The Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation (CDCF) is pleased to provide scholarship funding for two local academic institutions, the Palmetto Scholars Academy (PSA), South Carolina’s first Gifted and Talented Charter School and ECPI College of Technology. Understanding that talent is the key driver of a knowledge economy, the Digital Corridor is following through on its commitment to develop Charleston’s technical workforce by choosing PSA and ECPI as beneficiaries of its annual iFive:K race.
Each year, the Digital Corridor holds the iFive:K Run/Walk/Shuffle, Charleston’s only weekday, evening race through historic downtown, as both its spring networking event and a fundraiser for the Charleston Digital Corridor Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund was created to educate tomorrow’s innovators by providing scholarships, internships, public speaking engagements and other relevant workforce development initiatives.
As part of this year’s Digital Corridor Scholarship Award, the Digital Corridor awarded the Palmetto Scholars Academy (PSA) $2,500, which will be earmarked for miscellaneous operational costs for the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year.
“We are very grateful for the generous donation from the Charleston Digital Corridor,” says Stacey Lindbergh, Chairman of the Palmetto Scholars Academy Charter Committee. “This is the first of many collaborations between our organizations to help the gifted children of our community meet their academic potential, and help raise South Carolina to new and greater heights.”
In addition to collaborating with PSA, the Digital Corridor is also partnering to provide a $1,000 scholarship to two students at ECPI College of Technology, one in Electronics Engineering Technology and one in Network Security. These students have been selected based on academic performance, attendance and an essay judged by Digital Corridor member companies, eGroup, BoomTown and SLANT Media. The 2011 award recipients are Eric Bell and Wesley Boothe. The awards were presented at the ECPI Academics Award ceremony on Monday, May 16 by Amy Lawrence, Program Manager of the Charleston Digital Corridor and ECPI’s Charleston Campus President, Mr. James Weaver.
“This partnership is a natural extension of our commitment to further the Charleston community by enhancing our native workforce and fostering lasting community relationships,” said ECPI’s Charleston Campus President, Mr. James Weaver.
The annual iFive:K affords Digital Corridor member companies the opportunity to “actively” network with the Charleston community, while investing in its most important resource—its workforce.