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District students earn Rev. Pinckney Scholarships

Coastal Community Foundation announced that eight Charleston County School District (CCSD) students were awarded Rev. Pinckney Scholarships, out of 14 total awarded this year.


The Rev. Pinckney Scholarship Program provides promising African-American students with financial support as well as regular supplemental programming throughout college to enhance their academic and professional development.

To qualify, students must be accepted into and complete the Rev. Pinckney College Readiness Program, which begins working with students in their junior years of high school to help them prepare for, research, evaluate and ultimately select which college is right for them.

CCSD students selected include: 

Eric Center - Early College High School
India Crawford - James Island Charter High School
Krya Freeman - Early College High School
Jalah Hill - West Ashley High School
Cameron Jones - Charleston County School of the Arts
Yorasia Randall - Charleston County School of the Arts
Anyjah Sally - Academic Magnet High School
Ariana Williams - James Island Charter High School

Through the Rev. Pinckney Scholarship Program, students are supported with $10,000 scholarships each year, which are renewable as long as certain criteria are met. They attend professional development and network-building sessions and receive consistent support and coaching from Coastal Community Foundation scholarship staff as well as volunteer mentors.

Scholars are able to hone their professional skills, increase their financial literacy, pursue exciting educational opportunities, and build a lasting community of peers and mentors.

The two programs were created by anonymous donors to honor the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the Emanuel AME Church tragedy who embodied what it meant to be a visionary leader. Since the scholarship program was created in 2016, more than $1 million has been awarded in scholarships, and both programs have supported a total of 137 students.

For more information, contact the Division of Strategy and Communication at (843) 937-6603.