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.
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.
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, applicants come from the four high schools in Lancaster County, SC.
“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
Lancaster County area high school counselors 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.
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 in GIVE LOCAL LANCASTER…PLEASE consider making a donation to our foundation!
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.
The members of our Board of Directors and Advisory Board are made up of Lancaster County educators, community leaders, business people and 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.
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
Business Owner: Kaleidoscope Events; Event Planner, Wedding Planner
Francis Marion University: Education, M.Ed.
Winthrop University: Consumer Ed, Secondary Science, B.S.
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
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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.
2011-Present MUSC HEALTH-Primary Care-Richburg
Awarded– MUSC PRECEPTOR OF THE YEAR
Cabarrus Memorial Hospital
School of Nursing; Concord, NC
Wingate University, Wingate NC
Graceland University, Independence, MO
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.
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.
2017-2019: Fellow, J. Marion Sims Foundation
2016- Intern, J. Marion Sims Foundation
Columbia College Graduate
President- Student Alumnae Ambassadors
Regional Director: Chester News & Reporter
Regional Director: Pageland Progressive Journal
President: National Newspaper Association
2014- Present: Project Manager, Black & Veatch Corporation
University of South Carolina: Biology, Chemistry, B.S.
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
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
Jacque Wenger: Director of Development, SC Baptist Foundation
2000- Present: Baptist Foundation of South Carolina
Abby Faulkenberry– LCGSSF 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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