FREE AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING, TESTING AND HOMEWORK CENTER
Totally funded by the SVEF for many years, the Foundation now provides significant financial support through the Annual Fund to the Afterschool Program to ensure that the Media Center is supervised and available to students on a drop in basis after school for testing, study and research Monday - Thursday to 5:00 p.m. Free tutoring by faculty and National Honor Society students is offered Monday through Thursday.
The SVEF was initially established to fund the needs which teachers at Spring Valley High School identified as critical to their effectiveness in the classroom, but not available through tax dollars. Mini Grant (no dollar limit) and Wishing Well ($100 limit) awards fund innovative ideas, projects, activities and resource materials through direct grants twice a year. These may be for school-wide needs, departmental projects or to an individual teacher to enrich academic learning in his/her classroom. Over 800 requests totaling over $400,000 have been funded with proceeds from the auction, golf tournament, and other foundation fund raisers.
Endowed and Memorial Scholarships Spring 2018
Alan H. Brill Facial Plastic Surgery Scholarship - $500
To be awarded to a "turn-around student", who has changed course and overcome significant obstacles in order to pursue his/her education. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
W. Ben Nesbit Scholarship - $500
This scholarship is given in honor of Dr. Ben Nesbit, SVHS Principal 1977-1992. It is awarded to a student graduating from Spring Valley who is the son or daughter of a faculty or staff member of Richland School District Two. The student must have a strong school and personal record in academics and in school or community activities.
Dr. Gregory C. Owings-$500
This scholarship is given in honor of Dr. Greg Owings who served as Principal of SVHS from 1999 to 2012. The recipient must have a 3.0 or higher GPA, must be accepted to and attending the University of South Carolina
Wes Brown Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
This scholarship is given in memory of Wesley R. Brown, a 1997 graduate of Spring Valley HS and a 2001 graduate of the University of South Carolina. Wes enjoyed all sports including his four years playing football for Spring Valley and was an avid USC fan. Applicants should have a "B" or above average, have participated as an athlete, a cheerleader, a trainer or manager, or have other involvement with student athletics, be accepted and planning to attend USC, and need financial assistance.
Ashley Nicole Dent Math & Science Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
This scholarship is given in memory of Ashley Dent, a Discovery student at SVHS in 2006, who died during her Junior year. Ashley was an Honors student, Varsity soccer player and lettered in cross country. Ashley's infectious smile and love of life was evident to all who knew her. Ashley planned to major in medicine and her goal was to be an orthopedic surgeon. Applicants should be highly motivated students, planning to major in Math or Science, have a "B" or above average and are active in sports. Scholarship will be paid directly to the university the recipient attends.
Matthew Ryan Jones Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Matt was a 1999 SVHS graduate who died at age 20 after a courageous life-long struggle with cystic fibrosis. Despite many challenges, he valiantly pursued his goals and dreams and attended Clemson University before his death. Applicants must be: highly motivated students, unable to attend college without financial assistance and be accepted at either Clemson or USC. $500 will be awarded for each semester of the recipient's 1st year of school and will be paid directly to the University.
Wendy Noel Lippincott Memorial Scholarship - $1000
This scholarship is given in memory of Wendy N. Lippincott who graduated from SVHS and attended Clemson University before her death. Any female student who will attend Clemson University, has a "B" or above average, is active in sports and school activities and has not received other scholarships is eligible. The applicant need not be in the top part of her class or have financial need.
Stefanie Martin Memorial Scholarships- $1000
These two scholarships are in memory of Stefanie Martin, a 2014 SVHS graduate. Stefanie had an accident, which resulted in a major back injury but was still determined to run on the SVHS cross country and track team. Stefanie was a freshman at Clemson University when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She passed away 3 months later. The recipient must have a GPS of 3.5 or higher, plans to continue their education at a community college, a technical or trade school or a 4- year college and has dealt with a hardship or major difficulty in their life. Examples of this are major illness or injury, family hardships, immigration from a different country, losing a loved one, etc. The candidate is expected to write an essay about this hardship and how he/she dealt with it.
Ethel McDuffie Overton Lea Memorial Scholarships-$1000
This scholarship was established by Dr. Jim Overton's, former member of the SVHS Guidance Department, in memory of his mother, who was an educator. Multiple merit-based $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate a sincere and active commitment to learning, focused extracurricular involvement and unique character. Applicants should submit a copy of an essay used in their college application.
Zemar D. Roberts Memorial Scholarship - $1,000
Zemar was a 2002 Spring Valley HS graduate who was a Student Government Officer and played in the Viking Band. He graduated from college while serving in the Navy and Marines. After completing his military service he continued to serve his country as an employee of the Veteran's Administration. In all aspects of his life, Zemar's infectious smile and upbeat spirit were his trademarks. This scholarship is given in his memory by former teachers and friends to be awarded to a student who demonstrates leadership qualities and perseverance in overcoming significant obstacles in order to pursue his/her education. Applicants must have 1) a 2.0 or better cumulative GPA, 2) participated in one or more extracurricular activities at SVHS, 3) be accepted to and planning to attend 2 or 4-year college or university, and 4) demonstrate the need for financial assistance.
J. Corey Stringfellow Art and Writing Scholarship Fund-$1,000
This scholarship is given in honor of Corey Stringfellow, a student at SVHS, who died in 2013 at the end of his sophomore year. Corey was an A-B student with a unique talent for art and writing. The recipient must have a GPA of 3.0 or above, be active in sports, enjoy writing and plan to major in Art Studio, Graphic Design or a similar field of study.
Eddie Benton Memorial Scholarship- $1000
This scholarship was started as a way to honor the memory of Eddie Benton, A SVHS graduate and employee with the Richland School District Two Maintenance Department for nearly 30 years. Applicant must plan to attend a Technical College or Trade School and have a 2.0 GPA or higher and be of good character.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION PROGRAMS
APPLE AWARDS - These awards are made quarterly to recognize exceptional support for Spring Valley High School and its students, often behind the scenes. Use Apple Award Form (under Forms on the right) to nominate a teacher, counselor, coach. administrator or other mentor.
GOLD STAR EDUCATOR PINS (See Fund Raisers) - Your $10 tax deductible gift made in honor of a faculty or staff member gets a gold star pin (to be proudly worn on recipient's ID lanyard) and a card with the donor's name hand delivered to him/her. Use Form (under Forms on the right).
FRIEND OF THE FOUNDATION - This prestigious award is presented annually at the Pride Assembly to businesses and individuals who have provided significant long term financial or in kind support to the Foundation or Spring Valley High School. Click here to see list of recipients.
BRICK PROGRAM (See Fund Raisers) - Click here for $50 imprinted brick order form. Have name and graduation year imprinted on brick to be placed in alumni walkway near flagpole in front of SVHS!
MAGNET PROGRAM - Since Spring Valley High School is the Math and Science Magnet School for Richland School District Two, the SVEF makes every effort to fund special equipment and material needs for Magnet teachers that will also benefit students at all levels. Over $50,000 in support to date including research grants to Discovery students for materials that become Science Department property and can be used by others. In 2012-2013, $6,975 was awarded to purchase new TI Nspire graphing calculators and a Navigator System for both Math and Science teachers to use and a classroom set of new microscopes (15) and a Moticam was funded in the amount of $9,397 .
COMMUNITY OUTREACH - The SVEF actively seeks to partner with local businesses and corporations to obtain funds, equipment or other in kind donations to benefit Spring Valley High School. Splitting the cost of the $20,000 marquee sign in front of the school with Coca Cola. Accepting donations and matching gifts to help fund and the Ropes Course, new Weight Room, Baseball and Track equipment are examples of this.