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EDUCATION

Scholarship for Hispanic students

The Hispanic-American Women’s Association (AHAM) is accepting applications for its 2019 scholarship awards, which are available to Hispanic high school seniors in Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenwood, Greenville, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union counties.

Scholarships range from a one-time $1,000 award to a four-year $10,000 award.

Qualifications are as follows:

  • Must be of Hispanic origin or descent.
  • Must have a legal presence (U.S. citizen, resident, or DACA).
  • Must be in a public or private high school, class of 2019.
  • Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Must have received acceptance as a full-time student at an accredited university, technical college, or vocational school in the U.S. or its territories for the fall 2019 semester.
  • Family must make $60,000 or less in household income based on its 2018 tax return.

Apply online at http://www.ahamsc.org by March 17.

ARTS

Calling all South Carolina artists

Continuing its efforts to beautify the community with public art, Mauldin’s Office of Cultural Affairs has announced the opening of the selection process for the 2019 Mauldin Public Art Trail installation at the Mauldin Cultural Center.

2018 winner Arrington Matthews with his work “The Groundbreaking.”

This year’s theme was selected to recognize youth as our future. “Youth: Passion for Change” will highlight the passion for social change in today’s generation. Submissions should reflect the theme from the artist’s perspective.

Artists must be residents of South Carolina for the duration of the project. The deadline for submission is March 18.

The art trail lines the outdoor amphitheater at the cultural center. A work will be commissioned each year to fill the nine sites along the perimeter. All sites will be filled within 10 years. For each year after the first 10, the oldest artwork will be replaced, resulting in a new slate of nine pieces of artwork every 10 years. Older pieces will then be relocated around the community.

The winning artist will be selected in late April and must aim for project completion by mid-December. Total budget for the program is $15,000 and must include fabrication, artist fees, and installation.

To apply, visit www.mauldinculturalcenter.org/public-art-trail. For information, contact the Office of Cultural Affairs at (864) 335-4862.

FINANCE

CommunityWorks receives $500K investment 

CommunityWorks has announced a $500,000 Equity Equivalent Investment from Capital Bank. This investment will help strengthen small-business development and support a community loan fund that provides capital to small businesses and developers. This includes fund acquisition, short-term bridge financing, and construction and preservation of affordable housing in the community.

CommunityWorks was established in 2008 as a local housing trust fund with the city of Greenville, United Way of Greenville County, and Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. The organization’s mission is to support underserved families and communities through financial education, lending, and investing.

Deborah McKetty, president and CEO of CommunityWorks, thanked Capital Bank for the investment. “These additional funds will ensure our continued support of affordable housing and community economic development and will amplify our efforts to assist hard-working people in our community,” McKetty said in a news release. “Such private-public impact investments are key to expanding our service areas. Capital Bank’s investment means that low-wealth South Carolinians now have greater access to affordable housing and stronger support systems to pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship, homeownership, and building financial stability and wealth.”

DONATION

Salvation Army of Greenville receives funds from Food Lion foundation

Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation donated $2,000 to the Salvation Army of Greenville to purchase food for its food pantry and soup kitchen.

Every year, The Salvation Army of Greenville serves more than 140,000 meals and provides food boxes to over 2,700 families.

Since 2001, the Food Lion Charitable Foundation has provided financial support for organizations dedicated to feeding the hungry. The foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants.

Maj. Pete Costas, area commander of The Salvation Army of Greenville, thanked the foundation. “Every day, we serve people in need in our soup kitchen and our food pantry,” he said in a news release. “With this generous grant from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation, The Salvation Army will be able to feed many people who would otherwise go hungry.”

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