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|NUMBER 185||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||JUNE 2001|
Homeschooler Well Prepared for College|
AIKEN, SC - A student who was homeschooled throughout his high school years graduated from the University of South Carolina on May 10 with a 4.0 grade point average. Tim Sutherland enrolled at the university four years ago after receiving a "Palmetto Scholarship," the first ever awarded to a home-schooler in South Carolina.
During his college career, Tim studied philosophy and political science. He was named "Outstanding Student in Philosophy" during his junior year, and "Outstanding Student in Political Science" during his senior year.
Tim won awards in state speech competitions three years in a row, receiving "outstanding" commendations and trophies. He participated in the university's invitation-only "Leadership Training" workshops, and was active in student government. He joined a fraternity during his sophomore year, and managed to rise to the office of president while shunning the use of alcohol and encouraging his fraternity brothers to follow his example.
Tim's mother reports that only her son and one other student graduated summa cum laude, and neither was invited to speak at the graduation ceremony. "The extent of their recognition was a brief mention of their accomplishment during official welcoming remarks," Rebekah Sutherland observed, "and there was no mention of these exceptional students in the newspapers the following day. It appears that colleges do not respect their top scholars."