Matsui awarded scholarship at North Greenville University

Published 11:32 am Monday, May 16, 2011

Aya Sarah Matsui of Campobello has been homeschooled since first grade and graduated with The Upstate Association of Homeschools on May 6.

Aya Sarah Matsui

Matsui is the daughter of Mark and Drenda-michell Mathis Brennan and Yoshihito Matsui. She is the granddaughter of James and Janice Peeler of Campobello and Mike and Sandi Mathis of Cowpens and the great-granddaughter of Eloise Mathis of Cowpens.

Matsui has decided to attend North Greenville University in the fall, where she has been awarded a full-scholarship to continue her music studies under Steinway artist Fabio Parrini, in piano performance.

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In addition to her music studies and maintaining a 4.32 GPA in her high school academics, Matsui has been dually-enrolled at North Greenville University for two years where she has earned 23 college credit hours, she is the 2010-2011 editor-in-chief for the Upstate Christian Homeschoolers Yearbook, has served as a team member and captain of Creative Worship & Drama Teams and as praise and worship leader.

One of Matsui’s greatest passions is working with the mentally and physically disabled. Since 2007 Matsui has served at Joni & Friends summer camps and with The Carolina Miracle League. She is currently head coach for the CML’s Minor Team, the Spartans, as well as a buddy for the league’s major league teams.

In the fall of 2010 Matsui was awarded The Carolina Miracle League Turner Sartor Award for Volunteer of the Year.

– article submitted by Upstate Christian Homeschoolers