Scholarships Up $2.9 Million

Parents are rightfully proud of their children for graduation from High School, but they’re also grateful when their students attract lots of scholarship offerings from colleges. A news release from School District 55 Administration this week notes that the final tally is now in, and that the 2017 graduating class of Laurens District High School received $7.2 million in scholarship offerings. This eclipsed the 2016 graduating class by more than $2.9 million. Superintendent Dr. Stephen Peters reacted by saying “This was a primary objective when I came to Laurens. We have bright young people in our community and we need to help them access the resources available to them.” Peters went on to indicate that the goal for the class of 2018 is $10 million in scholarships.

The announcement this week included an announcement that Peters and his wife, Dr. Angela Peters, will be contributing to that goal by establishing two scholarships for future LDHS graduates. Dr. Stephen Peters will establish a $1,000 scholarship in his mother’s name, the late Charity Smalls Peters Memorial Scholarship, which will be awarded to a high school senior who plans to major in the arts. Dr. Angela Peters will also establish a $1,000 scholarship in her father’s name, the late Dr. William Waymer Memorial Scholarship, for a graduating senior who plans to major in the field of science.

In addition to looking for more scholarships, Peters said he will continue to focus on providing as much advance education for students at LDHS as possible.