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Executives pose with ceremonial check
Pictured L to R: Back: Renard Harris, Amanda Roberts, Mason Rees, Steve Osborne, Chris Riley. Front: Barbie Schreiner, KOP Executive Director Lauren Herterich, Power:Ed Executive Director Claire Gibbons, Dylan Woodward, and Tenise Holloway

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — December 19, 2023 — Kids On Point (KOP), a nonprofit that works year-round with students in under-resourced Charleston neighborhoods to foster life-and career-readiness skills, has been awarded a $50,000 grant from Power:Ed, the philanthropy of SC Student Loan Corporation.

This is the second time Power:Ed funds will be used to support sustaining and scaling the program launched last year at Allegro Charter School of Music in North Charleston.

“We are thrilled to announce a continued partnership with Power:Ed, as our shared dedication to expanding access and fostering opportunities for students and communities aligns seamlessly. Lauren Herterich, Executive Director of Kids On Point, "By working collaboratively with partners and groups, we are making strides towards collective success. The support and investment from Power:Ed will enable us to extend our services to a greater number of students and families within our community."

“The board of SC Student Loan strongly believes in Kids On Point and the transformative impact their programs have on the lives and future career opportunities for the students they serve,” said Power:Ed Director Claire Gibbons. “We look forward to helping them reach more students and families in North Charleston.”

In FY2023-24 Power:Ed will award $1,000,000 in grants to South Carolina education and career readiness nonprofit organizations. In this second quarter, Power:Ed has awarded eight grants (including this grant to KOP totaling $287,000. Grants are administered quarterly, and the next grant funding deadlines are January 1 and April 1, 2024.

About Kids On Point
For 13 years, Kids On Point has offered free year-round support for underserved youth in the Charleston community. As a small non-profit working to tackle systemic issues (educational inequality and poverty) in Charleston, SC, Kids On Point operates intentionally based on data driven outcomes to avoid the ‘mission creep’ that can dilute the effectiveness of many nonprofits. Year-round, programming is focused on alleviating the resource disparity that low-income and underserved students experience by providing afterschool and summer programming. With an intentional approach, Kids On Point provides access an opportunity to students to create a world where all kids can thrive. 

About Power:Ed
Founded in 2019, Power:Ed, the philanthropy of SC Student Loan is dedicated to creating opportunities for South Carolina’s youth and adults by supporting low-income, minority, and first-generation students; improving access to college and degree completion; and creating pathways to quality workforce opportunities. Organizations serving middle school through post-college talent who are interested in applying for a grant or partnering with Power:Ed, should visit

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