By Teresa Simmons for Island Eye News
Thirteen local students have been awarded $1000 scholarships from the Volunteer Services Organization a non-profit organization at East Cooper Medical Center.
This year’s recipients of the $1000 scholarships are: Sean Brady, Mollie Davidson, Emily Stafford, Ainsley Wingard, Jackson Wood, Sarah Faulkner, Anna Gazecki, Rita Hirsch, Cameron Kahn, Brooke Lupton, Ashton Williams, Kevin Pinet and Ashley Prentice. The students will be attending South Carolina universities including MUSC, USC, Clemson University and College of Charleston.
The Wishing Well Gift Shop at East Cooper Medical Center is managed by volunteers and each year sales from the gift shop go to local charities, medicines for patients in need, and to fund scholarships for area students. In addition, the VSO also holds several fundraisers throughout the year. Last year, seven scholarships were distributed.
Through volunteer efforts, the amount awarded this year almost doubled to thirteen. To apply for the scholarship, students must complete an application form, provide letters of recommendation and have a cumulative grade point average of B and above. A scholarship committee reviews the applications and chooses the recipients.
The scholarships were given at East Cooper Medical Center during an intimate gathering and celebration to honor the chosen recipients.
CEO, Jason Alexander, and Jan Ledbetter, President of the VSO, congratulated each student on their hard work and wished them continued success in their college career.
“It’s an honor to award these scholarships on behalf of our volunteers. They work hard to raise this money and we’re thrilled to be helping local students attend college and pursue their dreams,” said Jan Ledbetter, President of the VSO.