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Horry County Schools’ Class of 2019 earns $75 million in scholarships

Among ten high schools, Horry County Schools’ (HCS) Class of 2019 included 2,715 graduates who collectively earned $75 million in scholarships for higher education. Seventy-five percent of graduates indicated they will continue their education; 42 percent at a four-year post-secondary school and 33 percent at a two-year post-secondary school.

Of the 75 percent of graduates who are college-bound, 91 percent met eligibility requirements for financial awards from the South Carolina Education Lottery. Eighty-seven percent of graduates reported they will attend a college or university in South Carolina, while nine percent reported they will attend a post-secondary school out-of-state.

Five percent of graduates were presented South Carolina Academic Achievement Honors Diplomas from the State Department of Education for academic achievement and coursework that exceeded the requirements for a state high school diploma. In addition, 14 percent of graduates received HCS Honors Certificates for academic achievement, expanded coursework, and school or community involvement.

The Class of 2019 earned 3,185 dual-credit courses, allowing them to earn high school and college course credits at the same time. Using information posted on the University of South Carolina’s website for 2018-2019, dual-credit courses earned by HCS graduates have a value of $4.9 million, had the courses been initially purchased as college credits, alone.

Among graduates, 127 students indicated they will join the United States Armed Forces. Another 15 percent reported they were entering the workforce after graduation. 

Note: Information presented in this summary was provided by Aynor, Carolina Forest, Conway, Green Sea Floyds, HCS Early College, Loris, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, St. James, and Socastee high schools.