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4 Berkeley County students recognized with Robert Byrd scholarships

Murray (Source: Berkeley County School District) Murray (Source: Berkeley County School District)
Carter (Source: Berkeley County School District) Carter (Source: Berkeley County School District)
Horton (Source: Berkeley County School District) Horton (Source: Berkeley County School District)
Taylor (Source: Berkeley County School District) Taylor (Source: Berkeley County School District)

MONCKS CORNER, SC - Four graduates from the Berkeley County School District were recognized for their academic excellence by the South Carolina Department of Education. The department recently announced the 2010 recipients of the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarships, a program that promotes academic excellence using federal funds.

This year, 102 recipients state-wide were selected as Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholars, including the four Berkeley County graduates: Thomas Horton, Berkeley High School; Anne Murray, Hanahan High School; Sarah Carter, Berkeley High School; and Kelly Taylor, Stratford High
School. 

Each graduate will be awarded a $1,500 annual scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate studies at in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities.

"We are thrilled to have the most Robert C. Byrd Scholars ever selected from our school district," said Superintendent Dr. Anthony Parker.  "The combination of a solid academic curriculum and hard work have allowed these students to achieve at the highest level. They are
positioned for acceptance to virtually any college of their choosing."

There were more than 360 Byrd scholarship applications in South Carolina this year.  To be eligible, students must have been enrolled in the 12th grade in a public, private or home school in South Carolina and graduate this year; score a minimum of 1300 on the SAT (combined verbal and math only) or a minimum of 29 on the ACT; maintain a minimum of a 3.5 GPR computed on the Uniform Grading Scale; be selected by their school or home-school association for the award.

The scholarship program is named for the late U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia and is designed to recognize exceptionally able high school seniors who show promise of continued excellence in post-secondary education.  Federal officials estimate that over 7,300 new scholarships will be awarded this year, with total new scholarship funding amounting to more than $11 million.

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