Hundreds of Students
Rally in Support of Lottery-Funded Tuition Assistance
January 29, 2010
COLUMBIA—A group of students and staff from
York Technical College joined
of others from South Carolina technical colleges at the State
House on Tuesday to show their support and appreciation for the
Lottery Tuition Assistance (LTA) program. Also participating in the
event from York Tech were Commission Chairman Tony Vaughan and
President Dr. Greg Rutherford.
The rally included more than 300 students,
representing a fraction of the nearly
285,000 technical college
students who have benefitted from LTA since its inception.
The 16 technical
colleges across the
state educate more than half of all undergraduate students in the
state. Nearly 90 percent of technical college students choose to stay in
South Carolina after graduation
didn't have thousands of dollars—or
even a few hundred—at my disposal when
I decided to pursue my education again
York Tech accounting student Ricardo Benlizar, who
attended the rally.
"Lottery Tuition Assistance has truly given me a second chance at
doing something more with my life."
"Lottery Tuition Assistance helps many of our
students," said Angela Fowler, York Tech's Director of Financial
Resources. "Being able to depend on help with their tuition lessens
their financial stress while they pursue higher education." For the
Fall 2009 semester, more than 1,400 York Tech students received
Lottery Tuition Assistance, Fowler said.
for Tuesday's event included legislators as well as technical college
officials and students.
“Today we are putting a face on the impressive
numbers the South Carolina Technical College System boasts," said Barry
Russell, S.C. Technical College System President. "Each of these 315
students present today has their own personal story of how LTA has
helped them achieve their education and career goals.
Goals that are important to our
state—that will help build a skilled workforce for our future."
Russell told the crowd, "We appreciate the
General Assembly’s foresight in creating this program. Their
continued support and consistent funding of Lottery Tuition
Assistance is vital to ensuring that a quality higher education is
accessible and affordable for all South Carolinians.”
The Lottery Tuition Assistance program was created by the General
Assembly in 2002 for public two-year institutions. Unlike
merit-based lottery-funded aid, award amounts are not guaranteed
from semester to semester, and fluctuate based on lottery
collections and the demand.
For photos and video from the event, visit the
LTA – 1 in 3 Facebook site at