FLORENCE, S.C.– The 2018-19 state budget plan will assist some residents of Florence, Dillon, Marion and Williamsburg counties to attend one of South Carolina’s 16 technical colleges.One of the provisions in the budget designates financing for the South Carolina Pledge Scholarship, which offers approximately$2,000 per scholastic year for students who acquired a high school diploma or GED while residing in among 34 school districts in the state. The scholarship has been an effort of the South Carolina Democratic Caucus.The 34 districts are those districts included in the Abbeville claim
relating to the inequality of school funding in South Carolina. Those school districts are Abbeville, Allendale, Bamberg 1 and 2, Barnwell 19, 29, and 45, Berkeley, Chesterfield, Clarendon 1, 2 and 3, Dillon 3 and 4, Florence 1-5, Hampton 1 and 2, Jasper, Laurens 55 and 56, Lee, Lexington 4, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Orangeburg 3, 4 and 5, Saluda and Williamsburg.The scholarship has been funded by basic profits funds.S.C. Sen. Kent Williams, a Democrat who represents Senate District 30, which consists of western Dillon County, northeastern Marlboro County, all of Marion County, a small portion of western Horry County and northeastern Florence County, stated the scholarship’s addition into the budget was a”win-win”for everybody involved.He described that the scholarship would offer the state’s residents a chance to obtain the
abilities to end up being efficient members of society and would assist the state to end up being more appealing to companies, particularly manufacturers, wanting to locate in South Carolina due to the fact that the state would currently have the labor force to support the companies.Williams added that the state needs to see more of Democrats and Republicans working together as they did on the scholarship program.S.C. Sen. Kevin Johnson, a Democrat who represents Senate District 36– that includes two little portions of southwestern Florence County, a small part of southeastern Darlington County, the western
half of Sumter County and all of Clarendon County– included that the scholarship was an excellent chance. He likewise stated he wished to see the program grow to include the remainder of the state.S.C. Sen. Hugh K. Leatherman Sr., a Republican who represents Senate District 31 which consists of most of Florence County and 2 parts of eastern Darlington County, said the more the state might help people to train for tasks, the better off the state would
be. Leatherman also is chairman of the Senate Financing Committee and president pro tempore of the Senate.Edward Bethea, interim president of Florence-Darlington Technical College, said FDTC, along with Spear Technical College near Chareleston, had received the most money in anticipation of the scholarship being utilized at the school. Students in the majority of the location served by FDTC are qualified for the
scholarship program.Tim Hardee, director of the state’s technical college system, said the scholarship program would assist make education more available especially in the rural locations of the state. He also concurred with Williams that the scholarship would make it much easier for trainees to become taxpaying citizens.The Promise Scholarship expands a pilot program
that was provided in Williamsburg County throughout the previous scholastic year. As a result of the pilot program, the variety of trainees who register directly because college from among the high schools in Williamsburg County has increased from 13 percent to 30 percent.To be qualified for the scholarship, the trainee must have graduated from high school or received a GED while living in one of the 34 school districts between 2013 and 2018, should have completed the FAFSA and needs to be registered in at least 6 hours of credit during the 2018-19 academic year. The trainee likewise must maintain a 2.0 GPA and take part in mentoring activities as figured out by the neighborhood college that the trainee is attending.The scholarship functions as a”last dollar” scholarship, implying that as soon as a trainee has received all other aid like Pell Grants and other state scholarships, the scholarship will cover the remaining costs of tuition, obligatory charges and program fees at one of the state’s technical colleges. The scholarship likewise consists of a $300 allowance for books. Refunds are not permitted.