Q: WHEN AND WHERE IS THE SEMINAR?
A: The Annual South Carolina Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar (SC HOBY) is May 27-29, 2016 and will be hosted again by Furman University in Greenville, SC. Ambassadors will arrive with their parents between 8:30am and 10:30am on May 27. Parents are asked to STAY WITH THEIR SOPHOMORE, until they are registered, move into their dorm, visit the SC HOBY Store , and visit our COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR. About 8 weeks before the seminar students and parents will receive a link the On-Line PRESEMINAR PACKET, which will need to be completed by the defined “Required Date to Complete”.
Q: HOW DO I REGISTER A SOPHOMORE?
A: The registration steps for an ambassador are very simple.
Q: HOW DO THE SOPHOMORES GET TO THE SEMINAR?
A: Most students come with their parents to the REGISTRATION on Friday, May 27, from 8:30-10:30 am, as there is a lot of participatory activities to do before the 10:30 am Orientation Kick-off Session. Although HOBY does not provide transportation, we are happy to help by connecting area participants for possible carpools, or investigating bus and train information, etc. DIRECTIONS to Furman University are easily accessible by clicking the following link, https://campusmap.furman.edu/. We suggest you enter through the Front Gate Entrance off of Poinsett Hwy. regardless of where you start!!!
Q: HOW DO I CHOOSE SOMEONE TO ATTEND?
A: The selection process is entirely up to you. Below are some suggestions from schools that have been used for selecting SC HOBY Ambassadors for over 30 years:
Q: WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE THE HOBY SCHOOL ID AND PASSWORD TO REGISTER ONLINE?
A1: Option 1: You can simply request it from SC HOBY at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will then be forwarded to you.
A2: Option 2: You can submit a request to HOBY INTERNATIONAL by emailing email@example.com with the subject line “School ID Request” containing the following information:
Q: DO I HAVE TO PAY THE REGISTRATION FEE AT THE TIME I REGISTER MY STUDENT?
A: No. You may register all your students and then the individuals responsible will be sent an invoice to pay the amount in full. SC HOBY Volunteers will work with all AMBASSADOR FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS (FOR THE PRIMARY ONLY IF IN THE SCHOOL BUDGET) to get the accounts paid in full. EVERYONE SHOULD BE AWARE THAT A PAYMENT DEADLINE DATE WILL BE POSTED AFTER JANUARY 1.
A school may pay their invoice directly to the address on the invoice. Parents and other sponsoring organizations can pay directly to this address as well. ALL PARTIAL PAYMENTS WILL BE COORDINATED WITH SC HOBY OFFICE AT firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that a student is not officially accepted into the program until the registration fee is received.
Q: WHY DO I NEED TO PROVIDE AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR THE STUDENT?
A: A valid email address for the student is very important because pre-seminar materials and confirmation of acceptance will be sent through email. If your student does not have an email address, please ask them to provide a parent’s email address to ensure information about the seminar will be received.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A STUDENT IS REGISTERED AND PAID?
A: Your student will receive an email confirmation stating he/she has been officially accepted into the
program. After that email, they may receive newsletters, informative emails, etc. from the SC HOBY Home Office. Within six weeks of the SCHOBY Seminar, your HOBY Ambassador will receive pre-seminar materials containing more detailed information (such as where to go, time of arrival and departure, and local confirmation information). If materials are not received within this time frame, please contact email@example.com.
Q: WHAT IF THE STUDENT I SELECTED CANNOT ATTEND?
A: HOBY highly recommends selecting an ALTERNATE student and submitting him/her online is case
the originally selected student is unable to attend. If your selected HOBY Ambassador is unable to attend, and an alternate student is already submitted online, simply log back in to the online system and follow the instructions to replace the primary student with the alternate.
If an alternate student was not initially selected and submitted online, please log back in to the online registration system with your HOBY school ID and password, and then submit an alternate student and replace your primary HOBY Ambassador. Follow the instructions online. Due to the NO REFUND policy, this is the only way to recover the registration fee.
Q: HOW CAN I ADVERTISE AND MARKET SCHOBY TO PERSPECTIVE AND FUTURE STUDENTS?
A: The following are suggestions that help not only SC HOBY, but you with organizing the program: