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More Than $550,000 Awarded in Scholarships by CCCF for 2022-2023 School Year

As students return to school this fall, $558,445.50 has been awarded to 214 outstanding students by Central Carolina Community Foundation. The recipients spread from South Carolina to the rest of the country

Since 1994, the Foundation has awarded more than $5.13 million in scholarships to help deserving students obtain a higher education. The Foundation manages 46 scholarship funds with awards ranging from $500 to the full cost of tuition, room and board and fees. 71% of students who received scholarships are attending schools within the state. The median of scholarships awarded this year was $2,000 and more than 50% of the recipients were minority students.

“We congratulate each of our scholarship recipients and wish them well as they begin or return to college this fall,” said Erin Johnson, vice president, community investment of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “These scholarships are made possible by our generous fundholders, allowing students to pursue their educational dreams without added financial burden.”

Each scholarship fund has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria based on the donor’s recommendations. Many of the funds have been established to honor the legacy of a loved one or as testaments to the donor’s passion for education.

For example, the Sonoco scholarship is designed to specifically aid dependents of Sonoco employees. The Sonoco scholarship has awarded more than $514,000 through 265 scholarships since 2016.

“As a first-generation college student looking to pursue my dream of being a teacher and helping others, this scholarship is incredibly beneficial to me and my family,” said Katherine McDonald, Sonoco Scholarship recipient.

Central Carolina Community Foundation will begin accepting online applications for the 2023-2024 school year in January 2023. For more information about applying for scholarships or establishing a scholarship fund at the Foundation, please visit or call 803.254.5601.