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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Every parent wants the best education for their child. And one Columbia man wants to pay for that education.

"My memory is famously terrible, I actually don't know how old I am," Austin Meyer said.

40-something Meyer may not be able to recall his age, but he can go on and on about his days at prep school --St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire.

"It's almost like stepping into a Harry Potter movie. The old buildings and the brick walls and the ivy climbing the walls. Radiators to heat the rooms. Old wrought iron windows," Meyer said. "It was like stepping back in time 200 years, almost." 

Although Meyer spends the majority of his time tinkering on new aerospace apps, he's a full time charitable giver.

And his new venture is education.

He partnered with St. Paul's to start the Austin and Lane Meyer Regional South Carolina Scholarship.

"We were able to come up with enough money to send one person per year forever," he said.

St. Paul's costs about $53,000 a year to attend.

But, Meyer doesn't want the price tag to discourage anyone. 

"The willingness to break molds, go outside the rules, and strut whatever it is they've got to contribute to the world and contribute to the community regardless of whatever preexisting paradigms may be in place," he said. "And as whether you have the money for tuition, don't worry about it. Are you the best student, that's the only thing we care about."

Some say going through high school is the best time of your life.

Meyer wants to help someone afford good times and a promising future.

"St. Paul's gave me a huge, wide background of educational skill sets to base my future on," Meyer said. "It was incredibly fun, incredibly challenging, and I'm so glad I went. And I can't wait for other kids to have that opportunity as well."

To apply for the scholarship visit MeyerScholar.org or SPS.edu.

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