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SCADA, Lugoff Toyota grant automotive scholarships
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Phillip Byrd, a 2015 graduate of Andrew Jackson High School in Kershaw (third from left), accepts a $2,000 SCADA Excellence in Automotive Scholarship from Mark Mason Sr., owner of Lugoff Toyota and a SCADA board member in the dealerships showroom. Celebrating with them are (from left) SCADA Executive Vice President E. Sims Floyd Jr.; Lugoff Automotive Group General Manager Mark Mason Sr.; Mason Sr.s wife, Rhonda; and Lugoff Automotive Group general sales managers Ray Bristow and Samer Abraham. - photo by Martin L. Cahn

The S.C. Automobile Dealers Association (SCADA), its board of directors and Lugoff Toyota recently granted a $2,000 Scholarship for Automotive Excellence to 2015 Andrew Jackson High School graduate Phillip Russell Byrd Jr., of Kershaw.

Byrd is beginning his first term this month at the Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, N.C., as a full-time student in its automotive technology program. Byrd achieved high honors during his high school automotive technology courses and was described as “hard working, determined, honest and thoughtful” by his instructors, according to a SCADA press release.

In the press release, SCADA officials said it has awarded $33,000 in scholarships to “motivated individuals who are sure to be the future of our South Carolina dealerships.”

SCADA and Lugoff Toyota officials met Byrd in person Aug. 24 to congratulate him and present him with the scholarship check. Dealership owner Mark Mason, a SCADA board member, along with his wife, Rhonda and members of Mason’s leadership team were on hand for the special occasion.

According to the press release, 13 other students have also received SCADA scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. The recipients are Collin Gilliam (D.W. Daniel High School, Pickens County), Robert Grant (Lakewood High School, Sumter County), Justin Griffin (Woodmont High School, Greenville County), Rogelio Lopez Guerrero (D.W. Daniel High School, Pickens County), Ronaldo Medina (D.W. Daniel High School, Pickens County), John Morrow (Lee Central High School, Lee County), Brandon Poston (Aiken County Career and Technology Center, Aiken County), Iver Tranes (Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence County), Evan Vail (Rock Hill High School, York County), Dakota Walker (Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg County), Jordan Walley (Lake Marion High School and Technology Center, Orangeburg County) and Alyssa Williams (West Oak High School, Oconee County). 

SCADA will begin accepting applications for fall 2016 scholarships next spring. Interested students may visit and click on the scholarship tab for more information.