Four Greenwood High School seniors, Danita Donaldson, Jordynn Pinckney, Sykeria Raiford and Charlie Wieters, received the prestigious Major Walter Benson Scholarship award during GHS’s awards program held on May 3rd.
Held by the Greenwood County Community Foundation, this scholarship is awarded to Greenwood High School students who overcome exceptional circumstances in achieving their high school diploma and who maintain a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and who have been accepted to a 2- or 4-year institution of higher learning.
This endowed fund was established in memory of the late Major Walter Benson, former principal of Greenwood High School (1924 — 1953) by Mr. Saul Kurlat of Cambridge, Massachusetts, a 1943 graduate of Greenwood High School. Mr. Kurlat established the endowed scholarship to honor the encouragement and compassion of the former Greenwood High School principal. He stated, “Major Benson helped me and other students achieve through his encouragement and compassion, and I want to honor his memory in a special way.” This award is managed by the scholarship committee of Greenwood High School in partnership with the Greenwood County Community Foundation.
Miss Donaldson, Miss Pinckney and Mr. Wieters all plan to attend the College of Charleston in the fall. Miss Raiford will attend Piedmont Technical College.
The Greenwood County Community Foundation holds tax-deductible endowed and non-endowed funds for individuals, nonprofit organizations, and scholarships.
Submitted by Jeff Smith