COLUMBIA — This year’s high-school graduating class earned more money in college scholarships than in previous years, bringing in more than $1.15 billion in awards.
Eight Midlands school districts together earned more than $313 million.
College scholarship earnings have been on the rise since the S.C. Department of Education began tracking the awards through a voluntary annual survey to the state’s more than 80 public school districts.
The class of 2008 earned $767 million in college scholarships, including two-year and four-year schools. The class of 2012 broke $1 billion for the first time, according to a news release from the Department of Education.
Barnwell 45 school district did not participate in the survey.
S.C. Education Lottery scholarships account for more than 31 percent of the total scholarship awards reported by school districts that categorize awards.
Total scholarships for Midlands 2013 graduates
Lexington 1: $29,192,565
Lexington 2: $8,313,082
Lexington 3: $4,644,000
Lexington 4: $643,200
Lexington/Richland 5: $125,714,806
Richland 1: $52,690,348
Richland 2: $85,477,311
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