Class of 2016 college scholarship total
breaks record; schools graduate 1,243
BEAUFORT – The Beaufort County School District’s Class of 2016 has earned a record $30.4 million in college scholarships, and its members have acceptance letters in hand from more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation.
The 2016 scholarship total is the fourth consecutive increase and more than double the amount from $14.8 million five years ago. District officials said that as additional college scholarship information continues to arrive for the Class of 2016, the total will continue increase.
“All of these scholarships are a wonderful testament to our hard-working students, and also to their families and their teachers and their school staffs,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “The fact that our district’s totals have more than doubled in the last five years is really exciting.”
Seniors will receive their diplomas during graduation ceremonies that kick off tonight, beginning with Beaufort High School. All five graduation ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. in each school’s football stadium unless weather moves them indoors:
• Friday, May 27 – Beaufort High School.
• Tuesday, May 31 – Whale Branch Early College High School.
• Wednesday, June 1 – Hilton Head Island High School.
• Thursday, June 2 – Bluffton High School.
• Friday, June 3 – Battery Creek High School.
“These ceremonies are a time to look back but also a time to look ahead,” said Board of Education Chair Mary Cordray. “We celebrate our seniors’ accomplishments and we wish them the best, whether they’re heading off to college, entering the military or beginning their careers.”
School-by-school information available includes:
• Battery Creek High – 171 graduates and $3,867,300 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Landon Morgan, and the salutatorian is Bailee Jones.
• Beaufort High – 279 graduates and $8,480,650 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Mattie Hibbs, and the salutatorian is Andrew Stoddard.
• Bluffton High – 396 graduates and $6,945,164 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Hannah Hundley, and the salutatorian is McCall Faciszewski.
• Hilton Head Island High – 295 graduates and $7,317,500 in scholarships. The class valedictorian is Jason Busby, and the salutatorian is Parker Liggett.
• Whale Branch Early College High School – 102 graduates and $3,814,101 in scholarships). The class valedictorian is Brooke Everly, and the salutatorian is London Becker-House.