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SC Whitmore Announces the Jessica Munyon Memorial Scholarship

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Columbia, SC – SC Whitmore School (SCWS), a statewide online public high school, has renamed the Blue Diamond Scholarship the Jessica Munyon Memorial Scholarship, in honor of the teacher’s recent passing.

With a heavy heart, SC Whitmore School announced last month the passing of Jessica Munyon on February 10, 2021. Jessica joined the school in 2016 and had an incredible impact on the lives of students across South Carolina. Jessica not only faithfully served as a teacher, but as a department chair and advisor for ArtMore, an online digital literary and art magazine. She will truly be missed by the entire SC Whitmore School family.

SCWS Executive Director, John Loveday, stated, “As soon as we learned about this tragedy, we knew we wanted to find a way to sustain Jessica’s legacy at SCWS. Renaming the Blue Diamond Scholarship to the Jessica Munyon Memorial Scholarship allows us to do just that. This scholarship provides students who earn a 4.0 GPA at SCWS, regardless of their GPA prior to enrolling at SCWS, a chance to earn an academic scholarship. It’s essentially an academic redemption scholarship, which I know Jessica fully supported.”

Savanna Renteria was enrolled in Mrs. Munyon’s Music Appreciation class and recently spoke about her time in Mrs. Munyon’s Class.“My experience was amazing. Mrs. Munyon was always there when I needed help,” said Renteria. “She never stopped trying to help me and she was just so sweet and nice to me.”

The SCWS Board of Directors saw first hand the incredible impact that Munyon had on the lives of youth in South Carolina. “Mrs. Munyon has left a mark on everybody that she touched,” said SCWS Board Chair, Shennice Cleckley. “We will miss her dearly and a piece of her lives in all of the things she dedicated her life to. The SCWS Board of Directors is excited to continue to honor the legacy of Mrs. Munyon with the Jessica Munyon Memorial Scholarship: it is our hope that this scholarship represents the impact that Jessica made in the lives of so many individuals.”

The Jessica Munyon Memorial Scholarship recognizes outstanding seniors who have embraced the mission of SCWS. Each student will receive a $1,000 merit scholarship to be used for a two or four-year college, or a career skills-enhancement certification.

Jessica Munyon Memorial Scholarship Fellows Must:

• Currently, be in the 12th grade and eligible to graduate this academic year
• Model a character of integrity, leadership, service, and academic achievement
• Have been enrolled for at least one academic year
• Be recommended by an SCWS teacher
• Have earned a minimum of 4.0 GPA at SC Whitmore School

This scholarship will be awarded for the first time this summer at our June graduation.

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