The Richard G. Small Foundation, a non-profit based in Mentor, Ohio, recently recognized three Indian Land High School students with the 2020 Richard G. Small Memorial Scholarship Award to support their first year in college. The students demonstrated exceptional leadership and met the eligibility requirements for the scholarship. The students were recognized by the Foundation’s board via video call last week.
This year's recipients from Indian Land High included; Madison Hargett, Alexander Sims, and Blakely Hardin. Madison Hargett will be attending Anderson University in South Carolina studying Clinical psychology; Alexander Sims will a student at Clemson University, majoring in Civil Engineering. Lastly, Blakely Hardin is on her way to the University of South Carolina this fall double majoring in Political Science and Economics.
In March 2020, the Foundation voted to open a new scholarship program at Indian Land High School in Lancaster, South Carolina to coincide with Cleveland Construction building the New Indian Land High School opening in 2021. Although these high school graduates will not be able to experience the new Indian Land High at 6130 Charlotte Hwy, the Foundation still wanted to leave an impact on their educational journey.
“Despite the circumstances with COVID-19 and Indian Land not able to hold their annual award banquet, we wanted to make this year’s award was still memorable,” said Shawn Zbasnik, Chairman of the Richard G. Small Foundation.
The Richard G. Small Foundation was established in 2008 in memory of Richard G. Small, the former founder of Cleveland Construction, Inc. Richard left behind a legacy of honesty, leadership, and work ethic, and humility. It is our duty in this scholarship to recognize a worthy student with similar qualities. The students selected this year fulfilled more than just those characteristics of Richard G. Small. We hope this scholarship allows these students to begin their college career on the right financial path.