Angie Griffin waited anxiously to see whether her son Tyler would move on as a finalist in the 3-and-younger category in The Augusta Chronicle's Make Kids Count drawing at Fort Discovery.
"We're very excited," Mrs. Griffin said of Tuesday's drawing. "This is a real good program. They should have more programs just like this."
Eight children remain in contention for the $10,000 scholarship.
Kathi Dimmock, the marketing director for Fort Discovery, drew the names of the finalists.
"Our mission is to excite children about science, math and technology," she said. "This is the perfect opportunity to connect with the community."
Don Bailey, the president of The Chronicle, also was on hand for the drawing.
"This is a program where we can highlight the achievement of young people in the CSRA," Mr. Bailey said. "Since the program began, we have given away $160,000 in scholarships."
Jennifer Eastman was thrilled when her daughter Rachel, 2, was chosen to move on to the next round of drawings.
Asked what college she would like to see her daughter attend, Mrs. Eastman said, "She can go to whatever college she likes. It's all up to her, but her daddy would say Alabama. He's a big Alabama football fan."
The children who did not advance will receive $100 scholarship savings bonds.
In addition to Rachel, the children advancing to the next round are Mason Boswell, Cassady Fortson, Daniel Gonzales, Tyler Griffin, Aedyn Sanders, Emma Sexton and Cullen Sivak.
Sponsors of the scholarship contest are Champion Window, Ashley Furniture Home Store, Augusta Lincoln Mercury, Augusta Lynx, BWXT, Dillard's, Fort Discovery, Partners in Achievement, Platt's Funeral Home, Knology, Scana Energy and Gold Mech Services Heating and Air Conditioning.
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