Sixteen Scholarships Awarded as Thousands of Area Students Attend CSRA College Night

An army of volunteers, sponsors and school reps assure yet another successful event

Aiken, S.C., Oct. 17, 2018 — More than 5,000 high school students, parents and educators from the greater Aiken-Augusta area recently met with recruiters from over 130 colleges and universities during this year’s CSRA College Night. Scholarships, each worth $1,000 were awarded to 16 students during drawings held throughout the evening at Augusta’s James Brown Arena.

“I can remember the first year we held a College Night over 20 years ago. It was in the gym at North Augusta High School,” said Jay Jefferies, CSRA College Night Master of Ceremony. “We had about 200 to 300 students and we were amazed with the turnout. And, now, we're filling the James Brown Arena wall to wall."

Highly valued as a “one-stop shopping” opportunity, College Night can help reduce the number of planned college visits for students, potentially saving them thousands in travel costs.

The event is now entering its third decade of service to area high school students. Over $300,000 in scholarship funding has been offered to the tens of thousands of students who have attended College Night in the past. “The generosity of our scholarship sponsors and much appreciated help from more than 100 volunteers are major reasons why this effort is consistently so successful each year,” said Moore.

CSRA College Night 2018 Scholarship Winners:
School Student's Name Grade
Butler High School Sierra Cody 11th Grade
Denmark-Olar High School Caylor Moody 12th Grade
Fox Creek High School Jacob Johnson 12th Grade
Greenbrier High School Carter Daly 11th Grade
Grovetown High School Makena Collier 12th Grade
Hancock Central High School Kertavious Culver 12th Grade
Home School Hanna Eckerman 12th Grade
Lakeside High School Carson Smith 11th Grade
Midland Valley High School Alyssia Long 12th Grade
North Augusta High School Imani Rodgers 12th Grade
South Aiken High School Daniel Pope 11th Grade
South Aiken High School Akira Salley 12th Grade
South Aiken Christian Baptist School Ethan Lei 12th Grade
Thompson High School Jamiah Lane 12th Grade
Westside High School Maya Bryant 11th Grade
Westside High School Jermya Hollins 12th Grade

“It’s rewarding to see so many students having the opportunity to meet with college representatives of their choice, knowing this night could have a significant impact on their post high school education,” said Gladys Moore, Program Coordinator, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS). “To see the joy and excitement in the faces of those receiving one of our college scholarships makes all the work worthwhile.”

Some of the colleges and universities attending this year:
· Aiken Technical College
· Auburn University
· Augusta Technical College
· Augusta University
· Clemson University
· College of Charleston
· Denmark Technical College
· Furman University
· Georgia Southern University
· Lander University
· Mississippi State University
· Paine College · Purdue University
· Seton Hall University
· University of Alabama
· University of Georgia
· University of Michigan
· University of South Carolina
· University of Tennessee
· Valdosta State University
· Vanderbilt University
· Virginia Tech
· Winthrop university
· Wofford College

Moore acknowledged the contributions made by the members of the CSRA College Night Committee who put in many hours of work prior to a long evening at the huge arena. “They have seen firsthand the positive impact of the resources provided to students from throughout the region. Their enthusiasm and dedication is truly inspiring," she said.

CSRA College Night is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy-Savannah River Operations Office, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, and iHeartMedia. Other contributors include: SRP Federal Credit Union, Aiken County Career and Technology Center, Bridgestone Americas, Centerra-SRS, Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International, South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers - Aiken Chapter, American Chemical Society (ACS-SR) Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Communigraphics and Holiday Inn.