By Christina Lee Knauss
The Meeting Street Scholarship Fund, aimed at helping high-achieving graduates pay for college, is now partnering with The Darla Moore Foundation.
This new partnership now enables the scholarship to expand beyond Charleston County to include eligible students in eight additional counties in the Pee Dee Region beginning with the 2021-2022 scholarship cycle.
Scholarship recipients can receive up to $40,000 in college scholarships, with awards up to $10,000 annually for four years.
“We are incredibly humbled and excited to partner with The Darla Moore Foundation. It is through generous philanthropic efforts like this that we can offer this scholarship resource to more students across South Carolina,” Ben Navarro, founder of the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund, said in a news release.
The scholarship is designed to identify academically high-achieving students with limited ability to afford college tuition and enable them to attend college without accruing student loan debt.
The first application cycle of the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund awarded scholarship funding to 94 scholars in Charleston County this past year. With the addition of the Pee Dee Region, the Fund estimates that more than 200 students could earn a scholarship during the upcoming application cycle.
“A lot of our students think college is not attainable for them,” Laura Hickson, superintendent of Florence County School District Three, said in the release. “This opportunity will help students to actually visualize that pathway to college. Once students go to college, it’s going to change their entire trajectory. This will be a game-changer for a lot of children, which in turn will change our entire community.”
The scholarship is available to students who will graduate in 2022 and live in one of the following counties: Charleston, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro and Williamsburg.
Scholarship applications and eligibility criteria are available at https://meetingstreetscholarshipfund.org.
The Darla Moore Foundation was founded in 2010 by Lake City philanthropist and financier Darla Moore with the mission of enhancing the lives of Pee Dee and S.C. residents.