Since 2008

About DSR Scholarship Foundation
Derresha Shar’Daye Rhinehart was born on the morning of Saturday, January 12, 1991; the only child to the proud parents of Derrick Antonio Rhinehart and Georgia Ree Young-Rhinehart. Derresha was known to many as Shar’Daye. Shar’Daye started her education at four years old at the Mt. Olive Community Kindergarten in Chester, SC. 

At age six, she began school at Chester Park Elementary where she was an honor roll student and a member of the Chester Park Jump Rope Team. As an active member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Shar’Daye sang on the youth choir, she was a member of the youth usher board, and was a volunteer for the Mt. Olive Community Kindergarten after school program. 

Shar’Daye loved caring for others. Every week she would visit patients in the Chester Medical Center Nursing Home with her Grandmother. Shar’Daye wanted to be a doctor when she grew up. She expressed her interest by providing assistance to her Grandmother by helping to give medication and checking her blood pressure. Unfortunately, Shar’Daye’s grandmother passed away after an extended illness however, the career choice of becoming a doctor remained. 

In March 2002, Shar’Daye was admitted to the Carolinas Medical Center for 21 days. While Shar’Daye was at Carolina’s Medical Center she was diagnosed with Leukemia. On April 15, 2002 the dreadful disease robbed her of life only five months after losing her Grandmother. When Shar’Daye passed, it was the dream of her father and mother to start a scholarship fund to help finance the college education of a deserving student. Shar’Daye would have graduated from high school in 2009. However since Shar’Daye wanted to become a doctor, the family decided that the scholarship should be presented to an individual who would attend a medical school or have an interest in a medical career. 

Since 2009, we have given over 35 scholarships to students from Chester, Great Falls, Lewisville, Northwestern and Andrew Jackson High Schools.
Deadline is April 30, 2022

Essay Guidelines 

Within the essay portion of the application, we ask that you do three things:
1. Tell the reviewers about your goals.   Tell us what you want to do with your life, and how our scholarship fits into these goals. Clearly explain your career goals, and explain why you feel you should be chosen to be awarded the DSR Foundation Scholarship.
2. Describe any community service or other activities that have influenced your life.
3. Tell us both of these things in 200-250 words.
  a. What influences your life? 
  b. If you have not done much community service, then tell us about any person, thing or event that has helped shape your life.
  c. Make 200 words your target. Most reviewers are not picky about the exact number of words.   However, if you write significantly less than 200 words, we won’t know you as well as the other applicants, and will be less likely to choose you for a scholarship.
We will also need to know the following:

Household Status:
    The status of your household income will also play a major role in student scholarship qualification.  Submit an official high school transcript – GPA must be at least 2.5; two (2) letters of recommendation (family members are ineligible to write letters of recommendations).  Name of college or institution with an acceptance letter.  Submit proof of income eligibility (outlined in section 3)  Must have a valid email address.  All of the above documents must be mailed with a completed application with the 300 word essay to the following address:

1357 Plantation Hill Drive
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732
PLEASE DO NOT submit application on-line.

Note: "The DSR Scholarship Foundation Scholarship recipients are chosen by an independent board, not associated with the DSR executive board.


Chantel Alexander- Chester High School