York, Clover high school seniors set new records for scholarships

From staff reportsAugust 15, 2013 

— South Carolina's high school class of 2013 was offered a record $1.15 billion in college scholarships, the state Department of Education says. York and Clover students also set scholarship records.

That tops the amount offered to last year's public high school seniors by nearly $89 million.

Among local districts:

• Clover - Students in the class of 2013 earned $10.1 million in scholarships, up from $5.7 million a year earlier.

• York - Students in the class of 2013 earned $7.7 million in scholarships, up from $4.9 million a year earlier.

• Rock Hill - Students in the class of 2013 earned $26.6 million in scholarships, up from $23.3 million a year earlier.

• Fort Mill - Students in the class of 2013 earned $16.6 million in scholarships, down from $17.1 million a year earlier.

• Lancaster - Students in the class of 2013 earned $12.7 million in scholarships, up from $11.6 million a year earlier.

• Chester - Students in the class of 2013 earned $5.9 million in scholarships, down from $6.2 million a year earlier.

The total includes scholarships not accepted by students. It represents all scholarships offered to students as they consider which two- or four-year college to attend. The figures assume students keep all of their scholarships through graduation.

Scholarships paid for by the state lottery accounted for one third of the statewide total.

The state gathers the information from school districts, as well as charter schools, the governor's schools in Hartsville and Greenville, and the School for the Deaf and the Blind.

The totals have risen yearly since the state began tracking the figure, from $684 million in 2007.

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