Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The retired state worker who won the Powerball jackpot of $259.9 million in 2009 is offering African-American students in 11 SC counties the chance at a scholarship.
When the Rev. Solomon Jackson Jr. won the top prize in 2009, he vowed to help education in the Palmetto State, and the latest gift is another example of his promise.
The announcement of the scholarship makes it the first offering from the Solomon Jackson Jr. Scholarship Foundation. In Jan. 2010, Jackson gave $10 million to Morris College, the most any one person had given to the school. Previous Coverage: Powerball Winner Solomon Jackson Jr. Breaks Ground on Latest Gift
The scholarship is open to African-American students in Allendale County, Dillon County District 2, Fairfield County, Florence County District 4, Hampton County District 2, Jasper County, Kershaw County, Lee County, Marion County District 7, Orangeburg County District 3 and Richland County. Officials with the foundation said the scholarship would be based on academics and needs, and the deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 1.
Applicants must be residents of South Carolina and attend a public school. Also, applicants are required to attend a two-year or four-year accredited institution, but there's no restriction on what school they may attend.
Award amounts will vary, according to a foundation spokesperson.
If you would like to apply, you may pick up an application a branch of Bank of America.