"You don't think about where you are going to lay your head at night when you have a baby in the NICU. You aren't thinking of yourself - but, you have to take care of yourself in order to take care of your baby. That's why the Ronald McDonald House is so important."

Stacy, Mother

"The help that the House gives to families in need, as well as our family, is an inspiration to us all and has already taught my six-year-old, Rena, how important it is to give open heartedly to those in need."

The Williams Family

"Staying at the Ronald McDonald House allowed me to be at the hospital at a moment's notice during Mason's stay in the NICU. I honestly share my story with tears of joy; the Ronald McDonald House has allowed us to be a family."

The Lung Family

"During my stay at the House there were days when I was sick and wanted to be alone, but then there were days where we had a great time all piled up in the living room."

Judith, Cancer Patient

"My favorite thing about volunteering is the opportunity to listen to the families' stories. This seems to provide great comfort to them and their courage is inspiring to me."

Lilie, Volunteer

"When we came to the House, we sat with the families and realized how the comforts of home can impact a child's healing process. Our donations are our way of showing we care for these families in need."

Dustin DeGoursey, General Manager of La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Lexington

RMHC Scholars Program

Sally Bonnycastle Hardy, Ph.D. was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was an educator on the local and national level and believed everyone deserved a quality education. Her professional emphasis was the Headstart Program and other early childhood initiatives. As a faculty member at the University of South Carolina and Allen University, Sally believed in teaching with passion, encouraging her students to help others and supporting her local community.

Under her leadership as board chair, the Ronald McDonald House of Columbia opened its doors in 1983 and as a result, thousands of children and their families have been helped throughout the years. She was a charismatic leader who spread joy to everyone she met. The RMHC Scholars Program in Memory of Sally B. Hardy is founded in her honor to celebrate her life and continue her legacy of caring and dedication to helping others, especially through education.

With education costs spiraling even higher, a college education is beyond the financial reach for many outstanding students. The RMHC Scholars Program in Memory of Sally B. Hardy opens the door to higher education for graduating high school seniors from Midlands area high schools who face limited access to educational and career opportunities. The RMHC Scholars Program in Memory of Sally B. Hardy seeks to invest in students who are exemplary role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational goals. The goal of the program is simple: to identify and invest in future leaders.

A $2,000 scholarship will be awarded to two (2) graduating high school seniors from the Midlands for the college or university of their choice.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 scholarship award winners Elizabeth Snyder-Mounts and Ramsha Shams, best of luck with all of your higher education aspirations!


Students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and are from one of the counties identified below are eligible to apply for the RMHC Scholars Program in Memory of Sally B. Hardy.

Calhoun, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Kershaw, Lee Lexington, Marion, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, Williamsburg

How to Apply

Check back for details on applying for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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