Columbia College has named fourteen students to the inaugural class of Momentum Scholars, an innovative program for academically-minded high school students with big ideas about their futures.
Nominations were received from throughout the country and 50 finalists were selected to be interviewed by teams of community leaders. On Saturday, March 16, the recipients were recognized at a special celebration at Columbia College.
Mac Bennett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands, was one of the interviewers. According to Bennett, "The students I met were an impressive group with a great deal of potential. Each was well-spoken and professional with a strong work ethic and a commitment to being involved in the community."
Columbia College President Elizabeth Dinndorf said, "We could not be more thrilled to welcome these exceptional students to Columbia College as our first Momentum Scholars. These students are leaders and are engaged in their high schools and communities. They have been class presidents; delegates for Palmetto Girls State; ambassadors for global leadership adventures; teacher cadets, tutors, and coaches; and youth leaders in their churches. They have interned at prestigious law firms and been involved in Youth in Government, and the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine. They volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, at homeless shelters, and with organizations that fight childhood obesity and that fight cancer."
The 2013 Momentum Scholars are Deja Becknell of High Point, N.C.; Brianna Bellamy of Conway, S.C.; Veronica Bell of North Charleston, S.C.; Taylor Brobisky of Wadmalaw Island, S.C.; Icelynn Coker of Varnville, S.C.; Elizabeth Howe of Great Falls, S.C.; Carolyn Kerns of Elgin, S.C.; Laura Maurer of Greenville, S.C.; Anna Outlaw of Bishopville, S.C.; Emily Rhodes of Bluffton, S.C.; Gaylyn Singletary of North Charleston, S.C., Julia Smith of Elgin, S.C.; Peggy Smith of Elgin, S.C.; and Caitlin Wirth of Manning, S.C.
In addition to substantial scholarship funds, Momentum Scholars will receive other opportunities such as summer paid internships. The Momentum Scholarship is designed for academically-minded students who have big ideas about their future and possess a unique combination of determination and character. The scholarship is intended to reward current ambition and honest commitment to making a difference in the world.
Nominations for the 2014 incoming class are currently being accepted and must be received by November 13, 2013. Prospective student nominations and applications may be submitted at www.columbiasc.edu/momentum.