Scholarships and Senior Announcements

The Bufort B. and Sudie K. McKelvey Scholarship is now available for seniors who display a:

financial need

academic potential for college level work

solid character and work ethic

This scholarship is available only on the scholarship bulletin board and must be submitted directly to the McKelvey Scholarship committee by June 30, 2017.

Seniors planning to major in a human services field such as psychology, sociology, medicine, criminal justice, education or theology are encouraged to apply for the Charlie Hagood scholarship.  Students must plan to attend a four-year college or university immediately after high school.  This $2000 scholarship is payable to the recipient as $1000 for first frehman semester and $1000 for second freshman semester upon submission of properly executed requests for payment.  Applications and accompanying paperwork should be submitted by May 5, 2017 and should be submitted directly to BHSPC, Attn:  Cathy Breazeale.  Applications are on the scholarship bulletin board.

If you are a member of the Behavioral Health Youth Board or a member of the C3 program AND plan to attend a four-year college or university next year, you are encouraged to apply for the Dan Sharpe Scholarship sponsored by Pickens County Behavioral Health.  Applications can be found on the scholarship bulletin board and are due no later than May 5, 2017.  These applications must be submitted directly to BHSPC, Attn:  Cathy Breazeale.  

The Tywanza Sanders Legacy Foundation scholaship honors Tywanza Sanders who was a victim of the Emanuel Church shooting in 2015.  His parents started the foundation to honor his legacy and commitment to education.  This is a one-time $5000 scholarship that can be used for tuition, books, room and board.  Students must be a high school senior, be attending a 4-year college or university, have a 2.5 GPA or higher, demonstrate financial need, submit a short written or video essay and submit application and all supporting documents by June 9, 2017.  Applications can only be found online at: 

 George Rogers Foundation scholarship is intended for seniors who will be 1st generation college students.  Students must also have a 2.5 or greater GPA and be able to provide 2 letters of recommendation and a letter from parents affirming that you will be the first person in the family to attend a four-year college or university.  Applications are on the scholarship bulletin board outside the Guidance Office and are due to the scholarship selection committee by May 12, 2017.  

Attention Senior Girls:  The Beverly M. Smith Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Pickens Area Women's Association is now accepting applications.  This one-time $2500 scholarship is for any senior female planning to attend a four-year or two-year college.  Girls must rank in the top 25% of the graduating class and must demonstrate a strong work ethic and community spirit.  Applications are due to Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office by April 30, 2017.  Pick up your application today from the scholarship bulletin board.

As you begin receiving scholarship award letters from your colleges, please make Mrs. Cudd aware so that she can use this information for graduation. 

Attention Seniors:  The Herff Jones Company will be here on Wednesday, March 29 for Senior Supply Delivery.  Representatives from Herff Jones will be in the lobby of the gym from 8:30 - 1:00.  All balances must be paid in full before March 29. 

Victory in Virtue Scholarship
 application is now available on the scholarship bulletin board.  This scholarship sponsored by the YMCA and funded by the Victory in Virtue Foundation.  Students applying for this scholarship must be attending a 4-year college or university in the Fall 2017.  The deadline for submitting the application is Friday, May 5 by 3:30 pm and should be submitted to Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office.  

Senior girls entering the teaching profession are encouraged to apply for the ADK scholarship.  This scholarship is available for pick up on the scholarship bulletin board.  Applications are due to Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office by April 7, 2017.  

Seniors interested in receiving more information about the BMW Scholars program are invited to attend one of several informational meetings.  Seniors interested in the fields of Automotive Technology, Business Management, Industrial Electronics, General Engineering, Manufacturing, Mechatronics or CNC Programming are encouraged to attend.  All meetings will be held on the Tri-County campus in Pendleton on the following dates from 5:30-7:00 pm.  March 14, April 6, May 10, June 21 or July 18.  If you have specific questions about this wonderful program, please contact Cheryl Garrison at or call at 864-646-1577 or 864-646-1573.  Student must have an overall GPA 2.8 to apply.

The SC State Fair scholarship is available for senior planning to attend a public or private college, university , or technical college in the state of South Carolina.  The SC State Fair will award (50) $6000 scholarships to students across the state to be paid at the rate of $1500 per year over a four year period.  Applications are now available  at  Applications must be competed online by March 15, 2017

The Diane Wilson Memorial Scholarship combines Athletics, Academics and Citizenship. 3 letters of recommendation along with an essay are part of this application. Applicants must have lettered in 2 Varsity sports. Applications can be found on the scholarship bulletin board. Please turn in your complete application to Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office by Thursday, April 20, 2017.

The Mackenzie Brooke Sullivan Memorial Scholarship application is now available for pick up on the scholarship bulletin board. Any graduating senior may apply but the student must be attending a 2 or 4-year college or university in the fall. Applications are due directly to Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office no later than Thursday, April 20, 2017.

107.3 JAMZ and McDonald's will be offering a 2017 McDonald's Future History Makers Scholarship worth $5000.  Students must:  be a high school senior, must be attending an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution, be a US resident, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be available to attend the award's luncheon in May.  To apply please visit  Online application is avaiable from March 1-26, 2017.  

The 2017 Fred Adkins Memorial Scholarship is now available on the scholarship bulletin board.  Winners of the Spinx Fred Adkins Memorial Scholarship must meet the following criteria:  2.5 GPA or higher, be involved in extracurricular activities, be accepted to an accredited college or university and demonstrate a financial need.  All applications are due to Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office before March 24, 2017.  See Mrs. Cudd if you have questions.

The Cannon Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is now accepting applications for the 2017 Dr. John Harden Scholarship.  One scholarship is awarded each year to a student of the Pickens/Liberty community who plan to enter the medical profession.  The recipient of the scholarship will receive $1,000 paid directly to the school of their choice.  Applications are now on the scholarship bulletin board and can also be found at . Applications must be submitted directly to AnMed Health Cannon by April 15, 2017.  

Attention Beta Club members:  The Lynn Garrison Beta Club scholarship is now available for pick up in Mrs. Cudd's office.  You must be a Beta Club member in good standing in order to apply.  Packets are due to Mrs. Hodges or Mrs. Sheppard no later than April 7, 2017.  

The Pickens High School FCA will be awarding a one-time $1000 scholarship to a senior who actively and enthusiastically attends FCA meetings on a regular basis.  The student must be in good academic standing and should be seeking enrollment in a 2-year or 4-year college.  Applications are available on the scholarship bulletin board and are due to Coach Seaborn no later than April 7, 2017.  

The Pickens Rotary Scholarship application is now available on the scholarship bulletin board.  This scholarship sponsored by the Pickens Rotary Club stresses service to school and community.  Applications are due to Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office no later than Friday, April 24, 2017.  The scholarship recipient will be announced on Award's Night currently scheduled for Monday, May 15 at 6:00 in the auditorium. 

The Bobby Chapman Scholarship is to be awarded to a student who is a graduate, or soon will be, of a secondary school in the SE United States and or participated in a prior Bobby Chapman Invitational.  The scholarship committee will announce the recipient on or before May 1.  Each high school is only allowed to submit 2 applications so see Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office if interested. The Bobby Chapman Junior Golf Foundation Scholarship Program will award ONE scholarship, renewing annually, for four years of the college experience in the amount of $1500 per year.

The Nursing Schools Almanac has now opened their Aspiring Nurse Scholarship for graduating seniors committed to pursing a nursing degree.  Interested students should visit   and click the banner on the right hand side off the website's homepage.  Here applicants will find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.  Deadline to completed this application is  June 30, 2017.  

SCEA-Retired Scholarship is for seniors planning to major in education.  The annual amount of the scholarship is $1000 and will be awarded for 4 consecutive years as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA.  If you are a student planning to major in education, please visit the scholarship bulletin board as this scholarship is not available online.  The deadline to submit this application is March 15, 2017.  

The Carrols LLC Community Scholarship, Burger King,  is now available for pick up on the Scholarship Bulletin Board.  This scholarship is not available online so please visit the bulletin board.  Application deadline is April 3, 2017.  The scholarship is largely based on leadership, merit and community service.  See Mrs. Cudd if you have questions.

The Abbott & Fenner Business Scholarship is now available online at
Deadline to apply is June 12, 2017.  The winner will receive a $1000 scholarship.  

Seniors, by downloading the Student Scholarship Newsletter, at , you have access to more than 10 scholarships worth more than 5 million dollars to students in the 2017 school year.  

"Light Up a Life" scholarship is now available online to students who meet the below criteria.  All applications must be submitted online at   The deadline for this scholarship is March 1, 2017 and must be submitted by 5:00 pm.  


*Must be the child of a current employee or GHS( Greenville Hospital System) OR be the child or grandchild of an active GHS volunteer at the time of applying for and granting of the scholarship award and reside in an area served by GHS, OR be an active teen volunteer who has workied a minimum of 50 documented hours within the past 12 months at a GHS facility.

*  Be a high school senior who will graduate in 2017

*  Have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0 in both mathematics and science  while in high school

*  Be planning to attend an accredited college, university or technical college for Fall term immediately after graduation.

*  Be planning to pursue an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in a healthcare profession.

*  Demonstrate financial need, traits of high personal character and leadership.

State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship focuses on students who are leaders and volunteers in their communities and demonstrate financial.Applications for this scholarship must meet the following criteria:
 *  Be a 2017 graduating high school senior
 *  High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA between 2.5 and 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
 *  Plan to enroll full time for the 2017-2018  academic year at an accredited 2-4 year college, university or vocational/technical school.
 *  Must be a US citizen.
Interested students should apply online at:
Deadline to apply is
March 1, 2017 or the first 700 submitted applications.

On Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 in the school auditorium, there will be a financial aid presentation made by Tri-County Technical College.  
This meeting is for any senior parent who has questions about the financial aid process, scholarships or the FAFSA.  Please make plans to attend.

The James F. Byrnes Scholarship is now available to qualifying seniors!  
The James F. Byrnes Scholarship program was established to help young SC students who have lost one or both parents to obtain a college education.  The annual award of $3500 is applied each year toward a 4-year bachelor's degree program.  If you believe you qualify for this scholarship, please apply online at  Applications must be submitted after January 2 and before February 1, 2017.  

2017 South Carolina Association of Title 1 Administrators Offer Scholarship Opportunity.  
SCATA will award 18 scholarships for deserving students  who are eligible for free or reduced priced lunch based on the current USDA criteria.  The application process is quite lengthy so interested students should begin working on the application soon.  Completed applications should be submitted to Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  

The South Carolina Assoication of Counties (SCAC) Scholarship:

The SCAC is offering a one-time scholarship worth $2500 to a Pickens County senior who plans to attend a four-year college or university in SC or a two-year technical college.  The student must complete an application which is on the scholarship bulletin board, write an essay and supply 2 letters of recommendation.  Scholarships can also be found online at:  .  Applications are due no later than February 1, 2017.  

Upstate Association of Educational Office Professionals Scholarship:
The UAEOP scholarship is available for seniors interested in pursing a degree in business or education.  Applications can be found on the scholarship bulletin board outside the Guidance Office.  The applications are due to the UAEOP scholarship committee by Feb. 1, 2017.

YDI Scholarship:
This $1000 one-time scholarship is open to any senior who is a US resident and is enrolled or will be enrolled within three months of registration in a university.  Applications can be found at   
Scholarship deadline is Oct. 29 2016.  

Coca-cola Scholarship:  This scholarship is worth $20,000 and 1400 scholarships will be awarded.  Deadline is Oct. 31, 2016.  To be eligible for this scholarship a student must be a current high school senior and plan to pursue a degree at a 4-year college in the Fall 2017.  Apply online at:

Andrew Flushe Scholarship:  $500 scholarship, 2 awarded
To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be a high school senior and planning to enroll in a college, university or technical school for Fall 2017.  Applications are due Nov. 30, 2017. 

Barbara Lotze Scholarship: Science Education Majors Only
This scholarship committee will be awarding (5) $2000 scholarships for students planning to teach high school physics.  Application deadline is December 1, 2016.  

Financial Aid Workshop RE-SCHEDULED!!!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Financial Aid Workshop scheduled for Nov. 3 will be re-scheduled.  I will make an announcement when the new date is set.  ~ AC

National Beta Scholarship Program:
The National Beta will award over $300,000 in scholarships with awards ranging from $1000 to $15,000 to outstanding 12th grade Beta members.  Application will open On Nov. 1, 2016 and will close on Jan. 26, 2017.    A step-by-step guide to applying for National
Beta Scholarships can be found at  .  Apply now for details. 

The Burger King Scholarship:

The Burger King Scholarship program has awarded over $30 million in scholarships to more than 26,000 high school students since 2000.  Scholarships range from $1000 to $50,000 and is intended to offset the cost of attending college.  Recipients are selected based on their GPA, work experience, extracurricular activities and community service.  The application period for the 2017-18 school year begins Oct. 15 and closes Dec. 15, 2016.  Applications can be found online at:

Marian Garrett Student Scholarship for Business Majors:
Seniors planning to major in business are encouraged to apply for the Marian Garrett scholarship.  Applications are now on the bulletin board outside the Guidance Office.  These applications are due by December 1, 2016.  

Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program:

Graduating seniors are encouraged to apply for the many scholarships available through the Ronald McDonald House Scholarship Program.  For more information, please visit or apply today at  .  The deadline is January 18, 2017. 

Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund Scholarships:

The Hampton Wildlife Fund scholarships are now available.  The scholarship fund offers four scholarships in memory of Harry Hampton, Wallace Pate, David Cline and James Thomason.
1.  The Harry Hampton scholarship is a 4-year $5,000.00/yr. scholarship for students who wish to further their education in the natural resources such as wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry or marine science.  The recipient must maintain a 2.5 GPR.
2.  The Wallace Pate scholarship is a one-year $2500.00 scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in the natural resources discipline such as wildlife biology, fisheries biology , forestry or marine science.  
3.  The David Cline  scholarship is a one-year $2000.00 scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or forensic science.
4.  The James Thomason scholarship is a four-year $2000.00 scholarship for students who wish to pursue a degree in print or photo journalism, advertising, public relations or mass communications.  The student must maintain a 2.5 GPR.
Applications are available online at  


Kittie Moss Fairey Educational Fund Scholarship:
The Kittie Moss Fairey Scholarship offers scholarship aid to deserving students who meet certain academic and financial criteria.  The following guidelines have been established for eligibility for this scholarship:
*  Must be a high school senior
*  SC resident
*  Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
*  Must have a combined SAT scores of 1800 or a composite ACT score of 26
*  Must have a household adjusted gross income NOT exceeding $40,000.00
*  Must plan to attend an accredited, four-year college or university in SC
The online application can be found online at:      
The deadline for submission of the application online is 1-2-17.  

Financial Aid Workshop Scheduled:

Seniors and parents who are interested in learning more about the financial aid process are encouraged to attend a Financial Aid Workshop hosted by Tri-County Technical College on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 6:00 in the school media center.  All seniors and parents are encouraged to attend.

Beginning October 1, 2016, parents/seniors may begin completing their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) using their 2015 income tax information.  This is great news which will allow parents to begin working on their child's financial aid sooner than in the past.  Remember, completing FAFSA is the most important step a parent can take to help their child receive the financial aid and scholarships they need to further their education.  If you have questions, please see Mrs. Cudd in the Guidance Office.

IGP Conferences:
Mrs. Cudd is in the process of scheduling IGP ( Individual Graduation Plan) conferences with each of her seniors.  Invitations will go out to students during their Government and Economics classes.  If you would like to schedule an IGP meeting at a different time, please contact Mrs. Cudd at 864-397-3618 to schedule a meeting for you and your child.

Attention Seniors:
Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming dates:
Tuesday, Sept. 13:  Open House    6:00-7:30 PM
Monday, Sept. 19:  MidTerm Progress Reports
Wednesday, Oct. 5:  Graduation Assembly   10:00 AM
Monday, Oct. 10:  In-Service:  No School Students
Tuesday, Oct 11-14:  College Application Days in Gov't and Economics Classes
Thursday, Oct. 13:  Make Up Senior Pictures
Thursday, Oct 13:  Graduation Supplies Orders DUE!!!  

Attention Future Teachers:
The Teaching Fellows scholarship is available for any SC student who plans to major in Education.  This excellent scholarship is an honor to receive and is regarded highly by potential employers.  This application opened on September 1 and will close on December 1, 2016.  Do not wait until the last minute to begin work on this application.  There are many layers and attention to detail is VERY important.  The application for Teaching Fellows can be found at    Good Luck!

MLK Dream Scholarship:
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Scholarship Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2017 school year.  Sponsored by the Urban League , the committee is seeking applicants for 12 different areas of scholarship.  Scholarship applications can be found on the scholarship bulletin board or at or 
The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Oct. 15, 2016.  

AES Scholarship:
The AES Scholarship application for students planning to major in engineering can be found at  
The deadline to apply for this scholarship is October 6, 2016.  Good Luck!

QuestBridge Scholarships
The QuestBridge National College Match connects outstanding low-income high school seniors with full four-year scholarships to the nations' leading colleges.  Who is eligible to apply?
1.  Top 5-10% of class
2.  SAT score > 1240 (CR & M)  or ACT > 28
3.  Come from households earning less than $65,000
4.  Be eligible for free or reduced lunch at school.
5.  Be part of the first generation in their family to attend college.
If you believe you qualify, apply online at by September 27, 2016.

SunTrust Off

The SunTrust Off to College Scholarship sweepstakes is now open for seniors to apply. This applications is free to enter and eligibility is not based on GPA or financial need. Enter online or by mail once every two weeks, up to 15 times during the sweepstakes period. Enter starting September 14, 2016 at

Big Sun Organization

The BigSun Organization will continue to provide young athletes scholarships to help them succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes, whether high school seniors are eligible for this award regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be any capacity - as a player, coach, assistant or official.

Deadline is June 19, 2017
Amount of award is $500.00

Please visit our website at to learn how to apply.

Bridge to Clemson

The Bridge Program, in conjunction with Tri County Technical College, is a cooperative admission program designed to assist a select group of students who cannot be offered regular admission to Clemson but who wish to have a freshman year experience with the distinct Clemson flavor. Students enroll in a transferable curriculum at TCTC for the entire freshmen year and while taking these classes will have access to a number of services and programs on the Clemson campus. They are assured a seamless transition to Clemson the following year if they meet the academic expections of the program. Students will be offered Bridge during the single date notification schedule beginning Feb. 15. For more information please visit: 

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