SC State University Presents Shining Stars During the 2010 Scholarship Gala and Tribute

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gala 1SC State University will host the 2010 Scholarship Gala and Tribute on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton (SHM) Memorial Center.

The Scholarship Gala and Tribute is a South Carolina State University Foundation event and an annual opportunity to honor students who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating an uncompromising commitment to the tenets of service, integrity and excellence. As the Foundation’s major fundraising event of the year, Gala proceeds are donated to the University to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students.

Due to the continuous support from corporate sponsors, friends and alumni, SC State University will celebrate the academic achievements of seven deserving students, deemed as “shining stars.”

Deshena J. Agurs, junior, elementary education major
Ebonie M. Fuller, sophomore, biology and spanish major
Jeremiah D. George, sophomore, computer science major
Beverly D. Hawkins, junior, marketing major
Traci D. Jones, junior, elementary education major
Jonathan D. Parker, sophomore, accounting major
Sharneise S. Simmons, junior, nursing major

These scholarship recipients are thrilled about this prestigious award. “I felt honored to be selected out of hundreds of scholarship recipients,” said Ebonie Fuller.  “I consider this a true privilege and I value this experience.”

Bgala 2everly Hawkins is equally ecstatic. “I am amazed,” says Hawkins. “I think that it is a great accomplishment and I am honored to be one of the seven students selected,” said Hawkins.
While the seven “rising stars” will be the highlight of Saturday’s Scholarship Gala and Tribute, other entities such as the theme and entertainment will be added incentives. Saturday’s theme will be “A Night Among the Stars at the Cotton Club.” The acronym S.T.A.R.S. means Scholarships to Assist and Reward Students. Throughout the program, the Cotton Club era will be exemplified through dress, song and dance.

Also, performing this year will be national R&B and gospel recording artist, Regina Belle. In 1987, Belle recorded her first solo album, “All By Myself,” with the opening single, "Show Me the Way." This single climbed to the top of the Soul charts. Her other hits include “Stay With Me,” “Baby Come to Me,” “Make It Like It Was” and “A Whole New World.”

Congratulations once again to SC State University’s seven “rising stars” who continue to build upon the institution’s 114-year legacy of excellence.