Welcome to your final year at Gilbert High School! This year will be a busy one for you and you will be faced with many decisions. We want you to know that your school counselors are available to help you with these decisions. This newsletter is an example of what you should expect to receive via email each month. This newsletter is specifically designed with items of interest for the Class of 2021. In addition to receiving the Senior Memo in your email inbox, it will be posted on the Counseling website. Upon your receipt of the Senior Memo each month, we urge you to review its contents carefully. Please be aware that many of the advertised events and applications have deadlines for those who want to participate!
Counseling and Advisement Office
Meet our Team
Jennifer Adams, Director (A-D)
Email: email@example.com Phone: 803-821-1913
Gretchen Crosswell, School Counselor (E-L)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 803-821-1911
Nicole Hanks, School Counselor (M-P)
Email: email@example.com Phone: 803-821-1894
Jessica Calhoun, School Counselor (Q-Z)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 803-821-1912
Alysan Berry, Counseling Secretary—Transcript Requests
Email: email@example.com Phone: 803-821-1910
Candice Parsley, GHS Career Specialist
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 803-821-1977
Catherine Oxner, School Psychologist
Email: email@example.com Phone: 803-821-1917
Lori Amick, Federal Compliance Specialist
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 803-821-1924
Katie Mowery, Student Records Operator
Email: email@example.com Phone: 803-821-1904
Joel Cooper, School Resource Officer
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 803-821-1928
Heather Bowling, Lexington County Community Mental Health Counselor
Email: email@example.com Phone: 803-821-1893
How Do I Obtain A Transcript?
SAT and ACT Test Dates
SAT Dates (Gilbert is test site)
November 7 Register by October 7
December 5 Register by November 5
March 13 Register by February 12
May 8 Register by April 8
June 5 Register by May 6
December 12 Register by November 6
February 6 Register by January 8
April 17 Register by March 12
June 12 Register by May 7
July 17 Register by June 18
AMERICAN MUSCLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - $2,000
Those students who have exceptional drive and ambition should submit a 700-1500 word essay to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us who you are and how you plan on using your automotive education to incite positive change and innovation within the custom car industry. All entries must be submitted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to be eligible for consideration and must also be accompanied by proof of current enrollment in an accredited United States college or university
Deadline: October 15, 2020
RON BROWN SCHOLARSHIP - $40,000 ($10,000/YR.)
Academically talented African-Americans; strong record, leadership, community service need apply; see www.ronbrown.org for details & application.
Deadline: January 9, 2021
CHRISTIAN CONNECTOR, INC.- $2,500
A Free online Christian College Scholarship Resource Program allows students to search for the different types of scholarships that are of interest. Students can log onto www.christianconnector.com to request information and automatically be entered in the $2,500 scholarship drawing
Deadline: No Deadline
COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM - $20,000
This is an achievement based scholarship awarded to a senior. Students are recognized for
their capacity to lead and serve, as well as the impact on their school and community. Go to the scholarship application here.
Deadline: October 31, 2020
DAVIDSON COLLEGE JAMES B. DUKE SCHOLARSHIP - FULL SCHOLARSHIP
You must be an applicant for admission at Davidson College in order to apply for the James B. Duke scholarship. In addition to the application for admission and scholarship application, you must submit an essay in response to one of two questions. Go here for the admission deadlines and for Davidson College. Early Decision I is November 15, Early Decision II is January 4.
DAVIDSON COLLEGE JOHN MONTGOMERY BELK SCHOLARSHIP - FULL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is a merit-based program, covering room, board, tuition and fees. Must have intellectual ability and success, leadership experience, commitment to service and overall personal vigor. Fill out a pre-application form found here to be nominated by your counselor. Return pre-application to Mrs. Berry in Counseling.
Deadline: November 11, 2020
DISCOVER STUDENT LOANS - $5,000 (12)
Scholarships are geared toward seniors of the United States and who are planning to attend college next school year. Students can get tips and resources on paying for college and enter for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. Go to the Discover website at https://scholarship.collegecovered.com for scholarship information and details.
Deadline: January 31, 2021
HORATIO ALGER ASSOCIATION OF DISTINGUISHED AMERICANS SCHOLARSHIP - $10,000
Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States, planning to enter college the next fall; commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor degree; critical financial need; community activities; 2.0 GPA. Visit https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/ for a list of the scholarships.
Deadline: October 25, 2020
THE HUGGABLE SUPERMOM SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000
High school students who've been impacted by single moms or who are a single mom themselves. Link: https://huggable.com/pages/scholarships
Deadline: December 31, 2020
JEFFERSON SCHOLARS PROGRAM (UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA) - FULL SCHOLARSHIP
It is highly recommended that the nominee be interested in attending UVA, but not required of nominees; exceptional ability in leadership, citizenship and scholarship; To be nominated complete the pre-application found here.
KITTIE M. FAIREY EDUCATIONAL FUND SCHOLARSHIP - UP TO ½ TUITION, RM & BD
Seniors seeking Bachelor’s degree from S.C. College; academics and financial need – must have 3.0 GPA, You may apply on-line at www.csascholars.org/kmfr
Deadline: December 2, 2020
MIDLANDS TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS VARIOUS
MTC college foundation offers numerous scholarships. Go to Midlands Tech financial aid site for more information. Go to: https://www.midlandstech.edu/FoundationScholarships to apply.
Deadline: April 15, 2021
NAVY ROTC SCHOLARSHIP - $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 is required. Must be at least 17 years of age and not older than 23 with a combined SAT Score of 1150 and a score of 22 in the ACT or Top 10% of Graduation Class. For more information: apply on line at.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP - $1,000 STATE LEVEL
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.• Have participated in a volunteer activity at least in part after September 1, 2019. Complete application on-line at http://spirit.prudential.com to be considered for nomination. A Certification page should either be emailed or hand-delivered to our principal for signatures before the deadline of November 10, 2020.
Counseling Deadline: November 4, 2020
ROBERTSON SCHOLARS LEADERSHIP PROGRAM - FULL TUITION
This scholars program is designed to build the next generations leaders. This program gives full access to two of the country’s leading institutions, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you’re applying to one of these colleges also apply for the Robertson Program. For more information go to https://robertsonscholars.org/
Deadline: November 15, 2020
SCAEOP SC ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATIONAL OFFICE PROFESSIONAL - $1,500
Applicants must complete application form; write a one-page essay on “What career have you chosen to pursue and why”; three letters of recommendations ; transcript. Applicant must maintain a “C” average or better; plan to attend an institution of higher learning and must be a US citizen and a resident of South Carolina. The application and more information can be found here
Deadline: November 1, 2020
S. C. JUNIOR GOLF FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP $1,500(4)
Plan to attend 4 year college in South Carolina; have competitive or recreational interest in golf; 2.75 GPA; and must demonstrate community involvement. Apply on-line here
Deadline: January 7, 2021
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA THE LEVINE SCHOLARS PROGRAM $155,000
The Levine Scholars program enrolls 20 students annually and provides them with the tools, resources, and community they need to prepare for lives of leadership and positive social impact. Visit https://www.levinescholars.uncc.edu to learn more and go here for the pre-nomination form.
Deadline for Pre-Application: October 5, 2020
VFW’S VOICE OF DEMOCRACY COMPETITION - $30,000
Submit an audio-essay for VFW’s Voice of Democracy scholarship competition, open to students in Grades 9-12. This year’s theme: "Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?" To fill out the entry form and for more information go to the web site here .
Deadline: October 31, 2020
WISEGEEK WOMEN IN STEM SCHOLARSHIP - $500
Female high school students who are planning to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math. Link: https://www.wisegeek.com/wisegeek-women-in-stem-no-essay-scholarship.htm
Deadline: December 31, 2020
100 BLACK MEN SCHOLARSHIP
The 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc. is currently accepting applications for our 2020-2021 Scholarship Programs. Scholarships are valued at $500 per academic year and are renewable for up to two (2) or four (4) years. The scholarship application is attached. All applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by November 15, 2020. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 1, 2021 and scholarship presentations will be made at our Annual Scholarship and Awards Program in May 2021. Up to six (6) scholarships will be awarded. Additional information may be found on our website linked below.
About the 100 Black Men
The mission of the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc. is to improve the quality of life for citizens within our communities, with special emphasis on our youth, particularly in the areas of mentoring, education, economics and financial literacy, and health and wellness. Additional information may be found on our website.
YOU DESERVE IT SCHOLARSHIP - $1000
Scholarship Value: $1,000
Awards Available: 1
Award Deadline: October 29, 2020
Requirements for Eligibility:
A) You must be a resident of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or US Territories
B) You must be 16 years of age or older
C) You must either be enrolled in a college/university or registered in a qualified high school
D) You must be located within the United States
Go to Scholarship Application:
You Deserve it Scholarship
JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarship Value: $160,000
Awards Available: 40
Award Deadline: October 30, 2020
The Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is the largest undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. In addition to the monetary award, Cooke Scholars receive comprehensive educational advising, significant cohort-based programming, and graduate school funding, as well as a thriving network of over 2,700 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.
Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student's educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.
This highly competitive scholarship includes:
A) Up to $40,000 per year to attend a four-year accredited undergraduate school
B) Ability to pursue any area of study
C) Personal advising about selecting a college and navigating financial aid
D) Multifaceted advising about how to transition to college and maximize the college student experience
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
A) Senior standing – Plan to graduate from a U.S. high school in spring 2021.
B) Fall College Enrollment – Intend to enroll in an accredited four-year college beginning in fall 2021.
C) GPA – Earn a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above.
D) Income – Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year's cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation reviews each College Scholarship Program application individually with the assistance of a panel of national education experts. Among the criteria used in the selection process are:
A) Exceptional academic ability and achievement: Strong academic record, academic awards and honors, and substantive assessments by educators providing confidential recommendations. In addition to GPA and college entrance exam scores, we consider participation in available advanced courses, commitment to learning, and intellectual curiosity.
B) Unmet financial need: Demonstrate unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. Last year's cohort of new college scholarship recipients had a median family income of approximately $35,000.
C) Persistence: Determination and perseverance in the face of challenges, ability to set and remain focused on goals and to put in the effort needed to meet those goals in the face of obstacles.
D) Leadership: Ability to organize and positively influence others in and out of school (family, religious community, sports, arts, etc.).
E) Service to Others: Purposeful and meaningful commitment to others which may be evidenced by participation in volunteer/community service activities.
Go to Scholarship Application:
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program
Career Specialist Updates
Job postings are updated bi-weekly and are emailed to students via their school emails.
Spring Semester Internships
If you are interested in an internship for the spring semester, be sure to sign up for the meeting, date TBD. We will go over the application process, finding a location, and course information.
ASVAB is the exam used for military entrance, but is open for any interested student. The test is a useful career assessment for all students.
Spring Semester Internships
College Application Week
Monday, Oct. 19th, 11:30am to Friday, Oct. 23rd, 12:30pm
Available in person and via Zoom
FAFSA Zoom Workshop
Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 5-7pm
This is an online event.
Good afternoon GHS Seniors and Parent/Guardians,
On behalf of MTC TRIO, we would like to invite all seniors and a parent/guardian to participate in our virtual FAFSA Zoom Workshop on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
We need to know how many families plan to participate so we can ensure we are fully virtually staffed to assist everyone. We are hosting this event for the entire district. The cap is 100 Attendees. We are prepared to have families enter into breakout rooms for more complex questions.
If you plan to attend, sign up using this FORM.
Midlands Technical College is looking forward to partnering with you on this event. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any additional information.
We are also offering a second workshop specifically for Lexington One on Monday, November 9, 2020.