Beaufort student wins State Fair scholarship


From staff reports

Beaufort High School’s Colin Peterson has been named a South Carolina State Fair Ride of Your Life Scholarship recipient for 2021.

The fair annually awards 50 scholarships to South Carolina high school students planning to pursue their studies at any public or private college, university, or technical college in the state. The $6,000 scholarships are awarded at an annual rate of $1,500 and are based on academic and extracurricular achievement, communication skills, need, and completeness of the application.

“We are overjoyed to honor and reward these outstanding students,” State Fair general manager Nancy Smith said in a release. “Educating the state’s youth remains a priority of the fair, and we are thrilled to continue that mission, even after our past year challenged by a world-wide pandemic that greatly affected the S.C. State Fair and our industry.”

The scholarships may cover tuition or other educational expenses like on-campus housing, a computer, or textbooks.

Recipients must retain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and enroll in no less than 30 credit hours each academic year to receive funding for that year.

The fair has awarded nearly $4 million in scholarships since beginning the Ride of Your Life Scholarship program in 1997.

For a complete listing of this year’s scholarship recipients, visit https://www.scstatefair.org/scholarships/2021-scholarship-recipients

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