Amaya Danae Richardson, an Erskine College junior from Inman, S.C., was selected to receive a CIC/UPS Scholarship provided by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) and its national partner, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C.
Amaya is majoring in Health Science with a minor in Business Administration and is considering continuing her studies in nursing school once she completes her undergraduate degree. A graduate of Boiling Springs High School, where she was a three-sport athlete, Amaya has contributed her talents to the Women’s Basketball Team at Erskine since her freshman year. For the past two summers, she has been chosen as an orientation leader for Erskine’s incoming freshman class.
The Council of Independent Colleges, through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment, has provided more than $1.4 million in student scholarships to support student success at private colleges and universities throughout the nation. This year, SCICU awarded $64,000 in CIC/UPS Scholarships to students at its 20 member institutions across South Carolina.
“The UPS Foundation has been a longtime and generous supporter of independent college higher education, not only in South Carolina, but nationwide,” says SCICU President and CEO Jeff Perez. “We are very appreciative of their support and recognize that the lives of many worthy students have been changed for the better.”
Scholarships provided by SCICU and CIC offer meaningful support to Erskine students like Amaya. “Receiving the UPS Scholarship for several years has made a huge difference in affording the cost of higher education,” she says. “I will forever be grateful.”