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Camden Junior Welfare League
Fall Classroom Grants
October 3rd, 2022 (Camden, SC) – The Camden Junior Welfare League has awarded its Fall Classroom Enrichment Grants to ten Kershaw County educators, with grant funds totaling more than $4,800.
The CJWL received grant applications from over 45 educators across the school district. Funding is available for projects that will support student enrichment in math, language and writing, arts, life skills and leadership, physical education, STEAM, and special education.
“We are so impressed with not only the amount of applicants we received this year, but the dedication that each educator put forth to make their dreams a reality for the betterment of each child.,” said Camden Junior Welfare League President Hannah Rushmiller.
The Camden Junior Welfare League awards approximately $20,000 in grants and scholarships each year, to individual educators and nonprofits serving the youth of Kershaw County, and graduating Kershaw County students pursuing higher education and a career in a helping profession. There will be another opportunity to apply in Spring of 2023.
The application period for CJWL 2022 scholarships has closed. These one-year, $1,000 scholarships are available to students who plan to pursue a career that involves helping people, such as nursing, healthcare, social work, education, ministry, etc. Your chosen career path and accompanying essay should reflect the League's motto: "My part is to improve the present moment." Individuals entering college for the first time who are 18 or 19 years of age are eligible to apply.
Applications for the 2023 scholarships will open in February 2023.
The Camden Junior Welfare League awarded seven Kershaw County School District graduates with scholarships earlier this summer. Each of these students demonstrated a commitment to pursuing education and a career that involves helping people, such as nursing or education.
Mary Christofaro is a graduate from Lugoff-Elgin High School and will be attending Newberry College. She will major in Health Science to pursue a career in Speech Pathology. Mary played on the Lugoff- Elgin High School softball team, was a member of the National Beta Club, Honor Society, Technical Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Mary’s ultimate career goal is to become a speech-language pathologist for an elementary school in Kershaw County, where she plans to utilize the skills and knowledge, she acquires to help others.
Grace Gunter is another graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School and will be attending Clemson University through its Bridge Program, in order to pursue a career as a Physical Therapist. Grace has spent her high school years as an active participant in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Beta Club Society, National Honors Society, Student Council, and as a Freshman Student Mentor. Grace hopes to help people gain strength and confidence while bringing a smile to their face.
Caitlyn Pandolph is a graduate of Camden High School and will be attending Tri-County Technical College to study Agriculture Education. Caitlyn has been an active member of WTC Kershaw County FFA, Beta Club, Student Council and the National Technical Honors Society. Caitlyn hopes to make a difference in future generations by utilizing her Agriculture Education degree while serving her community.
Mckenna Phillips is a graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School and will be attending Erskine College to pursue a career in Nursing/Health Science. Mckenna has been an active participant in Beta Club, National Honor Society, and National Honor Society for Technical School-Nursing. Mckenna’s
dream is to become a nurse and volunteer in Kershaw County high schools as a trainer and educator for women athletes.
Abigail Seay is a graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School and will attend Winthrop University to pursue a degree in Physical Education. Abby has been active in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Technical Honor Society and has been a valued player in Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer. Her dream is to become an Educator and Coach who is a positive role model for her future students.
Aaliyah Tucker is a graduate of Camden High School and will be majoring in Biology and Psychology to pursue a career as a surgeon. Aaliyah participated in the Spirit Club, Beta Club, National Honors Society, Key Club, Varsity Volleyball, National Technical Honors Society, T.A.P Foundation, Club Volleyball, and NAACP throughout her high school career. Aailiyah’s dream is to become a surgeon and help numerous lives in the process.
Asher Warner is a graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School and will attend North Greenville University and will study Pre-Medicine (Biology). Asher will pursue a career as an emergency medical physician. Asher has been active in the National Honor Society, Beta Club, Technical Honor Society as well as participated in Lugoff-Elgin Football, Soccer, and served as Junior Marshal during the 2021 graduation ceremony.
The Camden Junior Welfare League wishes all 2022 Kershaw County graduates' luck and success in their endeavors this fall and beyond.
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