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Guidance Announcements & Scholarships


To see the College and Scholarship Information Sheet, click on the following link: College & Scholarship Information Sheet.

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Summer Camps/Leadership Program at Columbia College for Rising 8-12th Graders 

  • This year marks the 29th Summer Leadership Institute at Columbia College. For 2019, we're offering our popular general leadership programs for rising 8-12th graders, and we're also expanding our offerings to include ten unique special interest programs serving rising 10-12th graders. All young women will experience week-long, residential, and immersive experiences while getting college credit, plus a certificate and badge of completion.
  • How to Apply:  Young women can be nominated or they may apply directly to the program. A nomination does not serve as an application and participants must complete the application before any consideration will be made. Applicants are encouraged to apply early and may be waitlisted.

Carolina Master Scholars (CMS) Adventure Series

  • For the 16th year, the University of South Carolina will offer the Carolina Master Scholars (CMS) Adventure Series, which are summer camps for academically talented rising 6th- 12th graders. Some of the courses offered this summer from June 9 - July 19 are Aerospace, Animatronics Diorama, Book Art, Business-Entrepreneurship, Chemistry, Computer Gaming, Creative Writing, Engineering, Forensic Science, Graphic/Digital Design, Information Technology, Law, Medicine-Ultrasound, Pharmacy, Vex Robotics, and 3D Printing.
  • Students are encouraged to stop by the guidance office for more details.

Google Classroom Scholarship Information

  • A Google Classroom for scholarship information has been created for grades 9-12.  Interested students should join the classroom in order to see available scholarships. Please use the following classroom code to join: rvp1ge 

Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science (PMECS)… University of South Carolina-Columbia campus

  • Application form for “new students” is available online at The due date is April 13, 2019 for all “new students.”   Limited financial aid is available. To apply for financial assistance, the guardian must submit a written request via regular mail or email (PMECS@ATT.NET). Upperclassmen are accepted based on space availability.
  • The workshop schedule is as follows:
    • Commuter Workshop:  June 10th through June 14th (arrival June 10th between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and closing ceremony June 14th starting at 4:00 p.m.)
    • Overnight Workshop:  June 23rd through June 28th (freshmen arrival – June 25th between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and closing ceremony June 28th starting at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Upperclassmen use the same application form. Please note that the PMECS workshops are only for rising 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
  • Only two nominations per grade level per school can be accepted. It is recommended for out-of-town students to apply for the Overnight Workshop unless transportation can be provided as a commuter applicant.
  • The student/guardian still has to mail the registration fee ($75 for rising 9th graders, $125 for rising 10th-12th graders).  If the registration cannot be paid, a brief letter mentioning financial hardship needs to be submitted to PMECS. An optional letter of recommendation letter (s) can also be sent to PMECS. The guidance counselor will have to fill out the nomination form online and also submit a transcript of current school year grades/test scores. 
  • Please see guidance with any questions.  

ATTENTION SENIORS! - The FAFSA application opened up on October 1, 2018. All students interested in financial aid for college are required to complete this form, and many colleges require that all students complete FAFSA regardless. The application is free to submit. The FAFSA is available for filing online at *The Parent Resource Center will be open from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday if you would like to come in and use the computers to file for FAFSA.*

  • To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:
    • Your Social Security Number
    • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)
    • Your most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: 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)
    • An FSA ID to sign electronically. 
  • If you are a dependent student, then you will also need most of the above information for your parent(s). 
  • The deadline for the 2018-2019 FAFSA is midnight, Central Time, June 30, 2019. The earlier you file, the more grant money you are likely to receive (up to twice as much). Filing early also helps to ensure you don’t miss FAFSA deadlines for state and college aid, which may differ from the federal deadline. You can find state FAFSA deadlines at For a specific school’s FAFSA deadline, contact the college directly.

Reminders for completing scholarship applications: Seniors MUST always go exactly by instructions for scholarships. They are to use a black or blue pen ONLY when completing applications by hand.  No pencils, red pens, etc.  Write/print carefully so applications can be read.  Seniors need to have their name and name of the school on any and all attachments in case the application and attachments get separated. When scholarships or college applications require a letter of recommendation, always ask the person well in advance that you would like to write that letter for you.  Don't wait until the due date to do this. Also, if you could furnish the person with a list of your extracurricular activities; school, community, clubs, awards received, etc. this will help them write a nice letter of recommendation for you.