Eight deserving students at May River High School have been awarded $1,500 each, for a total of $12,000, from the Herman Fuqua Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship committee announced the awards April 29. The original plan was to only award six scholarships, but the female candidates were so strong and closely matched, the committee decided to award two additional scholarships in the spirit of women’s history month.

Five female students (Mary Bashaw, University of South Carolina; Madeline Murph, Clemson; Kylie Bowes, Marshall; Lillian Long, South Carolina; Gabrielle Boegel, South Carolina) and three male students (Maximus Weitekamper, Embry-Riddle; Caleb Morante, Charleston Southern; Cameron Scott, South Carolina) received an award for their outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, on the field, leadership, character, and community impact.

This brings a total of 10 students impacted and more than $14,000 awarded in scholarship money the last two years for the Herman Fuqua Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship is named for and in memory of Herman Fuqua, a friend to many in the Hampton Lake and Berkeley Hall communities.

On September 23, 2020, the residents of Hampton Lake lost an incredible man who left an indelible mark on everyone he encountered. This story is about remembering a dear friend and keeping his legacy alive in the community.

Fuqua’s last place of employment was Backwater Bill’s in Hampton Lake. He had the ability to recall information about each family, their last discussion, business trip or vacation and took the time to engage individuals on a personal level by leaning in.

Fuqua was the face of the program at Hampton Lake and was loved by many at Berkeley Hall and many other communities he worked at over 30 years.

The Herman Fuqua Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2020. Six scholarships are being awarded each year for six student athletes at May River High School. Three female and three male scholarships will be awarded to deserving athletes with a 3.0 GPA or higher, demonstrate outstanding character, and community impact.  Each recipient receives $1,500.

The scholarship committee includes: Jim and Becky Bell, Karen Mraz, Joe and Lexanne Mattocks, Charlie and Susan Wetmore, Mike and Sandra Frazier, John and Micki Lankes, Nick and Dori Jenkins, Linda and Rockisha Fuqua.

For more information about the Herman Fuqua Memorial Scholarship, email jimbell@hargray.com or call 843-368-1322.