Latta High School Senior Selected for SCAC Scholarship

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) awarded a 2024 Board of Directors Scholarship to Rylyn Marsh of Latta High School.

“On behalf of SCAC and Marion County Council, we congratulate Rylyn and look forward to hearing about the lasting impact she will make in college and beyond,” said Marion County Council Chairman John Q. Atkinson, who also serves on the SCAC Board of Directors. “It is an honor to celebrate the talented young people in our county who not only excel academically but also give back to their communities.”

Rylyn Marsh received the SCAC Board of Directors
Scholarship for Marion County. 

Marsh is the daughter of Richard and Shelley Marsh of Marion. An A Honor Roll student ranked in the top 10 of her class, she is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the yearbook staff. She plans to major in business at Coastal Carolina University.

Outside of the classroom, Marsh has played on the Latta High Volleyball Team throughout her high school career. She was named Region Player of the Year and received the All-State Player designation for two years. She also played varsity softball for a year and was a varsity cheerleader for two years.

In the community, Marsh is an active youth member of Marion Baptist Church, where she helped organize the Back-to-School Praise and Worship Night for teens from throughout the area. She also volunteered in the church’s soup kitchen and took part in various community service initiatives with the Girls in Action group at Marion Baptist Church. She has danced at Emmlyn Davis School of Dance for 16 years.

In addition to academic, service and extracurricular activities, Marsh has worked part-time at The George Agency in Mullins since 2021.  

SCAC awarded four $5,000 one-time scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of counties chosen by lot, and Laurens County was selected in the 2024 draw.

In addition to Marion County, the 2024 scholarship program was available to students in Clarendon, Kershaw and Laurens counties. Pickens County students were invited to apply for the SCAC Presidential Scholarship, a $5,000 award in honor of SCAC President and Pickens County Council Vice Chairman Roy Costner III.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must plan to attend a South Carolina college/university or two-year technical college in the fall.

SCAC’s Scholarship Selection Committee met in the spring to evaluate applicants for the awards. Students must submit an application and write an essay on their aspirations and goals. The selection is based on the essay, grades, school activities, and community involvement.