3 locals win scholarships at CSRA College Night

More than 7,500 high school students, parents and educators from the greater Aiken-Augusta area recently met with recruiters from over 130 colleges and universities during this year’s CSRA College Night.

“We’re excited about the amazing turnout from throughout the entire region,” said Gladys Moore, Program Coordinator, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS). “We use virtually every square inch of the arena to help college recruiters provide much needed information to the students. One recruiter described it as the ‘Super Bowl of all college recruiting events.’”

Highly valued as a “one-stop shopping” opportunity, College Night can help reduce the number of planned college visits for students, potentially saving them thousands in travel costs.

The event is now entering its third decade of service to area high school students. “Well over $250,000 in scholarship funding has been offered to the tens of thousands of students who have attended College Night in the past. The generosity of our scholarship sponsors and much appreciated help from more than 100 volunteers are major reasons why this effort is consistently so successful each year,” said Moore.

Scholarships, each worth $1,000, were awarded to 16 students during drawings held throughout the evening at Augusta’s James Brown Arena. Three went to Barnwell County students: Derin Hammon, a senior at Barnwell High, Ma'Kayla Creech, a senior at Barnwell, and Maggie Smith, a junior at Williston-Elko.

CSRA College Night sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy-Savannah River Operations Office, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, SRP Federal Credit Union and iHeartMedia. Other contributors include: Aiken County Public School career specialists and counselors, American Association of Cost Engineers International (CSRA section), ASCO Automatic Valve, Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Augusta Marriott Hotel and Suites, CENTERRA, Communigraphics, Shaw Industries, and South Carolina Society of Professional Engineers (Aiken chapter).