USC Aiken Alumni Association Awards Scholarships

December 21, 2016

The University of South Carolina Aiken Alumni Association awarded 17 scholarships totaling more than $15,000 to students majoring in numerous disciplines, during a reception at the USC Aiken Etherredge Center.

Of the scholarships, seven Legacy Scholarships were awarded and 10 Student Involvement Scholarships presented.

“It is important for the alumni council to raise funds throughout the year so we can reward student leaders on campus and celebrate generations of USC Aiken students through the legacy scholarships,” said Jacob Cook, Class of ’10 and president of the USC Aiken Alumni Council.

“Holding this reception, gives us an opportunity to celebrate with alumni, current students, their parents and other family members.  In fact, one of our Legacy Scholarship recipients is following in her grandmother’s shoes who attended USC Aiken.”

Throughout the year, the alumni council conducts several events – including a golf tournament, a 5K Run, and a silent auction – to raise money for the scholarships.

“The alumni council participates in fundraising activities in an effort to give back to the university that helped us achieve so much in our lives,” said Blake Leaphart, Class of ’11, chair of the alumni scholarship committee.

“We remember what it was like to receive scholarships as students, and we want to recreate or pass on that feeling to current deserving students.”

The students who earned scholarships for the current academic year are:

Legacy Scholarship Recipients

Carrie Bishop, Brunson S.C.

Jasmine Edwards, Conyers, Ga.

Hannah Herlong, Saluda, S.C.

Natalie Hornsby, Aiken, S.C.

David Stribling, Jackson, S.C.

Drew Stribling, Jackson, S.C.

Jason Weeks, Aiken, S.C.

Student Involvement Scholarship Recipients

Ariel Alston, St. Helena Island, S.C.

TJ Brantley, Aiken, S.C.

Meredith Hawcroft, Nashville, Tenn.

Michaela Howard, Augusta, Ga.

Ann Kule, Aiken, S.C.

Spencer LaMunion, North Augusta, S.C.

Monica Martin, Aiken, S.C.

Ellis Reeves, Aiken, S.C.

Madalyn Thomas, Aiken, S.C.

Rebecca Turner, Warrenville, S.C.,


USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.