CCCF impacts community with over $150,000 in scholarships

September 8, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC – Central Carolina Community Foundation, now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, has awarded 70 scholarships totaling $158,020 to some of South Carolina’s best and brightest students.

The Community Foundation manages 41 scholarship funds that provide education opportunities for students across the Midlands. 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 their commitment to a particular geographic area or

For example, the William S. and Elizabeth B. Heath Scholarship began in 1995 to provide tuition support to children of employees of Carolina Coca-Cola Bottling Company based in Sumter, SC. The fund also provides scholarships to outstanding seniors in Sumter County when no dependents of the bottling company apply. During the past 16 years, the William S. and Elizabeth B. Heath Scholarship has funded 171 scholarships totaling close to $805,000.

“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, 70 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 2015-2016 school year in January 2015. More information about applying for scholarships or establishing a scholarship fund at the Foundation, please visit or call 803.254.5601.

The 2014 recipients of each fund, their hometown, and schools they plan to attend are as follows:

A.C. Flora First Five Years Foundation
Matthew Hurtt, Columbia (Winthrop University)
Mary King, Columbia (University of Georgia)
Jenna Poole, Columbia (University of South Carolina)
Kathryn Spence, Columbia (Lander University)
Jasmine Williamson, Hopkins (Winthrop University)

Handel-Carter Assistance Fund
Fretoria Addison, Columbia (Midlands Technical College)
Consuela Yisrael, Columbia (Midlands Technical College)

Zack and Rachel Clarkson Scholarship
Brandon Stroman, Hopkins (Walters State Community College)
Tamarik Taylor, Eastover (South Carolina State University)

Daughters of the Holy Cross – Sara Hempley Scholarship
Michele Hindermyer-Heller, Irmo (Midlands Technical College)

First Choice Members Scholarship
Cheryl Robertis, Summerville (Charleston Southern University)

Mae and Wilbur Fulmer Scholarship
Jennifer Hill, Chapin (Clemson University)

Rhittie Gettone Leading By Example Scholarship
Lafontant Williamson, Columbia (Midlands Technical College)

Gilbert Ruritan Scholarship
Raymond Padgett, Batesburg (College of Charleston)
Jenna Williams, Gilbert (University of South Carolina)

William S. and Elizabeth B. Heath Scholarship
Katelyn Delbocca, Sumter (University of South Carolina)
Walker Fickling, Sumter (University of South Carolina)
Christopher Galloway, Sumter (University of South Carolina)
Ja’Keon Green, Sumter (Coastal Carolina University)
Erin Owens, Hemingway (Coastal Carolina University)
Melody Rivers, Wedgefield (Clafin University)

Dr. Robert Howard/WHS Scholarship Fund
Victoria Small, Orangeburg (Clafin University)

Bobby J. Jacobs Jr. Turn Your Life Around Award
LeDetra Jackson, Columbia (Coker College)

Estelle Jones Memorial Scholarship
Ayanna Suber, Columbia (Coastal Carolina University)

Estelle Jones Non-Traditional Students Scholarship
Almando Brown, Hopkins (Limestone College)

LinkScholars Scholarship Program
Niya Anderson, Hopkins (Clafin University)
Jazmine Anderson, Columbia (Lander University)
Tywan Bookert, Columbia (Lander University)
Thomas Cauthen, Rembert (University of South Carolina)
Curtdrieka Kirksey, Columbia (Lander University)
Franshawn Mack, Hopkins (South Carolina State University)

Terry A. McCoy Leadership Scholarship
Jonathan Smith, Columbia (Furman University)

Dr. William A. McDow Scholarship
Danlet Mayson, Heath Springs (University of South Carolina-Lancaster)

Jacqueline M. Miller Scholarship
Brandi Bell, Ridgeway (College of Charleston)
Alexa Karoly, Winnsboro (Columbia College)
Michaela Massey, Richburg (York Technical College)

Rogers & Meredith Scholarship Fund
Jazmine Anderson, Columbia (Lander University)
Tywan Bookert, Columbia (Lander University)
Jonathan Bowles, Lexington (Clemson University)
Hakim Frazier-Harris, Columbia (South Carolina State University)
Tyrone Guinyard, Columbia (Greenville Technical College)
Curtdrieka Kirksey, Columbia (Lander University)
Rachel Smith, Columbia (North Greenville University)
Louise Speights, Columbia (Johnson C. Smith University)
6 Students Attending Glenforest School

Master Sergeant Worley E. Phipps Scholarship
Maddison Aaron, Pelion (The Citadel)
Alanah Frye, Lexington (Clemson University)
Zachary Kanipe, Lexington (Newberry College)

Bobbi Rossi Memorial Scholarship – USC College of Nursing
Amanda Clark, Chapin (University of South Carolina)

Louetta Slice Scholarship
Amanda Clark, Chapin (University of South Carolina)

SC Arms Collectors Association
Regan Carwile, Belton (Clemson University)
Kristen Davis, Lexington (University of South Carolina)
Madison Dominick, Pomaria (Clemson University)
Eva Jenkinson, Lexington (Lander University)
Tanner Swain, Orangeburg (The Citadel)
William Threlkeld, Williamston (University of South Carolina)

Smart Matters Scholarship
Cora Webb, Columbia (College of Charleston)

Milford H. Wessinger Scholarship
Hunter Booth, Chapin (Clemson University)
Kristen Davis, Lexington (University of South Carolina)
Megan Middleton, Lexington (Anderson University)
Hunter Threlkeld, West Columbia (Anderson University)

Woodlands’ Families Scholarship
Markayla Busby, Bamberg (Winthrop University)
Kimberly Glover, Orangeburg (Hampton University)



About Central Carolina Community Foundation
Central Carolina Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. For more information about the Foundation, visit their website at or call 803.254.5601.

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