concise, there's no need to use SMS language or texting acronyms.
  • Create a document in Google Docs and submit your response on this form. Be sure to change the settings on your Google Doc to allow anyone to view.
  • The file name of your Google Doc should be your full name and date of birth. Example: John-Doe-1-15-1995
  • Submission must be received by midnight on January 11, 2020.

American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 14, 2020

Amount: from $1,500-$18,000


The purpose of The American Legion's Oratorical Constitutional Speech Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States. Please see the rules and regulations on The American Legion Website.

John F. Kennedy: The Profile of Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: January 17, 2020

Amount: $500-$10,000


Requirements for Eligibility:

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.

Discover Student Loans Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Amount: $5,000


Students and parents can enter by signing up to receive tips and resources on No purchase or loan necessary to enter or win.

Harry Hampton Fund Scholarships

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Amount: Varies


  • Harry Hampton Scholarship: $5,000/year up to 4 years($20,000) for students interested in majoring in natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine or environmental science.
  • Wallace F. Pate Scholarship: One time $1,500 for students interested in majoring in natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine or environmental science.
  • David M. Cline Scholarship: One time $2,000 for students who wish to further their education in law enforcement, criminal justice, or forensic science.
  • James O. Thomason Scholarship: $2,000/year for up to 4 years ($8,000) for students who wish to further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations, or mass communications.

2020 Journalism Contest

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Amount: FULL TUITION at a SC state-supported college of your choice

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • must be a South Carolinian 16 to 19 years old
  • must be a high school senior

You must write an article 3 pages addressing the theme, "Benefits of hiring people with disabilities." More information is available on the application.

Silver Pen Writing Competition

Deadline: February 14, 2020

Amount: Varies from $500-$2,500


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be a senior
  • No minimum GPA to apply
  • Essay required (minimum of 1000 words)
  • Doubled Spaced

For More Information please stop by Counseling Office.

Aiken Electric Cooperative: Touchtone Energy Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Amount: $1,000


Two Touchstone Energy Scholarships of $1,000 each are awarded to 2019-2020 high school graduating seniors in the cooperative service area. Applications should be typed or neatly printed and submitted or postmarked by the deadline of February 28, 2020. One scholarship will be awarded for a 4-year college and the second will be awarded for a 2-year technical school.

Carolina Children's Home Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Amount: $5,000


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be residence in counties of the Midlands.
  • Studying in fields of Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or Medicine.
  • Applicant must have prior acceptance into the programs/schools at time of application.

Carrie Mayer-Cowan and Benjamin Mayer Memorial Scholarship II

Deadline: March 6, 2020

Amount: $1,000

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior.
  • Must have a 3.5 grade point average and an 1150 SAT or 24 ACT.
  • Must intend to pursue a degree in science education or engineering at a four-year college or university in South Carolina.

Ernestine & Walter P. Rawl Scholarship

Deadline: March 6, 2020

Amount: $500

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

This scholarship is available for students enrolled in Agricultural Education Courses in Lexington School District One pursuing a four-year degree in a field of Agriculture.

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be an active member of the FFA Chapter
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Copy of high school transcript
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Essay on Agriculture
  • Extracurricular activities and community involvement
  • Personal analysis and interview

Woodrow & Edith Worthy Ministerial Scholarship

Deadline: March 6, 2020

Amount: $1,000

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Must demonstrate involvement in church and/or religious organizations
  • Must intend to major in music ministry or religious studies and/or plan to be involved in religious organizations in college (preference given to majors)
  • Demonstrate a financial need
  • Plan to pursue a degree at a 2 or 4-year college or university.

Noah Kneece Scholarship

Deadline: March 10, 2020

Amount: $500

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

Student must be a Lexington One Senior enrolled in the Advanced Agribusiness Research Center at Pelion High School and a member of the Pelion FFA.

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Resume containing the following: career goals; past or present employment; honors and awards you have received in extracurricular activities such as athletics, dramatics, clubs, community projects, etc.
  • Summarized your FFA participation (limit to one page).
  • Summarize your Supervised Agricultural Experience (limit to one page).
  • Official High School transcript

Medhurst/Norton/Telfer Nursing Scholarship

Deadline: March 13, 2020

Amount: $2,000

Applications: Available in the School Counseling Office

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be a senior in a Lexington County School living in Lexington County or have/will earn a GED certificate from a high school program.
  • Must be accepted into a Nursing Baccalaureate Degree Program.

Ann Wingate Scholarship

Deadline: March 13, 2020

Amount: $1,000

Applications: Available in the School Counseling Office

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be a senior in a Lexington County High School living in Lexington County or have/will earn a GED certificate from a high school program.
  • Must be accepted into a Nursing Associate Program (two year degree).

The College Plan Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Amount: $250

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

The winning student must be accepted into an accredited college, university, or technical school by the end of the year. The scholarship will be made payable to the attending college, university, or technical school.

Lawyers Against Distracted Driving Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Amount: $1,000


Requirements for Eligibility

  • 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 high school transcript or acceptance letter proving your enrollment

Midlands Technical College Foundation

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Amount: Varies


The MTC Foundation offers 45 unique scholarships just for MTC students.

To apply for these scholarships as well as state and federal aid, you'll need to fill out a FAFSA.

Here's how it works:

When the MTC Foundation scholarships are open for application, we'll send you a letter or email with a link to apply online. You'll enter your information one time, and we'll match you with all the MTC Foundation scholarships that you qualify for. It's that easy!

Christian Connector, Inc Scholarship Drawing

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Amount: $2,500


The scholarship runs each year from June 1st through May 31st. The drawing winner of each scholarship is selected at random and The Christian Connector, Inc. reserves the right to change the random drawing selection process at any point. Individuals must meet the below guidelines in order to be eligible to receive the scholarship.

Drawing Guidelines:

  • The scholarship recipient must have plans to enroll for the first time as a full-time student at a Christ-centered Christian college or Bible college within 16 months of being notified by The Christian Connector, Inc. that he/she has won the drawing.
  • The Christian Connector, Inc. reserves the right to make the determination of whether or not a particular school qualifies. Any school that is a member of the CCCU, NACCAP or ABHE automatically qualifies.
  • The scholarship recipient may not currently be enrolled at a Christian college or Bible college.
  • The scholarship will not be sent to the individual recipient, but rather it will be sent directly to the school of choice, meeting the above criteria.
  • An individual cannot enter the scholarship drawing more than once, however, he/she may use the request form and Christian Connector services as often as they wish.
  • By completing the information request form, the winner of the scholarship allows their name, city and state to be used on the site and in promotional materials, announcing that he/she is a Christian Connector scholarship recipient.

Should the initial randomly selected individual(s) not meet the above guidelines for the scholarship drawing entered, the scholarship will be forfeited and offered to another individual until a selected individual who meets the above guidelines is awarded the appropriate scholarship.

AmericanMuscle Automotive Scholarships

Deadline: June 15, 2020

Amount: $2,000



Scholarships are restricted to those students pursuing an automotive degree or related field of study.

Ponton Law Scholarship

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Amount: $1,000


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • 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

More Scholarship Resources

Fastweb Scholarship Search

FinAid Scholarship Search


SC Lottery Scholarships

Always check the college's financial aid page for scholarship opportunities.

Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, genetic information or age in admission to, access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities. The following people have been designated to handle inquiries or complaints. Chief Human Resources Officer Michael L. Stacey handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX, inquiries/complaints regarding Title II with respect to employees and/or public access to buildings and grounds, and inquiries/complaints involving the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Inquiries/complaints regarding IDEA for students K–12 go to Director of Special Services Wendy Balough, Ed.D. Inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504 for students K–12 go to Director of School Counseling and Advisement Zan Tracy Pender. Inquiries/complaints regarding Title II implementation go to Coordinator of Title II Part A Dianne Steelman. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number 803-821-1000.