Senior Newsletter, March 16, 2016
Attendance and Visiting Prospective Colleges
FAFSA - FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID
It's that time to file for Federal Student Aid! Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. Visit the FAFSA website to familiarize yourself with what you will need to complete your FAFSA form in 2016. Remember, there should never be a charge to apply for FAFSA funding.
The FAFSA at FAFSA.gov is faster and easier to complete than ever (the average time to file online is just 22 minutes) and free, so why wouldn’t you? Don’t let any of these excuses keep you from filing the FAFSA on time:
1. I don’t know if I’m going to college.
Not sure of your plans? File anyway. You can always make up your mind later, but if you miss the deadline, you could miss out on money for college.
2. I missed the deadline.
File anyway! You may still qualify for federal grants or loans.
3. My parents haven’t filed their taxes yet.
That’s OK, too. File with as much information as you have—it’s OK to estimate tax and income. Just gather correct information to file your correction by May 15.
4. I plan on getting other scholarships.
Go for it. Apply for as much aid as you can get—including need-based aid that you won’t get unless you file the FAFSA. Many colleges require a FAFSA for their merit aid scholarships, too. Filing the FAFSA is a way of covering all your financial aid bases.
5. I won’t get anything anyway.
You’ll never know unless you apply. And apply every year—family circumstances change and sometimes rules change, too.
Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines
Need a Transcript or Other Documents when Applying for a Scholarship?
1. Stop by C&A and pick up a Scholarship Request Form.
2. Complete the form and turn it in.
3. Allow up to 5 days to process your request. (Plan ahead)
**New Scholarships and Funding Opportunities Added**
Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest - $1000
The Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors.This year’s essay competition is based on the book, “Little Women”. You must write an essay on one of five selected topics listed on the Web site to be considered for this award. For more information and to apply. Deadline is April 14, 2016.
April Lynn Quinton Memorial Scholarship - $1000
ASHRAE Scholarship - $3000
B.Davis Scholarship - $1000
- There is no age restriction
- Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
- This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.
Deadline is May 23. For more information and to apply.
Bi-Lo Urban League Scholarship - $1000
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Columbia Urban League Scholarship - $2500
The BuildASign Scholarship - $1500
C.G. Fuller Foundation Scholarship $1250
College JumpStart Scholarship - $1000
Digital Privacy Scholarship - $1000
Disaster Preparation Scholarship - $2000
The $2,000 Disaster Preparation Scholarship is open to current high school and college students that demonstrates knowledge in how to properly prepare for hurricanes or flooding disasters. ServiceMaster By Glenn’s will award a grand prize scholarship of $1,500 and $500 to the runner up that submits a 2-5 minute video on disaster preparation. The video must use visual aids and proper citation of research on how a business can properly prepare for a disaster. The video will be judged of the following: Content, originality, creativity,and the ServiceMaster Restore branding. Scholarship will be awarded after 6 weeks of enrollment into university or trade school classes. Student Requirement: Applicant must be a current high school or college student with plans to attend a trade school or university. For more information and to apply. Deadline is May 1, 2016.
2016 Donaldson D. Frizzell Scholarship
The Donaldson D. Frizzell Scholarship is open to U.S. uniformed services members (active, guard, reserve, retired, and veterans) and their families (spouses and dependents), First Command Financial Services' clients and their families, dependent family members of First Command Advisors and field office staff members, and non-contractual ROTC students.The application period for the 2016 scholarship is February 11, 2016, to April 14, 2016, or until FCEF receives 2,500 completed applications, whichever comes first. For more information and to apply.
Don't Text and Drive Scholarship - $1000
Elaine and Ellison Kaiser Health Science or Agriculture Memorial Scholarship - $500
Extend the Dream Scholarship - $1000
The ezDinero Latino Scholarship Fund ¡Aspire! - $1000
Get Girls Golfing Scholarship - $1500
Female Senior in High School, Graduating at the end of the School Year. (enrolling in college in Fall 2016) Must Have Played High School Golf Attending a 2 year or 4 year college as a full-time student Intends to Play on College Golf Team. For more information and to apply. Deadline is May 15.
Holocaust Scholarship - $1000
The South Carolina Council on the Holocaust is pleased to offer a scholarship for graduating seniors that honors the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust.
The scholarship is open to high school seniors who will attend a two- or four-year college or university, with matriculation to begin in the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarship is open to students in the state of South Carolina. Student essays are due postmarked by Friday, April 1, 2016 or emailed by midnight April 3. Apply here.
Lexington County Clemson Club Scholarship - $3750
LGMD Awareness Merit Based Scholarship - $3000
My Voice, My Vote 2016 South Carolina Bar YLD Instagram Scholarship Competition - $2000
- What is the most important issue for the 2016 presidential candidates to address? Why?
- Should there be a limit on how much money presidential candidates can spend on their campaigns? How much and why?
- Do political ads influence your opinions? How?
- Is voting a right or a privilege? Explain.
National College Funding Services Scholarship - $500
The amount of the Scholarship is $500 for participating high schools within Lexington Once School District for a 2015-2016 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 form.
Paradigm Challenge - Up to $100,000
The Paradigm Challenge is available to students up to the age of 18. You may work in a team or alone in creating an original and creative way to generate new ideas in preventing injuries and fatalities from home fires—America’s #1 disaster threat. Entries may come in the form of posters, videos, inventions, messages, community events, websites, mobile apps, or anything else that will help save lives. Additionally, you must submit a brief statement of your idea (140 characters or less) in order to qualify for this award. For more information and to apply. Deadline is May 1, 2016.
Scholarship America Dream Award
SuretyBonds.com Small Business Scholarship - $1500
Technology Addiction Awareness Scholarship - $1000
Woodrow and Edith Worthy Ministerial Scholarship - $500
The Car Care Council Women's Board is comprised of auto care professionals dedicated to providing opportunities, education, and career leadership to women in the auto care industry. Scholarships are available for students training to become automotive, heavy duty, or collision repair technicians, and to students in business, marketing, engineering or other major courses of study. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (2.5 or better). Applicant must be a female high school senior who plans on attending an ASE-certified, post-secondary automobile technology program. Deadline is March 31. For more information and to apply.
WWDM Brenda Jones Memorial Scholarship - $2500
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship
Ann and Ed Pitts Memorial Scholarship
Anne D. Pitts Memorial Scholarship - $5000
Bobby Chapman Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship - $1500
CAGC Foundation Scholarship - Industry Certification/Advancement Scholarship - $1000
$1000 Industry Certification/Advancement Scholarship - opportunity for those, currently working in the construction industry, to advance themselves by improving/acquiring the knowledge and skills they need: Four (4) scholarships, each in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to four (4) individuals within the construction industry pursuing, or planning to pursue, construction industry Certification/Advancement through an accredited center of learning in North or South Carolina. Applicants may choose any industry-related, accredited certification - some examples include, but are not limited to: LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), CHST (Construction Health & SafetyTechnician), BIM (Building Information Modeling), CPC (Certified Professional Constructor), PROJECT SUPERVISION, etc. For more information visit www.cagc.org. Deadline is April 8. Apply here.
CAGC Foundation Scholarship - Technical/Trade School Scholarship - $2000
CAGC Foundation Scholarship - University/4 Year College Scholarship - $4000
Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship - $1000
Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship - $1000
Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship - $1500
Denise Bedenbaugh Scholarship/Friends of the Lexington Main Library - $500
Doris Burkett Scholarship - $3000
IAPMO Essay Scholarship Contest - $1000
Lexington District One Office Professionals Scholarship - $600
This $600 scholarship will be awarded to a current Lexington School District One graduating senior who plans to attend an accredited two or four year institution in the fall, is pursuing a degree in a Business program, has maintained a 3.0 GPA in high school, is a U.S. citizen and a resident of South Carolina. Apply here. Applications should be signed, dated and returned to Counseling & Advisement here at RBHS by March 18.
Lexington Woman’s Club Education Scholarship - $2000
Leavitt Machinery Scholarship - $500
To be eligible for the $500 LM Scholarship Program a student must:
Be currently enrolled or expect to be enrolled in a degree program (2 years of length or greater) by September, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and submit an answer to the essay question prior to the submission deadline and be a US resident or a Canadian resident and must also attend a school in Canada or the US. For more information and to apply. Deadline is May 31.
Odenza Vacations College Scholarship
1) Be between the ages of 17 and 24 on September 1st, 2016. 2) Submit answer to the essay question, which can be found on the application page, prior to the June 1st, 2016 deadline. 3) Have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. 4) Be a resident of the United States or Canada. For more information and to apply.
Peck Law Firm Scholarship
QuitDay Scholarship - Up to $2000
Rotary Club Scholarship
South Carolina Association of Extension Administrative Professionals Scholarship - $1000
Apply here. Deadline to apply is Friday, March 25, 2016.
Sleeklens Scholarship - $2000
To qualify for the scholarship, you must be an Undergraduate, a Graduate, or a High School senior with a legitimate acceptance letter from an accredited University or College
Application Requirements: Write an essay according to the instructions provided below and send it to Scholarships at Sleeklens.com. Deadline is March 31. Apply here.
Sports Unlimited Scholarship -$1000
William M. Long Scholarship/ Oak Grove Elementary School PTA Scholarship - $500
Central Carolina Community Foundation Scholarships
South Carolina Association of Women's Sports (Education) and Trophies by "M" (Medical)
South Carolina Association of Women's Sports Education Scholarship
The South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports (SCCAWS) and Trophies by “M” annually offer a scholarship to an incoming female college freshman from South Carolina. The scholarship is a one-time monetary award in the amount of $1000 presented to a student who plans to major in the medical field. Students wishing to apply for the Trophies by “M” Scholarship should complete and return the scholarship application form to the high school guidance counselor by March 24th. Apply here.
South Carolina Association of Women's Sports Education Scholarship
The South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports (SCCAWS) annually offers a scholarship to an incoming female college freshman from South Carolina. The scholarship is a one-time monetary award presented to a student who plans to major in education. Students wishing to apply for the SCCAWS Scholarship should complete and return the SCCAWS Scholarship application form to the high school guidance counselor by March 24th. Apply here.
Peck Law Firm Scholarship
South Carolina State Fair Scholarship
South Carolina resident
- Plans to attend a public or private college or technical school in SC
- Based on need, academic/extra curricular achievement and communication skills
- Application available at http://www.scstatefair.org/p/598 February 1, 2016
ARCLABS WELDING SCHOOL
Do you want to be a welder? Arclabs Welding School offers innovative hands-on programs designed to rapidly teach welding essentials. Their training programs are offered to individuals with no previous experience and welders looking to advance their skills sets. The welding programs are fast-tracked and can be customized to fit specific needs in order to train welders for rewarding welding careers.
- High School Diploma or GED
- Minimum age requirement is 18 years old, or 17 years with parental consent
- Have a desire to go into a welding career upon completion of the program
- Meet the visual and physical requirements that a welding career demands
Arclabs is a South Carolina State Training Provider. Students who are unemployed or underemployed may possibly qualify for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding. Visit www.arclabs.com for more details.
Colleges in South Carolina
Taking the ACT and SAT
How to access your SAT scores:
To access your SAT report, the student should log into collegeboard.com with your unique username and password. Click on "My SAT." This will show the upcoming test for which the student is registered (or registrations that are in progress), plus scores from all previous SATs taken.
***Please remember that Counseling & Advisement does not send SAT or ACT scores to colleges.***
How to send your SAT scores to colleges:
1. Sending score during registration - Choose four score recipients during registration. You can make updates to your score recipients up to nine days after the test date.
2. Sending scores after registration - You can send score reports at any time from your "My SAT" account. Please remember that there is a fee for sending score reports, starting ten days after your original test date. However, if you are a fee-waiver-eligible student, you may have additional score report credits.
For upcoming ACT and SAT dates - see "Important Dates"
Scholarship Search Engines
More 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
All student athletes are eligible to apply, regardless of sport. Requires a short essay to a prepared question. $500 available to announced winners. Application deadline is June 17, 2016. 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
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
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 from September 14, 2015 until May, 2016. 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
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