The James E. Clyburn Research & Scholarship Foundation will award a record 150 scholarships this year

Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC)

For the first time in its history, the James E. Clyburn Research & Scholarship Foundation will award 150 college scholarships at its 29th annual Rudolph Canzater Memorial Classic weekend in Santee. On Saturday, August 3, the scholarships will be awarded as part of a total package of over $700,000 in college aid presented to 150 Canzater Scholars. Each student will receive a $1,000 Canzater Scholarship from the Clyburn Foundation, a Dell laptop computer, a Microsoft software package, and some students will receive matching scholarships from their chosen college or university.

To date, more than 1700 students have received more than $5 million in college aid as part of the Canzater Classic weekend. The Clyburn Foundation’s annual golf tournament raises the funds to support this important effort to help deserving students attain their goal of attending college. The scholarship ceremony this year will feature South Carolina Representative Marvin Pendarvis of House District 113.

“I believe that access to education opens the door for students to have a productive and fulfilling life,” said Jim Clyburn, the founder of the Canzater Classic. “We have had the privilege to see so many of our Canzater Scholars go on to meaningful careers as teachers, doctors, lawyers, and public servants. The investment we make in the students today is paid off when they give back to their communities in the future.”

In addition to supporting college scholarships, the Canzater Classic brings hundreds of golfers and their families to Santee for a weekend of family fun. This highly-anticipated event received the 2012 Bundy Award from the South Carolina Department of Parks Recreation and Tourism for its significant economic impact on South Carolina’s rural communities.

“This annual weekend is the embodiment of the Foundation’s mission – promoting education, changing lives, and building healthy communities,” said founder Jim Clyburn. “We enjoy the opportunity to fellowship, but our primary goal is to make a tangible difference in the community.”

In addition to the golf tournament, the weekend activities include a Back to School Bash, a health fair, a Harvest Hope Food Bank distribution, and Emily E. Clyburn’s Ladies Luncheon.

The Back to School Bash takes place on Thursday, August 1 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and is open to the community. The event includes backpack and school supply giveaways, free haircuts, games, music and food.

Another community event is the Ollie Johnson I-95 Health Fair, which takes place on Friday, August 2 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. This event features free health screenings and vendors with health-related services. For the third year, Harvest Hope Food Bank will distribute healthy produce to community residents during the health fair. Over the years, the health fair has provided free health services to more than 2,500 people.

Returning to the Back to School Bash and the Ollie Johnson I-95 Health Fair this year is group fitness powerhouse instructor James Patrick. His show Wellness Wednesdays is heard on Hot 103.9. He will lead fitness demonstrations at both events.

On Saturday, August 3, Emily Clyburn’s Ladies Luncheon will be held for friends and family who don’t play golf. At the event this year, Patricia Funderburk will be honored for her community service. Ms. Funderburk spent thirty years working in surgical services at the Regional Medical Center and currently serves as the community outreach manager for Safe Kids of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun counties. Performing at this year’s luncheon are South Carolina classical vocalists Johnnie Felder (tenor) and Diamond Tyler (coloratura soprano).

All of the events will take place at the Santee Conference Center, 1737 Bass Drive. For more information, contact the Clyburn Foundation at (803) 255-0003.

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