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Class of 2020 Information

VCS Class of 2020

Important Dates


To schedule appointments with the counselor, visit, email at, or call. 

September 11 – Herff Jones will be on campus during lunches and from 4pm-6pm to place graduation/Cap & Gown orders. 

                              Get updates from Herff Jones: Text CONTACT to 70934.

Proofs for tux and drapes should arrive in about two weeks. Students will be able to purchase portraits and make their selection for the photo to be used in the yearbook.

Proof Orders for senior portraits are due by Sept. 10th. If you would like to set up a payment arrangement for your child's portraits you can call Melissa. We will be offering an outdoor session for Senior Casuals on Friday, Oct. 4th from 4-6pm at Ambrose Park in downtown Henderson. We are offering 15 min. sessions with one outfit selection. Session fee is $25. Call or email Melissa if you are interested in setting up a session.

September 18 - Senior Class Picture

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Scholarship Information

College Peas: Scholarship information

Sallie Mae Scholarships: Search for 5 million scholarships worth up to $24 billion. Register and be entered for a chance to win $1,000 for college.  Visit 

Optimist International Essay Contest: Interested students should submit essays on the assigned topic to their local Optimist Club.  Essays are judged at the Club level and District level. Cash prizes are available at each level.  The contest is open to students under the age of 19. See Ms. Hicks for more information. Essays are due to Ms. Hicks by Feb. 3

2020 SECU People Helping People Scholarship: The scholarship (distributed over 4 years) is open to seniors planning to attend one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina and who are either members of SECU or the child of a parent/guardian who is a member of SECU.  Membership eligibility does not include Local Government Federal Credit Union or NC Press Association Credit Union members. Three graduating seniors attending a NC regular public charter high school will receive one scholarship valued at $10,000. Although the SECU Foundation Scholarship program wishes to recognize academic achievement, the People Helping People Scholarship has a much broader purpose: recognizing leadership, integrity and community involvement.  Please see Ms. Hicks for application information.   Applications are due to Ms. Hicks by Feb. 19.

CFNC: Various scholarships available through  Here is the direct link to the scholarships,

Please take time to look through these.  Several may apply to you. 

Bob McGuire Memorial Scholarship and North Carolina Child Support Scholarship: The $1,000 scholarship is available to a graduating high school senior who has at least one parent that is a member of the North Carolina Child Support Council or a client of the Child Support Program (through either Child Support services or Clerk of Court services).  The scholarship may be used at a college/university, community college, or technical school. Applicants must have an overall C average. Deadline is April 15.  See Ms. Hicks for an application. 

Criminal Justice Fellows Program

The mission of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Fellows Program is to recruit talented high school senior graduates into the criminal justice profession. Each year this program will fund fellowships for high school senior graduates who have exhibited high academic achievement, a history of service to the school and community, and a desire to serve the state of North Carolina in a field within the criminal justice profession.

The N.C. Criminal Justice Fellows Program will provide forgivable education loans for high school seniors and graduates who agree to enter a criminal justice profession in North Carolina. This fellowship will fund an Applied Associates Degree in Criminal Justice or Committee approved related field of study, from any North Carolina Community College. Students who receive the educational loan would have 5 years to repay, though it would be forgiven if they enter and remain in a criminal justice profession with North Carolina for four years in an eligible county.

Students who graduate under this program in good standing will be given priority to enter a criminal justice training program for certification in an eligible criminal justice profession within the Community College System.

The number of fellowships awarded annually shall not exceed 100 and the total number of students in the program each year shall not exceed 200.

The student must be a resident of an eligible county at the time of application.

*Application process will close on May 31, 2020.

Visit for more information and application. 

Residency determination services (RDS)

Residency Determination Service determines your eligibility for in-state tuition and state grants.  When you complete the RDS process, a Residency Determination Number (RCN) will be given to you.  The RCN number is needed for each college application that a student completes.  The RCN n is needed if you apply to any post-secondary education/training.  It is highly recommended that the parent and the student complete this process together before the student begins completing college applications.  Please keep the RCN number in a safe place.  You will need it in the future.  You will also need this number if you plan to transfer or when you apply for higher degrees. Visit  to complete RDS.  If you have any questions, see Ms. Hicks.

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College application deadlines

Appalachian State University - Regular Deadline: Feb. 1
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences - Priority:  Feb. 1 for Fall & Oct. 1 for Spring
Catawba College - Regular: Feb. 1
Elizabeth City State - Fall: June 30. Spring: Dec. 1.
Fayetteville State University - Fall: June 30. Spring: Dec. 1
High Point University - Regular Decision: Feb. 1
Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte: Rolling Admissions
Lees-McRae College: Regular Decision: April 10
Meredith College: Regular Decision: Feb. 15
NC A&T State University: Priority: Feb. 1. Regular Decision: June 30
NC Central University: Regular Decision - July 15
NC State University: Regular Decision: Jan. 15
Pfeiffer University: Honor Awards Priority: Feb. 1 Regular: Rolling 
Queens University of Charlotte - Secondary Early Action: Feb. 1.   Regular Decision: March 1
UNC at Chapel Hill - Regular Decision: Jan. 15.
UNC at Charlotte - Regular Decision: Feb. 1. Rolling admission after Feb. 1
UNC at Greensboro - Regular Decision: March 1. Rolling admissions: July 15
UNC at Pembroke - Regular: May 1
UNC at Wilmington - Regular: May 1
Warren Wilson College - Regular Decision: Rolling
Western Carolina University - Regular Decision II: Feb. 1
Winston-Salem State University - Regular Decision: May 31

*This information is subject to change by each campus. Please confirm all dates and deadlines as part of your planning process. 

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FAFSA - Free application for federal student aid

Complete the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid.  You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) upon completion. Some scholarship programs require FAFSA to be completed for consideration.  First step is to get an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid Identification) for the student and for one parent/legal guardian before Oct. 1 if possible.  Then, FAFSA opens on Oct. 1.  Visit to obtain an FSA ID  and complete FAFSA after Oct. 1.  VCS is planning a financial aid night. More details to come.  

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Dream Big! Win Big!  ACT Scholarship

Enter for your chance to win a $15,000 Scholarship + $5,000 Tech Package in the ACT Scholarship Giveaway!  Eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors who register for the ACT test between 9/3/2019 and 6/26/2020 are automatically entered for a chance to win.  It's that easy!  To register for the ACT, visit  If you qualify for a fee waiver, see Ms. Hicks.

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