The Beaufort County School District's Class of 2015 earned a record $30 million in college scholarships.
The scholarship total represents a $3 million increase over the Class of 2014, according to a news release.
Superintendent Jeff Moss attributed the increase to students' hard work and talent and to education professionals.
"This record shows that the teachers are doing a wonderful job challenging and preparing our students to take their next great step in life," Moss said.
Moss also credited parents for supporting their children and encouraging them to succeed.
Board of Education Chairman Bill Evans said there has been a steady increase in average GPAs and qualifying scores on AP and International Baccalaureate exams.
"We are just getting stronger and stronger students, and it shows that they are taking a more serious approach toward college," Evans said.
Of the county's five public high schools, Beaufort High captured the most scholarship money, at $8.3 million among 264 graduates.
Next came Hilton Head Island High School, with $7.9 million and 270 graduates; Battery Creek High, with $5.7 million and 166 graduates; Bluffton High School, with $5 million and 264 graduates; and Whale Branch Early College High School, with $3.7 million and 95 graduates.