Sessoms recipient of USC Scholarship

May. 18, 2013 @ 05:19 AM

East Rutherford senior Amie Sessoms is the recipient of the South Carolina McNair Scholar Award. She receives recognition tonight along with the 89 (Reaching One’s Potential for Excellence) ROPE recipients at Carolina Events and Conference Center. 

The University of South Carolina scholarship is worth more than $60,000. 

“I was very, very excited when I learned,” Sessoms said. She said the process to apply for the scholarship was long and very difficult. 

Sessoms received notification she had won the scholarship in a letter from USC that was delivered by UPS.

“I was at home that day when the UPS guy brought the mail ... I told mama not to get excited I probably didn’t get it,” Sessoms said.

As she read through the many papers and forms, she realized she had won.

“I was jumping up and down,” she said.

The McNair Scholars Program was established at USC with a $20 million grant from Robert and Janice McNair of Houston, Texas. 

The program was established to bring outstanding out-of-state students to the University of South Carolina. 

McNair, a Rutherford County native and benefactor of the McNair Educational Foundation at East Rutherford and Chase High Schools is an alumnus of USC. The first ROPE winners will be named at Central in 2016.

Sessoms is the daughter of Brian and Sallie Sessoms of Forest City.  

She plans to major in English with teacher certification and minor in journalism and broadcasting.

In February Sessoms was named the 2013 Distinguished Young Woman of North Carolina and will represent the state and Rutherford County at the national finals in Mobile, Ala. in June. There she will be be competing for $130,000 in cash scholarships.

Upon being named the state’s DYW, Sessoms received a $10,000 cash scholarship, the State DWY medallion and an all expense paid trip to Mobile.

Sessoms enjoys working with younger children and for her senior project at East Rutherford, she worked with students in the Playing for Keeps program at Ellenboro Elementry on literacy and helped them publish a book.

“I’ve had a big year and I have been so blessed,” Sessoms said.