More on Increasing Scholarships Offered

The 2019 graduating class of Laurens District High School has been awarded close to $13 million in scholarships and grants. That’s just below a $9 million increase in scholarships and grants offered since the class of 2016 graduated. Laurens County School District 55 Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Peters, said, “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 had set the goal for the class of 2019 at $12 million. He added, “I am pleased that we were able to achieve our goal to the benefit of our students and their families. I want to congratulate the Guidance staff and others at LDHS on their hard work, diligence, and perseverance in reaching this goal.”

The scholarship report, thus far, shows a total of $12,940,383 in scholarships and grants being offered to this year’s graduating class members. This  includes 13 students who are Palmetto Fellows Scholars, 100 students receiving Life Scholarships, and 97 students receiving Hope Scholarships. Thirty- one (31) students from LDHS will be attending Piedmont Technical College for two years and will receive $297,600 from the PTC Laurens County Scholarship.

Bryan Uceda-Alvarez led all graduates in total awards of more than $1.6 million. Will Pontoon was the recipient of the Duane Dennie Scholarship in its second year of availability. This scholarship is awarded in honor of the former coach a LDHS. Pontoon had over $200,000 in scholarships and awards. Other major scholarship and award recipients being offered in excess of $100,000 include James Armstrong, Kensley Armstrong, Brandon Ty Davis, Devin Donovan, Jimmy Lee Grant, Vanessa Harshaw, Devon Hubner, Ramey Jenkins, Christopher Koscher, Leah Lyda, Jessica Putman, Myranda Reppart, Levi Sanchez, Will Tinsley, and Luke Willis.

Superintendent Peters said he’s challenging the LDHS guidance office and the class of 2020 with obtaining scholarships offerings in excess of $15 million.