High School

Special Needs Transcripts
Records Notebook Ranking
Portfolio Carnegie Credits
Rubrics Senior Requirements
Summer School Driver’s License
Entering Private School College
Scholarships  High School Check List

S. C. HOME SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

English/Language Arts 4 units
Mathematics 4 units
Lab Sciences – Examples:  Biology, Chemistry, and Physics 3 units
U.S. History and Constitution 1 unit
U.S. Government ½ unit
Economics ½ unit
Other Social Studies 1 unit
P.E. or ROTC 1 unit
Computer Science (with keyboarding) 1 unit
Foreign Language (if college prep*)        OR
Career and Technology Education
1 unit
Health/Sex Ed./Human Wellness can be covered in bio.or other elective for a total of 60 hours of study
Electives 7 units

Total Number of Units Required for a S.C. state high school Diploma          24 units
Total number of Units Required for a S.C. state high school Diploma of Distinction 28 units**               **Diploma of Distinction is not a big deal, so don’t create stress by aiming for this.

*Note that most four-year colleges and universities require 2-3 years of the same foreign language with sign language and Latin not always accepted.

HIGH SCHOOL CHECK LIST

  • Records Notebook or other system of maintaining all high school records
  • Copy of SC graduation requirements (found below)
  • Rough layout of 4 year plan- electives can be academic or non-academic.
  • Course descriptions including ISBN# for textbooks on each course including electives
  • Rubrics for each course
  • Full understanding of the difference between College Prep & Honors- it has to do with rigor of course rather than grade earned.  Learn more on this below.
  • If removing child from traditional school, submit school fax number for Faithful Scholars to request all (high school) grades.
  • Testing information and codes can be found under our Members Information/Testing page.

SPECIAL NEEDS HIGH SCHOOLERS

Special needs students require the same credits as above but have until age 21 to complete the coursework and lower rate of achievement expectation.  Set goals for your child based upon the areas they will need to succeed in life, focus on self organizing, self starting, and self pacing.  Electives will predominantly focus on life skills, character development, nutrition, and health.  Math will seldom be a high school math, but it is math.  Your other books may or may not be high school level, that is up to your child’s ability.  Often a special needs student will take a full 365 days to complete 180 days of work, and 5 years of high school to graduate with a High School Diploma with Exceptions, a High School Transcript (with grades being ‘Passing’ rather than numerical), and a feat accomplished.  Those exceptions being that the student did not follow or receive the traditional high school education.

We just finished this journey with our daughter and while she will most likely never attend traditional college, did not take a formal SAT/ACT style tests, she is a proud graduate knowing that her hard and constant work achieved this incredible goal.  The beauty is that she can still be found with her nose in a book because she knows that there is more to learn.  Our God is far larger than our greatest visions/plans.  Never put  a cap on what our child can do.  On this day your child will move forward in all areas of growth, and on this day we will walk with her in thankfulness for her being.

Special Needs is one of fastest growing homeschool populations at this time.  What we are seeing, and what we have experienced, is that parents know their child’s areas of strengths and weaknesses, and that, if given the time to expand upon that knowledge, are better able to prepare and equip their child for the child’s most successful future.  We are able to tailor make an educational journey that is focused toward strengthening needed areas for their greatest success while skimming over areas that they either have in hand or will most likely never utilize.  Bringing our special needs students home is showing greater success than the traditional (special needs) education which focuses on many students of various needs/levels/abilities.

Special services are still available through the public school system to those needing Speech, OT, PT, etc., and often these are of higher importance, so there is a limit to the above statement.  Again, parents are fully aware of these parameters.

RECORDS NOTEBOOK

Your Records Notebook should contain the following list of items and will be most helpful at the end of each school year and, especially, during the college application process and graduation.  The key to a Record’s Notebook is that it is simply a place that you know AND USE to house documents that you may or will need in the future.  Those that use them find them invaluable.

  • Faithful Scholars accountability association Membership Letter(s)
  • Textbook ISBN #s,  course descriptions, and syllabi (colleges often ask for these)
  • Course outlines (may be asked for by colleges)
    1. If claiming Honors weight read page 7 on the CHE guidelines & meet them (colleges will ask for supporting evidence they your student met said citeria)
  • DMV permission letter until required/used
  • Secondary School permission letter until required/used
  • Transcripts from secondary dual credits
  • Correspondence with (secondary school) professors supporting numerical grades assigned to dual credit classes
  • Year to date subject by subject grade sheets
  • Year to date personal transcripts
  • Year to date Faithful Scholars transcripts
  • Any certificates, awards, etc that might be used when creating a college application portfolio or notebook
  • Anything legally pertaining to high school that you feel is pertinent and worthy of knowing where it is.

TRANSCRIPTS

if you are a member of, or are joining Faithful Scholars, and graduating a senior, read below and mark your calendar accordingly!!

Faithful Scholars requires all high school students to annually submit numerical grades via our transcript worksheets (link below) in order that we might rank our students and keep them eligible for the lottery money scholarships (Palmetto Fellows, Life, Hope).  This requirement does not apply only to those who will seek those scholarships; it applies to ALL of our high school students.

Submit numerical grades on the Faithful Scholars Electronic Transcript Worksheet in order for our registrar to build and maintain your student’s transcript.  *

  • *DUAL CREDIT:  Have colleges mail a copy of your student’s transcript directly to Faithful Scholars, 1761 Ballard Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715
  • *AP weight can only be assigned with  College Boards approval of both the course and the instructor being submitted to Faithful Scholars via written (email is fine) verification.
  • College transcripts and/or AP verification of course and instructor should be mailed to: Faithful Scholars; 1761 Ballard Lane; Fort Mill, SC 29715.

Faithful Scholars builds each student’s transcript to be as strong as possible and adequate for college admissions, sports participation, entry to public school, insurance discounts, and more. Faithful Scholars is on a list of approved South Carolina high schools which validates the integrity or your student’s transcript and ensures colleges, and other third parties, that you are represented by a legal, honorable, and accepted SC academic entity.

*  Why does it take 21 days???  Each transcript is given extreme personal care.  We make sure that course descriptions are recognizable to admissions personnel; we check for possible weight bumps; we verify college/AP courses; and more.  In this there is a lot of back and forth from your desk to ours and back again.   We continue editing and such until both parties are satisfied with the final draft.  A few days pending on your desk, a few days pending on mine, a weekend here and there, and 21 days have breezed by.

If your student is in process of applying to colleges, contact us requesting copies of your student’s year to date transcript.   You will receive .pdf copies for personal records until graduation when two hard copies will be mailed with your student’s diploma.

NEW SERVICE  Mail transcripts directly to the college from Faithful Scholars here.

If you are graduating your first child expect this to be emotional and trying.  We will guide you through to the best of our ability.  Occasionally this requires a differing of opinion based on experience and guidance from professional college counselors.  We have no desire to offend or upset our moms/dads, but building the strongest transcript for your high schooler is a big part of what you are hiring us to do.

Graduating your first child is like entering homeschool for the first time- unknown and wrought with worries of inadequacy on all fronts.  Pray, breathe, believe.  You have poured yourself into your child, you are powered by His guiding Hand, you have been enough, and it will shine forth when He sees fit to expose the fruits of your labors and investments.  If things go astray for a bit, they will return.  Trust.  You have deposited righteousness and righteousness will return.

RANKING

if you are a member of, or are joining Faithful Scholars, read below and mark June 10th on your calendar!!

Ranking is calculated year to year by June 15th in order to comply with CHE (Commission on Higher Education) requirements.  Our choice was to either comply or to forego eligibility for our students to receive lottery money scholarships (Palmetto Fellows, Life, Hope).  SC colleges now look for this information on each transcript upon request for the above scholarships.  Rank is not normally given out or noted upon transcripts unless requested by the college, student, or parent-teacher.  It is noted that rank is available.

Ranking is based upon student’s numerical grades and course weight (College Prep, Honors, AP/Dual Credit) using the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy (SCUGP) to attain year by year cumulative Grade Point Averages (GPA).  This upcoming year will see a lovely shift from the unique SC 7 point system to a more traditional 10 point system.  It will take effect year by year which means the class of 2020 will be the first to have their full GPA calculated in this manner.

Numerical grades, credits earned, and weight MUST BE submitted to Faithful Scholars by the parent-teacher NO LATER THAN June 10th of each academic year.  If any courses are dual credit or AP we also require transcripts mailed directly to Faithful Scholars, 1761 Ballard Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715, supporting numerical grade correspondence/downloads, and/or AP course and instructor verification-documentation from College Boards by or before June 10th of each academic year.

Courses assigned HONORS WEIGHT-GPA BUMP must be supported in your course description to be submitted to the college your child attends.  This is becoming more common each year as they seek to insure that our homeschool weighting is fair and accurate.  For CHE guidelines on honors level criteria read page 7 here.

GRADE WEIGHTING

Faithful Scholars tabulates your child’s cumulative GPA using the South Carolina Grade Conversion Chart  commonly referred to as the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy (SCUGP).  To see how the public school handle this in the schools read through this document. The three brackets are:

  • College Prep uses a 4.0 scale maxing out at 4.875
  • Honors uses a 5.0 scale maxing out at 5.375
  • Dual Credit/AP uses what is commonly referred to as a 6.0 scale but maxes out at 5.875

College Prep is what you would think of as typical course using a textbook or material that is geared toward high school.  If you are uncertain you can check the website of or call the textbook publisher and request their opinion.  This can be helpful in creating your course description as well.  It is a good idea to have this supporting material in your Records Notebook.  This will be required if you are transferring 8th grade core subjects to your student’s high school transcript.  Homeschoolers typically complete 100% of their subject work while traditional schools aim toward completing a minimum of 80% of the course.  Which leads us to…….

Honors, per the SC State Board of Education, states, “Honors courses, which extend and deepen the scope and sequence of a typical college prep level high school course, are academic in nature and are designed for students exhibiting superior abilities in the particular content area.  The honors curriculum places emphasis on critical and analytic thinking, rational decision making, and inductive/deductive reasoning.”

Faithful Scholars grants honors credit in academic courses beyond core subjects with pre-approval.  Supporting documentation is becoming commonly required by the colleges.  Be sure that your honors courses meet these criteria.  A basic rule of thumb is to do 125% workload in any subject matter designated as honors.  Note that College Prep is designated as 80%-100% completion of coursework.

Honors courses must extend the scope, sequence, and rigor of the subject material, must involve the completion of 100% of the textbook/course work, and must be completed along with an in depth project, research paper, mentorship, internship, or other.  It is not a small additional project, a quick study in adjoining areas, or a subject that caused your student to work really hard.  It should account for 30 to 60 additional hours of study on top of the full (College Prep) credit.  Recall that a Carnegie unit is 120-150 hours of study.

Dual Credit:  Faithful Scholars students that are/turn age 16 and up, or hold Junior or Senior year status, are automatically sent a Permission Letter for Attending Secondary Schools.  This letter will be requested by the college during your application process.  Please keep this letter in your Records Notebook or other long term filing system.   –the one created with a special place of honor to contain your member letters, year by year reports/grades/transcripts, course description, book ISBN #s, and other important home school related documents–

Earning college credit while in high school is a wonderful way to get a jump on college, save money, and receive a GPA bump**.  After the age of 16, or upon Junior year status, your child will be eligible to apply to a secondary school (brick and mortar, on line, long distance, or local) and begin earning dual credits. Please note that only academic courses will receive a GPA bump.**  Other, non academic courses, will be accepted as indicated below.

**DUAL CREDIT will be awarded for academic core classes. These are typically courses that are able to be easily transferred from one college to another. Remedial academic courses will be assigned College Prep weighting.

**HONORS CREDIT will be awarded for non-core academic classes.

**COLLEGE PREP CREDIT will be awarded for all other non-core elective focused courses. Per the SC State Board of Education:  “Dual credit courses- taken at a post-secondary institution- are those courses for which the student has been granted permission by his or her home school to earn both Carnegie units and college credit for those particular courses.”

An official transcript from each college is also required in order to assign the dual credit bump.  There is now an option to request a snapshot be sent to us via e-mail with a pass code or the ‘old fashioned’ method of snail mail to: Faithful Scholars; 1761 Ballard Lane; Fort Mill, SC 29715

Dual credit may seem like a great way to bump your child’s GPA, but be cautioned that college admissions staff are fully adept at reading between the lines. Each year broadens the stellar reputation of home scholars, and taking a college course of less rigor simply for the GPA bump will be transparent to an admissions officer.

AP: Advanced Placement:  There are more and more AP offerings through online/distance sources and local sources, however, ALWAYS check with the College Board to see that not only the course, but also the instructor is approved. To do this, you can contact the College Board directly.

If you have studies a subject to the depth of an AP course, DO take the AP exam as passing an AP exam indicates wonderful academic rigor on the part of your student’s. Unfortunately, unless the course and instructor are College Board AP approved, you may not count your course as an AP class nor assign the grade point bump. Being awarded college credit (from having passed the AP exam) will be dependent upon the specific policy of each college.

CLEP courses are basic independent courses of study followed by equivalency examination that represents the typical amount of knowledge for a college level course. Being awarding college credit will be dependent upon the specific policy of each college.  Study guides and tests are available through the College Board.

CREDITS by CARNEGIE UNITS

A Carnegie Unit is a more appropriate method of gauging subject/course completion when a traditional textbook is not involved. It consists of a minimum of 120 hours of study in one subject. This is set by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. All schools have the option of expanding the number of required hours, so do not be surprised if your local school states one Carnegie Unit to be 150-180 hours of study per course.  The actual number ranges from 120 hours to 180 hours.  The first would be College Prep while the latter would be Honors.

PORTFOLIO

This is required by state homeschool law for all grades and is the platform upon which to high light your high school student’s remarkable non-core and/or non-academic  high school achievements.  And to expand upon his/her academic core areas of specialty.                      For basic record maintenance, it should include a smattering of daily lessons in all subject areas.  For college admissions this is an invaluable tool.                                                          For college admissions, it should focus on specific areas that set your child apart and above the many other applicants. Most student’s participate in some form of community service, so consider a more exclusive path of service distinction upon which to set your high schooler’s upon. – create, organize or manage your own service group, become the lead coordinator of an existing group, patent a new creation, publish; etc.

RUBRICS

A Planned, Fair, & Methodical Manner of Grading:  Grades are not required until high school, and not recommended by Faithful Scholars in elementary school, so begin this practice sometime during the middle school years in order that you might be at ease once it becomes a (high school) necessity. Each and every teacher has their own unique manner/method of grading which may seem ‘grey’ and frustrating, but it’s truly good news for we home school graders–This means that we can create our own methods/forms that work accordingly with our unique styles of organization and individual levels of expectation.

Begin with a rubric. –Research this topic for better understanding–  Basically, a rubric is is a pre-set plan or strategy created by the instructor to insure the consistent grading of assignments, tests, projects, etc.  It insures consistent outcome as well as gives your student(s) a clear understanding of what is expected in order to succeed in each subject.  Each subject/course will have it’s own rubric.  For Math there may be partial credit or simply correct and incorrect.  For Composition there might be effort, neatness, content, grammar, spelling or any variation thereof -or more -or fewer (requirements).   There are as many rubrics as there are teachers, but is is simply an efficient and fair minded manner in which an instructor puts forth his/her expectations to the student and then arrives at a grade.

A basic rubric includes the following items, but can be greatly varied according to your focus:  First, determine the areas of your assignment that you wish to measure (grade) and the criteria you wish to include.

  • example: content, spelling, number correct, effort, etc
  • Define those areas listed– example: content includes number of audiences addressed, appropriate materials used, varied style and technique, required length, neatness, and etc.
  • Create your measurement scale (weighing of criteria)– example: 40% assigned to each area therefore a perfect content score would be 40 of 100 points to be added to the other areas being measured.

Recording subject assignments, tests, projects, and etc. can be done in a variety of manners, but we cannot stress how important it is to record them as they are completed.  This will save such a mountain of unearthing, sorting, calculating work at the end of the year that you will count this preemptive time invaluable.- I promise!

Record keeping can be maintained in simple or complex form as long as you are tracking graded assignments, tests, projects (per subject) for end of semester or year GPA.  This is an example of paper/pen record keeping methodology, but as our personalities vastly vary so do our means and methods of record keeping vary.  From complex spreadsheets to simple teacher planners, the range is wide; The only common variant is that keeping up with your daily/weekly records will bring peaceful surety when the June 15th deadline (to submit end of year high school subjects/graded) approaches, and you are quickly able to submit courses/grades/weights.  For this step please use our Faithful Scholars Electronic Transcript Worksheet.

SENIOR REQUIREMENTS

All high school students must have their courses, credits, and numerical grades submitted by June 10th of each academic year in order that we might complete our ranking reports by June 15th of each year. The easiest way to make your initial submission is by using our On Line Electronic High School Transcript Worksheet.  Be sure to enter numerical grades, full or half credits, and clear course titles.  Don’t forget that any dual credits will require a transcript mailed directly to us along with written correspondence with the professor or a download/print off of course grades in order to submit a numerical grade.  This is best done at the end of the course as after that fact it will depend upon the good will of the professor, his/her still teaching, and etc. College grades are in letter form only.

It takes a minimum of three weeks to complete a transcript unless an expedition request/fee is submitted. Please be timely in order that we might return that favor. Expect that there will be more than expected additional time taken up as we go back and forth in checking our rough draft against your home draft, making corrections, and re-checking.

Faithful Scholars ranks student’s (GPA) based upon South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy (SC UGP).

Any credits or course completions earned during the summer will be credited to the following academic year and NOT to the previous year after we close out our student records and ranking report by June 10th of each academic year.  This means that should your senior not have his/her work completed and submitted by June 10th of said year, their graduation date will coincide with the following academic year if final grades are submitted prior to September 1st.  Any grades submitted after September 1st will require that you join Faithful Scholars for a 5th high school year and cause your students to not be eligible for the Life, or Hope scholarships (they are based upon a typical 4 year high school).

SUMMER SCHOOL

Any credits or course completions earned during the summer will be credited to the following academic year and NOT to the previous year after we close out our student records and ranking report by June 10th of each academic year.  This means that should your senior not have his/her work completed and submitted by June 10th of said year, their graduation date will coincide with the following academic year if final grades are submitted prior to September 1st.  Any grades submitted after September 1st will require that you join Faithful Scholars for a 5th high school year and cause your students to not be eligible for the Life, or Hope scholarships (they are based upon a typical 4 year high school).

DRIVER’S LICENCE

Students that are/turn ages 15 to 17 are automatically sent a Student Verification Letter for the DMV. Legally all that is required is your Membership Letter, however the DMV Faithful Scholars waiver is helpful should you be assigned someone unfamiliar with SC home school law. Please keep this letter in your binder or filing system containing your Membership Letter and other important home school related documents.  If you are unable to locate yours we do keep record of mail outs in order to verify sending or lack thereof.  Replacement documents (if initial mailing has been verified) are available at $10/document.  If we have failed to mail your initial document the replacement will be free of charge.

  • Driver’s Ed:  There is not an way to opt out of driver’s ed, nor is there an alternate affordable option.  The upside is that you will save that money back on insurance rates.
  • After Hours Driver’s Permission: If your high schooler needs an After Hours Driving letter this can be requested through Faithful Scholars, but can also legally be created by you the parent-teacher.  Your student will have a Faithful Scholars student ID with which to verify your letter.  Keep this document in the car’s glove box or student’s wallet/purse.  It is extremely rare that this is ever needed.
  • Insurance: Use your annual Faithful Scholars transcript to prove academic standing.  If they require verification have them fax their request to 803-802-7446 and we will supply them with required documentation.  This will only be done after you have supplied them with your student’s transcript.

ENTERING PUBLIC SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL

It is illegal for public schools to deny entrance to any student. However, they are not required to accept  transferred credits, be they from home, public or private. Your student may be required to supply a formal transcript, or take course exams for consideration of credit transference. Check with your local school system for specific details on their method of student entry.  It is becoming common for them to accept a formal transcript from an accountability association.

 ENTERING PRIVATE SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL

Most private high schools have a greater number of available spots in 9th grade, and a few do not accept seniors regardless.  Financial Aid is often available especially to those with high test scores, athletic ability, and ethnicity.                                                             Acceptance is based upon a personal interview and Independent Schools Assessment Testing.  Upon acceptance the transferring credits with a formal transcript is typically easily accomplished.

COLLEGE

Your student should be the one to contact their college(s) of choice in order to best understand what they will be looking for on their admissions applications.  If they have a specific interest, begin this journey early, attend events/camps at said college(s), get to know and get to be known by them as you work your way through high school. Do not fear being noted as one who does not know/understand. It is counter intuitive in this case. Colleges take note and appreciate hearing from interested students full of questions.  Isn’t that what college is all about?  It indicates (to them) the level of maturity and the self-propulsion which is necessary for a successful college experience.

More and more colleges are creating a specific-to-homeschoolers application which is wonderful. This should be one of your student’s first questions when talking with an admissions officer. If that is not available, know that you, the parent-teacher, are the guidance counselor and responsible for all areas normally handled by this position.

Smaller colleges will grant personal interviews in which your student can dazzle them with his/her thoughts and views.  Be sure to leave behind a portfolio of academic work, DVD, or CD. Check out current events for possible topics they will discuss.  Coaching in the area of how to answer probable questions is wise and readily available in all areas for affordable rates.  If you cannot locate someone affordable contact a private school and see if any of their high school teachers would be willing to walk your child through a mock interview.  Elizabeth Hartley at Scholarship Gold is exceedingly thorough on this coast, and Lee Binz of The Home Scholar is equally gifted though long distance.

College Letters of Recommendation are common requests by most colleges. Traditionally this is completed by teachers, and you, the parent-teacher, should certainly complete one. However, make sure to have others completed by mentors and teachers from outside programs. Please contact katie@faithfulscholars.com to request a sample College Recommendation Letter.

COLLEGE APPLICATION CHECK LIST

As of 2016-2017 you can put that we are on a 10 point grading scale.  There most likely won’t be a place to explain that it is a gradual shift, but just know that all of SC is changing year by year from our current (almost) 7 point scale to the more common 10 point scale.

TRANSCRIPT:  Send contact/physical address to Faithful Scholars requesting it be mailed to college here.  Upon selecting your final college, request a final senior year transcript be mailed here.  **find out if they require rank listed upon the transcript or simply need to know that we do rank our students.  Note that we ask for up to 3 weeks to prepare a transcript as there is often communication going back/forth between Faithful Scholars and the parent(s)/student to assure that all is correct.  Days and weeks are lost as it sits in ours/your computer waiting for checks/changes.

ESSAY:  Many colleges are returning to the college essay.  Make it about something unique that you have experienced or accomplished.  An example can be found here.  Note the balance between tooting your own horn (very important) yet showing that your point of view is outward toward others while being confident in your own strengths.  This is a delicate balance and you would be wise to have others read over your essay before submission.  Sample here.

LETTER(S) OF RECOMMENDATION (college letter).  Select a teacher other than parent, youth leader, pastor, employer, etc, and remember to give them ample time along with reminders as the deadline creeps up. Sample here.

PORTFOLIO:  For larger colleges it is mostly about the numbers, but if you are applying to a specific ‘school’ within a large college a portfolio can still be utilized to set you apart.  This can be a physical pen/paper collection of academic/non-academic work in your area of passion/specialty, or it can be a DVD, and/or CD.  Make the entries poignant, brilliant, and to the point.  Overly full will lose their attention.  Sample here.

INTERVIEW:  For smaller colleges it is a great way to exhibit why they would want a student such as you to attend their college.  Absolutely go through some mock interviews beforehand.  9 of 10 students will answer their questions in the same manner.  Be that 10th student they are looking for.   Sample here.

LETTERS OF DEFERRAL are a great way to say thank you, but financially we need more scholarship money or on campus work-study in order to attend your college.  Sample here.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Lottery Money Scholarship:  Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

qualification is based upon:

  1. class rank determined by cumulative GPA based on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy (SCUGP) of core classes only, and shifting into the 10 point traditional grading scale.
  2. SAT/ACT scores, and
  3. cumulative GPA, based upon core classes only.

Begin your research here for the basic rules and regulations of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship

Intention to compete for the PFS must be received by October 1st of the current academic year.

Application for Palmetto Fellows will only be submitted for their Early Awards period with an in office parent-to-Faithful-Scholars paperwork deadline of December 1st and a Faithful-Scholars-to-CHE submission deadline of December 15th.

We accept the highest standardized test score from any high school year, but they must be mailed direct from College Boards to:  Faithful Scholars, 1761 Ballard Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715.  If your student qualifies, you must follow up by mailing another direct-from-CB to Palmetto Fellows; 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300; Columbia, SC 29201.

Only students who have been with Faithful Scholars by or before 9th grade will be eligible to apply through Faithful Scholars unless they have previously been nominated and accepted as a PFS qualifier through their previous school.  

Each guidance counselor (primary-at-home-instructor– that is you mom/dad) must be up to date and familiar with the current PFS guidelines and requirements and be willing to work with Faithful Scholars in compiling the necessary documentation needed for us to complete the student’s PFS application.  Schedules often collide, we are working with several families at a time which means more time collisions, so we appreciate your willingness to show up at the ring of a bell.

You must also have standardized test scores mailed directly to us as well as CHE (Palmetto Fellows), numerical grades by or before June 10th of each year, and all necessary legal information required to compile a formal transcript, etc. handed in upon request.  The application process is conducted directly, and only, from Faithful Scholars to CHE.  Parents are to assist Faithful Scholars, but are not encouraged (by CHE, although that seems to be changing) to be a contact person (with CHE) aside from familiarizing themselves with PFS rules and regulations.  If you have a basic question that personal research nor we at Faithful Scholars are able to answer, we promise to contact CHE on your behalf upon request.

This process requires an average of 4 hours of office time/personal consultation for a minimum fee of $200.  You will know beforehand if your child has a better than 75% chance of earning the Palmetto Fellows prior to payment request.

SAT and/or ACT scores must be mailed directly from the School Boards to Faithful Scholars: 1761 Ballard Lane, Fort Mill, SC 29715. Copies or opened originals will not be accepted.  Upon qualification an additional copy must be mailed directly to: Attn:  Palmetto Fellows/Elizabeth Caulder, SC CHE; 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300; Columbia, SC 29201

Other Lottery Money Scholarships:  LIFE and HOPE

Both of these scholarships are open to students completing high school within the typical 4 year period and selecting to attend a South Carolina state college.  Have your student contact his/her colleges (of consideration) admissions personnel to gain all necessary details.  This scholarship is done directly from the college to Commission on Higher Education (CHE).  Faithful Scholars ranks our students and will send a ranking report if requested, calculates cumulative GPA using the South Carolina Uniform Grading Policy (SCUGP) by June 15th of each academic year (and is, as are all schools) switching to the more widely used 10 point grading scale year by year following the system implemented by CHE.

Scholarship Services

There are many services that will help you locate and/or compete for scholarship monies. Do your research thoroughly as many scholarship services can be less than stellar and cost an astronomic amount. In our area, one of the finest guides is Elizabeth Hartley. Her vision that every student can achieve and afford a college education is phenomenal  Her enthusiasm is infectious.  Her knowledge and connections are vast. Scholarship Gold is an easily explored site full of useful tips. Lee Binz of The Home Scholar, is another well trusted source but not nearby.  I would additionally advise researching the various views that admissions personnel hold in regard to Admissions Coaching, as well as the views of the Admissions Coach (do they aim for Ivy League, or tailor to your student).  Always be fully educated.

If your child receives a minimal scholarship offer upon being accepted to a college, research and consider a Letter of Appeal. This simple request for additional time to decided based upon financial hardship can increase the original scholarship offer markedly- I have heard of returns of up to 75% scholarship based upon one letter.