Seven students are enrolled in CarolinaLIFE, and there are plans to expand it to a four-year program. Administrators also hope to accept more students. Bailey, who is the chairman of a non-profit based in Charleston that works with students with intellectual disabilities, thinks expansion would serve a great need.
“I get calls and e-mails from parents on a regular basis,” said Bailey. “By some calculations, there are more than two thousand young adults in South Carolina who would qualify (for CarolinaLIFE).”
Counselors and mentors are required to help CarolinaLIFE students navigate through the university, making it expensive to run. There’s also a financial toll on the families. Parents of children with intellectual disabilities normally haven’t saved money for college.
“Families, have been caught short because they didn’t realize that their child could go to college,” said Bailey.
The CarolinaLIFE program will receive some national exposure later this month. ESPN will feature the Frank and Frankie McGuire Endowed Scholarship on its weekly SEC program, which will be broadcast Monday, Dec. 27, on ESPN-U.