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Author: Penny Cothran

Source: SC Chamber of Commerce

August 5, 2015

For Immediate Release 

August 5, 2015
Contact: Penny Cothran 803-255-2564
Email: Penny.Cothran@scchamber.net                                                                                    



Six High School Students Recognized at South Carolina Business Week
Columbia, SC – The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the winners of its annual college scholarships during last week’s prestigious South Carolina Business Week, July 26-31, 2015. Each year, Business Week offers bright, young adults the unique opportunity to interact with business leaders along with their peers on the historic Presbyterian College campus in Clinton to learn more about the ins and outs of a successful career. This year, 166 students successfully graduated from the program.

Approximately half of the students apply for the college scholarships. A handful is then selected for interviews. Among the 2015 scholarship winners are a class valedictorian and a future U.S. Senator (or so she wishes). A new scholarship was added, bringing the count up to six scholarships. It was a record year for the program and these six winners:

Chelse Ward Elliott Scholarship

Mr. Vignesh Rajmohan was awarded the Chelse Ward Elliott Scholarship for $2,000. He is a rising sophomore at J.L. Mann Academy in Greenville. This scholarship is presented in memory of Chelse Ward Elliott, wife of longtime Business Week company advisor Tony Elliott.

S. Hunter Howard Jr. Scholarship
Ms. Taylor Bradley won the S. Hunter Howard, Jr. Scholarship for $5,000. She is a 2015 graduate of East Clarendon High School. She will attend USC in the fall of 2015. The award recognizes a Business Week student who consistently demonstrates exceptional leadership abilities and was introduced in 2008 in honor of S. Hunter Howard Jr., retired president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

Ron McNair Leadership Award

Ms. Peyton Elmore was awarded the Ron McNair Leadership Award for $5,000. She is a rising junior at James F. Byrnes High School in Spartanburg. This scholarship, contributed by SCE&G, was established in memory of Lake City native and astronaut Ron McNair. The award recognizes a Business Week student who consistently demonstrates exceptional leadership abilities.

Mechanical Contractors Association of South Carolina Scholarship

Mr. Coleman “Chase” Belk won the Mechanical Contractors Association of SC Scholarship for $2,500. He is a 2015 graduate of Wilson Hall in Sumter. He will attend Furman in fall 2015.

This award, now in its second year, may be used at the South Carolina college or university of his choice.

Rawl Family Scholarship
Ms. Carly Sincavitch
was awarded the Rawl Family Scholarship for $2,000. She is a rising senior at Myrtle Beach High School.

2015 SCANA Scholarship

Mr. Wayne Russ, II won the 2015 SCANA Scholarship for $3,000. He is a graduate of Crestwood High School in Sumter. He will attend USC in fall of 2015. This is the inaugural year for this scholarship.

Thank you to the individuals, corporations and associations who make these scholarships possible each year.

Companies interested in learning more about student sponsorships or scholarships for Business Week students should visit www.scbusinessweek.com, or contact Rhonda Caldwell at 803-255-2622.

For more than thirty years, South Carolina Business Week has contributed to the preparation of young adults for the business environment by introducing them to the principles of leadership, teamwork and the American free enterprise system while promoting self-reliance, individual responsibility and entrepreneurship. During the week, teams of students develop mock companies, led by company advisors borrowed from some of South Carolina’s most successful businesses. Students attend workshops to learn about all aspects of business and test their newly acquired knowledge in a business simulation designed to achieve a real company feel with challenging, real-world situations. Along with an emphasis on teamwork and leadership skills, Business Week includes programs on the stock market, ethics in business, leadership profiling, the significance of diversity in business and entrepreneurship. 

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 18,000 businesses and more than one million employees. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing wealth and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.


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