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SCU Class of 2010-11

South Carolina United 2010 - 11
July 21 - 24, 2010

The Riley Institute at Furman hosted 16 of Furman's 20 incoming Hollingsworth Scholars for the fourth annual South Carolina United program on July 21 - 24, 2010. To view the Schedule of Activities, click here.

The 2010 -11 participants are:

Kayla Bingham, Cayce, SC
Kellie Bingham, Cayce, SC
Daniel Causey, Darlington, SC
Fred David, Greer, SC
Will Fallaw, Conway, SC 29527
Seth Greenstein, Clemson, SC
Maddison Hall, Fort Mill, SC 
Charlotte Holt, Summerville, SC
Katie Lowery, Rock Hill, SC
Matthew Morris, Anderson, SC 
Laura Ragmanauskaite, North Charleston, SC 
Janel Raquet, Hilton Head Island, SC
Elisabeth Schlaudt, Greenville, SC
Shannice Singletary, Lake City, SC 
Walker Stinnette, Columbia, SC
Katie Wingard, Columbia, SC

The SCU summer program was outstanding! The scholars parted with a sense of how issues are usually not "black and white". They saw the importance of getting involved and learning the facts, thinking about others' perspectives, and, ultimately, they recognized that they can make a difference. 

The scholars, throughout the year, participated in receptions and dinners with Riley Institute guests, ice cream socials, picnics, meetings, and service projects as a way to provide learning and leadership experiences for the scholars.

In September 2010, the scholars had the opportunity to meet and talk with Riley Institute guest, Kevin Quigley, President and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association, and Richard Benedetto, former White House correspondent and columnist for USA Today in March 2011. 

In the fall 2010, the scholars participated in a service project on November 20th. They volunteered to work with Camp Spearhead, a camp for children and adults with special needs. Camp Spearhead had organized a weekend activity that included pizza for lunch followed by bowling. The scholars served as “camp counselors” and were assigned to small groups for which they were responsible. While the campers enjoyed bowling, the scholars helped keep score and provided physical assistance if needed.  For many of the scholars, this was the first time they interacted with those that have special needs. This experience allowed them to expand beyond their usual comfort zone while learning new things about themselves.

The Hollingsworth Scholars comment on the program:

"I gained a better understanding ... about how "solving" one problem may potentially conflict with the solution of another"

"SCU helped me understand there are many sides to each issue. There can be no clear cut answer without putting oneself in "someone else's shoes" and thinking about what is underneath it all rather than on the surface."

"I loved the service project - visiting the Phillis Wheatley Community Center! It was fun and heart-warming. I think I learned so much from them in those few short hours!"

"The service activity - visiting the Phillis Wheatley Community Center - was more than beneficial. It was eye-opening & spiritually enlightening to see what the power of a community could do."

"It was pretty awe-inspiring in the ways we were able to debate and refute ideas amongst ourselves-and how suddenly abstract problems concerning SC were made startling clear--why can't all politicians be like this??"

"I liked the small group presentations, because as I researched and learned more, I realized my own political leanings didn't line up with my feelings towards my specific issue. It made me realize you need to be pragmatic."