Our Mission

The mission of the Lancaster County Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation is to provide scholarships and mentoring support to empower high school students who have demonstrated a history of serving others in making our community a better place to live.

The Foundation

How It Was Started: Founded by Marion Taylor in February 2018

Businessman and Lancaster native Marion Taylor was an original founding member of a Scholarship Foundation in Atlanta, GA. After moving back home to Lancaster, it was his vision to start a Lancaster County scholarship foundation with the same mission to assist students in this community. The purpose of the LCGSSF is to identify students who serve the needs of others in extraordinary ways and to assist them financially as they continue their service commitment while furthering their education at a college or technical school.

The Name ‘Good Samaritan’:  A title for those who serve their fellow citizens

We are a Lancaster County scholarship designed around the story of the Good Samaritan, though applicants are not required to have any specific religious affiliation. Students from the four Lancaster County high schools and the Career Center may​ apply for the scholarship in the Fall of their junior year. Students from the Career Center will be included with the list of applicants from their high school. Only one scholarship will be awarded per high school; therefore, a total of four scholarships may be awarded.

“On the parable of the Good Samaritan: “I imagine that the first question the priest and Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But by the very nature of his concern, the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

― Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love

Eligible Candidates: High school JUNIORS may apply for the LCGSSF Scholarship. This allows one year for the scholarship recipient and his/her mentor to work together and establish a bond before leaving for College or Tech school. The mentorship continues until graduation from college or Tech school with limits of 4 years for college and 2 years for Tech schools.

Lancaster County area high school counselors, teachers and other faculty members may assist in identifying high school juniors who have met the LCGSSF criteria for scholastic and humanitarian accomplishment. The LCGSSF celebrates and encourages Lancaster County high school students to rise above their personal and financial challenges in order to help those in need.

Funding for our unique Lancaster County Scholarship and Mentoring Program: Please consider supporting our foundation. We rely on generous donors . “The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation is funded by generous donations from individuals and local businesses. We rely on the generosity of others to maintain this legacy of rewarding young good samaritans in our community. We also rely on volunteers and donors to sponsor and assist with fundraising events in the community which raise money and bring awareness to our organization. We need ongoing support for the foundation.

This year we will participate again in the GIVE LOCAL LANCASTER fundraiser, sponsored by the Arras Foundation. It was postponed from May to November this year due to the pandemic. The format is different this year and more information will be posted shortly. ..PLEASE consider making a donation to our foundation! Your support is crucial to our success..

Mentoring Program

The mentoring program is what makes this Lancaster County scholarship special and unique. Our goal is to invest in those that invest in our community. Not only do we provide financial scholarships, but we also provide a mentor for each student who is committed to “walk beside our recipient” through his/her entire college/tech school career.

Board of Directors

The members of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board are made up of Lancaster County educators, community leaders, business people and community volunteers. Our active board helps with candidate selection and fundraising for the foundation. We are proud to introduce our board to the community. Please view the brief description of experience and talents brought to the GSSF from this diverse group of talented volunteers. This section will be updated shortly… New Board members will be joining us soon!


Debra Gardner
Lisa Willis
Vice President
Ryan Jones
Ashley Collins


Elizabeth Howe
Julie Bowers
Patricia Higgins Clancy

Deborah Cureton, PhD
New Member
Babette Sabia
New Member
Susan B. Rowell
Melvin Stroble
Marion Taylor

Advisory Board Members:

Bobby Collins
Rev. Bryant D. Fersner
Lisa Hallman
Susan Jordan
Regina Maxfield

Jacque Wenger

School Advisory Board Members:

Abby Faulkenberry
Tal Horton
Melina Oueini
Steve Knight

Board of Directors

Debra Gardner- President of LC-GSSF 2018-Present

1972-2010: Lancaster County School District: Andrew Jackson High School- Science Instructor

Veterans’ Day Co-ordinator: Kershaw, SC Community and AJHS 17 years

Co-Chair: Kershaw Spring-A-Thon community festival, 5 years

2010-Business Owner: Kaleidoscope Events; Event Planner, Wedding Planner

1998-Francis Marion University: Education, M.Ed. + 30 Hrs

1972-Winthrop University: Consumer Ed, Secondary Science, B.S.

Lisa Willis- Vice President of LC-GSSF 2020-Present

1994-National Board Certified Teacher

1996- Masters of Arts, Early Childhood Ed. – USC

1982- B.A.- Early Childhood Ed.

1978- Lancaster High School graduate

Board Member- (past)-Lancaster County First Steps

Red Rose and New Era Book Club Member

Ashley Collins- Secretary of LC-GSSF 2020-Present

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Ryan Jones, ESQ.- Treasurer LC GSSF-2020-Present

2017-Present: Associate Attorney- Folks & DeVenny, LLC

2016- Law Clerk for Folks & DeVenny, LLC 

2015- SC House of Representatives, Page

USC Law School: J.D.

Coker College: History, B.A.

Julie Bowers, CFNP-  Family Nurse Practitioner, M.S. Nursing

2011-Present MUSC HEALTH-Primary Care-Richburg


Cabarrus Memorial Hospital

School of Nursing; Concord, NC

Wingate University, Wingate NC

Graceland University, Independence, MO

Patricia “Pat” Higgins Clancy- President of Lancaster County Council of the Arts

2011-Present: Retired Ballet Instructor

Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year”

Capital City Ballet Company in Sacramento, CA

Studied with Stuttgart Ballet, Danced with Mannheim Opera in Mannheim, Germany

University of South Carolina: History, B.A.

Deborah Cureton, PhD- CEO & Dean, Emerita University of Wisconsin

Retired 2010 

President: Board of Trustees, Lancaster County Library

President: Board of Commissioners, Housing Authority of Lancaster, SC

Vice-President: Educational Foundation of USC-Lancaster

1996-2001 USC-L: Associate Dean of Campus; Academic Affairs and Student Affairs

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Education, Ph.D.

University of South Carolina: Reading, M.Ed

University of South Carolina: Education, French B.A.

Babette Sabia

More information about Babette to come

Elizabeth Howe: Youth Development Coordinator, J. Marion Sims Foundation

2017-2019: Fellow, J. Marion Sims Foundation

2016- Intern, J. Marion Sims Foundation

Columbia College Graduate

President- Student Alumnae Ambassadors

Susan B. Rowell: Publisher, The Lancaster News and
Carolina Gateway

Regional Director: Chester News & Reporter

Regional Director: Pageland Progressive Journal

President: National Newspaper Association

Melvin Stroble: District 1- Lancaster County School District, Trustee

2014- Present: Project Manager, Black & Veatch Corporation

University of South Carolina: Biology, Chemistry, B.S.

Marion Taylor: Business Owner, Registered Agent for LCGSSF

2000- Present- Business owner and President of  Tay Chem Industries

UAB, Birmingham, Alabama

Georgia State, Atlanta, GA

US Air Force-9 years; Korean War Veteran

Advisory & School Advisory


Robert H. “Bobby” Collins: Retired Business Owner & USC-L Instructor

Scout Troop 180 Committee

Treasurer: Catawba Valley Land Trust

2003-2016: Economics Instructor, USC-L

University of SC: Economics, M.A.

Wofford College: Business and Economics, B.A.

Rev. Bryant D. Fersner: Director of LC Moriah Association, Retired. 

2014- 2019: Director of Missions for Moriah Assoc. of Lancaster County

Southeastern Baptist Seminary: Master of Divinity with Languages and Christian Education

University of South Carolina: Accounting and Finance, B.S.

Lisa Hallman: Instructional Technology Specialist, LCSD

2017-Current-Technology Instructor, LCSD

2017-Chamber of Commerce -“LC Volunteer of the Year”

2015-2016- Lancaster County District Teacher of the year

2006-2016-Media Specialist Buford Middle School

Executive Director – Seth’s Hope

Board Member- Lindsay Pettus Greenway, LC Health & Wellness, LC Library

Committee Member- J Marion Sims Foundation Horizon Grants

Susan Jordan, CPA: Business Owner and Certified Public Accountant 

2019-Present: Owner, Susan Jordan PA, CPA, LLC

2006-2018: CPA and Office Manager for Douglas Burnette PA LLC

Winthrop University: M.B.A.

Limestone College: B.S.

Regina Maxfield- Served as Secretary/ Treasurer of LC-GSSF 2018-2019

Retired Medical Practice Administrator

Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year-2000”

Horse ‘N’ Around: volunteer bookkeeper

Secretary/Treasurer: Lancaster Rotary Club

UNC-Chapel Hill

Jacque Wenger: Director of Development, SC Baptist Foundation 

2000- Present: Baptist Foundation of South Carolina


Abby FaulkenberryLCGSSF Buford High School Advisor

2017- (Present)-Special Education Teacher, Buford High School

2015-2017- Special Education Teacher A.R. Rucker Middle School

2015- Graduate of College of Charleston, B.S. Special Education, Recipient of SC Teaching Fellows Scholarship

Graduate of Andrew Jackson High School

Tal Horton: Indian Land High School, LCGSSF Advisor

2018-Present- Assistant Principal, Indian Land High School

2017- Masters in Educational Leadership, K-12

2017-Bachelor of Science- Physical Education Grades 7-12

2016-2018- Athletic Director, Indian Land High School

2015–2016- Assistant, AD, Indian Land High School

2010- Physical llEducation and Health Teacher, ILHS

2010-2015- Head Coach Varsity Volleyball, JV volleyball, Girls Soccer

2014-Celebrate Great Teaching- ILHS, Teacher of the Year

2009-Bachelor of Science- Coastal Carolina

Steve Knight: LCGSSF-Andrew Jackson High School Advisor

2001- Present-AJHS Teacher, Social Studies, AP US History

2014- Celebrate Great Teaching: High School Teacher of the Year, LCSD

2003-2008- Flint Ridge Baptist Church- Minister of Music

1999-2001-Government, Economics, World History Teacher

1998-200- Master’s of Arts, Secondary Ed.

1993-1996- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Economics; Intern for Lieutenant Governor, Member College Republicans

1991-1993- Assoc. Science, University of SC-Lancaster; Student Body President, Vice- Chair LC Republican Party

1991- Graduate of Andrew Jackson High, Kershaw, SC

Melina D. Oueini, NBCT: LCGSSF Lancaster High School Advisor

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Ambassador names will be posted soon.

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