Four teens receive Laura Fleming scholarships

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By Jesef Williams

Females reigned supreme at the announcement of this year’s Laura Fleming Scholarship, sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union.

The $1,000 scholarship, now in its fifth year, provides funding every year for four students who plan to attend an accredited college, vocational or technical school. Each senior must also be the child of a member of the credit union.

The 2008 winners are Caroline Allen of South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, Weslie Clark of Paul M. Dorman High School in Spartanburg, Angela Hendrix of Covenant Christian School in Pageland, and Shanna VanBeek of Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail, N.C.

Each winner was presented a plaque during Founders’ annual meeting Tuesday evening at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill.

“The class reflects what we’ve seen in the past with students who have a desire to help their community and world become a better place,” said Ken Hudson, chairman of the scholarship committee.

The scholarship is named after former Founders president and CEO Laura Fleming, who died in 2003. The scholarship was first awarded the same year.

Fleming’s daughter, Angie Cauthen, was at Tuesday’s presentation. She says all the winners represent many of the values for which her mother stood.

“It’s just a fantastic opportunity to see the qualities that they have,” Cauthen said. “(Her mother) was very fond of participating and supporting the community. She was very supportive of education.”

Nearly 50 students from 27 different schools in the Carolinas applied for this year’s scholarship.

Allen, who’s bound for Tulane University, was surprised to be selected.

“I was really shocked I got it. There are so many people equally as qualified to receive it.”

Clark, who plans to attend Clemson University in the fall, hopes she can live up to the comparison drawn to Fleming.

“I only hope that I can do it justice because it’s such a big thing,” she said. “I would love to do everything they hope I can do.”

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at 283-1152