Foundation Awards $236,648 in Scholarships

September 9, 2016

September 9, 2016 (Columbia, SC) Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands expert in philanthropy, has awarded 94 scholarships totaling $236,648 to some of South Carolina and the country’s outstanding students.

The Community Foundation manages 37 scholarship funds that provide education opportunities for students across South Carolina. Each scholarship has its own specific purpose and eligibility criteria according to the recommendations of the donor. Many of the funds have been established as testaments to the donor’s passion for education and rewards students for their hard work.   

For example, ten years ago, Colonel Lew Ballington together with the South Carolina Arms Collectors Association began awarding scholarships to dependents of current or deceased members of the Association. Their goal was simple: to help young people get ahead in life. In 2013, the Association transferred their funds to an endowed scholarship fund at the Community Foundation, as Colonel Ballington says, “to make sure we were doing business the way it should be done.”  Each year since, the Community Foundation has provided guidance and support to the Association, helping to recommend recipients and making it easier to manage the scholarship process.  The South Carolina Arms Collectors Association’s scholarships has touched many lives, awarding 21 scholarships totaling $19,250 since the fund’s inception and inspiring students in the community to reach and use their great potential.

“Our scholarship funds are just one of the many ways that donors in our community work with the Foundation to make a difference in the Midlands,” said Foundation President and CEO JoAnn Turnquist. “Through the generosity of our fundholders, these students now have the opportunity to achieve their academic goals without the financial burden that often accompanies a college education.  We congratulate each of our scholarship recipients and wish them well as they continue to learn and grow.”

Central Carolina Community Foundation will begin accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year in January 2017.  For more information about applying for scholarships or establishing a scholarship fund at the Foundation, please visit or call 803.254.5601.

The 2016 recipients of each fund, their hometown, and schools they plan to attend are as follows:

James A. Broome Scholarship

Taylor Miller, Columbia (Clemson University)

Bertha and Addison Bostain Sr. Scholarship

Justin Douglas, Irmo (Dartmouth College)

Zack and Rachel Clarkson Scholarship

Gregory Gravesandy, Columbia (Winthrop University)

Terika Williams, Orangeburg (Winthrop University)

Daughters of the Holy Cross - Sara Hempley Scholarship

Gbemisola Feko, Columbia (University of South Carolina)

First Choice Member Scholarship

ShaAngel Chandler, Kingstree (Francis Marion University)

Markie Gooch, Gaffney (Limestone College)

Mae and Wilbur Fulmer Scholarship

Jennifer Hill, Chapin (Clemson University)

Corey Shaver, Chapin (Newberry College)

Rhittie Gettone- Leading By Example- Communities In Schools Scholarship

Kayla Newsome, Hartsville (Winthrop University)

Gilbert Ruritan Scholarship

Allison Harman, Leesville (Clemson University)

The Katherine Kennedy Greiner Scholarship

Ala Ulilish, Columbia (Midlands Technical College)

Handel-Carter Assistance Scholarship

Lo-Ann Tavares-Smith, Columbia (Strayer University)

The Harmon Scholarship

Wilfredo Anderson, Sumter (University of South Carolina)

Chelsee Davis, Sumter (Clemson University)

William S. and Elizabeth B. Heath Scholarship

Katelyn Delbocca, Sumter (University of South Carolina)

Keyanna Lowery, Sumter (South Carolina State University)

Kayla Newsome, Hartsville (Winthrop University)

Deja Richardson, Sumter (Charleston Southern University)

Melody Rivers, Wedgefield (Claflin University)

Dr. Robert Howard/WHS Scholarship

Hope Williams, Rock Hill (Claflin University)

Estelle Jones Memorial Scholarship

William Hemingway, Columbia (Midlands Technical College)

Estelle Jones Non-Traditional Students Scholarship

Dekayla Hamilton, Columbia (University of South Carolina Upstate)

LinkScholars Program Scholarship

Quincy Darden, Columbia (South Carolina State University)

Cicely Wise, Leesville (Columbia College)

Terry A. McCoy Leadership Scholarship

Rachel Skidmore, Columbia (Clemson University)

Dr. William A. McDow Scholarship

Juliana Quay, Lancaster (Winthrop University)

Luke Sowell, Heath Springs (University of South Carolina)

Jacqueline M. Miller Scholarship

Drew Beaver, Great Falls (Clemson University)

Christine Caudill, Blythewood (Presbyterian College)

Carlton Johnson, Winnsboro (Duke University)

Rogers and Meredith Scholarship

Michael Fanning, Elloree (Spartanburg Methodist College)

William Finkelstein, Cayce (Beacon College)

Cheyenne Levine, Columbia (Spartanburg Methodist College)

John Stemplewski, Columbia (Full Sail University)

Four Students Attending Glenforest School

Bobbi Rossi Memorial Scholarship – USC College of Nursing

Katelyn Delbocca, Sumter (University of South Carolina)

Louetta Slice Scholarship

Caroline Kennerly, Chapin (University of South Carolina)

Sonoco Scholarship Fund

Courtney Adams, Ohio (Miami University)

Madison Baechle, Tennessee (University of Dayton)

Alexandra Broeniman, Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)

Miranda Casey, Alabama (University of Alabama)

Omar Chavez-Almendarez, Texas (Texas A&M University)

Teressa Do, Texas (Texas Tech University)

Angelica Ehrenschwender, Ohio (Denison University)

Melony Eley, Indiana (Ball State University)

Emily Emerick, Tennessee (Carson Newman University)

Jessie Fuller, Chapin, SC (University of South Carolina)

Ruby Gogana, Illinois (Loyola University)

Sophie Greenwood, Lugoff, SC (Clemson University)

Grace Handakas, Virginia (University of Virginia)

Taylor Hill, North Carolina (Appalachian State University)

Rebecca Hutcherson, North Carolina (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Madison Johnston, Kentucky (University of Kentucky)

Shelby Kennard, Ohio (Wright State University)

Nia Lavington, Hartsville, SC (North Carolina A&T State University)

David Lesley, Hartsville, SC (Francis Marion University)

Caleb Lindstrom, Michigan (University of Michigan-Flint)

McKenna Major, North Carolina (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Jessica Mills, Indiana (Ball State University)

Timothy Nuckols, Hartsville, SC (Clemson University)

Simoli Patel, Illinois (Lewis University)

Rahi Patel, Illinois (Marian University)

Latisha Pipes, Ohio (University of Findlay)

David Pledger, North Carolina (Pensacola Christian College)

Claudia Richardson, Illinois (Florida State University)

Cameron Roletter, North Carolina (University of North Carolina at Wilmington)

Omar Rubio, Illinois (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Zakery Slater, Chesnee, SC (University of South Carolina)

Kennedy Spang, Wisconsin (Carroll University)

Sukhbir Thind, Illinois (Loyola University)

Samantha White, Tennessee (East Tennessee State)

Jessica Williamson, McBee, SC (Winthrop University)

Alyda Zenteno, Illinois (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)

South Carolina Arms Collectors Association Scholarship

Kiersten Addy, Lexington (University of South Carolina)

Kirsten Davis, Lexington (University of South Carolina)

Ashlyn Ingram, Spartanburg (University of South Carolina Upstate)

Carmen Little, Beaufort (Winthrop University)

Emily Smith, Gilbert (University of South Carolina)

Avery Wood, Gray Court (Clemson University)

Junior League Smart Matters Scholarship

Allyah Goodwin, Columbia (Claflin University)

H. Eugene Webb Jr. Scholarship

Sohia Emetu, Columbia (College of Charleston)

Milford H. Wessinger Scholarship

Kristen Davis, Lexington (University of South Carolina)

Morgan Nichols, Lexington (Clemson University)

Sean Powers, Lexington (University of South Carolina)

Woodlands’ Families Scholarship Fund

Markayla Busby, Bamberg (Winthrop University)

Madeline Curry, Union City (Hampton University)

Dionna Gilmore, Cope (Winthrop University)

Jonathan Samuel, Bamberg (Benedict College)

The Pierce/Zimmerman Scholarship Fund

Charles Dowling, Orangeburg (Claflin University)

Allyah Goodwin, Columbia (Claflin Univeristy)

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