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2 Pinckney Scholars thrive in college

  • Special to Jasper County Sun Times/ Carmen Hamilton of Jasper County, right, and Brian DeLesline of Charleston County at a post-training bowling outing.
  • Special to Jasper County Sun Times/ Jasper County’s Kayla Hasty, left, and Christian Carter of Beaufort County of at a post-training bowling session.

Two former Ridgeland-Hardeeville High students who were Rev. Pinckney Scholars are enjoying their college experiences.

Jasper’s Kayla Hasty is studying to become a physical therapist at South Carolina State University, where she is a member of the Honors College, which entails many community service hours.

Carmen Hamilton studies at Charleston Southern University. She is pursuing a degree in nursing and joined the Nursing Students Association, which provides leadership training, professional development and educational opportunities.

“In the shadow of a dark set of circumstances that still haunt our community, these 10 Pinckney Scholars provide a ray of hope,” said Darrin Goss, Sr., President & CEO of Coastal Community Foundation. “Their demonstrated excellence in the first semester of college is a shining example of the life and legacy of the late Reverend Pinckney. They honor him and the rest of the Emanuel 9 through their efforts.”

The scholars met over winter break for a communications training session from The Step Up Network, a nonprofit focused on soft-skills training and workforce development in the Charleston area. The training, led by Step Up trainer John Ring, Jr., focused on communications strategies for interactions with professors, colleagues and potential employers as the scholars advance into new educational and professional opportunities in 2017.

All 10 students who earned the scholarship completed the fall semester with GPA’s above a 3.0, with four having GPA’s of at least a 4.0.

Applications for the next cohort of Reverend Pinckney Scholars will be made available on CCF’s website later this month. Interested applicants are encouraged to review eligibility criteria on the website. They must complete and submit the online application by March 17 to be considered for the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program.

Scholarship finalists will be interviewed at CCF’s Charleston office in May.

Learn more www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org or call (843) 723-3635.

On July 2, 2015, a group of anonymous donors, moved by the tragic murders at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church and Charleston’s remarkable response to the shooting, created a $3.2 million scholarship fund in honor of Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney. In March 2016, Coastal Community Foundation began to administer the scholarship fund and its companion program, the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program.

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