Scott Celebrates Launch of Artis Ware Center for Education Opportunity

August 19, 2021

Named in honor of Scott’s grandfather, new research center will promote education excellence for all South Carolina students

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) joined the Palmetto Promise Institute (PPI) to celebrate the launch of The Artis Ware Center for Education Opportunity. Named in honor of Scott’s grandfather, the Artis Ware Center will work to provide hope to every South Carolina child through the power of a strong education.

Senator Scott speaks with students at Five Oaks Academy

“I’ve often said that education is the closest thing we have to magic in America, and it is an honor to join Palmetto Promise Institute in announcing The Artis Ware Center for Education Opportunity,” said Senator Scott. “My granddaddy Artis knew that education was key to achieving the American Dream and I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to his life than supporting the mission to give every single child in our state the opportunity to reach their God-given potential.”

“A great education means hope,” Palmetto Promise Institute’s President Ellen Weaver said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to honor Artis Ware and the amazing impact of his life. His reverence for the power of an education he was personally denied has shone as a beacon of promise for his own family, and through the work of this Center, his example will shine for generations of South Carolinians still to come.”

Senator Scott, PPI President Weaver, and Former Senator DeMint speak via Zoom

Senator Scott and PPI President Ellen Weaver toured Five Oaks Academy in Simpsonville to see Montessori learning in action and speak with teachers, students, and school administrators. Following the tour, Scott and Weaver participated in a webinar, during which they talked about the Artis Ware Center and discussed the future of education with former Senator Jim DeMint.


Senator Scott has long championed educational opportunity for all children. As co-chair of the Congressional School Choice Caucus, Scott recently:



Senator Scott’s press release can be found here.
Post feature photo credit: Paul Meyer.