Pelion Pride '19

Issue 5: January, 2019


Raise Me

Stay in touch with the Counseling & Advisement Office


Twitter: @PHScounseling_

Instagram: _PHScounseling


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

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!

Adam Eubanks

Eryn McDaniel

Savannah McLead

Brianna Miller

Lydia Mills

Angela Moreland

Austin Shumpert

Dylan Williamson

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 Ms. Kirby in the Counseling & Advisement Office.


Every college-bound senior needs to complete the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have not completed the FAFSA, The Educational Opportunity Center at Midlands Tech will help you. You do not have to be attending Midlands Tech to use this service.

Call 803-822-3749 to schedule an appointment. You will need to bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Picture ID
  • Permanent Resident card (if eligible non-citizen)
  • Social Security card
  • Most recently filed tax return and W-2 forms
  • Parents’ most recently filed tax return and W-2 forms (dependent students only)

Student-Athletes: Are you planning to play sports in college?

You need to see your counselor ASAP. You may need to complete the NCAA Eligibility form or the NAIA form.

NCAA link:

NAIA link:

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
  • You can self-report your SAT/ACT Scores on your application and have until June 1 to get the official copy to USC.

American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 14, 2019

Amount: from $1,500-$18,000


The purpose of The American Legion's Oratorical Constitutional Speech Contest is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States. Please see the rules and regulations on The American Legion Website.

Kittie Moss Fairey Educational Scholarship Fund

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Amount: Varies


  • Applicants must be a high school senior
  • Must be a SC resident
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0-4.0
  • Must have a combined SAT score of 1800 or a composite ACT score of 26
  • Applicant's parents must have a household adjusted gross income of $40,000 or less
  • Must be planning to attend a 4-year college or university in SC

John F. Kennedy: The Profile of Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: January 18, 2019

Amount: $500-$10,000



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

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.

Discover Student Loans Scholarship

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Amount: $2,500


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

Aiken Electric Cooperative Trustee Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Amount: $1,000

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

A scholarship will be awarded to a 2018-2019 high school graduating senior in the Aiken Electric cooperative service area. To be considered for this $1,000 scholarship, the student must complete the application and submit in 150 – 200 words, an explanation as to why the scholarship is needed.

Aiken Electric Cooperative Touchstone Energy Scholarship

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Amount: $1,000

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to 2018-2019 high school graduating senior in the Aiken Electric cooperative service area planning to attend a 4- year college/university or 2-year technical college.

The College Plan Scholarship

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Amount: $250

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

The winning student must be accepted into an accredited college, university, or technical school by the end of the year. The scholarship will be made payable to the attending college, university, or technical school.

Lexington Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary Scholarship (Nursing)

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Amount: Varies $1,000-$2,000

Application: Available in the School Counseling Office

Lexington Medical Center Auxiliary is accepting applications for those receiving their nursing education at a variety of levels (2-year or 4-year degrees).

SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes

Deadline: May 13, 2019

Amount: $500


Free to enter and no minimum GPA required.

Drawings are approximately every two weeks.

Christian Connector, Inc Scholarship Drawing

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Amount: $2,500


The scholarship runs each year from June 1st through May 31st. The drawing winner of each scholarship is selected at random and The Christian Connector, Inc. reserves the right to change the random drawing selection process at any point. Individuals must meet the below guidelines in order to be eligible to receive the scholarship.

Drawing Guidelines:

  • The scholarship recipient must have plans to enroll for the first time as a full-time student at a Christ-centered Christian college or Bible college within 16 months of being notified by The Christian Connector, Inc. that he/she has won the drawing.
  • The Christian Connector, Inc. reserves the right to make the determination of whether or not a particular school qualifies. Any school that is a member of the CCCU, NACCAP or ABHE automatically qualifies.
  • The scholarship recipient may not currently be enrolled at a Christian college or Bible college.
  • The scholarship will not be sent to the individual recipient, but rather it will be sent directly to the school of choice, meeting the above criteria.
  • An individual cannot enter the scholarship drawing more than once, however, he/she may use the request form and Christian Connector services as often as they wish.
  • By completing the information request form, the winner of the scholarship allows their name, city and state to be used on the site and in promotional materials, announcing that he/she is a Christian Connector scholarship recipient.

Should the initial randomly selected individual(s) not meet the above guidelines for the scholarship drawing entered, the scholarship will be forfeited and offered to another individual until a selected individual who meets the above guidelines is awarded the appropriate scholarship.
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.