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SCICU names Rutledge as Student of the Year

Posted: October 9, 2017 5:07 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2017 1:00 a.m.
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Pamela Rutledge, of Camden, accepts the McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year Award and Scholarship from SCICU President and CEO Mike LeFever (left) and SCICU Board Chair Russell Cook.

The South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) recently awarded Morris College senior Pamela Rutledge with the McLean-Smith SCICU Student of the Year Award and Scholarship. The award recognizes students who perform well academically and who demonstrate commitments to public affairs, community service and leadership. Full-time rising seniors attending SCICU member colleges and universities are eligible to be nominated for the combined scholarship award. The recipient must be a South Carolina resident and an S.C. Tuition Grant recipient. Rising sophomores at SCICU two-year institutions are also eligible for the award. 

Rutledge, of Camden, is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science degree. Upon obtaining her degree in May 2018, she plans to become a substance abuse counselor as well as a youth mentor and life coach. Rutledge has plans to attend the University of South Carolina to further her education, pursuing a master’s degree in counseling and abnormal behavior. 

Rutledge is actively involved on her college campus including being a member of the Morris College Honors Program, Student Leadership Program, Baptist Student Union, Sociology Club, and served as president of the Morris College Chorale. She is a Dean’s List recipient in addition to numerous other grants and scholarships attributed to her academic achievements.

“There were situations that have happened in my life that were inconvenient, challenging, and sometimes unfair,” Rutledge told those in attendance upon accepting the award. “Yet through faith and determination, I overcame those odds to improve my life and to hopefully be an inspiration to this generation. As your 2017 Student of the Year, I want to ensure you that I will continue to work on my personal growth and development, I will continue to promote the importance of education, and the relevance of our religious-based institutions and HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), and I will continue to follow my passion and serve my community. This award will be placed on my wall as a reminder to me, family and all visitors that with hard work and consistency, we can make a difference.”

Rutledge, a single mother of four children, is a youth minister, volunteer prison minister, a licensed cosmetologist, and independent gospel songwriter and artist.

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