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Shelbee Cupp receives Sterling Scholarship

Erskine College junior Shelbee Cupp, daughter of Richard and Tammy Cupp of Manning, has been selected to receive the Sterling L. Smith Scholarship for 2011-12. The award is presented annually by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) to a student who qualifies for a Higher Education Tuition Grant and includes a $1,000 scholarship.

An early childhood education major who was named to Erskine’s Garnet Circle last year, Cupp serves as a Presidential Ambassador. She is active in Baptist Collegiate Ministries and the Erskine Society for Psychology. Her many contributions to campus life include working as a Supplemental Instruction leader; serving as fund-raising chair and rush vice-chair of the Athenian Literary Society; and volunteering for various service projects.

From left, Richard and Tammy Cupp, Shelbee Cupp and Erskine President Dr. David Norman

She plans to enter the teaching profession, and says she hopes to “teach students not only the books, but also incorporate life skills in order to allow productive decision making and thoughtful reasoning.”

Cupp was honored at a luncheon Oct. 13, along with other award recipients and their families.

Annual award winners are selected by the Center for Scholarship Administration from dozens of applications received from students at SCICU member institutions.

The Sterling L. Smith Scholarship is named in honor of Sterling L. Smith, who joined SCICU in 1960 as the legislative liaison for the organization’s member colleges and universities. He was instrumental in the development of the South Carolina Tuition Grant program.


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