HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC April 9, 2013 – Fifteen outstanding Beaufort County seniors were named Heritage Classic Foundation Scholars at a luncheon Tuesday at the Sonesta Resort.
This year’s Scholar Awards were made possible by a Verizon Foundation grant awarded to the Heritage Classic Foundation in 2011. Half of the $.5 million has been used to continue the Heritage Scholar Program.
During the awards presentation, Scholar Chairman Ward Kirby said, “This is always an exciting day for the Heritage Classic Foundation. Choosing the 15 students to receive these awards was a hard task. We believe the records of these young adults are better than ever. The teachers and administrators of our school systems, as well as the award winners deserve special praise.”
Thirteen of the newly-named Scholars will receive an $8,000 scholarship over the next four years. Two additional awards carry a $22,000 opportunity. These latter scholarships honor the past Scholar Committee chairmen, John Zimmerman and the late Mike Malanick.
Next fall, 60 Beaufort County collegians will be receiving Foundation grants at an expenditure of $278,000. A grand total of $3,279,600 will have been awarded to 252 students after the 2013 distribution since the program was launched in 1993.
Kirby pointed out at Tuesday’s luncheon, sponsored by Palmetto Electric Cooperative, “These scholars are not just straight A students. They are leaders in their schools, communities and churches. They have interests that vary from athletics to music to dance.”
The following graduating seniors were selected:
Battery Creek High – Grayson Morgan
Beaufort Academy – Tommy Fang
Beaufort High – Charlotte Bellomy, Rebekah Crandall, Adam Lipsitz, Reagan Palmer
Bluffton High – Erica Porter, Casey Witkowski
Governors School for Science & Math – Ya Fang, Thomas Melanson
Hilton Head High – Mary Bolgan, Eileen Cooper, Emma Stanton
Hilton Head Preparatory – Kathryn Bishop, Ellianna Nixon
Here are some highlights of this year’s Scholars:
Charlotte Bellomy (MALANICK AWARD WINNER)- Beaufort High School, will attend Wake Forest University to study journalism. Wants to be an international journalist. Played varsity tennis and is a student mentor.
Kathryn Bishop – Hilton Head Preparatory School, will attend Clemson University Honors College to study English language and/or mathematics. Interested in being a teacher. Played volleyball and basketball and is a lower school mentor.
Mary Bolgan – Hilton Head Island High School, planning to attend University of South Carolina Honors College to study psychology. Wants to be a forensic psychologist. Passionate about swimming and is a Scholastic All American of USA Swimming.
Eileen Cooper – Hilton Head Island High School, hoping to attend Notre Dame University, planning to study business and finance. Would like to be a financial analyst. Loves to dance, primarily ballet.
Rebekah Crandall – Beaufort High School, will attend University of South Carolina Honors College, majoring in pharmacy. Would like to be a research compounding pharmacist. She is the editor of the high school newspaper and teaches piano.
Tommy Fang – Beaufort Academy, will attend Georgia Institute of Technology, studying computer sciences. Looking to become a computer programmer. A three-sport athlete: basketball, soccer and lacrosse
Ya Fang – Governors School for Science and Math, planning to attend Duke University, majoring in biochemistry. Career goal is to be a pediatrician. Plays varsity tennis and violin in the school orchestra, which she also conducts.
Adam Lipsitz – Beaufort High School, will attend Clemson University Honors College, studying computer engineering. Wants to develop and build computers. Known as the “Tech Man” he is active in the Engineering Club and robotics.
Thomas Melanson – Governors School for Science and Math, will attend Carnegie Mellon University, majoring in computer engineering. Plans a career in computer engineering. Runs varsity cross country and track as well as playing sax in the GSSM band.
Grayson Morgan – Battery Creek High School, will attend Brigham Young University, majoring in pre-law. After practicing law would like to teach law at the university level. Plays varsity tennis and is an Eagle Scout.
Ellianna Nixon – Hilton Head Preparatory School, will attend Clemson University to study education and business. Career goal is to found a non-profit that will institute curriculum in impoverished school systems. Plays soccer, active in school theater productions.
Reagan Palmer – Beaufort High School, planning to attend Wake Forest University, studying the biological sciences. Wants to do genetic research or genetic counseling. Varsity cheerleading and active in school theater productions.
Erica Porter – Bluffton High School, will attend Furman University, will study applied mathematics. Wants a career where she can use her mathematic skills. Has a passion also for dance and dance instruction primarily ballet.
Emma Stanton (ZIMMERMAN AWARD WINNER) – Hilton Head Island High School, will attend Davidson College, to pursue an education degree. Her career goal is to teach in the elementary grades. Plays varsity tennis as well as singing in the school “Out of the Blue” choir.
Casey Witkowski – Bluffton High School, will attend College of Charleston, studying finance and accounting. Plans to be a financial analyst or accountant. She is a runner, both cross-country and track