Meeting Street Scholarship Fund to grant at least 73 scholarships to Pee Dee students

About 73 local students and approximately 177 throughout the state of South Carolina will receive scholarships from the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Meeting Street Scholarship Fund, aimed at helping high-achieving students pay for college, is expecting to offer scholarships to a minimum of 73 students in the Pee Dee region and 177 throughout the state. Rising college freshman from Charleston County and Pee Dee regions who meet the criteria can still apply to receive the scholarship for the 2022 – 2023 school year.
In its inaugural year, the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund awarded scholarships to 94 academically-successful Charleston County students, with $3 million in total scholarships awarded. Now in its second year, thanks to the generous support of the Darla Moore Foundation, students in the Pee Dee region are also eligible for the scholarship. With this partnership, Meeting Street Scholarship Fund hopes to double the number of scholarship recipients for the 2022 – 2023 school year.
With the goal of bridging the financial gap between college tuition and what families can afford, there is no limit on the number of students who receive a Meeting Street Scholarship. Every qualified recipient will receive up to $10,000 annually for their higher education. This includes rising college freshmen and students who became eligible for the scholarship while in college.
“This is an exceptional group of students, and we hope this scholarship will help them pursue their dreams and reduce the financial burden typically associated with higher education,” said Darla Moore. “It’s our goal to improve the lives of Pee Dee residents, and higher education plays a critical role in that aspiration.”
Each student in the Pee Dee region who qualifies for the Meeting Street Scholarship must:
• Graduate from an eligible public high school or public charter high school in one of the following counties: Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, or Williamsburg
• Qualify for the federal Pell Grant based upon FAFSA completion
• Earn an SC LIFE or Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, meeting two of the following three requirements:
• Earn at least a 3.0 GPA in high school
• Score at least 1100 on the SAT or 24 on the ACT
• Rank in the top 30% of their graduating class
• Attend an eligible South Carolina college or university with a six year graduation rate of 50% or higher
Applications will open for the 2023-2024 school year later this fall. To learn more about the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund, visit For updates, news, and more, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Founded in 2019 by Ben and Kelly Navarro, the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund is a program of the Beemok Family Foundation. The Scholarship creates a pathway for thousands of hard-working public high school graduates to attend a great South Carolina college by helping families with limited means pay for college with up to $10,000 in annual scholarship awards for a total of up to $40,000 over four years.
Based on the most recent data, the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund will support more than 2,000 students in the coming decade, providing millions of Scholarship awards annually. The Meeting Street Scholarship Fund expects that schools prepare many more students to achieve the academic results needed to qualify over time.
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Author: Stephan Drew

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