We are incredibly proud to recognize our very first scholarship recipients - Mr. Larry Sanders and Ms. Sheila Serrano-Flores. Both Larry and Sheila fully embody Southern Scholars Initiative's three core principles of education, determination, and generosity and we know they will continue to make us proud when they begin college this fall. Congratulations, Larry and Sheila, we look forward to supporting your success!
A Special Southern Scholars
Surprise at Work!
Larry Sanders was not able to accept the Dr. Doretha Pressey Scholarship during his high school's awards ceremony, because he had to work his Friday evening shift at McDonald's. Because we so admire his work ethic and because we did not want him to miss out on such a special moment, the entire Southern Scholars team decided to surprise Larry by presenting him with the scholarship at his job. Watch as our Board Chair, Robbie Pressey shares the good news!
This incredible moment was also featured in the Times and Democrat Newspaper. To read the beautifully written story, follow this link.
THANK YOU 2019 APPLICANTS!
In addition to Larry Sanders and Sheila Serrano-Flores, we also received scholarship applications from Sanaa Coleman, ZayAunna Beard, Amara Tyler, and Keandra Kearse (photographed above with Sheila Serrano-Flores). These students are all incredibly impressive and they made the task of selecting just two recipients a very difficult one. The Southern Scholars team presented each of these students with a gift card in the amount of $250, to express our appreciation to them for helping to make our inaugural year such a success, and to assist them with book fees and other college essentials. Thank you Scholars, we wish you all great success!
WHAT OUR SCHOLARS ARE SAYING
“THIS SCHOLARSHIP WILL HELP ME BE MORE FINANCIALLY STABLE FOR MY FOUR YEARS AT SC STATE UNIVERSITY. THE MORE FINANCIALLY STABLE I AM, THE MORE I CAN FOCUS ON MY CLASSES."
LARRY SANDERS / SOUTHERN SCHOLAR
“THIS SCHOLARSHIP WILL HELP ME BY PAYING FOR PART OF MY TUITION. I DON'T WANT MONEY TO GET IN THE WAY OF MY DREAM OF GOING TO COLLEGE."
SHEILA SERRANO-FLORES/ SOUTHERN SCHOLAR