Leadership Aiken County has teamed with Public Education Partners to give those teachers with great ideas a way to put them into practice.

LAC presented a check for $12,000 to PEP on Wednesday to set up the Great Ideas Scholarship. The scholarship will award $500 to a teacher each semester that has the best classroom building idea they want to put to use.

“We as an LAC class decided we wanted to do something to help out with education,” said LAC member Alicia Davis. “We decided to start an endowment for a scholarship for teachers with great ideas.”

Jeff Howell of PEP was on hand to accept the check, which now becomes one of a handful of endowments that PEP puts into use at the schools.

“That will be our fifth endowment, and each one provides a scholarship to a student or teacher,” Howell said. “We’re here to help. We raise money on one hand and turn around and give it to the school district on the other.”

Howell said that he has already sent out the applications for the LAC Education Endowment and the first scholarship will be awarded on Jan. 21. The deadline to turn in the applications is Dec. 21.

He added that he and the PEP staff look forward to the great response they get from the schools each time a scholarship is awarded.

“We get a wonderful response, I even got two letters today,” Howell said. “We have a good time presenting them. When we’re able to help we’ll get letters from the schools and even the students.”