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2019 Advantage Scholars

Advantage Scholars

A program of the Riley Institute
June 24 – 28, 2019

On Monday, June 24, the Riley Institute welcomed the newest scholars to Furman’s campus for our second Advantage Scholars program. These incoming Furman freshmen are recipients of the Duke, Hollingsworth, Mickel and Townes academic scholarships. They came from near and far to meet their peers and spend four days on campus. During their four days at Furman, they engaged with Furman faculty and community leaders, discussed critical issues with their peers, and explored their new community. The scholars were such good, smart, engaged young people who truly will have a huge impact on the Furman community in the coming years. Great thanks to The Duke Endowment and Hollingsworth Funds for the funding that gives these students this opportunity!

To view the Schedule of Activities, click here.

Below are a few of the scholars’ comments about their experience during Advantage Scholars: 

  • Advantage Scholars broadened my understanding of certain issues (especially poverty) and made me excited to study more
  • This really did open my eyes wider to the everyday realities that many people face locally and all around. I feel more personally committed to finding a cause to immerse myself in at Furman. I want to carry the mindset that I’ve had this week into the rest of my life.”
  • On a macro scale, I’m mostly unchanged. But, I will consider viewpoints differently, and now have context for the situations of some people. Am I a different person? A whole new human? No, but I AM more educated, and a broader thinker.
  • I learned so much about the real world of which I was ignorant before, and consequently realized my responsibility as someone who is able to attend Furman to give back and work for change as a leader.
  • Advantage Scholars definitely opened my eyes to the true potential of a critical-thinking-oriented community through the substance of discussions in and out of group work.
  • I loved all the social activities so, so much. My favorite was the cooking class!
  • The counselors were amazing!

Meet the Scholars

Duke Scholars

Ben Beeker, Hendersonville High School, Hendersonville, NC
Ali Collins, Bishops School, San Diego, CA
Lauren Eberth, Sayre School, Versailles, KY
Tate Rosen, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
Whitney Sussman, John F. Kennedy High School, Merrick, NY

Hollingsworth Scholars

Lauren Garrison, River Bluff High School, Lexington, SC
Austin Geer, Governor School of Science and Math, Evans, GA
Gabie Giers, Clover High School, Clover, SC
Cj Waldrop, Riverside High School, Greer, SC
Tom Whittemore, Wren High School, Easley, SC
Thomas McCoy-Bruce, Greenwood High School, Greenwood, SC
Hannah Trayhan, Greenville Technical Charter School, Greenville, SC

Mickel Scholar

Tyler Gainey, Lamar High School, Timmonsville, SC

Townes Scholars

Shane Embury, Hardin Valley Academy, Knoxville, TN
Andrew McHorse, LC Anderson High School, Austin, TX
Charlie Reiney, Myers Park High School, Charlotte, NC
Kaitlyn Sagan, Carroll High School, Fort Wayne, IN

Meet Your Counselors

Abby Mathai '21, Psychology and Politics and International Affairs double major from Dallas, TX
Anna Rayfield '20, Health Science major on the pre-pharmacy track from Columbia, SC
Ronald (RJ) Rogers '20, Sociology and Education Studies double major from Greenville, SC 
Zachary Hughes '20, English major from St. Louis, MO