2019 Scholarship Winners

2019 Presidential Scholarship

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded its 2019 Presidential Scholarship to T'Laysha Creswell of McCormick 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 McCormick County Council Chairman and SCAC President Charles T. Jennings. Applicants must plan to attend a South Carolina college/university or two-year technical college in the fall.

Creswell is ranked first in her class and plans to study engineering at Clemson University. A South Carolina Junior Scholar, she is president of the National Honor Society and has served as student ambassador for the South Carolina High School League for the past three years. A recipient of the Matt Hardy’s Foundation All-Around Student Award and Augusta University’s African-American Achievement Award, she is captain of the varsity basketball team and has served as a JROTC officer.

Creswell is the daughter of Sojourner Jennings and Ernest Norman of McCormick. Her volunteer service includes working with the Backpack Blessings and Rise Against Hunger programs, as well as the McCormick County Voter Registration and Elections Office.

2019 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 Chesterfield, Fairfield, Georgetown, and Orangeburg counties were selected in the 2019 draw. Applicants must plan to attend a South Carolina college/university or two-year technical college in the fall.

Chesterfield County

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded a 2019 Board of Directors Scholarship to Genna K. Rivers of Central High School.

Rivers is the daughter of Anthony and Rhonda Rivers of Pageland. She plans to study nursing at the University of South Carolina and is ranked first in her class. Serves as secretary of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as captain of Central High School’s Academic Math, Social Studies, and General Knowledge Teams.

Rivers volunteers with Union Symphony Society and is first violin in the Union Symphony Youth Orchestra. She also assists with Allegro Strings.

Fairfield County

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded a 2019 Board of Directors Scholarship to S. Grier Hensley of Richard Winn Academy.

Hensley is Student Government President, an active member of the Beta Club, and is ranked first in her class. She has served as the Student Government Secretary and as a member of the school’s varsity volleyball team.

A member of Greenbrier Methodist Church, Hensley is the daughter of Guerry and Kay Hensley of Winnsboro. She plans to study civil engineering at Trident Technical College and The Citadel. She is the owner of Sunflower Sweets and Treats Bakery, and her community service includes volunteering for Lake Wateree State Park and Bethel Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Winnsboro.

Georgetown County

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded a 2019 Board of Directors Scholarship to Taryn L. Sparkman of Georgetown High School.

Sparkman is the daughter of Johnell and Tarsha Sparkman of Georgetown. She plans to study biology at Winthrop University. She is Student Council Senior President and an active member of the Health Occupations Students of America, Mu Alpha Theta, and Interact Club. She is also a section leader for the Georgetown High School Gospel Choir, co-captain of the school’s cheerleading squad, and a member of the track and field team.

Sparkman volunteers with Special Olympics. She also participates in the Bethel A.M.E. Youth Choir and the Prem1er Community Drumline.

Orangeburg County

The South Carolina Association of Counties (SCAC) has awarded a 2019 Board of Directors Scholarship to Takayla Hart of High School for Health Professionals.

Hart is the daughter of Craig and Lakeska Hart of Orangeburg and plans to study nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Active in Future Business Leaders of America, she is also a member of Health Occupations Students of America, the National Society of Black Engineers, the NAQT/Quiz Bowl and Debate Team, and the National Honor Society. She has participated in Palmetto Girls State and serves as a Student Ambassador.

A recipient of the 2018 Orangeburg Consolidated Schools and Calhoun County Consortium of the Arts Outstanding Artist award, Hart volunteers helping those in need at the Samaritan House, the Fill-In Station, the Back to School Bash, and ASCEND. She also serves as a mentor for the National Honor Society’s mentoring 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.