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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

James T. McLawhorn Jr., President & CEO Columbia Urban League

1400 Barnwell St. Columbia S. C. 29201 

 

[Columbia, S.C. – May 4, 2023] James T. McLawhorn, Jr., President and CEO of the Columbia Urban League, announced a $12,165.74 gift from the Christian Christmas Club to assist with scholarships. CULSC annually awards the BlueCross BlueShield Scholarship, Glory Communications Scholarship, and WWDM Brenda Jones Memorial Scholarship.

“Scholarships are critical in ensuring the affordability of higher education,” McLawhorn said, noting that the average college student debt is close to $28,000 due to the skyrocketing cost of college education. “We are grateful for the support of the Christian Christmas Club along with their positive impact in support of higher education.”

The Christian Christmas Club was organized in 1952 as the Arsenal Hill Savings Club to save money for Christmas and eliminate the need to borrow money or use credit to purchase Christmas gifts for families. The Club, which adopted its current name in 1997, also provided Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets to families in need.

On April 24, 2023, the club officially dissolved and per its Articles of Incorporation, the remaining balance was donated to the Columbia Urban League.

The Columbia Urban League is a multi-service, non-profit agency that promotes financial stability and racial inclusion in the Midlands community. Its programs are designed to provide economic empowerment and educational opportunities for those in need.

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For more information about the Columbia Urban League and its programs, please visit our website at www.culsc.org or by phone at 803-799-8150.

2 Comments

  • Kara Robertelli says:

    While reading about the Columbia Urban League, it is amazing what the Christian Christmas Club gifted them. Their support is everything to the Columbia Urban League and they provide security in obtaining a higher education. Reading about this non-profit gave me hope for those in need trying to secure a higher education and stability for the future.

  • Chip Bowman says:

    Christian Club Saves the Day with 12,000 Dollar Gift

    On May 4th of 2023 The President of the Columbia Urban League, James T. McLawhorn, Jr, announced 12 thousand dollar gift from the grift from the Christian club to assist with scholarships. The Urban League is a non profit organization that helps provide for less fortunate families in the midlands or Columbia area. This Christian Club that provided the 12 thousand dollar gift is an organization set up to save money for Christmas and eliminate the need to borrow money or use credit to purchase Christmas gifts for families who are less fortunate or in need.CULSC annually awards the BlueCross BlueShield Scholarship, Glory Communications Scholarship, and WWDM Brenda Jones Memorial Scholarship. With this gift it will make it easier for students to go to school for cheaper, currently it is around 28 thousand dollars for students to enroll after all expenses.

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