Pee Dee Scholars study economic development

By Debbie Dalhouse

Students studying togetherThe Pee Dee Regional Scholars program has brought five sophomore students together as an interdisciplinary creative inquiry team to learn about economic development in the nine-county region.

Working with Bruce Ransom, a policy studies scientist in Clemson’s Thurmond Institute for Government and Public Affairs, the students are analyzing issues related to economic and community development in the region, such as the environment, land use and controlled growth, wetlands, tourism, education and health care.  

Funded by the Myrtle Beach Endowment, the two-year program assists students from the area with scholarships and paid summer internships in Clemson Extension offices or in nonprofit organizations in the Pee Dee-Grand Strand region.

For information: Kathy Woodard,, 864-656-0205,