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SOA Senior Awarded Leadership Scholarship

SOA Senior Awarded Leadership Scholarship
Posted on 05/23/2019
SOA Student Receive Scholarship

Molly Hunsinger, senior at Charleston County School of the Arts, has been awarded the Rufus C. Barkley, Jr. Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship has been awarded for the amount of $10,000 a year, renewable throughout four years of college, for a total value of $40,000. This award may be used to help with costs associated with course-related requirements.

Hunsinger will be attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut this fall.

Rufus C. Barkley was a Renaissance man with interests that ranged from opera and ballroom dancing to neighborhood football and bush-whacking on his Colleton County property. His son, Miles, summed it up – “If I can be half the person he was, I’ll be alright.”

When Mr. Barkley assumed control of the Cameron and Barkley Company in 1975, a firm his great grandfather founded, he began selling stock to its employees’. By 1983, the company was 100% employee-owned. Because of this selflessness, they benefitted tremendously when the company was later sold.

Just before Rufus died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2001, his friends, family, and business colleagues at the Cameron and Barkley Company started a scholarship fund to honor him. Since then, The Rufus C. Barkley, Jr. Leadership Scholarship has provided talented student leaders with $10,000 every year for four years to go to college and be inspired to emulate the integrity, compassion, and vitality of this ‘genuine’ man.

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