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The South Carolina Association of Counties has awarded a 2019 Board of Directors Scholarship to Takayla A. Hart of the High School for Health Professionals.

Each year, SCAC awards four $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of counties chosen by lot, and Orangeburg County was selected in the 2019 draw. Applicants must plan to attend a South Carolina college/university or two-year technical college in the fall.

Hart is the daughter of Craig and Lakeska Hart of Orangeburg and plans to study nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Active in Future Business Leaders of America, she is also a member of Health Occupations Students of America, the National Society of Black Engineers, the NAQT/Quiz Bowl and Debate Team and the National Honor Society. She has participated in Palmetto Girls State and serves as a Student Ambassador.

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A recipient of the 2018 Orangeburg Consolidated Schools and Calhoun County Consortium of the Arts Outstanding Artist award, Hart volunteers helping those in need at the Samaritan House, the Filling Station, the Back to School Bash and ASCEND. She also serves as a mentor for the National Honor Society’s mentoring program.

SCAC’s Scholarship Selection Committee met in the spring to evaluate applicants for this award. Applicants must submit an application form and write an essay on their aspirations and goals. The selection is based on the essay, grades, school activities and community involvement.

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