(Columbia, SC) – Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands expert in philanthropy, has awarded 123 scholarships totaling $277,544 to some of South Carolina and the country’s outstanding students.
The Community Foundation manages 41 scholarship funds that provide educational 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, the Bertha and Addison Bostain, Sr. Scholarship was established in the memory of long-time Chapin residents. In 1930, Mr. Bostain opened a general store in Chapin following overseeing the construction of the Lake Murray hydroelectric plant. This was at the beginning of the Great Depression and the store was often on the edge of bankruptcy but was kept from failure, in part, due to business from many African American patrons. Mr. and Mrs. Bostain had good relations with their customers and extended credit to African American customers when other store owners did not. Because of their appreciation of the support of the African American community, the Bostain family established a scholarship for African-American students graduating from a public high school in Chapin. The family also established the Mae and Wilbur Fulmer Scholarship to support students who are members of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church in Chapin.
“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 2018-2019 school year in January 2018. For more information about applying for scholarships or establishing a scholarship fund at the Foundation, please visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.