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Three Lexington County high school seniors win scholarship funds from Wellmore Lexington

Lexington, SC 06/14/2022 – Three Lexington County teens have won money to be put toward their college educations in an essay contest. The Silver Pen Writing Competition is held for high school seniors to give them the opportunity to win cash for college. With today’s rising college tuition costs, there’s a need for alternative financial pathways outside of financial aid, and the Silver Pen Writing Competition is designed to help alleviate some of those burdens.

This contest is held each year by Wellmore of Lexington, a retirement community whose seniors are proud to give back to the younger generation of seniors. “The Silver Pen competition is important to Wellmore of Lexington because it shows our commitment to and belief in our local community as we invest in students locally to help improve their future,” says Wellmore’s Executive Director, Crystal Butcher.

Wellmore recently awarded three cash prizes to essay applicants of the Silver Pen Writing Competition. Each essay topic was chosen by senior residents who make up the judging panel at Wellmore based on the topic: ‘Over 300,000 students study abroad each year. If you were given the opportunity to study abroad, which country would you choose and why? During this experience, what would you like to do or see? How do you think that this could benefit you in your future career?’ This year’s $3,750 in prize money were awarded to:

1. 1st Place Winner – Kathleen Barfield - Chapin High School

2. 2nd Place Winner – Megan Torok - River Bluff High School

3. 3rd Place Winner – Owen Harries - Lexington High School

This competition has been hosted by Wellmore’s parent company, The Maxwell Group, since 2012. The company has awarded over $386,000 to high school seniors to assist with their college costs. The company has awarded over $386,000 to high school seniors to assist with their college costs. The goal of the competition is to bridge the communication gap between high school seniors and senior residents as well as give back to exceptional students within the local area. Each participant is required to submit a written essay with a minimum of 1,000 words.

To learn more about how Wellmore of Lexington is helping adult seniors stay connected with the younger generation and live The Weller Life, visit

PHOTO CAPTION L to R: Megan Torok - River Bluff High School, Kathleen Barfield - Chapin High School, and Owen Harries, Lexington High School


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