High schools host ‘College Day’ application events
Gaffney High students completed 250 college applications Wednesday during the school’s firstever College Application Day.
Blacksburg High seniors will take part in the same event today in a statewide initiative focused on college awareness. It is sponsored by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Department of Education during October.
Blacksburg and Gaffney High set a goal for each of their seniors to complete at least one college application. Virtually all college applications are filed by high school students online.
“We had 296 students take part in college application day,” Gaffney High guidance counselor Donna Phillips said. “Many colleges have a Dec. 1 deadline and your chances of getting into the college of your choice is better if you apply early.”
Spartanburg Community College (SCC) waived its $25 application fee for the day.
High school students who graduate with a 3.0 grade point average can qualify for a LIFE scholarship worth up to $5,000 annually. This amount would more than cover the $1,820 tuition fee each semester at SCC, essentially providing a free education for Cherokee County residents.
“A lot of students don’t realize the opportunities available to attend college for little cost by making good grades and earning scholarships,” Gaffney High guidance counselor Brianne Sanders said. “We had admissions counselors come in today from Limestone College, USC Upstate, Gardner-Webb, SC State and Spartanburg Community College to help guide students through the application process. We hope this event will continue to grow.”
Much of the College Application Month is geared towards first-generation college students and students who might not otherwise apply to college.
This is the first time Blacksburg High has held a college application day. Area colleges sent admission counselors to assist students in applying for colleges.
Guidance counselor Lacey Clark organized her school’s event and hopes it will help students begin making decisions about their future.
“Our goal is for each student to complete an application for at least one college that interests them,” Clark said. “We are excited this opportunity is available for our students and hope this will be a big success.”