Lancaster County selected to receive state scholarship

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Christopher Sardelli
A recently announced scholarship could help one lucky high school senior with tuition costs as they head to college this fall.
The S.C. Association of Counties, a state organization representing county government in South Carolina, has announced that Lancaster County was selected as one of the recipients for its annual scholarship program.
“By the luck of the draw, Lancaster County was selected for the 2011 Association of Counties Board of Director’s Scholarship,” said County Administrator Steve Willis.
SCAC’s Board of Directors Scholarship Program awards $2,500 scholarships to two graduating high school seniors who are residents of counties chosen by lot by the SCAC.
Both Lancaster and Union counties were selected in the draw, meaning one student from each county will receive a scholarship.
The deadline application is March 15 and the scholarship will be awarded in May.
SCAC project coordinator Leslie Jennings
 said the program was established in 1998 to recognize students who plan to further their education. So far, the program has awarded a total of $53,000 to 25 students.
“It’s a great program,” Jennings said. “Counties are very supportive of this program because it’s of great benefit to them.”
To qualify, students must be a graduating senior and must be planning to attend a South Carolina college or university or a two-year technical college in the fall.
The student will win the scholarship based on their application and essay, as well as grades, school activities and community involvement.
The scholarship check will be sent directly to the school they have been accepted to, Jennings said.
Willis said applications have been sent to area high schools, state schools such as the Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics, and the state Home School Association President.
Willis encourages high school seniors to take advantage of the program and send in applications.
“Please help us spread the word about this benefit for our county high school seniors from the South Carolina Association of Counties,” he said.
Information about the scholarship, as well as applications, can be found at www.sccounties.org/about/scholarships.aspx. Jennings said seniors can also contact their school’s guidance counselors for applications.
“We’d love to see a lot of applications so the committee can consider all the worthy students,” Jennings said.
About SCAC
According to its website, SCAC is the only state organization representing county government in the state.
The organization’s membership includes all 46 counties throughout South Carolina.
It is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization based in Columbia, and is governed by a board of directors made up of county officials from across the state.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at 416-8416