RB '20

Senior Newsletter, November 2019

Counseling & Advisement Department Listing

Traveling students OCP, CC2, & CC3 students (including all who attend LTC or other high schools) Marci Newman mnewman2@lexington1.net

Students in their 3rd and 4th (or greater) year of high school (typically 11th & 12th graders)

Last names A-Gar Mandy Wilson aswilson2@lexington1.net

Last names Gas-O Crystal Wingate cwingate@lexington1.net

Last names P-Z Joe Ben Watson jbwatson@lexington1.net

Career Specialist A-M Susan Bennett sjbennett@lexington1.net

Career Specialist N-Z Julie Rojeck jrojek@lexington1.net

Transcript, College application and Scholarship help Carole Farrar cfarrar@lexington1.net

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Important Dates - Mark your Calendars!!

Jan TBD - Financial Aid Night, 6pm Mike Fox presenting (Junior and Senior parents/students)

Mar 26th - Graduation Supply order delivery 10-3 in Rotunda

April 25th - Prom, 8pm-Midnight USC Alumni Center

May 1st - Senior Decision Day

May 20th- Student Awards Night 6:30-8:30 in the PAC

June 7th- Graduation at The Colonial Life Arena at Noon

College Acceptance Letters/Scholarship Offers

We want to celebrate with you! Bring your College Acceptance Letters/Scholarship Offers (even if you don't know if you are attending there) All scholarships turned in to Mrs. Farrar will be included in the graduation program.

Taking the ACT and SAT

RBHS AI/CEEB Code 411292

River Bluff High School's AI/CEEB Code for Testing and College Applications


Saturday, Dec. 7th, 8am

See Website for locations. www.Collegeboard.org

Late Registration Deadline is November 26, 2019.

Register at www.collegeboard.org

Fee waivers for the SAT are available to eligible 11th and 12th graders. If you are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), bring proof of your Free/Reduced lunch status to Mrs. Farrar in Counseling and Advisement for a waiver.


Saturday, Dec. 14th, 8am

See www.ACT.org for Locations

Late Registration Deadline is November 22, 2019.

Register at www.actstudent.org

Fee waivers for the ACT are available to eligible 11th and 12th graders. If you are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), bring proof of your Free/Reduced lunch status to Mrs. Farrar in Counseling and Advisement for a waiver.


General Information

Please be reminded that it is the responsibility of the student/parent to register for the ACT and SAT tests. The C&A staff can answer questions at any time. Log on to sat.org/register or www.actstudent.org to register.

  • The ACT / SAT are college admissions tests & aid institutions in determining a student’s potential for success in college. (Students planning on attending a 2-year or technical college generally do NOT need to take either test.) Colleges/universities in S.C. accept both ACT and/or SAT scores. Students should refer to the admission requirements for each institution they plan to attend.
  • If you plan to take the ACT, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you take the writing component at least once. It is not so necessary on subsequent retakes.
  • If you are a special needs student and would like to request testing accommodations for the ACT or SAT, it is your responsibility to initiate the process by discussing the procedure with your counselor. The process is very time-consuming (minimum 6 – 8 weeks). Each testing agency (College Board / ACT) has its own application for accommodations.

VERY IMPORTANT! Please make sure that you fill in the school code for River Bluff High School when registering for the ACT/SAT. If you fail to do this, our school will NOT receive your scores. The school testing code is 411292.

Important Dates

University of Alabama

Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 11am

Main Street in front of Counseling and Advisement

Are you interested in attending or would like to learn more about the University of Alabama? Chelsea Marsh will be here to answer all your questions. Stop by the Counseling and Advisement department. Roll Tide!
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Selective Service System-All Males ages 18-25

Virtually all male U.S. citizens, regardless of where they live, and male immigrants, residing in the United States, who are 18 through 25, are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.

2yr College Bound Students

2yr College Bound Students

Don’t forget to set up your personal profiles on the internet for scholarships.

www.scholarships.com, www.collegenet.com, www.collegescholarships.org, www.fastweb.com, www.petersons.com and www.salliemae.com/scholarships are great sites to use as resources, but are certainly not the only ones.

  • Start submitting college applications
  • Visit prospective schools
  • Watch your email for information on taking AccuPlacer, a placement test for 2-year technical colleges (You can also use ACT/SAT scores)

Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net if you plan on playing sports your first year of college. Remember that most 2-year colleges do not have sports available but you can check with the school to find out. It is necessary for you to take ACT / SAT in order to qualify for the NCAA Clearinghouse.


Friday, Dec. 6th, 8:15am

Gator Commons (River Bluff Athletics), Lexington, SC, USA

Lexington, SC

Register today for the Accuplacer Placement Test - only 50 spaces available.

Technical College Accuplacer Placement Testing Sign-up Friday, December 6, 2019 - 8:15-11:30 a.m. Gator Commons

Planning on going to a technical college in South Carolina this next school year? If you do not or do not plan to take the ACT or SAT (with score needed for admission), you are required to take the ACCUPLACER.

4-Year College Bound Students

Don’t forget to set up your personal profiles on the internet for scholarships.

www.scholarships.com, www.collegenet.com, www.collegescholarships.org, www.fastweb.com, www.petersons.com and www.salliemae.com/scholarships are great sites to use as resources, but are certainly not the only ones.

  • Start submitting college applications
  • Visit prospective schools
  • Repeat the ACT / SAT as necessary

Register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net if you plan on playing sports your first year of college.

Applying to Colleges

Attendance and Visiting Prospective Colleges

Seniors are given TWO excused absences for College Days. In order to have the absences excused, it will be necessary to turn in a note on college letterhead with the student's name and date of the visit. This should be turned in to Mrs. Wood in Attendance.

WATCH your ATTENDANCE – remember that absences count for each class -- a maximum of 10 days for a full year class, 5 days for a ½ year class.

  • You’ll receive “FA” (Failure due to Absences) for classes with excessive absences
  • Please see Mrs. Wood in the attendance office for questions concerning absences

100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc. Scholarship- $500 renewable for 4 years

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.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc. is currently accepting applications for our 2019-2020 Scholarship Program. Scholarships are valued at $500 per academic year and are renewable for up to four (4) years (for a maximum of $2,000 for each award). The scholarship application can be found here. All applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by November 15, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 1, 2020 and scholarship presentations will be made at our Annual Scholarship and Awards Program in May 2020.

Anne and Ed Pitts Memorial Scholarship Application

Did you attend Anne Pitts Child Development Center for a least two years? If so, this is the scholarship for you!

This Scholarship is available for graduating seniors pursuing a post secondary education who attended Anne Pitts Child Development Center for at least two years. Applicants will be judged on character, sincerity of purpose, achievement, and academics. This is a "one time only" scholarship. The number of applicants will determine the amount of the scholarship.

Deadline is April 1, 2020. Applications should be returned to Mrs. Farrar in the Counseling and Advisement office or mailed to P O Box 2021, Lexington, SC 29071. Click here for an application.

Boston University Trustee Scholarship

The 45th annual Boston University Trustee Scholarship Competition is now open. For more than four decades, the Boston University Trustee Scholars Program has attracted students with outstanding academic ability from around the world.

Trustee Scholars rank at the top of their classes and demonstrate exceptional leadership in their schools and communities. Scholarship recipients are selected by a faculty committee from a competitive pool of applicants after rigorous review. The Trustee Scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees for four years.

To be considered, students must submit their application for admission with one Trustee Scholarship essay by December 1, 2019. More information about the Trustee Scholarship can be found on our website.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships (CBOS)

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships (CBOS) program guides students through the college planning process and offers them a chance to earn money for college for each action they complete. Since the program opened to high school juniors in January, over 1,700 South Carolina students from the Class of 2020 have joined CBOS. In the first three months of the program, seven South Carolina juniors have been awarded a CBOS scholarship.

Scholarships for students in the Class of 2020 are awarded monthly through February 2020 (see attachment). Learn more about how you can help connect your students to these scholarship opportunities - https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/parents-educators and take advantage of these implementation resources.

Beauty Changes Lives - Cosmetology Scholarships

Interested in a career in Beauty? Click here for a extensive listing of scholarship opportunities.

Beauty Changes Lives is a nonprofit driven to make the beauty profession a first-choice career by empowering individuals with mentorship, inspiration & scholarships.

We empower the next generation of beauty professionals with the education & expertise to realize their full potential — & the full potential of the beauty industry. Beauty Changes Lives works with leaders across specialties to sponsor scholarships, foster mentorships & provide the stage on which to showcase our individual & industry impact.

Working together, we’re building more confidence in our industry, our clients & our communities.

Davidson College Scholarships


The John M. Belk Scholarship, Davidson’s flagship merit program, covers the comprehensive costs of attending Davidson (room, board, tuition and fees) – valued in 2019-2020 at over $67,000.

Belk Scholars are game changers – recognized for outstanding intellectual ability, leadership skill, commitment to service, personal vigor, and potential for impact.

  • Nominees’ Admission Application Deadline –November 22, 2019.

Email your counselor if you are interested in this scholarship.

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Dr. Pepper is awarding over $1,000,000 in tuition to help students reach their biggest goals. We're looking for students ages 18-24 to enter this year's tuition giveaway.

ELIGIBILITY: All Entrants must be a U.S. legal resident.


1. Five (5) $100,000 Tuition Prizes
2. Five (5) Runner-Up Prizes $25,000
3. Ten (10) Consolation Prizes $2,500

Click here for an application.

Foot Locker Scholarship

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities. Whether you’re the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, we want to hear how you have taken the skills you’ve cultivated in the locker room and used to them create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you.

Click here to apply.

Deadline: January 2, 2020 (Application Opens: September 25, 2019)

Free Speech Essay Contest-Up to $10,000

Get to know us! The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. In addition to defending the rights of students and faculty, FIRE works to educate students and the general public on the necessity of free speech and its importance to a thriving democratic society.

Eligibility Open to juniors and seniors in U.S. high schools, including home-schooled students, as well as U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Additional questions regarding eligibility may be emailed to essaycontest@thefire.org.

Word Length Students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided topic below.

Deadline FIRE must receive all entries by December 31, 2019. Winners will be announced by January 31, 2020.

Scholarship Prizes One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing.

Click here to enter. Deadline is December 31, 2019.

Georgia State Honors College

Our Presidential Scholarship program recognizes incoming first-year students who were leaders in their high schools and offers them the support and experiences that will set them up to be leaders in their careers and communities. The scholarship is valued at up to $28,803 per year (depending on in/out-of-state student status and participation in our student assistantship program).

Presidential Scholars receive the following benefits for eight semesters:
  • Cost of tuition, housing and mandatory student fees
  • A yearly living expense stipend
  • A one-time $2,500 stipend for credit-bearing study abroad expenses
  • Opportunity for a paid University Assistantship to explore research and engaging work experience on campus
  • Access to individualized classes and mentoring opportunities
The deadline to apply is November 15, 2019! (Student applicants must also complete their Common Application to Georgia State University.)

Apply Here.

Hampton Wildlife Fund Multiple Scholarships

Harry Hampton Scholarship-This scholarship consists of a $5,000* scholarship awarded annually to a S.C. resident student to attend an institution of higher learning in the state with a major area of study in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, environmental science or related fields.

Wallace F. Pate- Scholarship for students in the natural resources disciplines of wildlife biology, fisheries, biology, forestry, marine or environmental science. 1 year only $2,500.

David M. Cline- Scholarship for students who wish to further their education in law enforcement/criminal justice/forensic science. (Forensic pathology does NOT qualify)

1 year $2,500

James O Thomason Scholarship for students who wish to further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications. 4 year $2,000

Click here for more information and applications. Deadline is January 31, 2020.

"Here Today" Music Scholarship

The Christopher Connor Foundation "Here Today" MUSIC Scholarship is to help musicians or aspiring musicians further their music education, music production, and/or music related career. To apply for this scholarship, applicants must complete this application, a short written description (or video/audio tape) detailing why they deserve the scholarship, a history of music experience and a letter of reference and a letter of acceptance from the college, music institute or provider. Click here for an application.

Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

Since 1982, USHLI has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanics students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership. Recipients will receive two non-renewable scholarships – a conference scholarship to attend the 37th USHLI National Conference and an academic scholarship ($1,000 for a 4-year institution or $500 for a 2-year institution) for undergraduate students. The application is due November 30, 2019, at 11:59 PM CT.

Scholarship Qualifications

Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented). Recipients must also be available to attend the 38th USHLI National Conference in Chicago, IL, from February 20-22, 2020.

Click here for an application.

2020 Journalism Contest

The winner of the 2020 Journalism Contest receives a four-year scholarship to the South Carolina state-supported institution of his or her choice provided, of course, that the winner is otherwise qualified.

Your article must address the theme: “The Right Talent, Right Now.” It should emphasize the essential role that people with disabilities play in America’s economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent.

Click here for more information.

Lamber-Goodnow Scholarships-$1,000

Each year, the Lamber-Goodnow Injury Law Team awards two scholarships to innovative and highly creative high school and college students. We seek essay submissions from students who are creative thinkers and problem solvers. Whether you are a star in your local community, an aspiring leader, a tech whiz, an engineer or a creative writer, we want to hear from you.

Creative thought, motivation and execution are important to us. Innovation is just as important in the legal process as it is in the rest of life. To make progress and improve upon our circumstances and surroundings, we must be willing to take risks that can influence and drive positive change. We want to support students who buck the trend, think outside of the box and deliver on this concept in everyday life and in school.

Your essay:

  • Submit a 500- to 750-word essay to scholarship@lambergoodnow.com by or on December 1, each year.
  • Tell us how you are driven to innovate, how you plan to influence progress on any level in any space or how you have already affected positive change with creative thinking.
  • We will choose finalists whose essays may be posted on our website and voted on via social media likes, shares, tweets and +1s. While this may have some influence on the eventual winning essays, it is not the sole basis of our final decisions.
  • Two finalists will be awarded $1,000 scholarships for education expenses at schools of their choice.

Eligibility criteria for applicants:

  1. Enrolled at an accredited high school, college or university. Please note that all types of colleges, including four-year, community colleges and “junior colleges” qualify for eligibility.
  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.8.
  3. Essay submission must be received by December 1, each year.

Click here for more information.

National Beta Scholarship

12th grade students who are active National Beta members and duly registered with the national headquarters by November 1, of their senior year, are eligible to apply and participate in the scholarship competition. Selection of National Beta Scholarship winners is based on a number of factors with special emphasis on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service, as well as National Beta Involvement.

How to Apply:

  • Beginning November 1, 2019, you may access the National Beta Scholarship application online.
  • Enter your National Beta membership identification number and last name to gain access to the application—if you do not have this information, please ask your Beta Club Sponsor.
  • Complete the application.
  • You are required to submit your high school transcript and your ACT or SAT scores. Copies of these documents can be uploaded directly into your application. Your documentation will be verified for authenticity.
  • Submit your completed application and pay the $15 processing fee (via credit card) by 11:59 pm EST January 22, 2020.

Click here for link. Deadline is January 22, 2020.

Palmetto State School Counselor Association's "How a School Counselor Made a Difference" Scholarship

Application is due by December 31, 2019

The Palmetto State School Counselor Association awards five high school seniors a $1,000.00 non-renewable scholarship to assist with post-secondary education costs.

Must be a high school senior attending a public or private secondary school in the state of South Carolina.
Must be a permanent resident of the state of South Carolina.
Must plan to attend a post-secondary institution during the 2020-2021 school year.

Applicants must:
- Submit an application.
- Complete an essay of no more than 500 words about a school counselor who has made a difference in your academic,
career, social, and/or emotional development. You may additionally include your career goals, post-secondary education plans, and an explanation for how the scholarship will help you.
- Include an official copy of high school transcript.
- Submit a letter of recommendation.
- Submit a copy of your admission letter or another form of verification of acceptance to college, university, technical school, or training center must be provided before receiving funds.
Allow their essay to be shared with the school counselor they write about if feasible.

Criteria for selection:
High school academic record
Community service, and school activities
Letter of recommendation (non-family member)

Click here for a link to the application.

Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology Scholarships and Beauty School.org

The beauty industry wants you! American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) partners with industry sponsors to offer scholarships and grants to deserving cosmetology students.

Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology is dedicated to providing the best cosmetology and esthetics training to our students. With 8 campuses across South Carolina, Kenneth Shuler has made quality beauty education accessible across the state. We are also dedicated to making sure anyone who wants to start a career in beauty has all the resources available to them to make their dreams a reality.

Click here to discover where you can find information about cosmetology school scholarships.

Lyceum Scholarships to Clemson University- $10,000

The Lyceum Scholars Program at Clemson University is a $10,000 scholarship for incoming freshmen to study the moral, political, and economic foundations of a free society.

Lyceum Scholars read the Great Books of Western Civilization and discuss timeless questions such as:

  • What makes a society free?
  • What makes a society prosperous?
  • What are the principles of the American Founding?

This program is an eight-course sequence that students take together as an intellectual cohort over their undergraduate career. The Lyceum Scholars Program is open to any major and fulfills the requirements for a minor in Political Science.

For more information, visit our website.

Priority Deadline is December 11, 2019.

Frances Marion University - McNair Scholars Program

The Governor Robert E. McNair Scholarship Program is a wonderful opportunity at Francis Marion University. This privately funded scholarship program is designed to prepare a rising generation of leaders to make a difference in their communities and instill a lifelong commitment to public service.

  • McNair Scholars will receive free tuition, fees, book allowance, and room and board for the four years they attend Francis Marion University.
  • 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 every spring.
  • 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.

The Robert E. McNair Scholarship application is online and is part of the Francis Marion University Undergraduate Admissions application. Students must complete a Francis Marion University application for admittance prior to submitting the McNair Scholarship application. Click here for the website to fill out an application.


* Complete applications are due no later than December 1. Finalists will be invited to a personal interview on campus in January. Awards will be announced by late January. Applicants who are not selected will be considered for other FMU scholarships.

NC State-Centennial Scholarship Program

The Centennial Scholarship program is designed for students who are interested in career fields such as engineering, business management, design, chemistry, polymers, forensics, medical fields, fashion merchandising and retail management.
  • ITT Centennial Scholarship
    • Awarded to the top Centennial
    • $22,000 / year for 4 years and $7,500 in enrichment funds
  • Kimbrell Centennial Scholarship
    • Awarded to the 2nd top Centennial
    • $20,000 / year for 4 years and $7,500 in enrichment funds
  • Centennial Scholarship
    • $15,000 / year for 4 years and $7,500 in enrichment funds
    • Up to 8 awarded per year
  • Pioneer Scholarship
    • $14,000 / year for four years and $4,000 in enrichment funds
    • Up to 4 awarded per year
  • North Carolina Textile Foundation Scholarship
    • $5,000 / year for 4 years
  • Prestige Scholarship
    • minimum award is $2,500 / year for 4 years
Competitive applicants demonstrate high academic achievement, strong leadership qualities, involvement in extracurricular activities and civic engagement and an interest in textile-related careers. For scholarship consideration, students must submit a NC State admissions application by the November 1 deadline. Click here to apply

Niche's "No Essay" contest- $2,000

$2,000 "No Essay" College Scholarship™

Open to all high school and college students. Simply log in or create a free account below to apply.


October 31, 2019

Click here to apply.

2019 Pinot's Palette Scholarship for Artistic Excellence $1,000

We welcome all USA students looking to achieve a degree in the arts to apply for our scholarship. The 2019 scholarship application will be open between August and November 2019.

About Pinot's Palette

Pinot's Palette is one of the nation's largest paint and sip franchises. Our studios employ professionally-trained artists to guide guests through a no-experience-required art class in a relaxed, fun environment.

To be eligible for the Pinot's Palette Scholarship for Artistic Excellence, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the U.S.
  • U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents.
  • Anticipating completion of high school diploma in spring of 2020.
  • Planning to pursue a degree in the arts at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution.

Click here for more information.

Ponton Law Scholarship

  • 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
  • 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

Deadline is July 31, 2020. Click here for application.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be in grades 5-12 as of November 5
  • be a legal resident of any U.S. state or Washington, D.C.
  • have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred during the 12 months prior to the date of the application
  • submit a completed application to a school or the head of an official designated local organization by November 5.

Local Honorees receive a Certificate of Achievement from their schools or organization. Those Local Honorees who qualify (26 hours of service for ages 10 and younger, 50 hours for ages 11-15, and 100 hours for older students) also receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Distinguished Finalists receive an engraved bronze medallion, and other state-level runners-up receive Certificates of Excellence.

State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events.

National Honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for their schools or nominating organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice.

Click here to be directed to the application. Deadline is November 5, 2019.

Science Ambassador Scholarship

A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Applications close December 9th, 2019 at 11:59PM CST.


To apply, film a three–minute video of yourself explaining a STEM topic you're passionate about. You must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student to apply. To view examples of previous applications, check out our winners page. Your video should be:

  • A mini–lecture, not a personal statement. Pretend you're a lecturer speaking to a class. Teach us something.
  • Clear, creative, accurate, and a demonstration of your passion for the subject. Your video doesn't need to be fancy or high–tech. Production value is not a factor.
  • Three minutes or less in length.
  • About any STEM topic, not necessarily your field of study.
  • Uploaded to YouTube and marked ‘public.’ It should be accessible to the general public and could, but doesn't have to be, targeted at young students.

Click here to apply. Good luck!

The Silver Pen Writing Competition-$1,500

Wellmore of Lexington, a retirement community is proud to offer the Silver Pen Writing Competition. This is a unique opportunity to bridge the communication gap between younger and older generations. Open to all high school Seniors, there is no GPA requirement. Scholarship awards are:

1st Place- $1,500

2nd Place- $1,000

3rd Place- $750

4th Place- $500

The 2019 topic is:

Our members at our community have built and continue to build their legacies. They are all inspirational in their own way. Right now, you are nearing your high school graduation and preparing for your future. What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want to have accomplished? What are your goals in life? What is your definition of living a good life?

Essays must be the applicant's original work and be between 600 and 1000 words, double spaced. Please include the Application form, Essay and Copy of transcript and submitted by February 14, 2020, online at silverpen-slc.com.

Interested in Teaching? Apply to become a Teaching Fellow - Up to a $24,000 scholarship

This Program offers the state’s brightest and best students up to $24,000 over four years to become South Carolina educators. The SC General Assembly began funding the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program in 1999. The mission of the Program is to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and help them develop leadership qualities. Each year, the program provides Fellowships for up to 200 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their school and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina.

Teaching Fellows participate in advanced enrichment programs at Teaching Fellows Institutions, have additional professional development opportunities, and are involved with communities and businesses throughout the state. They receive up to $24,000 in fellowship funds (up to $6000 a year for four years) while they complete a degree leading to initial teacher certification. The fellowship provides up to $5700 for tuition and board and $300 for specific enrichment programs administered by CERRA. All Teaching Fellows awards are contingent upon funding from the SC General Assembly. A Fellow agrees to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for every year he or she receives the Fellowship.

Read a comprehensive research report about the South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program.
Administered by CERRA-South Carolina, the Program provides fellowships for up to 200 students each year (actual number determined by funding from the General Assembly). These students participate in enrichment programs at a Teaching Fellows Institution, engage in professional development and leadership opportunities, partner with communities and businesses, and receive up to a $6,000 fellowship annually for four years as long as they are in the process of completing a degree leading to teacher certification and meet the criteria to continue in the program. A Fellow must agree to teach in a South Carolina public school one year for each year he/she receives funding.

Any student who is a legal resident of South Carolina (DACA students are not eligible for Teaching Fellows) and a current high school senior, or junior graduating early, and who will be attending college as a freshman in the fall of 2020, may apply. Fellowships are based on academic achievement, references, community and school involvement, an interview and a writing assessment. Students must attend one of the eleven Teaching Fellows Institutions. Currently, these include Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University, Lander University, USC Aiken, USC Columbia, USC Upstate, and Winthrop University.

The application will be available on the CERRA Web site at teachingfellowsc.com beginning on September 1st.

VFW Scholarships- Sponsored by Post VFW 8738

Scholarship Contests:

Post 8738 Information

Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 206, Lexington, SC 29073

Physical Address: 424 Cedarcrest Dr., Lexington, SC 29072

Phone: (803) 359-8738

Are you a member of Woodmen of the World?

Scholarship recipients must be:

  • High School graduates attending a two-year or four-year college, university, or technical school;
  • WoodmenLife members2 in good standing with at least three years of membership; and
  • Members of families where all in the household are WoodmenLife members in good standing.


Perfect grades and good test scores aren't required. Scholarship recipients will complete an online application that includes short essay questions. Scholarships will be awarded to those students who:

  • Make a difference in their community through volunteerism
  • Want to make their community a better place to live
  • Want to pursue a career as a leader in their community
  • Demonstrate their academic performance by providing their transcripts and GPA

Click here for more information. Deadline is January 15, 2020.

College Open House Days and Tour Dates

Seniors are given TWO excused absences for College Days. In order to have the absences excused, it will be necessary to turn in a note on college letterhead with the student's name and date of the visit. This should be turned in to Mrs. Pearson in Attendance.

Anderson University


Clemson University


College of Charleston


Columbia College


Converse College

We absolutely love our Lexington County students and hope to see many of them at our upcoming events, scholarship days and auditions. Our first Open House is in just a few short weeks on Friday, September 20th. Please encourage your students to attend! They can sign up online or email us via admissions@converse.edu.

Francis Marion University


Furman University


Lander University


Midlands Technical College


Newberry College


Presbyterian College


Spartanburg Methodist College


Seton Hall University


University of South Carolina - Columbia


University of South Carolina - Beaufort


University of Virginia


Winthrop University


Wofford College

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Additional 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

AES Scholarship

Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility. Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? The mount of award is $500.00. The deadline for entry: October 6. Submit essay to: scholarships@aesengineers.com . For more information, go to http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm.

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

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship

The South Carolina Department of Education is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. To compete, students should submit one original composition and a process folio for the visual arts area and an original and two copies of the original composition and process folio for the creative writing, dance, music, or theatre categories. For more details: https://ed.sc.gov/instruction/standards-learning/grants-and-awards/archibald-rutledge-scholarship-program/

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

AXA Achievement Scholarship

One South Carolina winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, with a chance to win $15,000 more! To qualify, you must demonstrate ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. Application deadline is December 15, 2019. https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/AXA-achievement-scholarship.html

BigSun Scholarship

All student athletes are eligible to apply, regardless of sport. Requires a short essay to a prepared question. $500 available to announced winners. 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

The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program

The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Dallas is one of the nation’s most generous and selective undergraduate merit awards. Valued at more than $250,000 (out of state) or $150,000 (in state), the scholarship includes tuition, stipend, study abroad and professional development funding. Application deadline is December 12, 2019.

Gates Millennium Scholarship

Offers full tuition to any US accredited college or university. Student must be a US Citizen or legal resident with a 3.3 GPA (unweighted) is required, and a financial need must be demonstrated (must be eligible for a Pell Grant). www.gmsp.org

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

This scholarship database is completely devoted to those of Hispanic descent. www.hsf.net, www.collegescholarships.org/minority2.htm

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs

This scholarship program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. Criteria include commitment to pursue a bachelor’s degree and US citizenship. https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, up to 40 students will become Jack Kent Cooke Scholars and have access to funding for up to four years for undergraduate studies. For more information and to apply: http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/college-scholarship/how-to-apply/

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

S.C. Teaching Fellows Program

Up to $24,000 in scholarship money is available to students who are serious about entering the teaching profession in SC. There are no GPA or ACT/SAT score requirements for eligibility. Any high school senior who is a US citizen and SC resident can apply. Initial scoring is based on a combination of scholastic information, community and school activities, and references. Students must attend a Teaching Fellows Institution. The application deadline is December 1, 2019. https://www.cerra.org/teaching-fellows.html

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. 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

U.S. Army

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