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Lottery Tuition Assistance is Helping to Make Dreams Come True
12/20/2010 11:43:49 AM

Columbia, SC (December 20, 2010) – When it comes to the Lottery, people are always excited to hear who’s won the big jackpot or where a winning ticket was purchased. No matter who wins the game, the real winners of the South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) are the many students and their families who have received one of the scholarships and grants supported with lottery proceeds. In the end, education in South Carolina is the big winner.

Tawanna Morris, a second-year student at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, is one of the deserving recipients of the more than 820,000 scholarships and grants awarded to South Carolina’s students. A biology student, she is very outspoken when it comes to the many benefits of receiving Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA).

“Without Lottery Tuition Assistance, I would be unable to pay for college or have the money left over for books,” said Morris. “I am planning to get my associate’s degree in Biology at Midlands Tech and then transfer to the University of South Carolina to finish college. After that, I plan to attend medical school to become a heart surgeon. LTA is enabling me to pursue my dream of becoming a cardiovascular surgeon, a dream I have had since I was seven.”

Morris isn’t the only person in her family benefiting from lottery-funded financial aid. “I have an older brother at South Carolina State University and a younger sister at Allen University,” said Morris. “Because all three of us are in school at the same time, financial aid is extremely important to our family. Each of us has benefited from some form of lottery assistance.”

She is also very pleased with her choice of college. “I chose to come to Midlands Technical College because it is close to where I live and, because of LTA, it was the best bang for your buck.” Morris is a full-time student as well as a full-time employee at a nationwide calling center.

Morris began searching for financial aid to attend Midlands Technical College by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. After she filled out the form, she then received an award letter saying she was eligible for LTA. “High school students who are planning to attend college need to research their choices,” recommended Morris. “Just don’t plan to attend a university because someone wants you to go there. Also, manage your time wisely and always make time to study. Having good grades is essential for your future.”

Lottery-funded scholarships and grants are awarded to students who are South Carolina residents attending eligible in-state public and independent colleges and universities. The South Carolina Education Lottery neither administers nor awards lottery-funded scholarships and grants.

Lottery appropriations fund scholarships and grants in a wide range of categories. They include the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, LIFE Scholarship, S.C. HOPE Scholarship, Needs-Based Grants, Lottery Tuition Assistance, and the National Guard College Assistance Program. For more information on lottery-funded scholarships and grants, contact the Commission on Higher Education’s Information Hotline at 1-877-349-7183 or online at www.che.sc.gov.

Since January 7, 2002 through June 30, 2011, the General Assembly has appropriated more than $2.5 billion from the Education Lottery Account to supplement educational funding in South Carolina. The funds SCEL earns and deposits into the Education Lottery Account are dedicated to the state’s students and educational institutions. Learn more about where the money goes by visiting sceducationlottery.com – where education wins!

For More Information Contact:
Julie E. Huffman
SCEL Beneficiary Communications Coordinator
Office:(803) 737-2696
Fax:(803) 737-2893
Cell:(803) 667-2848
Email: Julie.huffman@sclot.com

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