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CCU creates scholarships in honor of Sen. Pinckney

Sen. Pinckney. Source: Coastal.edu Sen. Pinckney. Source: Coastal.edu

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Coastal Carolina University will be offering two new scholarships to honor the memory of state senator Clementa Pinckney, according to a news release from the university. Sen. Pinckney was slain on June 17 in a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

The $2,500 scholarships will be awarded annually to one male and one female from South Carolina District 45, the district Sen. Pinckney represented in the state senate. The district includes parts of Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties, and about 340 current CCU students are from this district.

“Senator Pinckney worked hard to advance educational opportunities in his district and throughout the state,” said DeCenzo. “He understood that education was the means to a better future for all South Carolinians, and he was dedicated to helping people achieve their dreams through knowledge.”

Requirements for the Senator Clementa C. Pinckney Memorial Scholarship include demonstrated financial need, and the maintenance of a 3.0 or above grade point average.

“In the midst of this tragedy, the University recognizes the work of Senator Pinckney as an activist for justice and individual rights,” said Travis Overton, CCU's vice president of student rights & responsibilities/dean of students. “In honor of his service, this scholarship will assist students from District 45 to pursue higher education. The tragedy has affected several students in our community, and the establishment of this scholarship focuses on the true meaning of Senator Pinckney's work.”

For more information on the scholarships, contact CCU's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 843-349-2313 or email finaid@coastal.edu.

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