Spring is here, and the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing is just around the corner. We will soon be flying the tournament banners around town in support of this wonderful event.
Why, you ask? The Heritage Classic Foundation plays a large part in so many of our nonprofits as well as our local schools.
Since 1987, the foundation has provided a total of $4.8 million in scholarships to 364 high school students.
This past month, we celebrated the next group of 11 outstanding Beaufort County seniors who received these amazing scholarships. Six of these newly named Scholars received a $16,000 scholarship over the next four years. Four additional awards carry a $20,000 opportunity. One additional scholarship, new last year, provides a one-year $4,000 award.
In addition to these 11 scholarships, the Foundation is funding four $2,500 annual scholarships to the University of South Carolina Beaufort and two $1,500 annual scholarships to the Technical College of the Lowcountry.
Four of these students are from Bluffton and May River High Schools. They are:
• Andrew Doty is vice-president of Bluffton High’s Interact Club, where he was instrumental in recruiting new members to be part of the school’s annual haunted house. He also helps manage the OneBlood’s recurring blood drive. He volunteers at the monthly Gullah Market and cleans up school property with the Environmental Club. He plans to study mechanical engineering.
• Alora Orr is active in many clubs at May River High, including Key Club where she assists in roadside trash cleanups. She also volunteers at Palmetto Animal League with the Animal Welfare Club. She was also a member of the varsity swim team, winning the 50M Freestyle at the state swim meet as a freshman, and is active with Beaufort County Young Republicans. She plans to study computer science.
• August Rios is a member of Bluffton High’s soccer team and coaches youth soccer. He is passionate about preserving Bluffton’s beauty as the town continues to grow at a rapid pace. His goal is to discover new ways to allow development and conservation to coexist. He credits his mom for inspiring his love of learning and plans to major in environmental studies.
• Corrissa Velder is on May River’s varsity volleyball team and is the president of HOSA, a club for future health care professionals. She has increased student involvement and has organized canned food drives and helped provide car seats to new moms. She is active in her church and is valedictorian of her class. She plans to study molecular biology and become a multi-lingual OBGYN who serves a global population.
For more information about the scholarships or the tournament, call 843-671-2448, visit heritageclassicfoundation.com or find them on Facebook (Heritage Classic Foundation) and Twitter (@HCFGolf).
Lisa Sulka is the mayor of the Town of Bluffton. firstname.lastname@example.org