Pelion Pride '19

Issue 2: October

Stay in touch with the Counseling & Advisement Office


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Remind Text Updates:

Sign up by texting @PelionHS to 81010

Mrs. Jessica Burke: Last Names A-G

Ms. Amber Hartley: Last Names H-Q

Ms. Jill Zueger: Last Names R-Z and Director

Mrs. Dana Crumpton: Career Specialist

Ms. Tara Simmons: Graduation Coach

FAFSA: How To Pay For College Workshop

Monday, Oct. 15th 2018 at 6pm

600 Lydia Drive

Pelion, SC

Joining the Military: Sign-Up to Take the ASVAB

Wednesday, Oct. 24th 2018 at 8am

600 Lydia Drive

Pelion, SC

The ASVAB test is one of the best "Career Assessments" that you can take when needing help deciding on a career. If you fall into that area or have a desire to join the military, please use the following link to sign up.

Ed-Op College Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 30th 2018 at 12pm

Learning Commons

Colleges will be on campus from 12:00-1:00 for seniors and juniors to talk to college representatives about their colleges

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

CONGRATULATIONS! College Acceptance Letters

The following students have received their college acceptance letters!

Caroline Barnes

Trevor Dunn

Adam Eubanks

Eryn McDaniel

Savannah McLeod

Brianna Miller

Lydia Mills

Angela Moreland

Taylor Murray

Austin Shumpert

CONGRATULATIONS! Military Enlistment

The following students have enlisted in the military upon graduation:

Jacob Thompson

Conner Westberry

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.

Apply to College

College prefer that you apply online. Go to the college's website and their online application can we accessed.

After you submit your online application, you will then need to go to to create an account and request that your transcript be sent to that college. If additional information is required, such as counselor and/or teacher recommendations, email your teacher and your counselor. We will mail everything together in one envelope.

Many 4-year colleges in South Carolina have a deadline of December 1. Don't miss the college application deadline. The sooner you apply, the better.

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 Mrs. Rogers 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)

College Information (This list will grow)

Clemson University
  • Priority Deadline: December 1, 2018
  • Honors College is a separate application
  • Average GPA: 4.64
  • Average SAT: 1220-1370
  • Average ACT: 27-31
  • Application cost: $70
  • Fall Blitz (Open House): October 20
  • Spring Blitz (Open House): March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20

College of Charleston

  • Early Decision Deadline: November 1
  • Early Action Deadline: December 1
  • Regular Admissions Deadline: February 15 (Do NOT wait this long.)

University of South Carolina - Columbia

  • Early Decision Deadline: October 1
  • Early Answer Deadline: October 15
  • Honors College Deadline: November 15
  • Regular Decision Deadline: December 1
  • Average GPA: 3.99
  • Average ACT: 25-20
  • Average SAT: 1200-1340

The Wendy's High School Heisman

Deadline: October 17, 2018 at 6pm

Amount: Varies


The Wendys High School Heisman competition is now open to all seniors who have at least a ‘B’ average and participate in high school athletics. Apply online at List your counselor as your reviewer. You will need a copy of your transcript to refer to when you apply. Each high school will have a male and female winner and each will then compete at the state and potentially national level.

Your school counselor will be your reviewer.

The Horatio Alger Association Scholarship

Deadline: October 25, 2018 @5pm

Amount: $22,000


The Horatio Alger Association provides 106 $22,000 scholarships for students who have financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required) and who have a GPA of at least 2.0. Applicants should also be involved in co-curricular and community service activities. Apply online.

Voice of Democracy

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Amount: Varies

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

For more information:

Theme: American History: Our Hope for the Future

Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW's) premier scholarship program. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year's theme - American History: Our Hope for the Future

Delta Waterfowl Greater Columbia Scholarship

Deadline: October 31, 2017

Amount: $1000

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office


-Student must be a current senior and attend a 2 year or 4 year college or university in Fall 2018

-Student must have an interest and desire to enter field of natural resources (ex. Wildlife management, Forestry, or Marine Science)

-Student must be a US citizen

-GPA (un-weighted) of at least 3.0

-Student must submit a completed application before deadline

-Evaluation criteria includes academic achievement, financial need, extracurricular activities, community service, and notable experiences or skills.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Deadline: October 31, 2018 at 5pm

Amount: $20,000


The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. 150 $20,000 scholarships will be awarded. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Deadline: November 6, 2018

Amount: $1,000


The Prudential Spirit of Community Award is based on academics and community service. Two state winners will win $1,000 scholarships and a trip to Washington, D.C. The national winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Access a nomination form online. Complete the form and email to your counselor to certify.

100 Black Men of Greater Columbia Scholarship

Deadline: November 15, 2018

Amount: $2,000

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

  • 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 2019 (verification of enrollment will be required before scholarship is received)

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Deadline: November 15, 2018

Amount: Varies


Various scholarships based on leadership, grades, and financial need. Apply online.

SC Teaching Fellows Program

Deadline: December 1, 2018

Amount: $24,000


The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program was created to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession. High school seniors who are legal South Carolina residents may apply. Selection is based on academic achievement, community and school involvement, references, interview, and writing assessment. Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs in Teaching Fellows Institutions, professional development opportunities during summer months, involvement with communities and businesses throughout the state and receive up to $6000 in yearly scholarships for four years (up to a total of $24,000) while they complete a degree leading to teacher certification. A Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he/she received the Fellowship. Students must attend one of these institutions: Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Columbia College, Francis Marion University, Lander, Newberry, USC-Aiken, USC-Columbia, USC-Upstate or Winthrop. This award may be combined with either Palmetto Fellows or LIFE Scholarships. Apply online. The online application will open on Sept. 1 and the deadline is December 1, 2017 11:45 pm. All letters of recommendation and transcripts must be received by 5:00 pm Dec. 8, 2017.

The AXA Achievement Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2018

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!

Harry Hampton Fund Scholarships

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Amount: Varies


  • Harry Hampton Scholarship: $5,000/year up to 4 years($20,000) for students interested in majoring in natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine or environmental science.
  • Wallace F. Pate Scholarship: One time $1,500 for students interested in majoring in natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine or environmental science.
  • David M. Cline Scholarship: One time $2,000 for students who wish to further their education in law enforcement, criminal justice, or forensic science.
  • James O. Thomason Scholarship: $2,000/year for up to 4 years ($8,000) for students who wish to further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations, or mass communications.
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.