Children and their parents gathered for the third elimination round in The Augusta Chronicle's Make Kids Count drawing for ages 4-8 held at Dillard's in Augusta Mall.
Liz Sass, the store manager, said that sponsoring the $10,000 scholarship giveaway is good for the community. The store has been a sponsor of the children's scholarship program for two years.
"Dillard's is a firm believer in community support on many levels," Mrs. Sass said. "Its a wonderful program."
Nitika Jackson was thrilled that her daughter, Amy Greene, was chosen as one of the eight semifinalists in the drawing.
"I'm so excited," she said. "I'm relieved because her name was the last one picked."
Amy, 7, said she wants to attend Morris Brown University in Atlanta.
"I want to become a doctor or a nurse," she said. "I want to help sick babies."
Other semifinalists are Dwaylan Bull, William Caudill, Matthew Craft, Cori Field, Julia Lewis, Gabriela Maddux and Steele Parnell.
Joining The Chronicle as sponsors of the Make Kids Count program are Platt's Funeral Home, SCANA, Ashley Furniture Home Stores, Knology, Champion Window Co., The National Science Center's Fort Discovery, The Augusta Lynx, BWXT Savannah River Co., Gold Mech and Partners in Achievement.
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