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17-year-old boy wins $5,000 scholarship to US university, set to study Political Science

A 17-year-old boy named Garret Simons has been awarded a scholarship worth 5,000 dollars to study for his undergraduate degree at Duke University in the United States.

Garret is a senior at Hilton Head Island High School, United States who received the 2023 R.D. Bennett Community Service Scholarship worth 5000 dollars to any college of his choice.

The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina presented the scholarship. It is usually awarded to a high school student who completes a community service project that best exemplifies the cooperative principle of “concern for community.” 

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Simon was among a group of high school students across the state who completed projects. A panel of judges selected his project, “Making Birthdays Bright,” as the winner of the competition. 

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Simons donated more than 180 birthday boxes to 11 local food banks. The boxes contain everything needed for a recipient to bake and decorate a cake, and they are given out to recipients who are having a birthday within their family.

He also worked with Pockets Full of Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that helps adults with special needs to assemble birthday boxes.

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“It has been so fulfilling to hear the feedback from how happy the food bank clients are when they receive the boxes and how it meets a need that was not met before,” Simons said.



“The birthday boxes have helped many families facing food insecurity celebrate birthdays and gave them the supplies and extras needed that they might not be able to afford’,” he added.

He completed his project after attending the cooperative annual Washington Youth Tour program which sends rising high school seniors to Washington, D.C. for a week each summer.

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Simons was one of the three local students chosen by Palmetto Electric Cooperative to attend the trip with a total of 59 students. The CEO of Plametto Electric, Berl Davis said they were very impressed with Simons’s performance.

“I was so impressed with Garrett’s ability to reach food banks throughout our entire service territory with his project. We are very proud of him and the work he has done in our community,” Berl Davis said.

Simons mentioned on his LinkedIn that he would be attending Duke University. He added that he plans to major in political science at the university’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.



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