Pelion Pride 2020

Issue 7: April, 2020

Stay in touch with the Counseling & Advisement Office

Twitter: @PelionCounselor


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

Ms. Amber Hartley: Last Names D-Mc

Mrs. Alysha Walker: Last Names Me-Z

Mrs. Dana Crumpton: Career Specialist

Ms. Tara Simmons: Graduation Coach

Selective Service Registration

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

Please email your college acceptance letters and scholarship award letters to Ms. Kirby (

CONGRATULATIONS! College Acceptance Letters

The following students have received their college acceptance letters!

Nicholas Adair

Taylor Ashline

Jasmine Austin

Emily Barney

Leighanna Bunton

Ina Burkhart

Maria Del Carmen Charre

Whitney Craft

Bradley Creech

Alexis De La Luz Aquino

Amanda Gibbons

Abagail Goff

Megen Gordon

Kayla Haynes

Katlyn Hendricks

Anthony Holm

Ian Kell

Miracle Livingston

Nayelie Lopez

Meghan Lorick

Summor Lucas

Amber Lucky

Justus Miller

Makenzie Osmanski

Korine Otto

Lee Padgett

Jadon Patterson

JohnRafael Perry

Destiny Peters

Madyson Quinn

Quenna Richburg

Joseph Safker

Caroline Grace Sasser

Alison Scott

Logan Sexton

Breanna Spencer

Kaleigh Spires

Ethan Summers

Kassandra Villafuete-Ibarra

Ashley Walker

Joseph Walker

Rachel Walters

Natalie Waltman

Haylee Williamson


The following students have received college scholarships!

Emily Barney

Alexis De La Luz Aquino

Abagail Goff

Megen Gordon

Kelly Haynes

Anthony Holm

Ian Kell

Noah Kelly

Dawn Kneece

Amber Lucky

Justus Miller

Korine Otto

Jadon Patterson

Madyson Quinn

Caroline Sasser

Ethan Summers

CONGRATULATIONS! Military Enlistment

The following students have enlisted in the military upon graduation:

Chance Vincent Hunter

Crystal Martinez Lopez

Elisabeth Grace McKinney

Daylin Brieghnn Peavy

William Ethan Summers

2020 John Cabot University Exchange Program


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

2020 USC Elementary Education Showcase

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

Where: USC College of Education

Link to Register:

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

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

Elementary Education Showcase.

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

preparation program and support systems available to students.

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

College Visit Procedures

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

Requesting Transcripts

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

NCAA link:

NAIA link:

Important Deadlines:

Clemson University

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

College of Charleston

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

University of Georgia

January 1 - First-year application Deadline.

University of South Carolina

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

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

December 1 - USC Regular Application Deadline

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

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

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

College Open House/Visit Dates

Converse Open House: April 17, 2020

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

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

Coker University

Gettysburg College

Interested in Cosmetology or Barbering School?

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

WACE - National Co-Op Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies

Amount: 160 Merit Scholarships worth $4.2 million


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

Joye Law Firm Scholarship

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Amount: $2,000


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Open to all graduating South Carolina High School Seniors
  • Must plan to attend a 4-year college or university
  • Demonstrate strong community-oriented values
  • Submit a Creative Entry that raises awareness of a selected Personal Injury matter. Five topic choices are provided in the application.

Lexington District One Educational Office Professionals Scholarship

**Deadline Extended**

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Amount: $1,000


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior in 2018-2019 School Year.
  • Must major in Business, Computer Science, Marketing, Accounting, or Advertising.
  • Must have maintained at 3.0 GPA all through high school.
  • Must be a US citizen and resident of SC.
  • Demonstrates through grades, character, and commitment a potential success as a business professional

Application must be emailed to Tracy Pound (

Doris Burkett Scholarship

**Deadline Extended**

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Amount: Varies


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Not necessarily high academic standards (SAT & GPA)
  • Involved in extra-curricular activities
  • Involved in community (church, volunteering, etc.)
  • Financial need
  • Shows tendency of striving hard to achieve excellence
  • Exhibits service work as a student and potential service for the
  • future
  • Ability to “give back” to the Lexington community after college
  • graduation

Mail Completed Applications to:

Lexington Chamber and Visitor's Center

PO Box 44

Lexington, SC 29071

Midlands Technical College Foundation

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Amount: Varies


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

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

Here's how it works:

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

Horatio Alger Association Career & Technical Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2020

Amount: $2,500


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Enrolled in a 2 year or less career or technical degree/certificate program.
  • Attend a not-for-profit post-secondary institution.
  • Pell Grant eligible
  • US Citizen

Lawyers Against Distracted Driving Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Amount: $1,000


Requirements for Eligibility

  • Must be attending or planning to attend a university or college in the United States during the Fall 2020 semester
  • Must be a South Carolina resident
  • Must be able to provide a high school transcript or acceptance letter proving your enrollment

2020 Saluda Law Liberty Scholarship

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Amount: $250


Requirements for Eligibility:Essay of 1250 words

  • Please see the web site for essay requirements.

Greater Columbia Chapter South Carolina State University National Alumni Association Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Amount: $1,250


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  • Must be a graduating high school senior with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 or a transfer student to include Bridge students enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution with a 2.5 grade point average, and up to 24 transferable credits.
  • MUST be admitted to South Carolina State University.
  • Must reside in the Greater Columbia Chapter’s geographic area: Richland, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lexington, Newberry, and Sumter counties in South Carolina.

Send application and supporting documentation to:

Greater Columbia Chapter Scholarship Committee

South Carolina State University National Alumni Association

P.O. Box 7831

Columbia, SC 29202

Lexington District One Office Professionals Scholarship

**Deadline Extended**

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Amount: $1,000


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be a graduating senior in 2018-2019 School Year.
  • Must major in Business, Computer Science, Marketing, Accounting, or Advertising.
  • Must have maintained at 3.0 GPA all through high school.
  • Must be a US citizen and resident of SC.
  • Demonstrates through grades, character, and commitment a potential success as a business professional

Please email all application materials directly to

Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers' Association Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Amount: $1,000


Scholarship Criteria:

The Lexington County Law Enforcement Officers’ Association is now accepting applications for $1,000.00

scholarships from high school seniors currently attending any high school within Lexington County or anyHome-Schooled student graduating this spring.

Criteria for consideration:

  • Applicants must be graduating in spring of 2020.
  • Applicants must plan to attend an institution of higher learning such as a two or four-year college or technical college.

  • Applicant must complete and submit an entry form accompanied with his/her essay on their topic of choice. (Only one entry per applicant.)

Essay format:

  • Minimum 1,000 words
  • Essay must be typed or written in print (no cursive writing).
  • Double- spacing on 8 ½ x 11 white paper.
  • Word count must be listed at the bottom of each page.
  • Applicants name should appear on the cover page ONLY.
  • Essay must include a bibliography as well as a list of sources used for interviews/research.
  • One-inch margins
  • Numbered pages
  • Black ink only
  • A copy of your GPA and 3 rd nine weeks Report Card must be included.

  • Judging will be based on creativity, organization, documentation, research, grammar, spelling, neatness and accuracy.

  • Applications and Essays must be postmarked (U.S. Mail) no later than May 31, 2020

Note: No entries will be accepted via e-mail or hand delivery.

Applicants must choose from one of the following topics:

  • Pros and Cons of Body Cam Use in Law Enforcement
  • Recruitment and Retention in Law Enforcement Today



P.O.BOX 5002

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. 29171-5002.


Christian Connector, Inc Scholarship Drawing

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Amount: $2,500


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

Drawing Guidelines:

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

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

Dorm Room Grant

**Deadline Extended**

Deadline: May 6, 2020

Amount: $300


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be planning to attend a college, university, or technical college and live on campus
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Deadline: May 22, 2020

Amount: Varies


A complete application will include:

  • Completed online scholarship application
  • Your photograph
  • High school transcript with SAT/ACT scores (mailed)
  • Letters of recommendation (mailed)
  • Essay on the topic listed in the ScholarshipEligibility Requirement sheet
  • Students to be considered for the HBCU for LIFE Scholarship will submit an additional essay listed in the HBCU Scholarship eligibility requirements.
  • Sufficient postage on the envelope to mail your application. Insufficient postage will cause your application to be returned to you, creating a delay in receipt by the deadline.

Application and all required documents must be received on or before May 22, 2020.

PB& J Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Amount: $500-$1,000


Requirements for Eligibility

  • Open to all college-bound seniors at Pelion High School
  • Attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college in the Fall 2020

Iris Garden Club Scholarship

**Deadline Extended**

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Amount: $400-500


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Scholarship applicant must be a senior at any of the Lexington One high schools.
  • Applicant must have been an active member of one of the Lexington County FF A chapters for two years.
  • Applicant must be pursuing a career in Horticulture, Agriculture or a related field.
  • Recipients must plan to attend and be accepted by an accredited four-year college/university or accredited technical college that is located in South Carolina.
  • Scholarship is for the first year of college only and is not renewable.

Honoring Our Hero's Children Scholarship

Deadline: June 1, 2020

Amount: $2,000


The Honoring our Heroes’ Children Scholarship seeks to provide educational assistance to

children, who have

  • at least (1) one parent currently serving or who previously served in the U.S.

Armed Forces or

  • have at least (1) one parent who volunteers or is employed as a First


  • The scholarship must be used for higher education expenses for a student who will

attend a two or four-year university.

*First Responder includes: Fire/EMS/911/Law Enforcement.


American Muscle Automotive Scholarships

Deadline: June 15, 2020

Amount: $2,000



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

El Dabe Ritter Scholarship

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Amount: $1,500


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited university, in the U.S.A.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA

Ponton Law Scholarship

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Amount: $1,000


Requirements for Eligibility:

  • This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on merit & need.
  • Completed application must be submitted online by July 31, 2020. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • Applicant must plan to attend college by fall semester 2020.
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
  • A transcript must be attached for application for consideration.
  • Applicant must submit an un-opened copy of official transcripts if selected as a finalist.
  • This scholarship is a one-time award worth $1,000 to be awarded the fall semester of 2020.
  • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to submit recommendation letters and/or resumes to substantiate their application.
  • Applicant will be required to demonstrate both their merit and their need for this scholarship

More Scholarship Resources

Fastweb Scholarship Search

FinAid Scholarship Search


SC Lottery Scholarships

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

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