Pictured, from left: Ken Bell, club president; Knowlton Davis; Carolyn
McAdams; Noah Chase; and Barry Reynolds, club treasurer. Davis,
McAdams and Chase won scholarships for college.
The Sumter-Palmetto Rotary Club awards scholarships each year to
deserving local students based off an application that includes
academic and extracurricular achievements and their answers to an
essay prompt that demonstrates their values. Of 18 applicants, the
club awarded funding to Noah Chase, Knowlton Davis and Carolyn
McAdams, and they attended a presentation at the club’s weekly
Thursday lunch meeting in front of club members and their parents.
Each received a one-time scholarship of $1,500.
Chase graduated from Sumter High School in May and is preparing to
start college at Clemson University this fall. He intends to study
animal veterinary sciences with a goal to become a veterinarian. He
retained a 4.5 GPA while attending USC Sumter his junior and senior
year in the dual enrollment program, earning 21 credit hours and
serving as captain of Sumter’s varsity soccer team.
Davis will be attending Clemson’s honors college in the fall after
graduating from the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and
Math. He plans to study mechanical engineering in college to
eventually work for Boeing and has considered pursuing a law degree to
start his own engineering law firm. Davis attended Sumter High School
for two years, where he received an academic letter before heading to
Hartsville for his last two years of high school.
McAdams, a Wilson Hall graduate with goals to study political science
and marketing to become a campaign manager, will also start at Clemson
in the fall but plans to move to the University of Southern
California, to which she has already been accepted. She was president
of both the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society and
interned during a campaign for governor in South Carolina.