Lake City student receives $100,000 Hollingsworth Scholarship

(Source: Florence School District 3)
(Source: Florence School District 3)

Lake City, SC - From Florence School District 3:

LAKE CITY, SC - A Lake City High School senior has been named a Hollingsworth Scholar by Furman University, entitling her to a renewable scholarship worth $100,000 over four years.

Shannice Singletary was presented with the scholarship Wednesday morning in the school's library by Frank McClary of Furman's office of admissions.

Singletary, 17, is the daughter of Harvey and Janice Singletary. She plans to major in English or communications.

"Furman was originally one of my first choices, but I know that it was beyond my family's means," Singletary said. "Now, I don't have to worry about that and it's such a relief."

The Hollingsworth Scholars program, named for the late John D. Hollingsworth, Jr., will enable each student winner to participate in a study abroad trip, a summer internship or research experience, and seminars to foster community service.

Recipients are selected for the scholarship based on:

●     Outstanding academic performance in high school

●     Intellectual curiosity

●     Potential for success at Furman

●     School and community involvement

●     Leadership skills

●     Recommendation from a community leader

Furman awarded the first 20 Hollingsworth Scholarships in 2006-07, with the total number increasing to 80 over the next four years and thereafter. Furman has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,650, with 30 percent of its students coming from South Carolina.

The Hollingsworth Scholar awards are worth a total of $100,000 over four years, providing the student maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.  Scholars will also be expected to live on campus all four years and become fully involved in the Furman community.

The scholarship fund is named for John D. Hollingsworth, Jr., a highly successful Greenville inventor and textile machinery manufacturer who died December 30, 2000, at the age of 83.  He attended Furman in the late 1930s.

In his will he stipulated that his company, John D. Hollingsworth on Wheels, and his extensive statewide real estate holdings be converted into a philanthropic trust called the Hollingsworth Funds.  Furman is one of the primary beneficiaries of the Funds, along with the Greenville YMCA and many other Greenville County charitable organizations.

Located in Greenville, Furman is a private, liberal-arts university nationally acclaimed for its academics and has an undergraduate enrollment of 2,600.