Greenwood High School seniors receive Major Benson Scholarship

Pictured left to right are: Chad Evans, Greenwood High School Principal, Kayla Sanders, and Jeff Smith, President of the Greenwood County Community Foundation.

Two Greenwood High School seniors, Kayla Rochelle Sanders and Tyron Dillon Schultz, received the prestigious Major Walter Benson Scholarship award during GHS’s awards program held on May 4th.

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 Sanders will attend Benedict College in the fall where she plans to pursue a degree in Accounting. Mr. Schultz will attend the University of South Carolina this fall where he plans to major in computer science with either a double major or minor in computer engineering.

Submitted by Jeff Smith

Submitted by Jeff Smith