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Guidance Announcements & Scholarships

 

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

To see available scholarships at StudentScholarships.org, click on the following link: StudentScholarships.org.

 

The Ralph H. Johnsons VA Medical Center's Summer Youth Volunteer Program Application

  • The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s Summer Youth Volunteer Program (SYVP) application process is now open and will close Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m. (EST)!  Traditionally, they have hosted the SYVP at the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC in Charleston, SC, and used it as a way to introduce students to the VA Health Care System and our mission of serving Veterans.  However, due to COVID-19, they have had to make some changes and this year’s SYVP will be a fully virtual experience.  
  • Their focus is on creating solutions to enhance the Medical Center’s digital and virtual offerings for our 75,000 Veteran patients and 500 Volunteers who live and serve within our catchment area.  In addition to challenging the student cohort to create effective solutions, the SYVP will provide participants with the hours needed to compete for VA’s national $20,000 James H. Parke Memorial Scholarship
  • The enclosed guidance provides instructions on the application process and includes other valuable information.  Please note that they are only accepting 10 Summer Youth Volunteers, and will NOT accept late submissions.  It’s a competitive process so applicants will need to follow all of the guidelines in order to be considered!  
  • Applications are open to students aged 14 to 18 who reside within Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center’s region.  
  • Any student(s) who wishes to participate but does not have the hardware to connect online, are asked to please contact Ralph H. Johnson VA Voluntary Service (VHACHAVAVS@VA.GOV // (843) 789-7230) so they may help figure out a solution.
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: https://www.charleston.va.gov/giving/youth.asp             

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 

Senior IGP Parent Letter

  • Parents, please take time to review the Senior IGP Parent letter linked below. We want to make sure that your child is on track to graduate. We will be setting up Individual Graduation Meetings to discuss your child's graduation plans. 
  • Senior IGP Parent Letter

ATTENTION SENIORS! - The FAFSA application opened up in October. 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 https://fafsa.ed.gov. *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 2019-2020 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 https://fafsa.ed.gov/deadlines.htm. 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.