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Winthrop scholarship winner to appear on BET

Winthrop students Terence Brice and Joshua Johnson being filmed on campus in advance of the BET “An Evening of Stars” award show. Brice will appear on national TV on Sunday night.
Winthrop students Terence Brice and Joshua Johnson being filmed on campus in advance of the BET “An Evening of Stars” award show. Brice will appear on national TV on Sunday night. Courtesy of Winthrop University

A Rock Hill resident will be on BET Sunday, appearing as a scholarship award winner during the annual “An Evening of Stars” award show presented by the United Negro College Fund.

Terence Brice received a $10,000 Autism Speaks UNCF scholarship to help pay for his tuition in Winthrop University’s “Think College” program. The school’s Think College serves students with intellectual disabilities.

Brice is diagnosed with autism. He has enrolled in several courses at Winthrop to improve his social skills.

Music artist Toni Braxton awarded Brice the scholarship during a taping of the award show in Atlanta on April 12. The show airs at 10 p.m. Sunday on BET. Other celebrities appearing are Usher, Kevin Hart and Pharrell.

Brice is one of 20 minority students who received a UNCF scholarship. Winthrop officials say the money will help pay for his education and his customized Think College programs.

Think College is a two-year program for enrolled students. The focus is to strengthen employment skills, self-determination, health and nutrition, social skills, and independent living. Winthrop launched Think College this academic year.

Brice and other Think College students also hold internships on campus, working in positions at the library, the post office, and helping with athletic teams. Winthrop also assigns a peer mentor to work one on one with the students.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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