SC Humanities Announces its 2024 Student Scholarship Recipients

In 2024, South Carolina Humanities awarded scholarships to two graduate students who are enrolled in advanced degree programs in the humanities. After careful consideration, the Board of Directors of SC Humanities chose Claire Jackson, who is pursuing a MS in Historic Preservation at Clemson University, and Shyanne Hamrick, who is working on a Masters in English at Winthrop University, as recipients of the 2024 Graduate Student Scholarships.

Claire Jackson is from Rutherford County, North Carolina. She is a second-year student at Clemson’s Graduate program in Charleston, South Carolina where she is pursuing a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation. She is currently interning for Christman Co., working on a restoration project at George Washington’s Mount Vernon for the summer.

Shyanne Hamrick is an English graduate student and a graduate associate for the McNair Scholars Program at Winthrop University. She is a fiction writer with a love for magical realism, horror, and rock and roll. Storytelling, she believes, is the way we immortalize and release the joys and heartaches of the human condition. Her research interests include craft analysis, accessibility, intersectional feminism, and class studies in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature. She hopes one day to pursue an M.F.A. in creative writing and a Ph.D. in English. 

Scholarship winners are selected by the Board of Directors, who enjoy learning about the work of our state’s budding humanists. “The board members of South Carolina Humanities are thrilled to be recognizing Claire and Shyanne in this significant way while encouraging other students to pursue studies in the humanities,” said Board Chair Jennifer Thomas.

SC Humanities has offered student fellowships and scholarships since 2013. Eighteen undergraduate and graduate students have benefited. The SC Humanities Student Scholarship opportunity will be updated for 2025. New guidelines will be posted in early Fall 2024. To stay informed about this opportunity and the application deadline, please join our email newsletter list (scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up).

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c)3 organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos, and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.