Senior Memo #7

April 1, 2021

College Scholarship Letters

Please inform Student Services (Counseling) of any scholarship awards received regardless of your intention to accept them. Just bring us a copy of your award letter. We would like to recognize all scholarships awarded to LHS seniors at Awards Night and in the graduation program.

Senior Memos

Continue to read all your Senior Memos that you receive, they contain information that could continue to be pertinent to you about high school and college plans. Always check your Senior Memo during the month. Scholarships are constantly being added.

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For those of you who may be experiencing "senioritis", remember how important these final grades can be. Colleges make decisions based on the final transcript and that could also mean the difference in receiving the LIFE scholarship. Many of you are very close to the 3.0 GPA so work hard in your classes during this term.

Francis Marion University

Francis Marion University is offering online applications for FREE up until May 1st, so please take advantage of that. After you have applied, the only thing you will need to receive a decision is your high school transcript. We are test optional this year, so students don’t need test scores to be admitted into the university.

Collegeboard - Big Future Days Southeast

Thursday, April 29th, 5-9pm

This is an online event.

Attend BigFuture Days Southeast if you’re interested in visiting a college. You’ll be able to connect with admissions representatives and current college students!

For more information about this event and to sign up click here!

Graduation Information

The Lexington High School 2021 Graduation Ceremony has been scheduled to take place at 8 a.m. June 12, 2021 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia. As your family makes arrangements to attend this special event, please know that because of the uncertainty of the year, plans could change but we are hoping that is not the case.

SAT/ACT Test Dates

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CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program)

What is CLEP?

CLEP (the College-Level Examination Program®) offers 34 exams that cover intro-level college course material. With a passing score on one CLEP exam, you could earn three or more college credits at more than 2,900 U.S. colleges and universities.

CLEP was created to help individuals with prior knowledge in a college course subject earn their degree efficiently and inexpensively. That prior learning could have taken place through advanced high school courses, independent reading and study, online courseware or textbooks, noncredit courses, or on-the-job training

For More information click here

ACT/SAT Fee Waivers

Do you qualify for free or reduced lunch? If so, you qualify to receive a fee waiver to take the SAT and ACT. You will need to bring a copy of the award letter you received from Central Services approving your free or reduced status to Mrs. Johnston in Student Services (Counseling). Four college application fee waivers can be submitted online at the registration website. You can also receive a fee waiver for the NCAA Clearinghouse (student athletes) application

Order your Transcript through Parchment

How to Connect to can be found here.

Call Me Mister Program

Call Me Mister students will attend Aiken Technical College, USC Aiken, or both. Upon their college graduation, members of the cohort will accept teaching positions in critical need areas within South Carolina Public Schools.

This program is designed to provide a pipeline of highly effective African-American male educators to South Carolina's public schools who will serve their communities as mentors & role models.

Requirements for this Program include:

  • Be accepted for admission at USC Aiken or Aiken Technical College.
  • Major in elementary, early childhood, middle level, special education, art education, or music education at USC Aiken or through university transfer program at ATC.
  • Submit a fully completed application. Application and supporting documents should be received by April 15 of each year.
  • 2 essays
  • Eligibility statement
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview

For more information check out their website:

Deadline for full application and documentation: April 15, 2021

Career Specialist Corner

Drafting College/Scholarship Essays

Mrs. Augsburger has prepared a presentation on how to write an essay. This presentation will help you write the best essay to win that big scholarship or get into that college you really want to attend. Here is the link to the presentation.

Career Corner

If you have questions and need information about careers, click here.

Summer Opportunities

Apprenticeships in the Midlands

Job Opportunities


College Essay Guy

I just wanted to share two upcoming webinar opportunities for 9th-12th graders, their parents, and counselors. The first is in English; the second is in Spanish.

Practical Advice for BIPOC Students Considering Attending a Predominantly White Institution
April 7, 5pm PT (8pm ET)

Special Guest Panel:

  • Jamiere Abney, Associate Dean of Admission; Coordinator of Outreach for Opportunity & Inclusion @ Colgate University
  • Xitlalli Velasquez, Georgetown University graduate
  • Dominique Reed, Union College graduate

On the session, we’ll cover:

  • What’s it like attending a PWI (Predominantly White Institution) as a BIPOC student (stories from recent grads)
  • What is the College Equity Index and how can it help you determine if a school is likely to be a good fit for you?
  • What BIPOC students wished they’d known before attending a PWI
  • How to choose between a PWI and an HBCU
  • Navigating imposter syndrome
  • Understanding college affordability

Register for the Webinar

Preparando la familia para la universidad: entendiendo las opciones lejos de casa (en Español)

Translation: How Parents Can Support Their Students Considering Attending College Out of State (in Spanish)
April 12 @ 6pm PT (9pm ET)

Invitadas Especiales / Special Guests:

  • Nitzya Cuevas Macias, Associate Director of College Access @ Peninsula Bridge
  • Kathleen Armenta, Bowdoin College graduate
  • Manuela Armenta, madre de/mother of Kathleen

Durante esta platica, vamos a / On this session, we’ll...

  • Rechazar algunos mitos sobre las opciones universitarias / Bust a few myths around college options
  • Ofrecer sugerencias prácticas para implementar antes de irse / Offer practical tips on how to prepare for going away
  • Escuchar la perspectiva de una madre e hija recién graduada de la uni en cómo navegar la transición / Hear both a student and parent perspective on how they navigated the transition
  • Enfrentar algunas preocupaciones comunes y cómo encontrar recursos para resolver estas situaciones / Address common concerns around students being far from home & where to find helpful resources
  • Aprender cómo los padres pueden apoyar a su estudiante / Learn how parents can support students while they’re away
  • Aprender cómo los estudiantes pueden mantener la conexión con su familia / Learn how students can stay connected to their families while away

Register Here / Registrate Aquí

Spring ASVAB Test Rescheduled

The ASVAB test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be administered on Friday, April 16, 9 a.m. at LHS. This test is available to students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grade.

ASVAB scores are used to determine if you are qualified to enlist in the military and to assign you to an appropriate job in the military. The ASVAB is also a great career exploration tool.

Taking the test does not obligate you, or register you for military service.

Students can continue to sign up for the ASVAB in room E-202 and E-203, or they can email Mr. Magyar (Career Specialist) at or Mrs. Augsburger (Career Specialist) at

Below are two links to help study for the ASVAB


Need Money for College?

During the month of April, additional scholarships may be added to this Memo!

American Legion Legacy Scholarship - up to $20,000

Children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.

Children of post-9/11 veterans having been assigned a combined disability rating of 50 percent or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs also qualify.

Go to for more information and to apply.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship - $1,000

To apply for this scholarship you will need to write a 500 to 1,000 word essay on the topic below:

Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.

The essay should be sent to this email:

For more information about this scholarship go to:

Deadline: June 12, 2021

AGC Education and Research Foundation Scholarship - Construction - $1,000(2yrs)

Students enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of commercial construction. To review the complete list of criteria click here. Students can click here to apply.

Deadline: June 1, 2021

Anne and Ed Pitts Memorial Scholarship - varies

Seniors pursuing post-secondary education who attended Anne Pitts Child Development Center at least 2 years; application, recommendations, etc. A copy of the application can be found here.

Deadline to Student Services (Counseling) - April 16, 2021

Ayn Rand Essay Contest - more than $30,000

11th and 12th graders, read The Fountainhead and write an essay on a selected topic. 8th - 12th graders read, The Anthem and write an essay on a selected topic. See for all requirements and eligibility.

Deadline: April 29, 2021

B. Davis Scholarship - $1,000

Write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic: Three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe these traits are so important and how you feel they are developed in an individual. This is not an academic scholarship but they would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are. Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next. Send submissions by email to:

Deadline: May 22, 2021

Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT) - Varies

Applicant must be enrolled/enrolling in an accredited South Carolina school, institution, college or university and must provide a letter of the student's acceptance. Applicant must have a serious interest in pursuing a degree in international trade or related course of study. Applicant must provide a 1 – 3 page, double spaced essay on this topic:

Explain the value of skilled labor to the international trade community of South Carolina and why you chose technical college to further your education.

The completed application, a personal statement, letter of recommendation, official transcript and a resume is required to complete this scholarship application. Complete application and it’s requirements can be found here.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Christian Connector, Inc. - $2,500

A Free online Christian College Scholarship Resource Program allows students to search for the different types of scholarships that are of interest. Students can log onto to request information and automatically be entered in the $2,500 scholarship drawing.

Deadline: No Deadline

Columbia Urban League Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC - $5,000

Graduating African-Americans who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0; community activities and service projects; financial need; must have participated in a Columbia Urban League Program; accepted to an accredited college or university; transcript; photograph; reference letters; essay and tax information. Click here for a copy of the application.

Mail your application to the address listed in the application.

Deadline extended May 7, 2021

Columbia Urban League Brenda Jones Memorial - $5,000

Graduating African-Americans who have a cumulative 3.0; community activities and service projects; accepted by an accredited college or university; essay; photograph, tax information; transcript; color photograph; recommendations, etc.

Copy of the application can be found here.

Mail your application to the address listed in the application.

Deadline Extended May 7, 2021

Graybar Construction Trades Scholarship - $1,000/50

This scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled in an accredited nonprofit two-year college or technical school program in the construction trades. Intend to complete an associate degree, pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or certificate program leading to work in the construction trades (electrical, HVAC, plumbing, pipefitting, welding). Have achieved a GPA of 2.5 and demonstrates financial need. Applicants should answer all questions that apply to them, not just the required questions. To learn more about this scholarship go to or you may find information about the scholarship here.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Honoring our Heroes' Children Scholarship

This scholarship is to provide educational assistance to children who have at least one parent currently serving or who previously served in the Armed Forces, or have at least one parent who volunteers or is employed as a First Responder such as Fire/EMS/911/Law Enforcement. Student must attend a two or four-year university after graduation. The link to this scholarship is Applications can be found here.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Intertech STEM Scholarship - $2,500

Graduating senior enrolling, or has been accepted at an accredited college or university in the field of computer science. Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher. For more information and to apply go here.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Iris Garden Club Scholarship - $400-$500

Applicant must have been an active member of FFA for two years. Plan to pursue a career in Horticulture, Agriculture or a related field. Must attend an accredited technical or four-year college/university in South Carolina. Application; recommendation; essay; transcript are required. Application can be found here.

Deadline Extended: April 23, 2021

The Landrum Washington Legacy Fund, Inc. $500/10

Download application package at

Applicant can be a male or female. You will need to demonstrate leadership ability and be engaged in community services. Submit an application and two recommendations, submit a typed essay, have minimum 2.5 GPA, transcript and submit an acceptance letter from an accredited institution (two or four year college). Complete application packet and mail to:

The Landrum Washington Legacy Fund, Inc.

1507 Bush River Road

Columbia, SC 29210

Deadline: Postmarked by June 15, 2021

Lexington District One Educational Office Professionals Scholarship - $1,000

Plan to pursue a career in a Business program (Computer Science, Advertising, Marketing, Accounting, etc.). Maintain a 3.0 GPA. Plan to enter a post high school, accredited two or four-year institution. Demonstrates commitment to the business profession through grades and character. Submit application, written response to two essay questions and three recommendations.

Click here for the application and more information about the scholarship.

Deadline to Student Services (Counseling) - April 2, 2021

Lexington Wildcat Athletic Booster Club Student Athlete Scholarship

Each year the Booster Club awards three male and three female scholarships to senior student athletes who plan to attend either a two-year or four-year college. Applicants must have earned at least two varsity letters in one sport or one varsity letter in two sports at Lexington; cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and be a full-time LHS student. To apply, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and a completed two-page application is required. The application and more information can be found here.

Deadline: May 6, 2021

Lexington Woman’s Club Education Scholarship varies

Students attending LHS, River Bluff, Pelion, Gilbert or White Knoll High School who are planning to pursue a degree in Education; financial need, leadership, academics, community service; application, essay, recommendations. Return application to Student Services (Counseling) when completed. We will attach a transcript and have the school counselor do their section of the application. Click here for more information and application.

Deadline to Student Services (Counseling): April 2, 2021

Matthew Combs Memorial Scholarship (Citadel) - $1,800 (2yrs)

LHS senior male planning to attend the Citadel with a 3.0 GPA, financial need; complete application; essay; transcript. Must be in Charlie Company for one year. Application can be found here. Turn in to Student Services when completed.

Deadline to Student Services (Counseling): April 21, 2021

Mental Health Movement Scholarship - $3,300

As a small solution, the Mental Health Movement Scholarship will support one student in any field of study who has battled with mental health or has a loved one who has in the past or currently is experiencing mental health concerns.

To apply, describe your personal/loved one’s journey with mental illness and how you want to use these experiences to positively impact the lives of others battling mental illness.

Essay Topic

250-350 words

Sign Up To Apply

Deadline: April 4, 2021

Midlands Technical College Foundation Scholarships - Varies

MTC foundation offers numerous scholarships. Go to Midlands Tech financial aid site for more information. Go to: to apply.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

PB&J Scholarship - $500 - $1,000

This scholarship is for students who have experienced challenges in their life and who have the drive to succeed. Open to all college bound seniors attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year college in the fall. More information can be found here and you may apply here.

Deadline: May 31, 2021

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Dr. Robert L. Scott Scholarship - up to $1,000

This scholarship is offered to an African American or Latino male, high school senior who plans to attend an accredited two or four-year college or university in the fall, who has a record of scholarly achievement, and who demonstrates financial need.

Complete application, transcript, essay, recommendations, proof of enrollment in an accredited two or four year College or University, financial award letters , final candidate may require an interview. Full detail of the application can be found here.

Mail application to the address found in the application.

Deadline Application May 31, 2021

Shari Smith Music/Theater Study Scholarship - $6,000

LHS senior who is pursuing study of vocal performance, choral music, musical theater, instrumental music, and music or theater education. Application and recommendations required. Return application and recommendations to Student Services (Counseling). Click here for the application.

Deadline to Student Services (Counseling): April 28, 2021

South Carolina Army National Guard Minuteman Scholarship - up to $10,000 per year (4yrs)

A 4 year ROTC scholarship at an institution that has an Army ROTC program. Examples are Furman and Bob Jones University. A good applicant is a Scholar: academic performance, Athlete: Varsity Letters, Leadership: Student Council, Captain of a team.

To apply see our Army National Guard Recruiter,

SSG Brian Jones | Recruiter
South Carolina Army National Guard
803-667-2145 |

Full details click here

There is no deadline

Senator Katrina Shealy Scholarship $500 (2)

Applicants who will be continuing their education at a South Carolina university, college or technical college may apply for this scholarship. Student should be active in their school and community, and have a strong academic record. Mail completed application to the address provided in the application. A copy of the application can be found here.

Deadline: April 21, 2021

Scott and Kim Verplank Foundation - up to $10,000

The criteria for this scholarship is a childhood diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes, successfully managing diabetes with proper medication, exercise and diet; commitment to education with a 3.0 GPA; commitment to participate in athletics on an organized team. Completion of application, along with supporting documents and recommendations.

More information and the application can be found here.

Deadline: April 15, 2021

SC State University National Alumni Association - $1,500/4 yrs.

The South Carolina State University National Alumni Association annually awards a limited number of scholarships to full-time students on the basis of academic achievement and/or financial need. Complete application; essay; two letters of recommendation; transcript; ACT and SAT scores; and a copy of your SCSU acceptance letter. You can find the application here. Scroll all the way to the bottom under Quick Links. There you will find the tab for Scholarships.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

STOP THE BLEED® Frontline Families Scholarships -$1,000

To qualify you must:

Have a parent or guardian who has been on the frontline this past year.

Currently be a high school senior, high school junior, high school sophomore or high school freshman

Applicants will need to write an essay or make a short video telling their family’s story – what their parent(s) or guardian(s) have been doing on the frontline and what they have learned from that. Details and application at

Deadline: May 8, 2021

STOP THE BLEED® National Scholarships - up to $3,000

These scholarships, sponsored by Stop the Bleed Coalition and Z-Medica, LLC, are open to students who are currently attending high schools in the United States and its territories.

There are two sets of National Scholarships:
  • One set of scholarships is based on a video submission
  • A second set of scholarships is based on an essay submission
First Place
  • $3000 Scholarship and 30 STOP THE BLEED® Kits to the student’s high school
Second Place
  • $1500 Scholarship and 15 STOP THE BLEED® Kits to the student’s high school
Third Place
  • $500 Scholarship and 5 STOP THE BLEED® Kits to the student’s high school

If eligible, applicants can also apply for the STOP THE BLEED® Front Line Families Scholarships.

Deadline: May 8, 2021

Student Insights - $500 - $5,000

No minimum SAT/ACT, No essay required, No lengthy application forms, No application fees.

Simply log on to and complete a 15-20 minute application survey about colleges in your area. ( Please type website directly into your browser)

Deadline: April 22, 2021

SuccessTeam - Prospering Young Dreamers Academic Scholarship - $500/4yrs.

The Prospering Young Dreamers Academic Scholarship is awarded to a graduating High School senior with an accumulated 3.0 GPA with aspirations to enroll in a 2-year college institution, 4-year college institution, or invest in an entrepreneurial venture.

Recipients of the scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis as long they maintain a 3.0 GPA or consistent entrepreneurial development for a maximum of 4 years.

To apply for this scholarship click here.

Tywanza Sanders Legacy Foundation - $500 - $5,000

Tywanza Sanders was a victim of the Emanuel Church shooting. His parents started this foundation to honor his legacy and commitment to education. The applicant must be entering an accredited college/university this fall. GPA of 2.5, demonstrate financial need (submit a financial need worksheet), submit a short written essay, picture ID and a transcript. If applying for the Beauty Culture scholarship as a current student, submit, provide a transcript and proof of enrollment from your beauty school.

For more information and to apply, go to Here you will find a copy of the flyer that explains all the scholarship information and where to apply.

Deadline: April 16, 2021

Upsilon Omega Omega Scholarship -


-Scholarship Application (complete with all requested information)
-Cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
-Official High School Transcript
-Attend school in Lexington County, Richland/Lexington School District Five or an Upsilon Omega Omega Chapter #CAP℠ student.

Application Link:

2021 UOO Scholarship Packet- In order to access this application, the students, needs to copy the link into a new tab.

Deadline: April 30, 2021

We the Student Essay Contest -

Essay Prompt: What is the relationship between Equality and Justice?

Answering this question requires considering each of these principles and analyzing the relationship between them.

To truly explore this question in an essay that is between 500 -800 words, you’ll need to go beyond "dictionary definitions," and express your understanding and reasoning about the connection between these two principles. This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty "big ideas." What does it take to understand them? To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why is this relationship important?

We encourage you to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples, and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how equality and justice are not just abstract ideas but are part of the actions and choices of people every day.

We genuinely want to know how you would answer the question – what is the relationship between Equality and Justice?

To enter this essay contest go to

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Until more Scholarships come in for us to publicize you can also visit:


US Dept. of Education

Any college’s financial aid office

Nondiscrimination Policies

Lexington County School District One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability 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. The Chief Human Resources Officer handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title IX. The Director of Middle Schools handles inquiries/complaints regarding Section 504. The Mathematics Coordinator handles inquiries/complaints regarding Title II. Contact these people if you have questions regarding these issues at 100 Tarrar Springs Road, Lexington, SC 29072 and telephone number (803) 821-1000.