Applications for Leach scholarship available to Sumter elementary school alums

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 3/1/18

Applications for an annual college scholarship fund are now available to Sumter School District seniors who are former Millwood Elementary School students.

A district spokesperson distributed information on the Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship …

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Applications for Leach scholarship available to Sumter elementary school alums

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Applications for an annual college scholarship fund are now available to Sumter School District seniors who are former Millwood Elementary School students.

A district spokesperson distributed information on the Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship Fund this week.

A former science teacher at Millwood for 23 years, Leach passed away in September 2000 from cancer. In 2001, the faculty and staff at Millwood established the scholarship fund in his honor.

"We know of no better way to honor Barry Leach, who dedicated his life to helping others learn, than to provide scholarship assistance for students planning to further their education," said Johnny Hilton, a district school board member and chairman of the Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Since its formation 17 years ago, the fund has awarded $33,700 in scholarships, according to district totals.

According to district staff, scholarship applications are now available in the guidance offices at the district's three high schools - Sumter High, Crestwood and Lakewood. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 23.

The Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship Fund is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) as a public charity. All gifts and donations to the scholarship fund are tax deductible. Donations to the scholarship fund can be mailed to P.O. Box 312, Sumter, SC 29151, and checks should be made payable to the Barry Leach Memorial Scholarship Fund. The employer identification number is 80-0826329, according to the district.