As Xavier Madison worked his after-school job at Kroger in Aiken, he came one step closer to winning a $10,000 scholarship.
"Every little bit helps," said his mother, Ruthie Jenkins, who attended the Make Kids Count Scholarship drawing on May 5 at Ashley Furniture Home Store.
Xavier is a junior at South Aiken High School and plans to attend the University of South Carolina and study engineering.
The drawing narrowed the number of contestants from 32 to 16, and Xavier's name was one of those picked.
Karen Bugg said she's been praying a lot lately for her daughter Alexx to win some college money.
Although Alexx is in only the eighth grade at North Augusta Middle School, she already has her college career planned.
"She wants to go to (the University of) Georgia, and we are out of state," said her mother.
Since June 2003, The Augusta Chronicle has spearheaded an effort to focus on children in the community.
More than $140,000 in scholarship bonds has been given to area children since the contest began.
The other children who advanced through the drawing are Valerie Lawrence, Autumn Von Plinsky, Nora Hooks, Miranda Moreno, James Riley, Richard Gilmer, Michael Garner, Lauren Hardaway, Stefanie Lattimore, Alexander Jones, Andrew Hurst, Paige Mathis, Robert Gregory and Kathryn Davis.
Other sponsors are Dillard's, Scana Energy, Augusta Lincoln Mercury, BWXT, Partners in Achievement, Augusta Lynx, Knology and Platt's Funeral Home.
The $10,000 scholarship winner will be announced by the end of June.
Entry forms for the newborn to 3-year-old category will be available in mid-June.
Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at firstname.lastname@example.org.