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Lorraine Maxey’s journey toward getting her degree in education began more than 30 years ago. A bad relationship caused her to lose focus and, as so often happens, life got in the way. After getting married and raising three children, she knew it was time to finally follow her dream. Maxey began attending the University of South CarolinaUpstate Greenville

Lorraine Maxey

Campus in 2011after transferring from Greenville Technical College. 

Majoring in elementary education, Maxey applied for the Eb and Maggie Barnes Memorial Scholarship as she was close to the cap she is allotted for financial aid. Finishing her degree without the aid of scholarship would have been quite difficult, if not impossible.

USC Upstate recently announced that Maxey is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Eb and Maggie Barnes Memorial Scholarship, which was created and awarded for the first time in 2003 in celebration of the life and work of Dr. Eb Barnes, former coordinator of USC Upstate Greenville Campus, and his wife, Maggie. The $1,000 annual scholarship is awarded to a nontraditional student enrolled part-time in a degree program on the USC Upstate Greenville Campus who has demonstrated financial need.

“Receiving this scholarship will enable me to pursue my lifelong dream,” said Maxey. “I will be a teacher.”

Maxey, a resident of Taylors, will graduate in May 2014 and plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in special education.

The USC Upstate Greenville Campus is specifically for adult learners and students who are working to complete a bachelor’s degree. The University has a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center designed to serve the needs of students who want to complete a four-year degree and education certification without leaving the Greenville area. USC Upstate provides degrees for traditional and nontraditional students, including working adults, who wish to enroll full-time or part-time in day or evening classes.

For additional information, contact Ginny Gardiner, director of operations at the USC Upstate Greenville Campus, at 864-552-4231 or ggardiner@uscupstate.edu.

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