RB '20

Senior Newsletter, January 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

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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 16th - Financial Aid Night, 6pm Mike Fox presenting (Junior and Senior parents/students)

Feb 27th -Michelin Scholar Information Session, 9:00 am and 12:30 pm LTC

Mar 5th - Michelin Scholar Test 9:00 am and 12:30 pm LTC

Mar 26th - Graduation Supply order delivery 10-3 in Rotunda

April 25th - Prom, 8pm-Midnight USC Alumni Center

May 1st - Senior Decision Day

May 20th- Student Awards Night 6:30-8:30 in the PAC

June 5th- Mandatory Graduation Practice 8:00 am-12:00 Noon in the Big Gym

June 7th- Graduation at The Colonial Life Arena at Noon

Taking the ACT and SAT

RBHS AI/CEEB Code 411292

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

SAT TEST DATE

Saturday, March 14th, 8am

See Website for locations. www.Collegeboard.org

Late Registration Deadline is March 2, 2020.

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.

ACT TEST DATE

Saturday, Feb. 8th, 8am

See www.ACT.org for Locations

Late Registration Deadline is January 17, 2020.

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.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTS: ACT and SAT

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.

Important Dates

Winthrop University Visit

Wednesday, Jan. 22nd, 11:15am

Main Street in front of Counseling and Advisement

Meet with Kim Foster, admissions counselor for Winthrop University will be on Main Street to talk with accepted and prospective students. Stop by and find out everything you need to know about becoming a Winthrop University Eagle!

University of Alabama Visit

Tuesday, Feb. 18th, 11:15am

Main Street in front of Counseling and Advising

Meet with Chelsea Marsh, Regional Admission Recruiter, from The University of Alabama. She can answer all your questions about applying.
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.

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

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

Anne and Ed Pitts Memorial Scholarship Application

Did you attend Anne Pitts Child Development Center for a least two years? If so, this is the scholarship for you!


This Scholarship is available for graduating seniors pursuing a post secondary education who attended Anne Pitts Child Development Center for at least two years. Applicants will be judged on character, sincerity of purpose, achievement, and academics. This is a "one time only" scholarship. The number of applicants will determine the amount of the scholarship.

Deadline is April 1, 2020. Applications should be returned to Mrs. Farrar in the Counseling and Advisement office or mailed to P O Box 2021, Lexington, SC 29071. Click here for an application.

April Lynn Quinton Memorial Scholarship-$1,000

This scholarship was established in loving memory of April Quinton who died from a single car

accident in October 2009. April was a graduate with honors from Lexington High School in

1998 where she served as Wing Commander of the JROTC. She resided in Lexington County

most of her life and considered herself a lifelong resident of Lexington County.


This scholarship is available for a Lexington County School District One high school senior planning to attend a South Carolina college or university and major in Special Education.

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher and a SAT score of at least 1100 or

an ACT score of 22.


General Rules:

• Applicants will be judged on character, sincerity of purpose, and potential.

• The scholarship is issued “one time only” and is not renewable.

• The winner will be announced at the school’s Award Program.

• The scholarship award will be paid jointly to the student and the institution of higher learning.

•Applications will be accepted from all five high schools with only one scholarship winner


Deadline is March 15, 2020. Click here for an application or pick one up in Counseling and Advisement.

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program- $2,000

Deadline: Entries must be received at the SCDE by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 4, 2020 or postmarked on or before Monday, February 4, 2020.

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.

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.

Carolina Children's Home Scholarship

Interested in Nursing, Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or Medicine? Carolina Children's Home is offering scholarships up to $5,000 per academic year. More information and access to the on-line scholarship application can be found here. Deadline is February 28, 2020.

Charleston Women in International Trade Technical Scholarship

CWIT (Charleston Women in International Trade) gives approx. $10,000 scholarships out a year for high school, college and technical students who major in international trade or corresponding majors. Applicants must be enrolled/enrolling in an accredited South Carolina school, institution, college or university and must provide proof of acceptance or current enrollment.


· Applicant must be well qualified, with a serious interest in pursuing a degree specific to international trade or related course of study.

· Applicant needs not be a full-time student.

· Females and males are invited to apply.

· Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.


Essay. Applicant must provide a 1 - 3 page, double-spaced essay on this topic:

Explain the value of skilled labor to the international trade community of South Carolina and why you chose technical college to further your education.

The essay is weighted 50% of the total score; scoring will focus on content, responsiveness to the topic, analytical capability, originality, grammar, spelling, and neatness.


Your application should also include a Personal Statement, Letter of Recommendation, Transcript and Resume. Click here for more information and for the application. Deadline for submission is February 28, 2020.


Completed scholarship packets (and any questions) should be mailed as a single PDF document to Awards@cwitsc.org.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships (CBOS)

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships (CBOS) program guides students through the college planning process and offers them a chance to earn money for college for each action they complete. Since the program opened to high school juniors in January, over 1,700 South Carolina students from the Class of 2020 have joined CBOS. In the first three months of the program, seven South Carolina juniors have been awarded a CBOS scholarship.


Scholarships for students in the Class of 2020 are awarded monthly through February 2020 (see attachment). Learn more about how you can help connect your students to these scholarship opportunities - https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/parents-educators and take advantage of these implementation resources.

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.

South Carolina Federal Credit Union Scholarship

South Carolina Federal Credit Union is awarding a total of $50,000 to 12 deserving students. We are looking for hardworking and dedicated students in South Carolina planning to pursue a post-secondary degree in fall 2020.


More details, including the application and eligibility requirements can be found here: South Carolina Federal Credit Union Scholarship The application deadline is February 21, 2020.

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.

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, 2020.

"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

James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship

The James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship consists of a renewable $3,500 scholarship awarded annually for up to four (4) consecutive years to a S.C. resident who have had one or both parents deceased, have financial need and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university. The recipient must maintain a 2.0 GPA and participate in the following activities:

  • Byrnes Scholars’ Luncheon in Columbia on the second Saturday in June
  • Super Weekend in Garden City Beach, SC, the third weekend of March
  • Fall Dinner in his/her area held in October – dates to be determined
Applications must be submitted after January 2, 2020 and postmarked by February 1, 2020. Click here for an application packet.

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship - $2,500

This scholarship fund is named in honor of Janice Marie Scott. This scholarship fund was established to recognize her involvement with various youth programs and community service activities within the Greater Metropolitan Area of Washington, DC. Janice was one of 125 individuals that perished in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 when terrorists hijacked and crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the building of the Pentagon.


Requirements include:

a. US Citizen or permanent resident of US

b. GPA of 3.0/equivalent or higher (out of a 4.0 scale)

c. High School Senior who will matriculate full-time at a US accredited four-year college or university within the fifty states or District of Columbia.

d. Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participating in community services or other extra curricular activities.

e. Combined adjusted income of the parent(s) cannot exceed $50,000.

Deadline is March 31, 2020. Click here for the application, checklist and criteria sheet.

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.

The Justin Thomas Gustav Pepper Memorial Scholarship-$1,000

This volunteer based scholarship is now open to seniors in ALL Lexington County District High Schools to assist with furthering their education. The scholarship, which is focused on volunteer activities, will reward recipients with $1000 in assistance for furthering their education beyond high school. It is paid in two $500 installments at the beginning of their first and second semesters of college, tech school, or any other higher education institution. Applications may be obtained through the guidance counselor's offices of the Lexington District High Schools and Newberry County High Schools after January 15th and must be returned by March 15th. Click here for an application or stop by Counseling and Advisement for a paper copy. Deadline is March 15th.

Carrie Mayer-Cowan & Benjamin Mayer Memorial Scholarship II

This scholarship was established in loving memory of Carrie Mayer-Cowan and Benjamin


Mayer. Carrie was a 1994 Honor Graduate of Lexington High School and Benjamin was a

2000 Honor Graduate of Lexington High School.


Who is eligible for this scholarship?


The $1,000.00 scholarship is available for a White Knoll, Gilbert, Pelion or River Bluff High

School graduating senior.

Applicants must have a 3.5 grade point average and an 1150 SAT or 24 ACT.

This scholarship is for a student pursuing a degree in science education or engineering at a four

year college or university in South Carolina.


Deadline is March 15, 2020. Please click here for an application or see Mrs. Farrar in Counseling and Advisement for a paper copy.

Lexington District One Educational Foundation Scholarships

Click here for information and dates. All applications are due March 15, 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. Deadline is Friday April 3rd, 2020. Apply here.

Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship-$3,000- $2,000-$1,000

Medhurst, Norton and Telfer Scholarships $2,000 Each

Awarded to high school seniors living in Lexington County and plan to earn a Bachelors Degree in Nursing.


Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Official high school transcript (with GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT scores)
  • Letter of acceptance into nursing school required


Ann Wingate Scholarships $1,000 Each

Awarded to high school seniors living in Lexington County and plan to earn an Associates Degree in Nursing.


Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Official high school transcript (with GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT scores)
  • Letter of acceptance into nursing school required


Auxiliary Volunteers Memorial Scholarship $3,000

One scholarship will be awarded each year. No separate application is needed. The scholarship committee will select the recipient from the applications to the different scholarships.


Requirements

  • Application for any nursing scholarship


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

Lexington Soil & Water Conservation Scholarship - $1,500

Eligibility: Current High School senior residing in Lexington County who will be attending a South Carolina College, University or Technical College. The applicant must be planning a major in an Agricultural and Environmental related field.


Deadline: March 28, 2020. The application can be found at www.lexswcd.org, return with supporting documents to 123 Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072.

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, 2019, 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 22, 2020.

Click here for link. Deadline is January 22, 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

Requirements
  • 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.
  • INCOMPLETE 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
  • INCOMPLETE 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

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

Scholarships for Military Children

Commissaries are an integral part of the quality of life offered to service members and their families. The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created in recognition of the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community. It is the intent of the program that a scholarship funded through contributions be awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide.


A total of 500 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded for school year 2020-21. There will be at least one recipient selected at every commissary location where qualified applications are received, and additional recipients will be selected based on a prorate basis, so more applicants will be selected from those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants.

Download the Scholarships for Military Children Fact Sheet (PDF)


Applications must be submitted online by February 24th.

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 2019 topic is:

Our members at our community have built and continue to build their legacies. They are all inspirational in their own way. Right now, you are nearing your high school graduation and preparing for your future. What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want to have accomplished? What are your goals in life? What is your definition of living a good life?


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 February 14, 2020, online at silverpen-slc.com.

Touchstone Energy Scholarships- Sponsored by Mid Carolina Electric Cooperative

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative is offering Touchstone Energy scholarships to high school seniors within its service area. The scholarship is open to any senior attending Lexington Districts 1, 2, 3 and 5; Saluda County Schools; and private schools within those districts. The scholarship is also made available to any in-state student whose primary residence receives electricity from Mid-Carolina Electric.


Seven $3,000 scholarships are given by Mid-Carolina Electric to students in local school districts who are exceptional examples of "The Spirit of Cooperation", a deeply-ingrained value and driving force within the Touchstone Energy brand. Special consideration is given to need, extracurricular activities, community involvement, recommendations and the students’ personal achievements. Since 1990, over 100 scholarships have been awarded to students who fit these criteria, exhibit a positive attitude, and possess a good reputation within their respective communities.

Fill out your application before March 13, 2020! Click here for the application.

Interested in Teaching? Apply to become a Teaching Fellow - Up to a $24,000 scholarship

This Program offers the state’s brightest and best students up to $24,000 over four years to become South Carolina educators. The SC General Assembly began funding the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program in 1999. The mission of the Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina.

Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have additional professional development opportunities, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state. They receive up to $24,000 in fellowship funds (up to $6000 a year for four years) while they complete a degree leading to initial teacher certification. The fellowship provides up to $5700 for tuition and board and $300 for specific enrichment programs administered by CERRA. All Teaching Fellows awards are contingent upon funding from the SC General Assembly. A Fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the Fellowship.

Read a comprehensive research report about the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.
Administered by CERRA-South Carolina, the Program provides fellowships for up to 200 students each year (actual number determined by funding from the General Assembly). These students participate in enrichment programs at a Teaching Fellows Institution, engage in professional development and leadership opportunities, partner with communities and businesses, and receive up to a $6,000 fellowship annually for four years as long as they are in the process of completing a degree leading to teacher certification and meet the criteria to continue in the program. A Fellow must agree to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for each year he/she receives funding.

Any student who is a legal resident of South Carolina (DACA students are not eligible for Teaching Fellows) and a current high school senior, or junior graduating early, and who will be attending college as a freshman in the fall of 2020, may apply. Fellowships are based on academic achievement, references, community and school involvement, an interview and a writing assessment. Students must attend one of the eleven Teaching Fellows Institutions. Currently, these include Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University, Lander University, USC Aiken, USC Columbia, USC Upstate, and Winthrop University.


The application will be available on the CERRA Web site at teachingfellowsc.com beginning on September 1st.

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.

VFW Scholarships- Sponsored by Post VFW 8738

Scholarship Contests:



Post 8738 Information

Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 206, Lexington, SC 29073

Physical Address: 424 Cedarcrest Dr., Lexington, SC 29072

Phone: (803) 359-8738

Are you a member of Woodmen of the World?

Scholarship recipients must be:

  • High School graduates attending a two-year or four-year college, university, or technical school;
  • WoodmenLife members2 in good standing with at least three years of membership; and
  • Members of families where all in the household are WoodmenLife members in good standing.

HOW WE CHOOSE

Perfect grades and good test scores aren't required. Scholarship recipients will complete an online application that includes short essay questions. Scholarships will be awarded to those students who:

  • Make a difference in their community through volunteerism
  • Want to make their community a better place to live
  • Want to pursue a career as a leader in their community
  • Demonstrate their academic performance by providing their transcripts and GPA

Click here for more information. Deadline is January 15, 2020.

Woodrow and Edith Worthy Ministerial Scholarship - $1,000

Due Date: March 15, 2020

Scholarship Criteria:

• Senior graduating from any Lexington School District One high school with a 3.0 GPA.

• Student must have been involved with church and/or Christian organizations during high school.

• Student must be pursuing a major degree in music ministry or religious studies and/or plan to be very involved with religious life/church while in college (note that preference will be given to students pursuing major).

• Student must have plans to attend a 2-year or 4-year college or university.


Awarded based on application and financial need. Click here for an application.

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. Pearson in Attendance.


Anderson University

http://www.anderson.edu/admissions/discover/visit


Clemson University

http://www.clemson.edu/visit/events.html


College of Charleston

http://admissions.cofc.edu/explorethecollege/events/index.php


Columbia College

http://www.columbiasc.edu/admissions/womens-college-admissions/open-house


Converse College

We absolutely love our Lexington County students and hope to see many of them at our upcoming events, scholarship days and auditions. Our first Open House is in just a few short weeks on Friday, September 20th. Please encourage your students to attend! They can sign up online or email us via admissions@converse.edu.


Francis Marion University

http://www.fmarion.edu/fmuadmissions/campusvisit


Furman University

http://www.furman.edu/admission/EngageFurman/Visit/Pages/default.aspx


Lander University

http://www.lander.edu/admissions/Campus-Visit.aspx


Midlands Technical College

http://www.midlandstech.edu/admissions/visit-campus


Newberry College

https://my.newberry.edu/ICS/Admissions/Events_and_Visits.jnz


Presbyterian College

http://www.presby.edu/admissions/home/visit/


Spartanburg Methodist College

http://www.smcsc.edu/campus-maptour/


Seton Hall University

http://www.shu.edu/visiting/


University of South Carolina - Columbia

http://sc.edu/visit/schedule_a_visit/


University of South Carolina - Beaufort

http://www.uscb.edu/admissions/visit-uscb/visitation-events.html


University of Virginia

https://admission.virginia.edu/outreach


Winthrop University

http://www.winthrop.edu/admissions/visit/


Wofford College

https://www.wofford.edu/admission/visitWofford/
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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


AES Scholarship

Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? The mount of award is $500.00. The deadline for entry: October 6. Submit essay to: scholarships@aesengineers.com . For more information, go to http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm.


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


AXA Achievement Scholarship

One South Carolina winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, with a chance to win $15,000 more! To qualify, you must demonstrate ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. Application deadline is December 15, 2019. https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html


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


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. Application deadline is December 12, 2019.


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


S.C. Teaching Fellows Program

Up to $24,000 in scholarship money is available to students who are serious about entering the teaching profession in SC. There are no GPA or ACT/SAT score requirements for eligibility. Any high school senior who is a US citizen and SC resident can apply. Initial scoring is based on a combination of scholastic information, community and school activities, and references. Students must attend a Teaching Fellows Institution. The application deadline is December 1, 2019. https://www.cerra.org/teaching-fellows.html


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