County students awarded Carraway Scholarships

Kristian Mack of Darlington High School (middle) with Heidler and Carraway. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Karson Byerly of Hartsville High School (middle) with Chief Allen Heidler of the Florence Police Department and Allison Carraway of the Terrence F. Carraway Foundation. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Graduating seniors from Hartsville High School and Darlington High School were among the recipients of this year’s Sgt. Terrence Carraway Memorial Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded by the Florence Police Department and the Terrence F. Carraway Foundation in honor of Carraway, the Florence Police sergeant and Darlington resident who died in a 2018 ambush attack on officers. Chief Allen Heidler of the Florence Police Department, along with Daniel Blathers and Allison Carraway of the Terrence F. Carraway Foundation, awarded four area high school graduates with the scholarships during a ceremony in the Florence City Council Chambers recently. The 2021 recipients are Karson Byerly of Hartsville High School, Kristian Mack of Darlington High School, Grace Myers of West Florence High School, and Megan Atkinson of Lake City High School. Each graduate received $1,000 to go toward higher education expenses. Established in January 2019, this need-based scholarship honors the life and work of Carraway, whose watch ended Oct. 3, 2018. The joint effort by the Carraway Foundation and Florence Police Department is a commitment to the continuation of his passion to assist the youth in the Florence and Darlington areas to have a brighter future. Byerly plans to attend Liberty University and major in Film. Mack intends to major in Sports Management at Coastal Carolina University. Myers plans to attend Western Carolina University and major in Forensic Science. Atkinson intends to major in Criminal Justice at Clemson University. The recipients of the scholarships were selected from applicants from school districts in Florence and Darlington counties, or a comprehensive review of their application high school transcripts SAT/ACT scores and their 500-word essay.

Author: Rachel Howell

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