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Byars Named Sterling L. Smith Scholar

Thursday, September 18, 2003

SPARTANBURG, SC – Elizabeth Ann (Beth) Byars, a Wofford College senior from Columbia, S.C., has been named the 2003-04 Sterling L. Smith Independent College Scholar, presented by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU).

Byars was selected among 11 finalists for the award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship. She was nominated by Dr. Deno Trakas and Dr. Robert Jeffrey.

An English major from Columbia, SC, Byars is editor of the Old Gold & Black campus newspaper and president of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society and Blue Key National Honor Fraternity. She is a Frank F. Roberts Scholar, a dean’s list student, and Wofford ambassador. In addition, she has served on Campus Union, the orientation staff, and the Women’s History Month committee.

She is the daughter of Dennis and Barbara Bracey of Columbia and Andy Byars of Columbia.

Established in 1996, the Sterling L. Smith Independent College Scholarship Fund recognizes students who have excelled academically and who demonstrate traits characterized by the life of the late Sterling Smith, who was instrumental in initiating and developing the South Carolina Tuition Grants Program. From a modest beginning of $5,000 a year as a scholarship fund for students attending private colleges, Smith led the expansion of the tuition grants program until more than $23 million a year was made available for scholarships for approximately 11,000 students.