4 Ketner Scholars at College of Charleston take social activism mandate to heart

(From left to right) Jody Bell, Makayla Cook, Kristen Graham and Marissa Haynes

Some students qualify for need-based scholarships, others for merit-based scholarships. Not many receive financial aid because they are committed to social and political activism, and because they are proven young leaders with a track record of creative innovation.

Leave it to local philanthropist and social justice advocate Linda Ketner to establish a program at the College of Charleston that benefits young women who are committed “change agents.”

The Ketner Emerging Leaders Scholarships, started in 1990 and administered by the women’s and gender studies program, require of their recipients more than mere volunteerism, program director Kris DeWelde said. The young women are expected to devote at least 34 hours each semester to activism.

Two of the four recipients include Honors students Jody Bell and Makayla Cook.

Article by Adam Parker. For more on this story, check out the full article from the Post and Courier! Photos provided. 

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