Pelion Pride 2021

Issue 2: October 5, 2020

Stay in touch with the Counseling & Advisement Office

Twitter: @PelionCounselor


Instagram: @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

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


Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

We will be hosting a FAFSA night with the Midlands Tech Trio program. During this time parents and students will be able to ask questions about completing the FAFSA applications.

Students do not have to be attending Midlands Technical College to receive assistance with completing FAFSA.

Selective Service Registration

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

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 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, - Deadline for SC Honors College and Top Scholars Applications

December 1 - USC Regular Application Deadline

University of South Carolina now accepts the Common Application. There are three ways to apply to the University: University of SC Application, the Coalition Application or the Common Application.

USC Virtual Open House Events

September 21-24 and October 5-8 from 5- 7 p.m.

CLICK HERE to register

High school seniors and their families are invited to attend one of two virtual Open House events hosted by UofSC this fall. Participants will hear from current students about academics and living on campus, learn about scholarship opportunities and the financial aid process, and get the inside scoop on completing their UofSC freshman application. Live chat will be offered throughout the event for students to ask questions. These events will take place over four days on September 21-24 and October 5-8 from 5- 7 p.m.

USC Aiken Teaching Fellows Program

At USC Aiken, our program is unique in that . . .

  • Our program is small – Fellows will NEVER be a number! We are a family at USC Aiken. Be believe in quality over quantity.
  • Our program is grounded in leadership – we build Teacher Leaders! We also participate in Disney’s Leadership program.
  • Our program offers Fellows early, often and diverse in-classroom experiences. Fellows are teaching in their first semester!

Please refer to the USC Aiken Teaching Fellows website for additional context:

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Interested in Cosmetology or Barbering School?

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

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Scholarship

Deadline: Oct. 16, 2020

Amount: Up to $5,000



  • All college-bound, high school seniors
  • Essay

Cirkled In Scholarship

Deadline: October 15, 2020

Amount: $2,500


Applicants must:

  • Be at least 13-years-old to apply for this scholarship. the cash can be applied to any educational need, including high school costs.
  • Be a legal resident of the United States or the District of Columbia to be eligible.
  • Be currently enrolled in 8th-12th grade in a school to be eligible. Homeschool qualifies as well.

Heisman High School Scholarship

Deadline: October 20, 2020

Amount: $500 - $5,000



  • Students whose senior year of high school is the 2019-2020 academic year, graduating with the class of 2021.
  • Students who have at least a weighted “B” grade average (3.0 GPA) during grades 9, 10 and 11.
  • Students who participate in at least one high school sport.
  • Students who have participated in volunteer service, community involvement or leadership within his/her school or community.
  • Students who are a resident of one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (D.C.).


  • A student may begin the application process by clicking the Register button at the top right of the application website.
  • Students will enter their email address and be prompted to provide some basic account information and create a username and password for their application.
  • If deemed eligible, students should then select “Begin Application” to complete the rest of the student profile section.
  • Once a complete profile is created, the student’s unique application ID will appear at the top of his/her application by their name. It is important to retain this number for prospective customer service inquires.
  • Eligible students may then continue to fill out the application. The application is scored by Scholarship America to determine school winners through national finalists. National winners are selected by a committee who reviews the national finalist applications.
  • Students may navigate the various sections of the application using tabs located at the top of the application after the student profile is created. If the student misses a required section, he/she will receive an error message and will not be able to submit their application until the required information is entered.
  • Students must provide an accurate email address of the school official who will login to review the application and its contents, and confirm its accuracy. This school official cannot be related nor a parent/guardian of the student.
  • Students may login to their accounts as often as needed prior to the student application deadline, or until their application has been submitted. Students will need to retain their username and password to login again.

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Scholarship

Deadline: October 25, 2020

Amount: up tp $25,000


  • Several different scholarships available
  • Must be planning to enter college next fall
  • Must have a commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor's degree
  • Critical Financial Need
  • Community activities
  • 2.0 GPA or higher

Gardner-Webb University - Tucker Scholars

Deadline: October 30, 2020

Amount: Full Tuition

***If you are interested in attending Gardner-Webb University, please see Ms. Hartley***

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Amount: $20,000


The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Applicants must be:

  • Current high school/home-schooled students attending a school in one of the 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, or select DoD schools who will graduate high school during the 2020-2021 academic school year
  • U.S. Citizens (not a Temporary Resident), U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees - based on the guidelines utilized by U.S. Department of Education for Federal Financial Aid eligibility
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution

SC Association of Educational Office Professionals

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Amount: $1,500


  • Complete the application form
  • Write a one-page essay on "What career you have chosen to pursue and why"
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcript
  • 2.0 or higher GPA
  • Plan to attend an institution of higher learning
  • U.S. Citizen

Marian Garrett Student Scholarship Application

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020

Amount: $1,500



1. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior.

2. Applicant must have maintained a “C” average or better in high school and a “B” average in high school business courses.

3. Applicant must plan to enter an accredited institution of higher learning in the fall term following the granting of the scholarship.

4. Applicant must be a United States citizen and a resident of South Carolina.

Prudential Spirit of Community Scholarship

Deadline: November 5, 2020 (PHS Deadline)

Amount: up to $6,000


  • Students who have initiated volunteer activities
  • Certification page should be emailed or hand delivered to Ms. Hartley to get the appropriate signatures before November 5, 2020

100 Black Men of Greater Columbia Scholarship

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Amount: Up to $2,000


Eligibility Criteria

  • High school seniors transitioning to college
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Planning to attend an institution for an entire academic year, beginning in the fall of 2020 (verification of enrollment will be required before scholarship is received)

Minorities-In-Construction Scholarship

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Amount: Up to $1,000


Eligibility Criteria

  • High school seniors transitioning to college
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Planning to attend Midlands Technical College, beginning in the fall of 2021 (verification

of enrollment will be required before scholarship is received)

  • Planning to major in a business or construction related field

Robertson Scholars Leadership Program

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Amount: Full Tuition


  • Designed to build next generation leaders
  • Full Tuition at either Duke University or the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Teaching Fellows

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Amount: $24,000


To apply for Teaching Fellows, you must be:
  • a United States citizen or permanent resident alien legally authorized to be in the United States (Please note - students categorized as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are not eligible for Teaching Fellows.)
  • a legal resident of South Carolina (Please note - Residency will be verified by the Teaching Fellows Institution after a student has been offered an award.)
  • a high school senior or junior graduating early

The Teaching Fellows program is available at the following institutions:

Francis Marion - Robert E. McNair Scholarship

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Amount: Full Tuition



  • Free tuition, fees, and room and board for four years of study.
  • A book allowance each semester.
  • Opportunity to travel abroad during spring break of the freshman year.
  • Opportunity to study abroad in one of nine exchange student programs. McNair Scholars can choose to study in Canada, England, France, Germany, and Ireland.
  • Admission to the Francis Marion Honors Program. This includes the opportunity to travel on the yearly Honors trip held every Fall. Locations include New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
  • Opportunity to participate in the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City.
  • Early class registration.
  • Upgraded Housing. McNair Scholars will live in the Forest Villas Apartments, the newest housing on campus. These furnished units contain four private bedrooms, two bathrooms, and shared living room and kitchen space. (One and two bedroom units may be available).
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities outside the classroom.
  • Participation in public service activities to further strengthen the local community.


  • Be a South Carolina resident.
  • Be a high school senior.
  • Achieve a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have an SAT score of 1160 or higher (Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math) or 24 or higher ACT score.
  • Display a dedication to public service.
  • Agree to participate in service learning/public service opportunities.
  • Agree to participate in travel and study abroad opportunities.
  • Submit two original essays: One focused on the value of public service. One focused on how you would make the most of your study abroad.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or employer.

* The McNair Scholarship is renewable for a total of four years provided that the recipient completes 30 semester hours each year and maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Kitty M. Fairey Educational Fund Scholarship

Deadline: December 2, 2020

Amount: Varies



  • Must be enrolled in or planning to attend full-time an accredited college or university in the state of South Carolina.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Official transcript
  • SAT/ACT scores, if taken
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • Personal Statement/essay
  • Student Authorization and Acknowledgements Form
  • Personal statement/essay
  • List of academic honors, leadership skills, community service, etc
  • W-8 or W-9 IRS Form, as applicable
  • A copy of your Student Aid Report

Clemson University - Lyceum Scholars Program

Deadline: December 11, 2020

Amount: $10,000


Open to incoming freshmen, the Lyceum Scholars Program is the first college program in the US to use a Great Books approach to studying liberty, capitalism, the American Founding, and moral character.

All Lyceum Scholars are assigned faculty "Socratic Tutors" who guide their intellectual development for their entire four-year education.

Those interested in becoming Lyceum Scholars should apply in their senior year of high school to Clemson University and to the Lyceum Scholars Program.

The AXA Achievement Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2020

Amount: $10,000-$25,000


The AXA Achievement Scholarship offers college scholarships of $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA US. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date. Apply early!

Navy ROTC Scholarship

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Amount: 4-year Scholarship worth $180,000


Earn a 4 year scholarship with no obligation to the Navy until your sophomore year. Program completion and graduation will result in Commissioning in the US Navy. A 5 year minimum active duty obligation as a naval officer will be required.

  • Must be at least 17 years old and not older than 23
  • Minimum SAT Score of 1050, or Minimum ACT score of 22, or graduate in the Top 10% of high school class

South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 7, 2021

Amount: Varies


Applicants must:

  • Be seniors in a South Carolina high school OR undergraduates in a South Carolina college or university.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale through the spring 2020 semester.
  • Be residents of South Carolina.
  • Have a competitive or recreational interest in golf.
  • Recipients must attend an accredited public or private, four-year college or university located in South Carolina in the fall of 2021.

John F. Kennedy: The Profile of Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Amount: $500-$10,000



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

Discover Student Loans Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Amount: $5,000


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

Army ROTC Merit Based Scholarship

Deadline: February 4, 2021

Amount: Varies


Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26 and/or must be able to commission as an Officer by age 30.
  • Have a high school cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the writing test scores).
  • Meet the physical standards.
  • Civil convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in the Reserve Component (Army Reserve or National Guard).

CLICK HERE for additional information

Christian Connector, Inc Scholarship Drawing

Deadline: May 31, 2021

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.

American Muscle Automotive Scholarships

Deadline: June 15, 2021

Amount: $2,000



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

Ponton Law Scholarship

Deadline: July 31, 2021

Amount: $1,000


  • This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on merit & need.
  • Completed application must be submitted online by July 31, 2021. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
  • Applicant must plan to attend college by Fall semester 2021.
  • 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 is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Therefore, the district does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or any related medical conditions), color, disability, age, genetic information, national origin or any other applicable status protected by local, state or federal law.

The district will use the grievance procedures set forth in policy to process complaints based on alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; the Equal Pay Act of 1963; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; and Titles I and II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The district designates specific individuals to handle inquiries or complaints. To find out whom to contact and how to contact them, please go to our website at