Clifford and Donnella Bull, the parents of 4-year-old Dwalyan, nervously waited to hear whether their son would move on to the next round of The Augusta Chronicle's Make Kids Count drawing for ages 4-8. Relief set in when Dwalyan's name was announced.
"We've been so blessed," Mrs. Bull said.
The Nov. 17 drawing at Knology on Wheeler Road narrowed the field from eight to four children.
"Everybody is a winner," said Don Bailey, the president of The Chronicle. "Every child not chosen here tonight will receive a $500 savings bond."
Mike Adams, the general manager of Knology, said participating in the Make Kids Count program is important. "To be a sponsor and to help a young person get an education is a great way to be a part of the community," he said.
Make Kids Count has awarded $180,000 in scholarship money for children. Erin Lively, the marketing project manager for The Chronicle, said that in the next round, the two children not chosen to become finalists will each receive a $1,000 savings bond. In the finals, the runner-up will be awarded a $5,000 bond and the grand-prize winner will get a $10,000 scholarship bond.
Cori Field, 7, who wants to be a teacher, also moved on to the final round of the scholarship giveaway.
"She just lost her father in July, so anything like this is wonderful for us right now," said her mother, Leigh Field. "We're very thankful and happy."
Along with Dwalyan and Cori, Matthew Craft and Julia Lewis move to the next round.
Other sponsors of the Make Kids Count program are Platt's Funeral Home, SCANA, Dillard's, 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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