This fall, USC Salkehatchie welcomed the first group of Salkehatchie Scholars to the campus. This prestigious scholarship, which provides a full-tuition scholarship and book allowance to select students at the top of their high school class, was created in 2010 as a way to celebrate the institution’s commitment to academic excellence. Students must graduate from a S.C. high school with at least a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for consideration. Eight students from throughout the region received this honor. They are: Cody Breland of Ruffin; Lacy Coker of Monck’s Corner; James Funderburke of Monck’s Corner; Jessica Polk of Estill; Alex Pope of Walterboro; Paul Thomas Jr. of Ulmer; Jonathan Winn of Varnville; and Amanda Winstead of Barnwell.