Columbia Star

Ridge View graduate takes Debra W. Hamm scholarship to The Citadel

Victoria Jackson

Victoria Jackson

Ridge View High School graduate Victoria Jackson is heading to The Citadel this summer to begin her college education. She is the recipient of the Debra W. Hamm Scholarship that will help fund her studies. The Richland Two Education Foundation awarded her the $3,000 scholarship in May. Jackson plans to use it to help her grow as a student leader and continue to be an ambassador in the community.

“Creating opportunities to co-partner with the community has always remained my goal. I believe you get back what you put into the world, but what you receive is the true reward by serving others,” said Jackson.

“Having the opportunities to work with my community has highly impacted me as a leader and person. I have been able to expand my work ethic on a global scale by participating in events such as packing food for Puerto Rico and donating shoe boxes to students in Africa.”

Jackson served as student body president of Ridge View and was a School for the Arts Dance student. An AP/Honors student, she carried a GPA of 4.6 and ranked in the top 10 in her class. Her impressive resumé shows her serving as an executive officer of the South Carolina Association of Student Councils and member of the Academy of Dance Arts Company.

The Richland Two Education Foundation established the scholarship to honor the legacy of former Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Debra W. Hamm, who retired from the district in 2017.

The $3,000 scholarship provides financial assistance annually to worthy students pursuing their dreams of earning a college degree. Jackson is the first recipient of this scholarship.

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