RB '19

Senior Newsletter, October 2018

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-Ham Mandy Wilson aswilson2@lexington1.net

Last names Han-Pa Crystal Wingate cwingate@lexington1.net

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


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

Career Specialist N-Z Shenita Chapman schapman@lexingon1.net


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

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Important Dates - Mark your Calendars!!

Oct 18th - College Application Day, 9-3:30 in the Learning Commons

Oct 25th - ASVAB in Gator Commons

Oct 30th - FAFSA Completion Night, 6-8:30pm Rescheduled Ed-Op College Fair RBHS

Nov 5th- Make up Picture Day for SENIORS

Jan 29th - Financial Aid Night, 6pm (junior and senior parents/students)

April 6th - Prom, 8pm USC Alumni Center

May 1st - Senior Decision Day

May 21st - Student Awards Ceremony - 7:00-9:00 - Performing Arts Center

June 7th - Graduation - 12:00 - Colonial Life Arena

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.

Need help filling out your FAFSA? FAFSA Fridays are October 5th and October 19th from 8:30-1:00

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is one of MTC’s TRIO Programs federally funded by the US Department of Education. EOC provides counseling and information on college admissions and financial aid to qualified students who want to begin or continue a college education. Participants can receive assistance in applying to any vocational training program, college or university. The program also provides in depth financial aid information and assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).


FAFSA Fridays are October 5th and October 19th from 8:30-1:00 . To register and to find out more information, contact them at 803-822-3749 or eoc@midlandstech.edu

Taking the ACT and SAT

RBHS AI/CEEB Code 411292

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

SAT TEST DATE

Saturday, Oct. 6th, 8am

See Website for locations. www.Collegeboard.org

Late Registration Deadline is September 7, 2018.

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.

ACT TEST DATE

Saturday, Oct. 27th, 8am

See www.ACT.org for Locations

Late Registration Deadline is September 28, 2018.

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.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TESTS: ACT and SAT

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

Davidson College

Thursday, Oct. 11th, 1:15pm

Main Street in front of Counseling and Advisement

Presbyterian College

Monday, Oct. 15th, 11:30am

Main Street in front of Counseling and Advisement

College Application Day

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 9am-3:30pm

Learning Commons

COLLEGE APPLICATION DAY IS ALMOST HERE!!!


It is recommended you start your applications prior to College Application Day so you will be able to complete and submit them. If your application has an essay, you should have this written before you arrive. Admissions representatives and your counselors will be there to look over your applications and essays.


These will be important components of your applications so you should be prepared to complete these items on each application you complete:

• Personal Data (e.g., personal email, drivers license number (and date of issue), social security number (optional for some schools), citizenship and residency information, and parental information (such as their highest level of education earned and how long they have lived in SC. Some schools will require their drivers license number and date of issue for residency purposes).

• Educational Data (GPA, SAT/ACT scores, senior schedule, copy of your transcript - bring the copy you received at Senior 101 or in your IGP so you can enter courses you have taken in HS)

• Honors and Awards

• Extracurricular, Personal, and Volunteer Activities

• Employment, Internships, and Summer Activities (Some colleges allow you to submit a resume in addition to the activity section of their application.)

• Essays, both short answer and a longer personal essay

• Disciplinary information (typically out of school suspensions and expulsions, not minor offenses)

• Application Fee (Many colleges will accept fee waivers and/or waive their application day if you apply on your schools College Application Day event.)

Wofford College Visit

Friday, Oct. 19th, 11:30am

Main Street in front of Counseling and Advisement

Stop by and meet Collins McCraw, admissions counselor for Wofford College.

FAFSA Completion Night

Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 6pm

320 Corley Mill Road

Lexington, SC

We are excited to host our second FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Night on Tuesday, October 30th from 6:30-8pm. We will have Financial Aid representatives from local colleges on campus in the computer labs on Upper A Wing (A305 and A307) to assist you with completing your FAFSA from start to finish.

Checklist of items NEEDED to successfully complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

*Social Security Number

*Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

*Most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned - You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

*Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

*Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

*Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID to sign electronically (If you do not already have an FSA ID, you can create one at at https://fsaid.ed.gov)

Space is limited to the first 50 families to register in each time slot (6:30-7:15pm or 7:15-8pm). To reserve your space you must register by clicking here.

Prom

Saturday, April 6th 2019 at 8pm

USC Alumni Center

RBHS Graduation

Friday, June 7th 2019 at 12pm

801 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC

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 in the Spring, a placement tests 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.

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.

Scholarships

100 Black Men Scholarship- $500

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 a 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 2018-2019 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). The scholarship application is attached. Scholarship recipients will be notified by March 1, 2019 and scholarship presentations will be made at our Annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet in May 2019.


Click here for an application. Deadline for All applications and supporting materials must be postmarked by November 15, 2018.

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.

20 GRAND PRIZES:

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


Deadline is October 17, 2018. Click here for an application.

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, 2019.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 20th year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering.


Eligibility
A) Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2019
B) Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale
C) Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2019-2020
D) Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
E) If selected, attendance to regional awards ceremony is mandatory and travel is at the recipient's expense
F) Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA


Click here for more information. Deadline is October 15th, 2018.

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 or click here for a PDF of our flyer.

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.

Admissions

* 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.

Pinot's Palette Scholarship- $1,000

Pinot's Palette is one of the nation's largest paint and sip franchises.We will award the chosen applicant with $1,000 to be used toward his or her tuition expenses and any other verified educational costs.We welcome all USA students looking to achieve a degree in the arts to apply for our scholarship.


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 2019.
  • Planning to pursue a degree in the arts at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution.

Click here for more information. The deadline is November 20, 2018.

Prudential Spirit of community Awards

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

Created in 1995 by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the program honors middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level.

Applying for a 2019 award

By November 6, 2018, students must:

  • Complete the application
  • Complete the student/parent agreement
  • Go to the "certification'" tab on the application, then email or print and deliver instructions for your certifier
    • Certifiers can be your school principal or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or Affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network.

Ready to apply? Click here!

SBO Essay Scholarship Contest

Students you can win your share of $20,000 including matching music products for your school music program!

  • Five $1,000 scholarships grades nine to twelve

Answer this essay question (in 250 words or less):

What role has your music program played in bringing you closer to your school mates, friends and the community at large?

Click Here to Submit Your Essay Today!

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 2018 topic is:

If you could live during any era, which era would it be? Describe what your life would look like. Living during your chosen era, how would politics and social issues of that time period effect you? What would your life look like both occupationally and socially?


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 December 14th, 2018, online at silverpen-slc.com.

Good360 Sustainability Scholarship- $1,000

Living a sustainable lifestyle requires dedication and passion. Anyone who makes sustainability a priority has their own particular reasons for doing so—some live sustainably to help protect the environment and limit our reliance on precious natural resources, and others do so to help build a better future for generations to come.


In order to be considered for the Good360 sustainability scholarship, we want to hear from you: What do you do to live sustainably? Post a photo on Instagram with your 200-300-word essay explaining what sustainability means to you and complete the form below. We’ll choose one winner to receive our environmental scholarship, which is open to all majors.


Click here for more information. Deadline is October 31, 2018.

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

The Program is entering its twentieth year of offering the state’s brightest and best students up to $24,000 over four years to become South Carolina educators.

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 2019, 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 ten Teaching Fellows Institutions. Currently, these include Anderson University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University, Lander University, USC Aiken, USC Columbia, USC Upstate, and Winthrop University.

Please encourage all students who are interested in teaching in South Carolina and who meet the qualifications for participation to submit an application, and share this information with your faculty and greater school community. The online application will open September 1, 2018. The deadline for submission will be December 1, 2018, with notification to Fellowship recipients in early spring 2019.

Students who are awarded Teaching Fellows must also have a surety sign the promissory note to receive funds. For applicants who are eighteen (18) years of age, the surety must be over twenty-one (21) years of age. For applicants under eighteen (18) years of age, the surety must be a parent or guardian. Students without a surety cannot be awarded Teaching Fellows.

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

Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship

Wendy's high school heisman is looking for all types of high-achieving seniors from more than 29,000 public and private high schools within the u.s. we consider young men and women who participate in a wide range of sports as well as school and community activities.

To achieve award eligibility for the 2018 wendy's high school heisman, students must be seniors during the 2018-2019 academic year, graduating with the class of 2019. Applicants must:

A) have a cumulative high school grade point average (gpa) of a b (3.0) or better.

B) participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized by the international olympic committee in the summer and winter olympic games or the national federation of state high school association and sponsored by your school. The full list of qualified athletic events in alphabetical order includes:

Archery, badminton, baseball, basketball, bobsleigh, bowling, boxing, canoeing/rowing, cross country, curling, cycling, diving, equestrian (dressage/eventing/jumping), fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, ice skating (figure or speed), judo, karate, lacrosse, luge, rugby, sailing, shooting, skateboarding, skiing (alpine, biathlon, cross country, free-style, jumping), snowboard, soccer, softball, spirit/cheerleading, sports climbing, surfing, swimming (or synchronized), table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track & field, trampoline, triathlon, volleyball (or beach), water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.


Click here for more information. Deadline is October 17, 2018.

Applying to Colleges

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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

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. Gunter in Attendance.


Anderson University

http://www.anderson.edu/admissions/discover/visit


Clemson University

http://www.clemson.edu/visit/events.html


College of Charleston

http://admissions.cofc.edu/explorethecollege/events/index.php

New Application and Notification Deadlines:

Early Decision Deadline: November 1 Notification: December 1

Early Action Application Deadline: December 1 Notification: January 15

Honors College Priority Application Deadline: December 1 Notification: January 15

Regular Notification Application Deadline: February 15 Notification: April 1


Columbia College

http://www.columbiasc.edu/admissions/womens-college-admissions/open-house


Francis Marion University

http://www.fmarion.edu/fmuadmissions/campusvisit


Furman University

http://www.furman.edu/admission/EngageFurman/Visit/Pages/default.aspx


Lander University

http://www.lander.edu/admissions/Campus-Visit.aspx


November 10, 2018 Open House: Click Here to register

https://lander.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/EventDetails.aspx?id=164690be-ca8a-e811-80d8-0ea4e14e7610


Midlands Technical College

http://www.midlandstech.edu/admissions/visit-campus


Newberry College

https://my.newberry.edu/ICS/Admissions/Events_and_Visits.jnz


Presbyterian College

http://www.presby.edu/admissions/home/visit/


Spartanburg Methodist College

http://www.smcsc.edu/campus-maptour/


Seton Hall University

http://www.shu.edu/visiting/


University of South Carolina - Columbia

http://sc.edu/visit/schedule_a_visit/


University of South Carolina - Beaufort

http://www.uscb.edu/admissions/visit-uscb/visitation-events.html


University of Virginia

https://admission.virginia.edu/outreach


Winthrop University

http://www.winthrop.edu/admissions/visit/


Wofford College

https://www.wofford.edu/admission/visitWofford/
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Scholarship Search Engines

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. Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. or postmarked on or before February , 2019. For more details: http://www.ed.sc.gov/instruction/standards-learning/visual-and-performing-arts/2014-15-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 14, 2018. www.scholarshipamerica.org/axa-achievement


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. Application deadline is June 19, 2019. 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. Deadlines: Friday December 7, 2018. Qualifications and deadlines are online. Please contact mcdermott@utdallas.edu or visit our website for more information.


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). Application deadline is January 13, 2018. 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. Application deadline is October 25, 2018 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/


National College Funding Services Scholarship

The amount of the Scholarship is $250 for participating high schools within Lexington Once School District for a 2017-2018 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 forms are available in Counseling & Advisement.


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 October 29, 2018, until May 13, 2019. 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