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S.C. Chamber scholarships awarded to Sumter students

Author: Aytevia Evans

Source: The Sumter Item

July 23, 2014

The S.C. Chamber of Commerce recently awarded two Sumter students with prestigious scholarships. After participating in the organization's annual Business Week program, Amelia Macloskie and Wilfredo Anderson received scholarship money totaling $7,500.

Macloskie, a 2014 Wilson Hall graduate, received the inaugural Mechanical Contractors Association of South Carolina Scholarship for $2,500, and Anderson, a rising junior at Crestwood High School, received the most prestigious scholarship, the S. Hunter Howard Jr. Scholarship, for $5,000, which is awarded in honor of the organization's recently retired president and CEO.

Penny Cothran, multimedia manager for S.C. Chamber of Commerce, said having two students from the Sumter area receive awards this year is a great accomplishment.

"The S.C. Chamber only gives four, and this year five, scholarships to students. These are our most prestigious awards for young students," Cothran said. "They're basically selected as the cr me de la cr me of the close to 200 students who come to Business Week every year. The fact that there are two from Sumter is quite extraordinary."

Antonio Riley, a Lakewood High School graduate and intern with the Business Week program, explained that Business Week is an annual program for high school students in South Carolina that gives them the opportunity to think about and solve problems in the business world. Riley was also a recipient of the program's Chelse Ward Elliott Scholarship in 2012.

"Basically it allows students to get the aspect of the business world. Students are selected to be company CEOs for the entire week, and they go through various amounts of business-type simulations."

Business Week is normally hosted at Presbyterian College in Clinton in July every year. According to S.C. Chamber of Commerce, the program offers young adults the unique opportunity to interact with business leaders along with their peers to learn more about the ins and outs of a successful career.

S.C. Chamber of Commerce is the state's largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association. It represents more than 18,000 businesses across the state, 90 percent of which are small businesses.

Along with the two scholarships awarded to Sumter students, three other scholarships - the Rawl Family Scholarship, the Ron McNair Leadership Award and the Chelse Ward Elliott Scholarship - were awarded to students from Edgefield, Horry and Jasper counties.

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