PSSCA awarded several mini-grants to SC School Counselors to provide funding for implementation of activities and programs mirroring the ASCA National Model Standards.
Congratulations to Gilbert Primary School Counseling Department!
Pictured left to right: Zan Tracy Pender (Lexington One Director of School Counseling and PSSCA Executive Director),
Mackenzie Hall (GPS School Counselor), Amber McMillan (GPS School Counselor), and Will Moody (GPS Principal)
I am Maria Grovner, School Counseling Coordinator for Atlanta Public Schools, but also President-Elect for Georgia School Counselor Association. I wanted to share with you that our 2019 Annual Conference will be held very close to South Carolina this year in Augusta, GA, Nov. 13-15, 2019. Since it’s so close to South Carolina, we would love to extend an invitation to South Carolina School Counselors to attend, especially if they work/live within a reasonable distance. More information can be found on our website via this link. Counselors can create a guest account and register for the special rate we are extending specifically for the South Carolina School Counselors.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on my cell number below. I look forward to the possibility of meeting you and others of your delegation at the ASCA state leaders meeting this summer.
Congratulations to Midland Valley High School Counseling Department!
Pictured left to right: Amy Moak (MVHS school counselor), Kim Ryans (MVHS lead counselor), Jessica Thomas (MVHS school counselor & primary grant recipient), and Sharon Worley (ACPSD Coordinator for Counseling & Career Services/PSSCA Board Member)
Congratulations to Anslee Wood of Aiken High School!
Ms. Wood is a recipient of one of the three $1000 PSSCA Scholarships. Scholarships were awarded to South Carolina high school seniors.
Anslee Wood (C) with Sharon Worley (R), PSSCA Board Member
With the help of SC School Counselors, PSSCA was able to present a check to the South Carolina Chapter of the Red Cross for $2,544. This money will go directly to those in South Carolina impacted by recent natural disasters.
From L to R: Current PSSCA President, Anna Duvall, Representative from the American Red Cross and
PSSCA Executive Director Zan Tracy Pender
Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Elected Officers:
President-Elect - O'Tasha Morgan
Post-Secondary VP - LaWanda Felder
Middle VP - Lindsay Harmon
Application is due by March 31, 2019
Winners will be selected and notified by April 15, 2019
The Palmetto State School Counselor Association awards three high school seniors a $1,000.00 non-renewable scholarship to assist with post-secondary education costs.
Must be a high school senior attending a public or private secondary school in the state of South Carolina.
Must be a permanent resident of the state of South Carolina.
Must plan to attend a post-secondary institution during the 2019-2020 school year.
Submit an application.
Complete an essay of no more than 500 words about a school counselor who has made a difference in your academic, career, social, and/or emotional development. You may additionally include your career goals, post-secondary education plans, and an explanation for how the scholarship will help you.
Include an official copy of high school transcript.
Submit a letter of recommendation.
The Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) is awarding mini-grants to South Carolina school counselors to provide programs and activities to enhance the delivery of a comprehensive school counseling program in South Carolina elementary, middle, and high schools. Our goal is to identify best practices by providing funding to enhance comprehensive school counseling programs in elementary, middle and high schools in South Carolina.
Mini-grants Overview of Funding
Mini-grants will be offered for SC School Counselors to provide funding for implementation of activities and programs mirroring the ASCA National Model Standards. Allowable expenses include presenter costs, incentives, curriculum materials, food, printing, and other related materials. Traveling, lodging, and any forms of technology are not allowable expenses.
● There is a maximum amount available of $500.00 to be awarded to a sole winner or school counseling department depending on the requested amounts and quality of applications.
● Proposals are due by March 31st at 11:59 p.m. to be awarded the following school year.
● Proposals will be reviewed by the PSSCA Awards Committee.
● Award recipients will be notified by April 30th and then funding will be distributed for use thereafter.
● Recipient must be a current member of PSSCA and a SC School Counselor.
● Recipient must complete all questions below and the Budget Worksheet
● Recipient must demonstrate the positive impact on his or her school counseling program
● Recipient must agree to write an article for thePSSCA Newsletter (ex. about grant or counseling program) or present a session at PSSCA conference.
● Consent to Release: Acceptance of PSSCA Mini-Grant funds constitutes permission to use winner’s name, school, city, state, and winning entry for promotional purposes. Contest entry constitutes permission to PSSCA website and social media without further compensation. Furthermore, entry constitutes permission to archive your winning entries indefinitely on any webpage on the PSSCA website.
How will the applications be scored?
PSSCA will define a scoring rubric for applications. Review will be based on specific criteria listed in this application and scored using the scoring rubric. Awards will be based on the four highest scoring applications. PSSCA may require revision of grant proposals and budget prior to approval, award, or release of funds. Decisions on funding and awarding of grants shall be final. Funding may be partial. If funded and you do not meet the requirements you will be asked to return the funds.
Please find the application below:
If you have any questions or issues with accessing the application,
please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
The Palmetto State School Counselor Association is pleased to announce our 2019 School Counselor Advocate of the Year, Rob Rhodes.
Rhodes, the Director of School Counseling Services in Greenville County Schools has made significant contributions to the implementation and improvement of school counseling programs.
Supervising one of the largest districts in the state containing over 106 schools, overseeing close to 200 school counselors providing counseling services to over 75,000 students. Not only has this person removed testing coordination from school counselors across the district, Rhodes has also advocated for the student-to-counselor ratio decrease across the district in middle and high schools while continuing to push for the same in elementary schools. He has collaborated with local mental health agencies to provide a mental health counselor for every school over the next couple of years.
His co-workers state that Rhodes “leads with integrity, determination and compassion and recognizes the hard work our school counselors do each and every day.”
The purpose of the Advocate of the Year Award is to recognize persons who have demonstrated their beliefs in and support of school counseling programs that have had an impact on counselors and their students at the local, state, or national level.
The Palmetto State School Counselor Association (PSSCA) is a statewide nonprofit organization. PSSCA helps advance the profession of school counseling by assisting South Carolina school counselors with guiding their students toward academic achievement, career planning and social/emotional development in order to help today’s students become tomorrow’s productive, contributing members of society.
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