Scholarship Recipients

2023 Recipients

Jared Wilder

Jared Wilder, is a graduate of Porter-Gaud School. He will be attending Hampton University. His future plans are between becoming an Astrophysicist or to take a medical path with the degree and attend dental school.  Jared loves all things aviation - from learning fun facts about airplanes to studying their designs. He is also a storm chaser. One of his favorite hobbies is to track weather patterns.  He is the current teen president of the Charleston Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. for the 2022-23 program year. Jared is an award winning swimmer. 

Briana Michelle Holmes

Briana Michelle Holmes is the youngest daughter of Kim Waits-Holmes and Neal Holmes (deceased). Sheis a graduate of  West Ashley High School and has been accepted at South Carolina State University where she will major in Journalism. 

Blake Alexander Gerrald

Blake Alexander Gerald was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He will be attending Morehouse College in the fall of 2023 where he will major in CTEMS, which stands for Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies. He wants to be a filmmaker and tell the stories of the lowcountry and the contributions of the Gullah Geechee culture to America. 

2022 Recipients

Deja Commodore

Deja' will be attending Claflin College and is confident that her high school experience has equipped her to broaden her sights. She did not attend a traditional high school and welcomed the challenge of attending Early College High School, where she was afforded the opportunity to earn an Associate's Degree along with her high school diploma. She was also accepted into the National Honor Society, the captain of the cheerleading team, and an entrepreneur while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. 

Re'Ana Grace Barrentine

My name is Re’Ana Grace Barrentine. I am a native of Charleston, South Carolina, raised in the West Ashley area. My high school graduation date is June 4, 2022, and afterward, I will be headed to Winston-Salem State University. I plan to major in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration. My passion has been to help those suffering from mental health issues and to concentrate on the mental health, and behavioral well-being of African American children. There is a great need right now for mental health professionals, but our children find themselves at the greatest risk. It is important to reach them at an early age. Early intervention is most important. I further plan to pursue my doctorate in Clinical Psychology, and eventually open my own practice.

Ta'Sadia Johnson

Ta' Sadia is an Early Childhood Education Major at South Carolina State University.

2021 Recipients

Jameson Gerald

Jameson is an Elementary Education Major, Comparative Women’s Studies major at Spelman College from Summerville, South Carolina. Her goal is to become a Principal of a public charter school, and to work in the US Department of Education to create more effective policies for public education. 

Kennedy Baskerville

Kennedy is from Goose Creek, South Carolina. She entered Claflin University Fall of 2021. She likes to paint, play softball, cook, and spend time with family/friends. A major accomplishment that she is proud of is having perfect attendance from grades 1-12. 

She wants to pursue a degree in Psychology or Sociology in order to help people, especially those who are vulnerable and require that their safety and other needs met.

Marion Patterson

Marion is from Rock Hill, SC.  He entered South Carolina State University Fall of 2021. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineer Technology in hopes of preparing to grow his family's construction business.