AHS Guidance Newsletter

Additional Information, Dates & Events-Updated 5/10/17

10 Point Grading Scale is new this year to SC!

For more information and answers to most questions, please visit the button below.

PSAT Webinar

Seniors: Remember to Register with the Selective Service:

Selective Service is what most of us know as the "draft". Here are a few things to remember about the Selective Service.

  • It's the law
  • It's a civic duty
  • It ensures an equitable response system

Failure to register can close the door to:

  • College loans, grants, work study
  • Access to job training programs
  • Millions of federal jobs, state and municipal jobs and a growing number of contractor positions
  • Citizenship

*At 26 years old it's too late--one can never register--the door to your benefits remains closed.*

Student Load Debt Per Graduate

To help students and their families, using Peterson's data from the class of 2015, we compiled and analyzed average student loan debt data from 1,238 colleges and universities around the nation. In the following map and tables, you will find information about how much debt the average student graduates with, and what percentage graduate with debt. Click on the button below for more information.

Navy Nuclear Power Program

Program is open to both males and females from recruit training to age 24. Visit the flyer below for more info.

Clemson University Summer Scholars

The Summer Scholars Program offers exciting experiences for academically talented middle and high students from across the globe. Scholars will join other academically minded learners for an intense, week-long program. For more information, visit the brochure below.

SC Business Week Summer Program

SC Business Week is a look at business in action. Business Week will be held at PC College in Clinton, SC July 23-28, 2017.

Who can participate?

  • Students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year by Spring 2017
  • Be currently ranked in the top one-third of their class
  • Demonstrated leadership skills through school and community

Applications deadline is April 28, 2017. For more information, visit the brochure below.

Claflin University: Upward Bound Math & Science Summer Program

The program is funded by the U. S. Department of Education. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and scienceprofession. The program offers a highly focused learning experience in science and in mathematics for students with sharp minds and "can-do" attitudes. Instruction is provided by college and high school faculty in an environment conducive to learning and experimentation. The deadline to have applications postmarked is Friday, March 3, 2017. The 2017 UBMS/P.R.I.S.M. residential program will last six weeks. The program is scheduled to be conducted June 11, 2017 through July 21, 2017. Students will receive instruction in mathematics (Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-calculus, or Calculus), science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics), computer concepts, English and Composition, and a foreign language. Weekly career exploration activities will be completed, as well as sessions on financial literacy. Weekly field trips will be taken to introduce participants to postsecondary institutions and enhance career awareness. Each student will be required to complete and present a research project during the summer program. A three day culminating activity will be taken by all students who complete all required assignments and activities. During the academic component, when the participant returns to his/her school, he/she will participate in the Mentor Component. He/she will meet with his/her chosen mentor twice a month. Additionally, he/she will be required to complete a monthly assignment.

In order to participate in the UBMS/PRISM Program, a student must:

Ø Have a keen interest in a science or math career;

Ø Be currently enrolled in the 9th, 10th or 11th grade;

Ø Have completed at least one math (Algebra I) and one science course;

Ø Be a U. S. Citizen;

Ø Reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee;

Ø Meet federal guidelines for income and/or be a potential first generation college student.

2017 Hamilton Award

Hamilton Award Leadership Program:

The Hamilton Award recognizes high school juniors for their academic, personal, and service achievements. Every year, they select 35 to 40 students nationally to enter our no cost leadership program.

Hamilton Award Winners Receive:

  • $500 Scholarship
  • Annual Leadership Conferences
  • College Application Guidance
  • Scholarship & Financial Aid Assistance
  • Individual and Group Support
  • Professional Mentors and Networking
  • Internship Opportunities

To learn more visit the website.

South Carolina High School Writing Contest


In 750 words or less, writing in any genre or combination of genres (essay, short story, poem, play, etc.), answer this question: “How should we improve the state of South Carolina?”

Submissions are evaluated based on originality of response and quality of writing. First-Round Winners, selected from the initial submissions, will be invited to the University of South Carolina Columbia campus to participate in the Second Round Competition in March 2017. The Second Round will consist of an impromptu 40-minute essay response to be written that day.


The contest is open to all high school students who are residents of South Carolina and are seniors or juniors in October 2016.


The First-Round Winners will be published in a USC Press anthology in the Young Palmetto Books series; will be recognized in press releases; will tour USC Libraries’ Special Collections and other USC campus highlights; will be reimbursed for travel expenses (in accord with state guidelines); and will receive formal certificates of award. For each grade level, the Grand Prize Winners, as selected by the judges, will receive additional cash awards: First Prize–$1000; Second Prize–$500; Third Prize–$250.

All finalists will receive:

  • Lecture with esteemed South Carolina authors and tours of USC Libraries’ Special Collections
  • autographed books by SC writers
  • editing by professional and academic editors
  • publication in a USC Press young writers anthology


1st Place Prize for Seniors is named for Dr. Walter Edgar and funded by Thad Westbrook.

1st Place Prize for Juniors is named for Dorothy Skelton Williams and funded by an anonymous donor.

Sponsored by the University of South Carolina Honors College, the University of South Carolina Press, Young Palmetto Books, and the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Sciences.

FINALISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL. To submit essay, visit this website.

HOBY State Leadership Seminars

HOBY's State Leadership Seminars are America's premier leadership program for high school sophomores who want to:

  • Develop their leadership skills to help other
  • Become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, and community
  • participate in a 3-4 dynamic leadership training with like-minded students from their state

Seminar Date: 5/26/17-5/28/17

Location: Furman University

School ID: 3602- Password: drcvue

Log in to learn more & register at hoby.org/registernow. Registration closes when seminar reaches full capacity.

Paid Internships:

Boys & Girls Clubs is looking for part-time employees to work in our after school programs in elementary and middle schools in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Kershaw and Fairfield counties. These positions will be hands on with kids under the supervision of an adult. Successful candidates will be passionate about working with kids. This opportunity is ideal for young adults interested in youth development as a career choice. We have shifts from two to five days per week from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.

Pay starts at minimum wage, but after a 30 day probation period, employees will have the opportunity to enroll in our nationally recognized apprenticeship program and which will allow them to learn youth development skills at their own pace while earning more pay. Employees can increase their hourly wage by up to $1.50 more in a year by completing the youth development trainings we offer in partnership with Midlands Tech. Typically the trainings take about one hour per week to complete so they are not too taxing on students.

Interested candidates should complete the attached application and return to Miles Johnson, Director of Teen Services, at mjohnson@bgcmidlands.org (803.237.6839).

Financial Aid Resources for Hispanic Students:

Our goal with this resource is to help Hispanic students with every aspect of the college search and financial aid process, including:

  • The best value Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), based on cost and academic excellence
  • Personal testimony from Sharney Diaz, a first-generation Hispanic college student
  • Scholarships for Hispanic students

You can review it here: http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/financial-aid-hispanic-students/

Looking for a Private Women's College?

Brenau University is located in Gainesville, GA. To learn more about tuition, admissions and the campus, visit http://www.brenau.edu/.

Upcoming College Open Houses:

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All Access dates:

Students will have the opportunity to spent the night in a residence hall, take part in campus worship, eat in the dining hall, and enjoy a late night event. Meet with Anderson's Financial Aid experts, tour the campus and come to an All Access Event and discover why AU was name a "Best Christian College". To learn more or to register visit the follow website or call 800-542-3594 or email admissionevents@anderson university.edu.

All Access:

Friday & Saturday, February 10-11, 2017

First Glance Events:

Feb. 20th

March 24th

March 31st

April 6th

April 7th

April 13th

April 17th

April 20th

April 28th

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Anderson University: School of the Arts Preview and Auditions

A SC School of the Arts preview event allows you to experience an AU overview, campus tour, meet students and professors, and complete a scholarship audition or portfolio review with a professor.

Previews and Auditions:

Jan. 26-27- Music, Theatre and Art Workshops & Auditions

Feb. 10th- Music Preview & Auditions with Festival of Keys

Feb. 24th- Theatre Preview & Auditions with Spring Musical Performance

March 24th- Music Preview & Auditions

April 7th- Theatre Preview & Auditions with Spring Play Performance

April 21st- Music Preview & Auditions (President's Gala)

To Schedule your scholarship audition or to learn more, visit Schoolofthearts.com or call 800-542-3594.

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Bob Jones University Campus Visit:

Students will tour the campus with a student ambassador, experience a chapel service and a society meeting and visit a class you're interested in. You will also meet an admission counselor and attend an information session to make sure you're up to date on the application process and available financial aid. To plan your visit, click on the link. The following are available visit dates.

Feb. 22-25

March 1-4

March 8-11

March 15-18

April 13-14

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Brevard College Campus Visit:

On your visit you can . . .

  • Learn about the student experience on a campus tour with a current student
  • Gain insider admissions tips by meeting with your admissions counselor
  • Learn about earning scholarships during a one-on-one with financial aid
  • Eat in the caf and discover student culture
  • Explore with your academic interest during a meeting with a Brevard faculty member
  • Meet with a coach to learn more about Brevard's 20 athletic teams

Go to brevard.edu or call 800.527.9090 to schedule your campus visit.

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Clemson University Campus Visit:

Get on campus and get a tour. Check the website for special, on-campus visitation events, held throughout the year. Visit clemson.edu/visitors or call 864.656.4789.

Visit the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at CU’s annual Spring Blitz on April 13, 14, 17 and 18.

Spring Blitz is an opportunity to tour Clemson’s campus, attend a college-specific Information Fair and learn more about the Institute for the Study of Capitalism and the Lyceum Scholars Program.

The Lyceum Scholars Program is America’s first academic program dedicated to studying the moral, political and economic foundations of a free society. The Program awards ten $10,000 scholarships (total over four years) to incoming freshmen. While applications for Fall 2017 are closed, we strongly encourage juniors to learn more about Lyceum in preparation for Fall 2018 scholarship applications.

Visit us at the Clemson Expo from 11-1 pm in the Hendrix Center Almeda Jacks Ballroom and from 2-3:30 pm at the College of Business Drop-In meeting room A, which is also in the Hendrix Center.

Click here for a link to Spring Blitz events. (Note: some events require registration.)

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College of Charleston Open House:

Student interested in visiting College of Charleston should visit go.cofc.edu/campusvisit to schedule a tour.
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Columbia International University:

On Thursday, March 30-Friday, March 31, CIU is hosting an Undergraduate Preview Day. This free event will give students (10th-12th grade) an in-depth look at how CIU trains students towards a career impacting the world. Students will have the opportunity to meet current students, stay overnight in the residence halls, tour campus, talk to faculty about CIU programs, and participate in campus activities. If students are interested, sign up online at ciu.edu/visit17.
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Open House Dates:

April 23, 2017

  • Meet Professors, hear from students and tour campus! Tour information click here.
  • We offer a $200 travel voucher for student's mileage, lodging and/or airfare. Visit here for more information.

School of Arts Showcase

Friday, March 3, 2017

  • All High school Juniors and Senior females to campus
  • For Musicians, Actors or Visual Artist

Must register by February 20, 2017 at converse.edu/showcase

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Duke Open House:

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Greenville Technical College Open House:

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Lander Open House:

Lander offers personal tours Monday through Friday at 10am and 2pm. They also host two fall and two spring Saturday Open House events. Please visit their website for more details and registration information.

Spring Open House:

Saturday, February 18

Saturday, March 18

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Mid-Atlantic Christian University Campus Visit:

Visit MACU and take an in depth look at what we have to offer. Your personalized tour can include:

  • Experience a University level class
  • Tour the campus
  • Enjoy lunch
  • Meet with your advisor
  • Attend a worship Chapel
  • Spend a night in the dorm
  • Talk with Professors
  • Interact with current students
  • Earn a $500 scholarship and learn about financial aid

For more information on tour dates and reservations please visit MACUniversity.edu/admissions/campus-visit

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Senior Days & Decision Days:

Spend one of your Senior Days at MTC.

Senior Days:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

*Register at midlandstech.edu/visit

Decision Days:

Take the placement test and receive your admission decision on the same day!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

*Register at midlandstech.edu/visit

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Morris College Visitation Day:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Registration is at the Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions and Records via email at gscriven@morris.edu or call at 866-853-1345 or 803-934-3225.

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Newberry College Open House:

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North Greenville University Visits:

NGU Open House:

March 24

Students have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet our professors, eat in the dining hall, talk with Admissions staff and hang out with current students. Visit Ngu.edu/openhouse.

Overnight at NGU:

February 9

March 30

These overnight events give you the opportunity to experience life as a NGU student. You will spend the night on campus, sit in on college classes and meet with professors, coaches and current students. This event is for High School Juniors and Seniors. $35.00 reservation fee is required. Visit ngu.edu/overnight

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North Greenville University Cline School of Music Open House:

NGU Cline School of Music will be having some upcoming open house dates. They will also have Scholarship Audition Dates as well. Please visit their website for more information.

Open House Dates:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Scholarship Audition Dates:

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Paul Mitchell School Columbia: Open House:

Paul Mitchell will have a National Open House Night on March 8th. Visitors to the National Open House event will spend the evening at the school as VIP guests and enjoy special event activities, view the beautiful campus and learn about our unique education and how to prepare an application. Visit their website for more information.
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SCAD Events:

SCAD DAY-Visit professional-caliber spaces, chat with renowned professors, meet with admission representatives and experience life as a SCAD Bee.


January 17, 2017

February 18, 2017

April 1, 2017

Signature Events-


May 20, 2017

SCAD Fashion Show


May 20, 2017

SCAD Fashion Show live screening



December 2, 2016

March 11, 2017


December 2, 2016

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USC-Columbia Tours:

USC's walking tours are led by current students, called University Ambassadors, who are looking forward to your visit and an opportunity to tell you a little about the history of our campus, but more importantly let you know what it's like to live and study here. Our tours run Monday thru Friday and most are around 2 hours. Some of the best times to visit are early February, early March, June, and September. The university will be closed on Nov. 24 – 25, and Dec. 22 – Jan. 2 in observance of the holidays. We welcome your visit year round and will be ready for you, rain or shine. To schedule a tour, please visit the website.
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South Carolina-Salkehatchie Open House:

Open House will consist of a campus tour, Student Panel discussion, Financial Aid 101 informational, and Admissions 101 informational. Refreshments will be provided.

Walterboro Campus:

Saturday, December 10th

12pm - 3pm

Basketball game at 4pm

For more information and to RSVP, visit our website USCSalkehatchie.sc.edu/Events or Call toll tree (855) 597-7255.

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USC-Upstate Tours & Open House:

Open House

March 25

April 29

Fab Friday

December 2

February 3

March 3

April 7

Weekday Tours

Weekday tours are offered at 10am and 3 pm, Monday through Thursday and at 10am on Friday throughout most of the year. Visit our the website or call the Office of Admissions at (864) 503-5246 or 1-800-277-8727 to schedule a personal campus visit today!

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Open House Dates:

February 10-11, 2017

March 3-4, 2017

March 24-25, 2017

*To register for Virginia Military Institute's open house visit the following website.

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Winthrop University Open House:

Weekday and Saturday visits include a tour of campus with a Winthrop Student Ambassador and a meeting with an admission counselor. Weekday tours are offered throughout the year-excluding holidays, exam periods and official school closings-at 9:30 am and 2 pm. The Saturday visit is an option for specific Saturdays during the academic year. Register for the best visit option visit for you here.