The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce awarded 75 scholarships to high school students across the Lowcountry on Tuesday. If the recipients go on to graduate from college, more than 50 of them will be the first in their immediate family to do so, according to a news release.The Accelerate Greater Charleston scholarships pay for two years of tuition, fees and books toward an associate degree at Trident Technical College. The scholarship recipients will pursue degrees in sectors that are in high demand throughout the region, such as science, technology, engineering, math, business, hospitality and health sciences, the news release said.
“These scholarships represent opportunity. An opportunity to gain the skills necessary to pursue a career in a high-demand field, ensuring a secure future,” chamber CEO and President Bryan Derreberry said in the news release. “With the Charleston metro gaining 20,000 new jobs in the next two years, they also serve as an opportunity for our region to develop local talent, producing and retaining the workforce needed for our ever-growing job pool.”