Richland Two class of 2017 receives millions in scholarship offers


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- The 2017 graduates of Richland School District Two has left a lasting impression for future generations.

Between five high schools, a little over a thousand graduating seniors collectively received nearly $116 million in scholarship offers surpassing the class of 2016 who had $103 million in scholarship offers.

• Blythewood High School: $20,770,786 in scholarships

• Richland Northeast High School: $18,445,417 in scholarships

• Ridge View High School: $13,684,916 in scholarships

• Spring Valley High School: $44,000,000 in scholarships

• Westwood High School: $20,000,000 in scholarships

Superintendent Dr. Debbie Hamm delivered the commencement speech during graduating encouraging students to find the joy in life "one of my favorite sayings is the joy of the journey is in the ride."

Under Dr. Hamm's leadership, the district's on-time graduating rate increased from 81.1 percent to 88.5 percent.

The Richland Two graduates are headed to a variety of schools including: Presbyterian College, Spelman College, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, Howard University, North Carolina A&T University, The Citadel, The University of Notre Dame, The University of South Carolina, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Yale University to name a few.

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