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.
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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.