Three Beaufort residents will be recognized next week at a ceremony to announce results of the University of South Carolina Beaufort's campaign to raise money for a new arts program based at the city's campus.
USC president Harris Pastides is scheduled to be in Beaufort at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 28 to discuss the results of the Beaufort College Art Scholarship campaign.
Pastides will honor the efforts of Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling, former Lt. Gov. Brantley Harvey and former Beaufort County Council Chairman Colden Battey, who spearheaded fundraising for 25 scholarships.
The USC president also will announce the total number and dollar value of the scholarships, according to a USCB release, as well as a gift from another community member that represents "a significant new opportunity for the USCB campus."
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In the past two years, more than $2 million has been spent on the Beaufort campus to make it a center for the arts, environment and military. Its bachelor's degree in studio arts was approved in 2009, and two painting and drawing studios were renovated to house the program with money donated by the Heritage Classic Foundation. Studios for ceramics and graphic design have been built, and print-making capabilities in two art studios were upgraded.
This year, the library was remodeled. The school purchased the former Bellamy Inn on Carteret Street for its Sea Islands Institute and the Grace White house, also on Carteret Street, which will become the first student housing on the campus.
The public is invited to the announcement next week; a reception and a tour of the new facilities will follow.