RB '19

Senior Newsletter, December 2018

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-Ham Mandy Wilson aswilson2@lexington1.net

Last names Han-Pa Crystal Wingate cwingate@lexington1.net

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

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

Career Specialist N-Z Shenita Chapman schapman@lexingon1.net

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

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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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Important Dates - Mark your Calendars!!

Jan 29th - Financial Aid Night, 6pm (junior and senior parents/students)

April 6th - Prom, 8pm USC Alumni Center

May 1st - Senior Decision Day

May 21st - Student Awards Ceremony - 7:00-9:00 - Performing Arts Center

June 7th - Graduation - 12:00 - Colonial Life Arena

Marine Corps Recruiter visit

Monday, Dec. 3rd, 11:30am

Main Street in front of Counseling and Advisement

Midlands Technical College Visit

Monday, Dec. 10th, 11:30am

Main Street in front of Counseling and Advisement

University of Alabama

Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 12:30pm

Main Street in front of Counseling and Advisement

Chelsea Marsh, admissions counselor from the University of Alabama will be here to answer all your questions about how to apply and get in to Alabama.


Saturday, April 6th 2019 at 8pm

USC Alumni Center

RBHS Graduation

Friday, June 7th 2019 at 12pm

801 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC

Taking the ACT and SAT

RBHS AI/CEEB Code 411292

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


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.


Saturday, Feb. 9th 2019 at 8am

See www.ACT.org for Locations

Late Registration Deadline is February 11, 2019.

Register at www.actstudent.org

Fee waivers for the ACT are available to eligible 11th and 12th graders. If you are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), bring proof of your Free/Reduced lunch status to Mrs. Farrar in Counseling and Advisement for a waiver.


Saturday, March 9th 2019 at 8am

See Website for locations. www.Collegeboard.org

Late Registration Deadline is February 8, 2019.

Register at www.collegeboard.org

Fee waivers for the SAT are available to eligible 11th and 12th graders. If you are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), bring proof of your Free/Reduced lunch status to Mrs. Farrar in Counseling and Advisement for a waiver.

Need FREE Help with Writing?

Need help writing an essay or research paper? Have writer’s block? Want to get feedback on your paper before you turn it in?

We can help in the new Writing Center!

WHAT: The Writing Center is staffed by RB student volunteers who have been trained to help students in a variety of tasks related to writing papers, including:

  • Brainstorming ideas to help you get started

  • Giving feedback on a completed or partially completed paper

  • Helping with organization of paper (getting started with an outline)

  • Connect you with citation resources

  • Help with revisions

WHO: Any RB student who has a paper due in ANY class, not just English, and would like help.

WHERE: RB Learning Commons; Check in with Ms. Petit at the front door.

WHEN: By appointment or drop-in. See the schedule below.

HOW: Sign up for an appointment or drop-in. If a tutor is not available when you need one, email Mrs. White at tawhite@lexington1.net. She will help connect you with a tutor or will meet with you at a time that works for you during the school day.

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 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.


Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program- $2,000

Deadline: Entries must be received at the SCDE by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2019 or postmarked on or before Monday, February 4, 2019.

What is it? The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship program, named for South Carolina’s first poet laureate, offers twelfth-grade students (enrolled in a public school in South Carolina) the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts as well as encourages and recognizes academic and artistic excellence among South Carolina students.

What does the program include? Students will mail or deliver original compositions, process folios, and other required documentation in one of the five arts disciplines (creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts) to the South Carolina Department of Education.

  • Creative Writing—An entry is defined as an original composition in the form of a sonnet, lyric, or narrative poem. The composition should not exceed two, double-spaced pages in length, originated by the applicant.
  • Dance—An entry is defined as an original, short dance composition of three to ten minutes composed for solo or ensemble dancers in any appropriate movement style, originated by the applicant.
  • Music—An entry is defined as an original composition of three to ten minutes for solo or small ensemble (recommended no more than five parts), vocal, or instrumental in any appropriate style, originated by the applicant.
  • Theatre—An entry is defined as an original, one-act play with a performing time of eight to fifteen minutes, originated by the applicant.
  • Visual Arts—An entry is defined as an original artwork that must be a completed, rendered visual composition originated by the applicant. Art is limited to two-dimensional work such as drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, and collage.

Click here for more information.

AXA Achievement Scholarship-$2,500-$25,000

The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA US.

The 2019 program will be accepting applications from September 1, 2018 until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 14, 2018, whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 completed and submitted electronically by the deadline date. Apply early!

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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, 2019.

National Beta Scholarship

12th grade students who are active National Beta members and duly registered with the national headquarters by November 1, of their senior year, are eligible to apply and participate in the scholarship competition. Selection of National Beta Scholarship winners is based on a number of factors with special emphasis on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service, as well as National Beta Involvement.

How to Apply:

  • Beginning November 1, 2018, you may access the National Beta Scholarship application online.
  • Enter your National Beta membership identification number and last name to gain access to the application—if you do not have this information, please ask your Beta Club Sponsor.
  • Complete the application.
  • You are required to submit your high school transcript and your ACT or SAT scores. Copies of these documents can be uploaded directly into your application. Your documentation will be verified for authenticity.
  • Submit your completed application and pay the $15 processing fee (via credit card) by 11:59 pm EST January 24, 2019*.

Click here for link. Deadline is January 24, 2019.


BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation, together with Burger King Corporation employees, franchisees, suppliers and guests, has been able to make a positive impact in the communities in which we work and live. Today the Foundation administers the BURGER KING℠ Scholars program and the BK℠ Family Fund.

The BURGER KING℠ Scholars program assists employees, employees' spouses or domestic partners, employees' children and high school seniors in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in continuing their education. To date, the program has awarded more than $35 million in scholarships to more than 33,000 students. Last year alone, $3.7 million in scholarships were awarded to more than 3,400 deserving students.

Integrity, high standards, entrepreneurial spirit, good citizenship and education were the values that defined BURGER KING® brand co-founder James W. McLamore. It was those values that helped realize a dream and it is those same values that are the core of the BURGER KING McLAMORE℠ Foundation, which will continue to build on his legacy and his commitment to education.

Click here for more information.

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes-$20,000

Foot Locker wants to celebrate YOU – not just because you scored the game-winning point – but because sports have helped you grow into a strong leader at school and in your community.

  • Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes are trusted and respected members of their schools and communities and have built long-term relationships with other students, administrators and community members.
  • Be passionate and committed to empowering the community in which he/she live. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have made a significant long-term commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Be confident and enthusiastic about being a leader. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes aren’t reluctant role models. They are confident, honest, and passionate leaders who take on challenges for the greater good.
  • Display academic excellence. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes are intellectually curious, set high academic goals for themselves, and excel in their studies.
  • Be diverse. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have diverse backgrounds, are from different places, have varied academic ambitions, and play different sports.
  • Be Foot Locker Scholar Athletes material. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes share key attributes:
    • Proactive and highly motivated
    • Inspiring and charismatic
    • Honest and trustworthy
    • Genuine
    • Strong and courageous
Deadline is December 14, 5PM EST. Click here for an application and more information.

Hampton Wildlife Fund Multiple Scholarships

Harry Hampton Scholarship-This scholarship consists of a $5,000* scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, environmental science or related fields.

Wallace F. Pate- Scholarship for students in the natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries, biology, forestry, marine or environmental science. 1 year only $2,500.

David M. Cline- Scholarship for students who wish to further their education in law enforcement/criminal justice/forensic science. (Forensic pathology does NOT qualify)

1 year $2,500

James O Thomason Scholarship for students who wish to further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications. 4 year $2,000

Click here for more information and applications. Deadline is January 31, 2019.

"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.

Caroline E. Holt Nursing Scholarship

A one-time $2,500 award is given to three students who are in financial need and who have been accepted or is currently enrolled in an accredited school of nursing. A letter of acceptance into a nursing program or a transcript stating the applicant is in a nursing program must be included with the application.

Email completed scholarship application form, the DAR Scholarship Financial Need Form and required information from the DAR Scholarship Checklist to: CarolineEHoltScholarship@NSDAR.org

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.

Lyceum Scholarships to Clemson University- $10,000

The Lyceum Scholars Program at Clemson University is a $10,000 scholarship for incoming freshmen to study the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society.

Lyceum Scholars read the Great Books of Western Civilization and discuss timeless questions such as:

  • What makes a society free?
  • What makes a society prosperous?
  • What are the principles of the American Founding?

This program is an eight-course sequence that students take together as an intellectual cohort over their undergraduate career. The Lyceum Scholars Program is open to any major and fulfills the requirements for a minor in Political Science.

For more information, visit our website or click here for a PDF of our flyer.

Priority Deadline is December 10, 2018.

SBO Essay Scholarship Contest

Students you can win your share of $20,000 including matching music products for your school music program!

  • Five $1,000 scholarships grades nine to twelve

Answer this essay question (in 250 words or less):

What role has your music program played in bringing you closer to your school mates, friends and the community at large?

Click Here to Submit Your Essay Today! Entry deadline: December 31, 2018

The Silver Pen Writing Competition-$1,500

Wellmore of Lexington, a retirement community is proud to offer the Silver Pen Writing Competition. This is a unique opportunity to bridge the communication gap between younger and older generations. Open to all high school Seniors, there is no GPA requirement. Scholarship awards are:

1st Place- $1,500

2nd Place- $1,000

3rd Place- $750

4th Place- $500

The 2018 topic is:

If you could live during any era, which era would it be? Describe what your life would look like. Living during your chosen era, how would politics and social issues of that time period effect you? What would your life look like both occupationally and socially?

Essays must be the applicant's original work and be between 600 and 1000 words, double spaced. Please include the Application form, Essay and Copy of transcript and submitted by December 14th, 2018, online at silverpen-slc.com.


**For ESOL students only**
Applications are now available!

A total of four $500 scholarships will be awarded --

2 in North Carolina and 2 in South Carolina.

Click here for the application. Deadline is March 31, 2019

Applying to Colleges

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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. Wood in Attendance.

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


New Application and Notification Deadlines:

Early Decision Deadline: November 1 Notification: December 1

Early Action Application Deadline: December 1 Notification: January 15

Honors College Priority Application Deadline: December 1 Notification: January 15

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


Searching for Scholarship in Naviance

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Scholarship Search Engines

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

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

The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program

The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Dallas is one of the nation’s most generous and selective undergraduate merit awards. Valued at more than $250,000 (out of state) or $150,000 (in state), the scholarship includes tuition, stipend, study abroad and professional development funding. Deadlines: Friday December 7, 2018. Qualifications and deadlines are online. Please contact mcdermott@utdallas.edu or visit our website for more information.

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. Application deadline is October 25, 2018 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/

National College Funding Services Scholarship

The amount of the Scholarship is $250 for participating high schools within Lexington Once School District for a 2017-2018 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

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 October 29, 2018, until May 13, 2019. 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