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Published on July 29th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Rudolph Canzater Memorial Classic Expands Scholarship Awards

(Santee, SC) – The Rudolph Canzater Memorial Classic was back to Santee the first weekend in August, and this year the annual scholarship fundraiser added 25 more scholarship recipients.  A generous financial contribution of $25,000 by AECOM, and 25 additional Dell laptops and Microsoft software donations, enables a total of 125 college freshman with a demonstrated financial need to be named 2016 Canzater Scholars.

“This remarkable commitment from our sponsors is helping more college bound students realize their dreams,” said Jim Clyburn, founder of the Rudolph Canzater Memorial Classic.  “College is out of reach financially for too many families, and the goal of this golf tournament each year is to demonstrate that where there is a will, there is a way.  We want to do everything we can to help deserving students earn their degrees.”

In addition to the financial contribution, AECOM is also launching a new summer internship program to give Canzater Scholars work experience and earn money to help pay ongoing college expenses.

QUOTE FROM AECOM: (draft) “AECOM invests in students and supports them throughout their academic years, because they are the workforce we will hire in the future….”

The scholarship banquet was held at the Santee Conference Center, 1737 Bass Drive, on Saturday, August 6 at 6:00 p.m.  This year’s banquet speaker was Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (OH-D).  During its 25-year history, the Canzater Classic has awarded more than $4 million in college assistance to over 1,000 students, who live in or will attend college in South Carolina’s sixth congressional district.

There were other community activities in conjunction with the Canzater Classic.  This year the Ollie Johnson Memorial I-95 Health Fair was held on Friday, August 5 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Santee Conference Center.  In its 11th year, this event provides health screenings and information about healthy living to local residents at no charge.

The newest addition to the Canzater Classic weekend was the Back2School Bash.  This year it was held on Sunday, August 7 at the Santee Conference Center from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Several motorcycle clubs help deliver 2,500 bookbags to the Conference Center at the start of the event to give away to local students.  There was also free school supplies, food, games, haircuts, music, and more.

The entire weekend is organized by the James E. Clyburn Scholarship and Research Foundation.  For more information, contact the Foundation’s director Janice Marshall at 803-255-0003.


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