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2022 Scholarship Awards

Congratulations to our 2022 Scholarship Award Recipients!

The Community Foundation of Greenville holds eight scholarship funds and is proud to award these funds to students in accordance with the donor’s wishes. We are excited to announce our 2022 scholarship recipients whose awards total $111,187!


Alice Watkins Scholarship – Alice Watkins Senter’s family established this scholarship in her name to honor her. She was gifted in poetry and music, but her life was shortened by a tragic and incurable illness. The Senter family wanted to celebrate her most productive and happy times by awarding a Wade Hampton High School student, with a love of English, Literature, and Poetry, an opportunity to pursue a degree in higher education.

  • Kennedy Tillery, awarded $10,000

Greenville County Fire Chiefs’ Association Scholarship – In 1995, the Greenville County Fire Chiefs’ Association established a scholarship fund to promote higher education for firefighters and/or families of firefighters.

  • Jordyn Arrowood, awarded $1,000

Environmental Education Grant – The fund was established in 1997 to benefit a person residing in Bermuda who intends to pursue a degree or diploma in the general field of environmental studies at a qualifying college, university, or other institution in the United States. This scholarship was designed to promote and encourage the study of conservation, ecology, agriculture, horticulture, and related subjects, and to recognize the importance of promoting these subjects as they relate to the appreciation, enhancement, and conservation of Bermuda’s environment.

  • Katherine Tobin, awarded $5,000

John I. Smith Scholarship – This fund was established in 1989 by John I. Smith Charities to provide educational incentives and financial assistance to individuals residing in government-subsidized housing with the goal of helping students achieve self-sufficiency and become contributing citizens of the community through educational attainment.

  • Chayce Solomon, awarded $6,400
  • Sandy Abdelnabi, awarded $6,400
  • Jaeyden Hill-Mims, awarded $6,400
  • Kennedy Tillery, awarded $6,400

Margaret and Jack Paylor Family Scholarship – The Margaret and Jack Paylor Family Scholarship Fund was created to provide financial assistance for higher education attainment to economically disadvantaged students residing in Greenville County and planning to attend a South Carolina public college/university.

  • Chayce Solomon, awarded $5,000
  • Dynasty Green, awarded $5,000
  • Katelyn Jones, awarded $5,000
  • Chelsea Watson, awarded $5,000
  • Jalyn Owens, awarded $5,000
  • Malakhi Saunders, awarded $5,000

Obermier Scholarship In Memory of John N. Obermier, Edith M. Obermier and Mary Belle Obermier – Mary Belle Obermier established this scholarship with a gift from her estate in 2012. Her intent was to help academically deserving students who need financial assistance to be able to attend college and to give preference to qualified students who are committed to a career in the United States Navy.  The preference for naval students is in recognition of the US Navy careers of her deceased husband, John, and his deceased first wife, Edith, who were both veterans of World War II.

  • Chloe Mueller, awarded $10,000
  • Kylie DeWeese, awarded $2,000
  • Rylie DeWeese, awarded $2,000
  • Chayce Solomon, awarded $2,000
  • Dynasty Green, awarded $2,000
  • Martina Azer, awarded $2,000
  • Jaeyden Hill-Mims, awarded $2,000
  • Linh Tran, awarded $2,000
  • Kennedy Tillery, awarded $2,000

Rama Memorial Scholarship for the Greenville City Fire Department – The Rama Family established this scholarship in 2006 with the purpose of promoting opportunities for higher education for children of members of the Greenville City Fire Department by awarding grants for tuition and required fees.

  • Chelsea Watson, awarded $2,933
  • Rionnelee Peace, awarded $2,933

Greenville County Library Staff Education Fund – The purpose of the Greenville Library Staff Education Fund in Memory of Anthony Messineo is to provide financial assistance to Greenville County Library System staff members who are seeking educational advancement through specialized course work, course work leading to a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate job-related field and/or a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science.

  • Three staff members received a total of $4,788


Click here to learn about our scholarship process.

Scholarship award recipients pictured above: Martina Azer, Katelyn Jones, Kennedy Tillery, and Jaeyden Hill-Mims. 


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