Four high school graduates received the first-ever Hade E. Robinson Chesco Services Scholarship on June 2.
Averyona N. Gainey and Savannah L. Ange of Cheraw High School and Brandon W. Teal and LeAnna B. Jacobs of Chesterfield High School each received a $1,000 scholarship to assist with college expenses for the upcoming year.
“We want to congratulate these graduates and wish them all the very best going forward,” Chesco Services said in a statement.
This scholarship became available because of Hade E. Robinson Sr.’s dedication to his family, friends and community. Robinson was a charter member of the Chesco Services Board of Directors for 36 years.
Chesco officials said Robinson believed strongly in promoting the services for individuals with special needs. In Robinson’s memory, his children established this annual scholarship to be awarded to a student at one of the four Chesterfield County high schools. With this being the first year, the family and Chesco Services decided to award four scholarships to honor Robinson.
“It was a blessing to have Mr. Robinson’s children, Hade E. Robinson Jr. and Kellie Robinson Graham to present the scholarships,” Chesco said in its statement announcing the awards. “We want to thank everyone who submitted an application and wish you all a bright future. Thank you for supporting Chesco Services and we are proud to be a part of the communities we serve.”
The result of a five-county partnership, Chesco Services is responsible for planning, coordinating, advocating and delivering services to people with disabilities, as well as their families in Chesterfield, Marlboro, Kershaw, Richland and Darlington counties.