Welcome to SHS Guidance!

Graduation is May 25, 2018

*Scholarships are listed at the bottom of this page and are updated daily*

Are you interested in majoring in Diesel Technology?  You can apply to the Caterpillar Dealer Academy at Florence-Darlington Technical College.  

Students interested in joining the Military need to take the ASVAB - go to the below websites for practice!




army.com - ASVAB Practice Test 1





SC State University Honors College Scholarship Day is January 20th

Prospective applicants must have a cumulative GPA 4.0 (weighted) or higher and 1100 SAT or 24 ACT composite or higher to qualify for 50 academic scholarship offerings.  Go to www.scsu.edu for more information and to sign up.



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ACT and SAT tests
  • Do you need to take the ACT or SAT?
    First thing you should do is speak with your School Counselor about what your plans are for after high school.  If you are planning on attending a 2-year technical school (ex. Piedmont Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Tri-County Technical College, etc.) you do NOT need the ACT or SAT score to be accepted.  These two year schools require a placement exam called the e-Compass exam that you can take at the tech school campus.  

    Students who are going to a 4-year college will need to take the ACT or SAT.  Please check the college admissions page to see what score requirements you need to meet.  Again, please go to the Guidance Office to discuss your plans with your counselor...we are here to help you figure things out!

    To sign up for the ACT or SAT you will need to create a user account (if you have not already done so) at their respective websites:

    ACT:  www.actstudent.org

    SAT:  www.collegeboard.org

    Please keep your user name and password in a safe place because you WILL have to use this info to log back in and see/send your scores.


    Each test has various dates and locations it is given.  You should sign up for the date that works best for you and location you will be able to travel to on that test date.  

    2017-2018 SAT/ACT Test Dates (click HERE)

    When registering for the test, you will need SHS's school code which is 411790.


    Remember, not all students will need the ACT or SAT for his/her post-secondary plans...discuss your plans with your counselor in the Guidance Office!

Financial Aid for College-Bound Seniors
Student Athletes
  • NCAA Eligibility Center
    All student athletes who are wanting to play sports in college need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center by the end of their junior year!  You will create a profile that college coaches will use to see your stats, grades, and other info.  Click "NCAA Eligibility Center" above to get started. 


Guidance Information
Meet your school counselors
  • Valerie Smith
    Director of Guidance
    Last Names M-Z
    Grades 9-12

    864-445-3011 ext. 714


  • Whitney Moore
    School Counselor

    Last Names A-L

    Grades 9-12

    864-445-3011 ext. 715


  • Yolanda Moore
    CDF/Graduation Coach/CATE Coordinator
    864-445-3011 ext. 504


  • Pam Conyers
    Guidance Secretary

    864-445-3011 ext. 716


Military Families
Summer 2018 Activities
  • Emerging Public Leaders at Furman University
    EPL is an exciting, service-oriented leadership program open to current high school juniors.  EPL is a nine-month service leadership experience.  It begins with a summer program at Furman (June 17-22, 2018).  Students will learn to lead in diverse settings, engage in the community, analyze critical issues, lead ethically, communicate effectively, and plan a community service project.  Students will then return to campus the following spring (April 2019) to present the results of their projects to their peers and a panel of judges.  EPL is free of charge to all students who are selected to participate.  Application deadline is April 6, 2018.  Find the application and more information online at furman.edu/epl


  • UGA's VetCAMP June 17-23
    At VetCAMP, students will be involved in various activities aimed at evaluating their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians, providing mentorship and helping them experience veterinary medicine as an exciting career path.  To be eligible for VetCAMP, students must be current 10th, 11th or 12th grade high school students (at the time of application) who are interested in the veterinary profession.  Click HERE for more details and the application.
  • Duke Summer College
    Duke Summer College for grades 9-12.  Check out their website here for more info! 
Transcript & Records Requests
  • Order your transcript
    Order Credentials from Parchment
    Click the "Order My Transcript" button if you're applying to college and want to order your transcript online. Saluda High School has joined forces with Parchment to bring you Secure Transcript™ – the safe, paperless way to send transcripts directly to the colleges you choose. It's easy, it's secure, and it's available 24/7.  You will need to register an account on Parchment. 

    *This service is only available to graduates from the class of 2002 to the present.

  • School Records
    Use this link if you need to request any elementary/middle/high school records, SAT/ACT scores, verification of graduation, court documents, or other vital records.  We do not have a copy of your diploma or GED in your student file.  Should you need a duplicate copy of your diploma or GED, please contact the SC Department of Education at (803) 734-8040 for diploma and (803) 734-8238 for GED questions.
College Open House Opportunities
  • College Visits
    Now is the time to start visiting colleges! 

    Go to the college's website of your choice and go to the Admissions page to see campus visit dates/events/times and register for your visit. 

    Juniors get 1 college visit day (excused day) as long as they complete/return the college visit packet - pick one up from Mrs. Conyers in Guidance.

    Seniors get 2 college visit days (excused) but must complete/return the college visit packet from Mrs. Conyers

    Any questions?  Your counselors are always here to help!


  • Lander University
    Open House

    February 24, 2018

    March 24

    Register online at go.lander.edu/visit


    Weekday Visits

    Monday-Friday 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

    Register online at go.lander.edu/visit


    Bearcat for a Day

    January 31

    February 14, 2018

    March 14

    April 11

    Register online at go.lander.edu/visit


    Junior Preview Day

    April 6, 2018

    Register online at go.lander.edu/visit

    Saturday Tours

    January 27, 2018

    Register online at go.lander.edu/visit


    Accepted Students Day

    April 14, 2018

    Register online at go.lander.edu/visit

  • CIU - Columbia International University
    Undergraduate Overnight Event

    Thursday, October 26-Friday, October 27th and April 5-6, 2018.  This free event will give students (10th-12th grade) an in-depth look at how CIU trains students towards a career impacting the world.  Students will have the opportunity to meet current students, stay overnight in the Residence Halls, tour campus, talk to faculty about our programs, and participate in campus activities.  


    Open Houses

    February 24, 2018

    July 14

    Join us Saturday morning for breakfast and a quick but comprehensive look at CIU.  Learn more about our programs from faculty, tour campus, and talk with Admissions and Financial Aid staff.


    Preview Days

    January 29, 2018

    March 15

    April 10

    Discover what it's like to be a Ram.  Events include a chance to meet with admissions, tour campus, attend chapel (Tues/Thurs only) and a class, and have lunch with a professor.


    R.C. McQuilkin Scholarship Event

    February 9, 2018

    This event packs a lot of CIU into one day.  Meet our new President, have lunch with professors, tour campus, attend class, join us for dinner, and attend a free concert.  Did we mention that qualified attendees will be eligible to receive the $1,500 McQuilkin Tuition Scholarship? 


    If students are interested in attending any of these events please RSVP ciu.edu/visit 

Scholarship Opportunities
  • Everything you need to know about winning scholarships
  • Undocumented Students
    Scholarships are available to you.  Check out this website to see a list of several scholarships and which ones you are eligible for and apply!
    Another resource for you is the DREAMer's RoadMap app for your phone.  Check out their website to learn more about scholarships you are eligible for.
    OCIYU Scholarship for Undocumented Students - due April 2, 2018 - The scholarship is only open to undocumented students living in the United States.
  • SC Teacher Loan - Education majors
    SC Student Loan is glad to announce that the 2017-18 SC Teacher Loan Application is now available for downloading at: http://www.scstudentloan.org/UserFiles/File/PDF/parentstuds/Teacher(1).pdf.  Please share this link with your students who are interested in the teaching profession.


    The SC Teacher Loan Program was established by the State of South Carolina to help talented and qualified students become teachers.  Students can borrow up to $2,500 per year in their freshman and sophomore years and $5,000 per year in their junior and senior years.  The loan is 100% forgivable if the recipient teaches in certain critical geographic or subject areas in South Carolina.  The complete lists of critical areas as well as the eligibility criteria and all other details of the program are available at: http://www.scstudentloan.org/students/teacherforgiveness.aspx.


    Funds are limited so we would ask you to encourage your potential teachers to apply as soon as possible.  Should you, your students or parents have any questions regarding this program please feel free to contact us at (800)347-2752.

  • Due in February
    2018 Journalism Contest "Inclusion Drives Innovation" Scholarship - due February 1, 2018

    Applicants must be 16-19 years old; must not have entered a post-secondary school before March 1, 2018; and must be a high school senior, or otherwise qualified to begin post-secondary education no later than 2018-19 year.  This scholarship is sponsored by Vocational Rehabilitation but applicants do NOT have to have a disability to enter.  The scholarship pays for undergraduate tuition and fees.  Each institution has its own definition of tuition and fees. 

    James F. Byrnes Scholarship - due February 1

    To be eligible for the James F. Byrnes Foundation Scholarship, a student must meet the following qualifications:

    • -have one or both parents deceased
    • -be a United States citizen and a South Carolina resident
    • -have need of financial assistance to attend college
    • -be a current senior in high school
    • -have a satisfactory academic record
    • -plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited four-year college or university


    Future Farmers of America (FFA) Scholarships (multiple) - due February 1

    FFA uses one online application for members and nonmembers. Applicants will be directed to the appropriate questions based on membership response.  See website for more details.

    BI-LO Women in Leadership Scholarship - due February 2, 2018

    Women applicants must be full or part-time worker at BI-LO; part-time employees must have worked an average of less than 32 hours per week during the required one year of service. Applicants must have received a satisfactory rating (3) or better on their last performance appraisals. Applicants must have applied to or be enrolled in an accredited two-year of four-year college, university, or technical college. Applicants must be pursuing or intending to pursue a course of study applicable to the food retail industry (e.g., marketing, business management, pharmacy, computer science, etc.) and be interested in furthering a career with BI-LO.

  • Due in March
    SC Cattlmen's Foundation Scholarship - deadline March 1

    Multiple scholarships offered.  One scholarship will be for applicants interested in pursuing a 4-year degree in applied agricultural sciences.  Another scholarship will be for applicants pursuing a 4-year degree with no restriction on the field of study.  See application for more details.


    Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Scholarships - deadline March 1

    SEG Scholarships are based on merit. To qualify, you must be a student who:

    • Is a high school senior planning to attend college next year or an undergraduate or graduate college student;
    • Has above average grades;
    • Is intending to pursue a college curriculum directed toward a career in applied geophysics (geology, geophysics or related earth sciences).


    Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative - Touchstone Energy Scholarship - deadline March 1

    MCEC provides seven - $3,000 scholarships to students in local school districts.  Special consideration is given to financial need, extracurricular school activities, community involvement, recommendations and the student's personal analysis (see judging criteria on the application).


    Aiken Electric Cooperative various scholarships - deadline March 1

    2-year Touchstone Energy ScholarshipA scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to 2017-2018 high school graduating senior in the cooperative service area planning to attend a 2-year technical college. Applicant's residence must have an active account in the Aiken Electric Co-op service area.
    4-year Touchstone Energy Scholarship: A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded to 2017-2018 high school graduating senior in the cooperative service area planning to attend a 4-year college or university.  Applicant's residence must have an active account in the Aiken Electric Co-op service area.
    Trustee ScholarshipA scholarship will be awarded to a 2017-2018 high school graduating senior in the cooperative service area. To be considered for this $1,000 scholarship, the student must complete the application and submit in 150 – 200 words, an explanation as to why the scholarship is needed.


    Call Me MISTER - deadline March 15

    View website to see participating colleges in SC.  African American males interested in pursuing a degree in Education should apply.  Let your guidance counselor know if you are submitting an application.


    SC State Fair Ride of Your Life Scholarship Program - deadline March 15

    -Applicant must be a full-time resident of South Carolina and a senior in a public or private high school or home school in South Carolina; applicant must complete the online application form in its entirety; applicant must attach a current photograph (preferably a senior class photo); applicant must attend a public or private college, university, or technical college in the state of South Carolina.  

    -Applicant will be judged based on need, academic and extra-curricular achievement, communication skills, and on aptitude for completion of application.  Fifty (50) $6000 scholarships will be awarded to students across the state to be paid at the rate of $1500 per year over a four-year period.  Students pursuing two-year degrees will receive $1500 per year over the two-year period.  Applicant must complete a typed, one page essay on the following topic: "What traits do you have that will enhance your education and future employment?"

    The SC Education Association Retired Scholarship - deadline March 15

    The applicant must be a senior graduating from a public high school in SC, must plan to attend a SACS accredited college, university, technical school, or community college in SC as a full-time student, must plan to pursue a career in education, must maintain a good high school academic record and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA while in college, must demonstrate leadership abilities, and must need financial assistance.


    The George Rogers Foundation Scholarship - deadline March 16

    Applicants must be:  SC resident, a graduating high school senior, and First in Family student - defined as a student who will be the first person in their family to attend a 2 or 4 year college.


    SC Coaches Association of Women's Sports Scholarships - deadline - must be turned in to Guidance by March 22

    SC CAWS Education Scholarship - Applicant must be a female planning to major in education with academic excellence and must be involved in extra-curricular activities involving athletic and non-athletic participation (must be an eligible high school participant on one or more athletic teams).  Two scholarships will be awarded from this one application.

    SC CAWS Medical Scholarship - Applicant must be a female planning to major in the medical field with academic excellence and must be involved in extra-curricular activities involving athletic and non-athletic participation (must be an eligible high school participant on one or more athletic teams).  Financial need must be proven by providing a copy of your (parents) income tax forms. 


    Black Note $2,000 Smoke-Free World Scholarship - deadline March 30

    Applicants must:

    • -Be a full-time student
    • -Be 18 years or older 
    • -Submit an essay as outlined in Essay Instructions, signing your essay with your full name, university name and address
    • -Enter only one application and one essay per person
    • -Be legal residents of the 50 United States and ten provinces of Canada


    Saluda Young Farmers Scholarship - deadline March 31

    Applications will be awarded based on the following categories:  Ag major or related field, financial need, grades, community service/involvement and leadership activities, essay, and direct descendant of a Saluda Young Farmer Member.  Priority will be given to those majoring in Agriculture or in a related field. 

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) - deadline March 31 (app opens Jan 1)

    Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage, have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university during the Fall, be a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA, or eligible non-citizen (as defined by FAFSA), complete the FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable).

    Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship - Self Regional Healthcare Foundation - deadline March 31

    Applicants must have financial need, be very client/patient oriented with an outgoing personality, demonstrates outstanding clinical nursing skills, good scholastic record (average B or better), evidence of strong commitment to the nursing profession, must be enrolled (or going to be enrolled) in a certified nursing program in the State of SC.

    Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship - Self Regional Healthcare Foundation - deadline March 31

    Applicants must be going to attend Lander University or Piedmont Technical College in order to receive this scholarship.  Must profess a desire to pursue a nursing career at Self Regional Healthcare, possess an excellent academic record (average B or better), exhibit strong evidence of commitment to the nursing profession, must have exceptional interpersonal skills, demonstrate outstanding clinical nursing skills or potential based on work experience and/or academic interests, and must show financial need.