Spartanburg, S.C. - Keith Daye, a non-traditional student majoring in computer information systems at the University of South Carolina Upstate, Greenville Campus, was selected as the recipient of the 2009-2010 Eb and Maggie Barnes Scholarship. Daye lives in Simpsonville.
The Eb and Maggie Barnes Scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled part-time who is working toward a degree and combining college attendance with full-time work and family responsibilities. The scholarship was established to honor the late Eb Barnes and his wife, Maggie. Until his death, Dr. Barnes served as coordinator of programs for the University of South Carolina Upstate at the University Center of Greenville.
Daye was selected for the value places on education and his understanding that as a non-traditional student he is serving as a role model for his children, for members of his extended family, and for co-workers.
Daye returned to the classroom at age 35, after deciding the best way to advance his career would be to earn a college degree.
“It had become increasingly difficult to progress in my career using the skills I acquired so long ago,” said the married father of four children who received training in electronics and communications while serving with the Navy. “I also saw returning to school as an opportunity to stress the importance of education to my children. If Dad can work full-time, go to school, and raise a family, certainly they can get a top- notch education during the carefree years of their youth!”
Daye entered the Navy after graduating from high school and served in the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991. Since being honorably discharged in 1992, Daye has been employed by various companies using the skills he acquired during his military service.
“Dr. and Mrs. Barnes would be extraordinarily proud to know that Keith Daye was a recipient of the scholarship bearing their name,” said Dr. Judith S. Prince, vice chancellor for USC Upstate, Greenville Campus.