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Sixteen students receive scholarships from Richland Two



Sixteen outstanding Richland Two students have received $32,000 in special scholarships as they head to college. They are the recipients of the Sodexo Food Services, Service Solutions, Michael J. Lowder, and Dr. Sarah Sanchez scholarships.

Sodexo Food Services Scholarships

Four Richland Two students are pursuing their culinary arts dreams thanks to scholarships worth $2,500 each from Sodexo Food Services. They are Danyelle Ingram, Spring Valley High/Richland Two Institute of Innovation; Kenyon Hamilton, Richland Northeast High School; Destiny Jenkins, Ridge View High School; and Scarlett Faith Dennis, Spring Valley High School. Ingram and Hamilton will be attending Johnson & Wales in the fall. Jenkins and Dennis are planning to attend the Art Institute of Charleston.

Service Solutions Scholarships

Ten $2,000 scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors by Service Solutions, which provides janitorial services for the district. The recipients are Ashley Polson, Jessica Ludden, and Matthew Owens of Blythewood High; Jasmyn Washington of Richland Northeast High; Jasmaine Waring and Rondasia Willis of Ridge View High; and Reagan Davis, Shaelyn Stalcup, and Morgan McLeod of Spring Valley High school. Selection was based on scholastic achievement, initiative, motivation, and community service.

Michael J. Lowder Scholarship

Spring Valley High School graduate Laura Stuart is the recipient of the Michael J. Lowder Scholarship. The Richland Two Education Foundation established the $1,500 scholarship in Lowder’s memory following his tragic death in a car accident in 2016. Lowder was a graduate of Spring Valley High School and Clemson University. The scholarship is awarded to qualifying students planning to attend Clemson University. Stuart plans to study Biomedical Engineering at Clemson.

Dr. Sarah Sanchez Scholarship

The Dr. Sarah Sanchez Scholarship of $500 is awarded annually to a student who has overcome barriers to learning and is now graduating from high school eligible to attend an institution of higher learning. Dr. Sanchez was a school psychologist and administrator who worked for 35 years with students with disabilities. This year’s recipient is Blessing Osarugue Agho of Ridge View High School. When Agho moved to the United States from Nigeria, she struggled to communicate with others because of her accent. Teachers describe her as hard working. Among her accomplishments is learning to speak French.



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