- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Applications are now open for a college scholarship program named in honor of the slain pastor of Emanuel AME Church.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/1pqWxMn) the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program will award up to eight renewable scholarships, worth between $5,000 and $10,000 annually.

Black high school seniors who live in Beaufort, Charleston or Jasper counties are eligible to apply.

The late Sen. Clementa Pinckney was among the nine victims killed June 17 when a white gunman opened fire following Bible study.

Darrin Goss Sr., president and CEO of Coastal Community Foundation, which administers the program, says the scholarships will be awarded to students who not only demonstrate financial need and strong academic performance but also embody Pinckney’s character and leadership.

Interested students can apply online at coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com


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