2022 Good Samaritan scholarship winners

The 2022 Good Samaritan scholarship winners are, from left, Buford High grad Olivia Vincent, Lancaster High School grad Bailee Steen, Indian Land High grad Trevor Lynch and Andrew Jackson High grad Bryce Helms.

Most college scholarships reward academic or athletic high flyers, but four Lancaster County graduates are getting the financial boost because of their commitment to helping others.

This year’s four winners for the scholarships from the Good Samaritan Scholarship Foundation are Bryce Helms, Trevor Lynch, Bailee Steen and Olivia Vincent from Buford High.

“These scholarship recipients are the best of the best,” said Debra Gardner, president of the foundation. “They are excellent students and most importantly they have a ‘servant’s heart.’ ”

Two years ago, the quartet was selected to take part in the Good Samaritan program, which also teams the scholars with mentors and guides them as they expand their paths of community service and leadership. They graduated as official Good Samaritans in May, each receiving $1,000 a year for four years to cover some of their college costs.

Helms, an Andrew Jackson High School grad, said he was encouraged by an administrator at AJHS to apply.

“The administrator was familiar with my desire to attend college and was familiar with all of the community service projects I was involved in,” Helms said. He volunteered with Adopt-A-Highway, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth Serve and more such programs.

“As the parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us, we must show mercy and grace to those around us,” Helms said. “This scholarship embodies the way in which I hope to continue to live my life. I hope to always be able to use my blessings to help others and to make our community a better place.”

Helms, the son of Troy and Holly Helms, will attend USC Spartanburg this fall.

Lynch, an Indian Land High School grad, said he feels that he represents the foundation’s mission and will continue helping the community with their support. He has been a member of Boy Scout Troop 275 since he was in the first grade. His group service projects include food drives, roadside cleanup, building a pavilion for Belair United Methodist Church and helping other Boy Scout members.

“Helping the community means improving the lives of the people in the community and giving back for all the community has done for me,” he said.

Lynch, the son of Jim and Teresa Williams Lynch, will study engineering at Clemson University.

Steen, a Lancaster High grad, said she applied for the scholarship so she can continue to help her community while helping to pay for college. She has been involved with the Victory Sports Outreach program, school clubs, Lancaster Amity Cotillion, HOPE and the New Hope Baptist Youth Group.

“Helping the community means making a difference in someone’s day for the better,” she said.

Steen, the daughter of Kelly and Paul Steen, will study health science at USC Lancaster.

Vincent met the scholarship qualifications through her volunteer work at MUSC Health — Lancaster, the Adopt-A-Highway program and many other projects through high school clubs. She said she enjoys helping the community because she is able to make a difference in other people’s lives. Vincent, the daughter of Kim and Rhonda Vincent, will study nursing at USCL.

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