The Countybank Foundation recently made its final donation installment of $20,000 to The Greenwood Promise, fulfilling the pledged amount of $100,000 over the course of five years.
Countybank and Greenwood Capital are two of many donors who appear on a new Greenwood Promise Donor Tree, which was recently put on public display at the Uptown Market following a ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Our vision is to foster a community actively engaged in education, and we couldn’t do what we love without the support of local organizations such as Countybank and Greenwood Capital,” said Katie Davenport, Executive Director of The Greenwood Promise. “We are thankful for their generosity and shared passion for providing a path to success for the youth of Greenwood.”
The Countybank Foundation’s donation will contribute to furthering scholarship opportunities for high school graduates in Greenwood school districts. Phase one of this support allows the eligible students to attend Piedmont Technical College for two years at no cost to them.
“Our partnership with The Greenwood Promise is a dedication to Greenwood students’ future education, and we are overjoyed to have the financial ability to support them,” said David Tompkins, Senior Vice President, Greenwood Market Executive of Countybank. “The work of this organization not only positively impacts high school graduation rates and postsecondary education attainment, but also workforce development and job creation.”
The Greenwood Promise has continued to yield impressive results since its inception. Greenwood County surpassed the South Carolina state average in post-secondary education enrollment for the first time in 2017. Additionally, Greenwood County full-time enrollment at Piedmont Technical College increased by 100% from 2016 to 2018.
“Greenwood Capital is pleased to support The Greenwood Promise, which helps create a future for bright students while also building a better community for Greenwood residents,” said Walter Todd, III, President and CIO of Greenwood Capital.
The Greenwood Promise is a place-based scholarship program designed to reach beyond the boundaries of economic need and academic ability. The organization awards funds to offset the remaining balance of post-secondary tuition and mandatory fees for every high school graduate with a primary residence in Districts 50, 51 or 52.
Those interested in learning more about The Greenwood Promise, including how to get involved, may visit greenwoodpromise.com.