RB '18

Senior Newsletter, November 2017

Counseling & Advisement Department Listing

Traveling students OCP, CC2, & CC3 students (including all students 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

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.

Auburn University Visits River Bluff

Monday, Nov. 27th, 11am

Main Street outside of Counseling and Advisement

War Eagle! Thinking about becoming an Auburn Tiger? Come visit an admission counselor on Monday November 27th between 11:00-1:00 on Main Street.

Midlands Tech College Visit

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 11am

Main Street outside of Counseling and Advisement

Come check out Midlands Tech and see what they have to offer. All your questions will be answered on Thursday, November 16th between 11-1.

Concoria College waiving application fees

Concordia College Alabama is located in historical Selma, Alabama. Below is a list of our total cost and requirements for acceptance and scholarships:

  • Total cost of our college is $17,020 a year (No out-of-state tuition fee)
  • Minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 on the final high school transcript to be accepted
  • Our institutional scholarships start at a 2.5 GPA. For example, if you have a 3.0 GPA and a 18 ACT or 860 SAT, you will qualify for $5000 in scholarships.
  • Concordia College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associates and bachelors degrees.

Students can apply online at www.ccal.edu by clicking on "Apply Now" and the application fee will be waived.

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Prom

Saturday, April 21st 2018 at 8pm

USC Alumni Center

Student Awards Night

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018 at 7pm

River Bluff High School Performing Arts Center

Graduation Ceremony - Class of 2018

Saturday, June 2nd 2018 at 8am

801 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC

Mark your calendar now!

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, March 10th 2018 at 8am

See Website for locations. www.Collegeboard.org

Late Registration Deadline is February 28, 2018.

Register at www.collegeboard.org

ACT TEST DATE

Saturday, Feb. 10th 2018 at 8am

SEE Website for Locations

Late Registration Deadline is January 19, 2018.

Register at www.actstudent.org

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

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 for placement)


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.

Applying to Colleges

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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

https://www.andersonuniversity.edu/


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 18, 2017 Open House: Click Here to register

https://lander.elluciancrmrecruit.com/Admissions/Pages/EventDetails.aspx?id=d60351b3-087e-e711-80cd-0ea08e69d856


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/

The American Legion H.W. Dare Maness High School Oratorical Scholarship

The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest" is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership skills, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights, and privileges of American citizenship.


The winner at the department (state) level who is certified into and participates in the first round of the national contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Each first round winner who advances to and participates in the second round, but does not advance to the final round, will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship to pursue education ay any college or university in the United States.


National scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the national contest as follows: 1st place - $18,000; 2nd place - $16,000; 3rd place - $14,000.


Click Here for more information. Deadline is January 24, 2018.

B. Davis Scholarship

Deadline and Eligibility
DEADLINE: May 22, 2018
AWARD VALUE: $1,000

This Scholarship is available to all high school juniors and seniors as well as all students currently registered in any post secondary institution.
  • There is no age restriction
  • Be sure to include your name and the school you are attending this year and next
  • This is not an academic scholarship but we would like to know where you are going to school now and what your future academic plans are.
  • Please do not send transcripts or letters of recommendation at this time.


Application Procedure
To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay of less than 1000 words on the topic below:
Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual.

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at awards@studentawardsearch.com

Beauty School Scholarship-$2500

Beauty School Scholarship - Do you dream of the day you can graduate from cosmetology school and pass the state licensing exams for a rewarding career in beauty, but you’re not sure how you’re going to pay for it? Are you looking for a way to pay for your cosmetology education at the beauty school of your dreams? Apply now for a chance to win a $2,500 cosmetology scholarship from Beauty Schools Marketing Group! Deadline is January 31, 2018.

Big Sun Scholarship

All student athletes are eligible to apply for the BigSun Scholarship, regardless of sport. Requires a short essay to a prepared question. $500 available to announced winners. Application deadline is June 19, 2018.

Boston University Trustee Scholarship

Boston University Trustee Scholarship is a merit-based award that recognizes students who show outstanding academic and leadership abilities. Those considered for the Trustee Scholarship rank in the top of their class and demonstrate exceptional records of service and activity in their schools and communities. This scholarship covers full undergraduate tuition plus the University orientation and mandatory undergraduate student fees and is renewable for four years if certain criteria are met. Deadline December 1, 2017

CERRA Teaching Fellows

The South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program is designed to recruit talented high school seniors into the teaching profession and equip them to become effective and successful educators. Each year, the Program provides Fellowships for up to 175 high school seniors who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to their schools and community, and a desire to teach in South Carolina. Students who receive a Teaching Fellows award go through a rigorous selection process, which includes an online application, an interview and presentation in front of a team of three educators, and a scored response.


Following the rigorous selection process, applicants who are awarded a Fellowship receive up to $24,000 in yearly scholarships (up to $6000 a year for four years) to attend a Teaching Fellows Institution in South Carolina. Additionally, Fellows are offered numerous professional development opportunities and are involved with communities and businesses through various service projects and partnerships with local schools. While completing a degree leading to teacher certification, Teaching Fellows must successfully complete 120 credit hours and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 during their undergraduate careers. A Fellow agrees to teach in South Carolina one year for every year he or she receives the Fellowship. Should a Fellow decide not to repay the fund through service in the classroom, he or she is obligated to repay the state through financial means.


Click here for an application. Deadline is December 1, 2017.

The College Plan -$250

The College Plan is for participating high schools within Lexington One 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. The application must be turned in to Counseling & Advisement before the deadline.

David M. Cline Scholarship-$2000-Law enforcement/criminal justice/forensic science

David M. Cline Scholarship consists of a $2,000 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 law enforcement/criminal justice/forensic science. Payment will be made to the successful applicant in the natural resources discipline on a one-time basis only. Return both pages of the completed application, essay and autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than January 31, 2018.

Elks National Foundation Scholarship-Most Valuable Student

The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition.
  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States on the date their applications are signed; permanent legal resident status does not qualify.
  • Male and female students compete separately.


The 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Click here to begin your application. Deadline is November 27, 2017.

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes

To be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program, the applicant must be a current high school senior entering a four-year, accredited US college or university in the Fall of 2018, currently a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.), have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade and be a U.S. citizen or US Permanent Legal Resident. Deadline is December 16.

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, 2017. Winners will be announced by January 31, 2018.

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, 2017.

Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund-Military

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to the dependent children of U.S. military personnel who have been killed or permanently disabled as a result of an operational mission or training accident, or a U.S. military personnel who is classified as a prisoner of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA). You must also maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and be enrolled full time to remain on scholarship and to be eligible to renew your scholarship.

Harry Hampton Fund-Wildlife, Fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, or environmental science

The HARRY HAMPTON FUND scholarship consists of a $5,000 scholarship awarded annually for up to four (4) consecutive years 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. The recipient must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above for a given academic year to receive funds for the following year. Return both pages of the completed application, essay/autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than January 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

James O Thomason Scholarship-$2,000 Journalism/Mass Communications

The JAMES O. THOMASON SCHOLARSHIP consists of $2,000 annually, for up to four (4) consecutive years, to help a student further their education in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications. The recipient must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above for a given academic year to receive funds for the following year. If the GPA falls below the 2.5 average for any academic year, the student will not receive any further funds, and a new recipient will be sought.Return both pages of the completed application, essay on a topic selected by the Hampton Fund, personal essay/autobiography**, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than

January 31, 2018.

National Beta Club Scholarship

12th grade Senior Beta members, registered with the national headquarters as of November 1, 2017, are eligible to apply for a National Beta Scholarship.

Selection of National Beta Scholarship winners is based on a number of factors, with an emphasis on academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, commendable character, school and community service, as well as participation in National Beta Club activities.

How to Apply:

  • Beginning November 1, 2017, 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 January 25, 2018.

North American Van Lines 2017 Logistics Scholarship Competition

North American Van Lines, one of the leading moving companies in the United States, is committed to supporting the community as well as the growth and development of the moving services and logistics industries. We believe education is the best way to ensure our industry has qualified professionals for years to come. Because of this belief, we are proud to announce our first annual Logistics Scholarship contest. Five lucky qualified entrants will each win a $1,000 scholarship towards their degree in logistics or supply chain management at the college or university of their choice.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. Citizen (or permanent resident).
  • Enrolled (or enrolling) as a full time student of an accredited college/university within the United States for completion of an undergraduate degree in Logistics or equivalent field.
  • Limit of one (1) entry per contestant.
  • Employees, professional affiliates, and agents of North American Van Lines (and their immediate families) are not eligible.
  • Eligible educational institution.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete all required sections of our application form below.
  • Be sure to attach the following documents to your application form:

Copy of your most recent transcripts.

Some verification of enrollment at your college.

Your Essay.

Entry Requirements:

  • Submit a brief essay of between 400 and 800 words, detailing why a career in logistics/supply chain management is your college major of choice. A personalized tone, referencing sincere firsthand experience and sentiment, is best—no need to be too formal. We want to know why you truly believe in logistics as the best career path for you!


Deadline is December 15, 2017. Click here to enter.

The Science Ambassador Scholarship

A full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity. The winner of the Science Ambassador Scholarship will receive full tuition coverage for up to four years. To apply, submit a three–minute video of yourself explaining a topic in science you are passionate about. The deadline is December 11, 2017.

The Silver Pen Writing Competition

Silver Pen is a unique opportunity to bridge the communication gap between younger and older generations. The essays will be adjudicated by our members at the community with four ranked winners ultimately chosen. (Note: The number of finalists will be dependent on the total number of applicants.)

Rules for applying:

  1. Essay must be the contestant’s original work.
  2. Contestants may enter only one time.
  3. 600-1000 word essay, typed and double spaced. Cover page, title and footnotes do not contribute to the word count. (Note: Please only include your name on cover page of essay)
  4. Quotations may be used sparingly and sources must be clearly cited


Essay Topics

As a senior in high school, access to the internet, cellphones, and social media has always been available to you. Imagine yourself in your grandparent’s and great grandparent’s shoes. What did they use before these modern-day advances?

  • Have they embraced technological advancements?
  • How would your daily lives be different without these technologies that we rely so heavily on now? What are the positive and negative impacts of these technologies?

Click here to be directed to the online application. Deadline is December 9, 2017.

UNIGO $10K SCHOLARSHIP

Surprise! You just got elected president. What’s your first tweet?

Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education


Submit an online written response to the question:
"Surprise! You just got elected president. What’s your first tweet?" (140 characters or less, including spaces)

Click here to apply. Deadline is December 31, 2017.

Wallace F. Pate Scholarship-$2,500

The WALLACE F. PATE SCHOLARSHIP scholarship consists of a $2,500 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 or environmental science. Return both pages of the completed application, essay/autobiography, transcript of high school grades, college board scores, rank in high school class and a recent photograph no later than January 31, 2018.

100 Black Men Scholarship

The 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia, Inc. is committed to the growth and development of America’s youth. Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and deadlines to qualify. Scholarship awards are $500 per academic year and are renewable for up to four years. Scholarships should be applied towards tuition,

room, board, and books.

All completed applications must be submitted via U.S. mail. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application packets must be submitted no later than November 15, 2017.


Eligibility Criteria

 High school seniors transitioning to college

 Minimum grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

 Planning to attend an institution for an entire academic year, beginning in the fall of 2018 (verification of enrollment will be required before scholarship is received)


Click here for an application.

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Scholarship Search Engines

Additional College Funding Opportunities

Alpha Academy Mentoring and Scholarship Program

OIΛ established the Alpha Academy in 2004 to mentor young African American high school males (juniors and seniors) in the Columbia metropolitan area. In supporting the fraternity’s national program, “Go to High School–Go to College,” the Alpha Academy serves as a venue to stimulate the educational, cultural, and personal growth of young men beyond the scope of the normal high school curriculum.

The objective of the Alpha Academy is to offer enriching experiences for young men to expand his network with like achievers and mentors, and to further develop skills through a variety of civic, educational, and cultural activities.Click here for more information.


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


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 Monday, February 6, 2018. 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 15, 2017. 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 17, 2017. 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: Oct. 25, 2017 (early) or Jan. 4, 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


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, 2017. 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 from September 14, 2017 until May, 2018. 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