2018 Scholarship Winners

2018 Presidential Scholarship

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded its 2018 Presidential Scholarship to Kaylee E. Busby of Newberry High School.
 
Each year, SCAC awards one $2,500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who is a resident of the same county as that year’s SCAC president. This year’s scholarship is presented in honor of Newberry County Council Chairman and SCAC President Henry H. Livingston III. Applicants must plan to attend a South Carolina college/university or two-year technical college in the fall.
 
Busby is ranked second in her class and plans to study electrical engineering at Clemson University. An advanced placement student, she is an active member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club. In addition to being named a South Carolina Junior Scholar, she received the Rotary Club of Newberry’s student of the month award. She has been a member of Newberry High School’s softball travel league and swim team.

Busby is the daughter of James Busby of Newberry and is an active member of First Baptist Church of Newberry. She volunteers at her church and retirement homes in Newberry.  

2018 Board of Directors Scholarships

Each year, SCAC awards four $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of counties chosen by lot Abbeville, Charleston, Greenwood, and Jasper counties were selected in the 2018 draw. Applicants must plan to attend a South Carolina college/university or two-year technical college in the fall.

Abbeville County

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded a 2018 Board of Directors Scholarship to Nai’Kiera D. Bell of Calhoun Falls Charter School.
 
Bell is the daughter of Natasha Bell of Calhoun Falls. She plans to study biology at Lander University and is ranked second in her class. She is a member of the Beta Club and captained Calhoun Falls Charter School’s varsity basketball, volleyball, and cheer teams. She was honored by the Due West Branch of the American Association of University Women for her accomplishments in science.

Bell and her family attend Faith Tabernacle Outreach Ministries, where she is a member of the youth choir, the praise team, and the church’s dance ministry. She also assists with the children’s church program.

Charleston County

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded a 2018 Board of Directors Scholarship to Kira D. Adkins of Academic Magnet High School.
 
An advanced placement student, Adkins has been dually enrolled at Trident Technical College for the past three years. Accepted when she was 16 years old, she will enter the Medical University of South Carolina’s Doctor of Pharmacy program in the fall as one of the program’s youngest students. In addition to being named a Duke TIP Scholar and a South Carolina Junior Scholar, she is vice president of the National Spanish Honor Society and a member of the Black Student Alliance. She also captained the varsity and junior varsity basketball teams.
 
The daughter of Randy and Sherlonda Adkins of North Charleston, she is an active member of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, serving on the usher board and as a Sunday school teacher. She has participated in numerous leadership programs, and serves on the Civic Youth Engagement Council—a youth mentoring program founded by state Senator Marlon Kimpson. She has served as a volunteer counselor at Camp Invention and Charleston County’s Palmetto Island Park.  

Greenwood County

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded a 2018 Board of Directors Scholarship to Kennedi H. Smith of Ware Shoals High School.
 
Smith is the granddaughter of Rick and Teresa Holland of Ware Shoals, and plans to attend Lander University to study exercise science. In addition to being a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society, she serves as student council vice-president. She was honored by the Due West Branch of the American Association of University Women for her accomplishments in foreign language, and is recognized for only missing one day of school during her twelve-year education. Smith captains the varsity cheerleading team, and is a five-time recipient of the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s All-American Cheerleader award.

An Imperial Pageantry Spokesmodel Ambassador, Smith serves as a volunteer coach for Greenwood County’s recreational cheerleading program. She serves as a board member of the Ware Shoals Catfish Festival and volunteers for the annual event. Smith is an active member of Ware Shoals First Baptist Church youth group and also sings in the church choir.

Jasper County

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded a 2018 Board of Directors Scholarship to Angel Jackson of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School.
 
An advanced placement student, Jackson fulfilled the requirements to earn her high school diploma early. She is ranked second in her class and is dually enrolled at the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry. She served as freshman and sophomore class president, and captained the junior varsity basketball team.       
 
Jackson is the daughter of Sheila Wilson and Irvin Jackson of Yemassee, and plans to study political science at South Carolina State University. Her family attends Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church of Yemassee, where she serves as the lead choreographer for the praise dance team and director of the youth group. Her community service includes volunteering for the Miles Residential Facilities and the St. Phillips Baptist Church summer food program.


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

Chartered on June 22, 1967, SCAC is the only statewide organization representing county government in South Carolina. Governed by a 29-member Board of Directors composed of county officials from across the state, SCAC is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving county government in South Carolina.