Eastern Carolina Community Foundation strengthens the Pee Dee with $10k in scholarships
It is scholarship season at community foundations across the United States. Millions of dollars will be awarded to deserving students who hold the future of our nation and world in their hands.
Eastern Carolina Community Foundation (ECCF) is proud to announce the recipients of scholarship awards for 2019 from five ECCF funds. A scholarship recognition event was held on Wednesday, May 15 at in the lobby of the Florence County Museum for the award winners and scholarship donors to meet and celebrate success.
•FBi Construction Scholarship Fund
In the spirit of partnership, FBi Construction created a scholarship fund at ECCF to encourage people to enter the construction industry. Their desire to fund scholarships stems from a strong belief in education as well as a commitment to improve the quality of life where they do business.
Five students were chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship award. Three students are from Horry County where FBi has an office. Carter Avallone will graduate from the Academy for Arts, Science and Technology and continue his education in architecture at Clemson University. Jessica Hoerner will also attend Clemson University to study architecture after her graduation from Myrtle Beach High School. Loris resident Noah Jackson will graduate from Conway Christian School to study engineering at Clemson.
Two FBi award winners are currently in college. Tristan Watson from Ruby, is a civil engineering student at the University of SC. Maxwell Wheeler from Darlington holds dual enrollment at FMU and Florence-Darlington Technical College in civil engineering technology. He has the distinction of also receiving a scholarship award from FBi in 2018.
•Wilson High School Class of 1945 Scholarship
The officers of Wilson High School Class of 1945 transferred their scholarship fund to ECCF in 2014 to last as an enduring source of financial aid to a graduating Wilson student who is not likely to receive scholarship aid and has financial need. There are only four living graduates from the class, three of whom are active in helping ECCF choose the scholarship recipients each year.
My’ashia Haynesworth will receive a $1,000 award to attend Allen University and study psychology. She is currently President of her Wilson High School senior class and band captain for the Marching Tiger Pride Band.
•Justin O’Connor Memorial Fund
Justin O’Connor was entering his senior year of high school with a dream of playing college baseball. That dream ended on an early morning in July 2017 because of distracted driving.
Justin's family and friends started the Justin O’Connor Memorial Fund at ECCF to honor Justin’s memory and share his dreams. The fund will make two awards of $1,000 each.
An academic award made for achievement based on the qualities of Justin will be given to Jameson Purvis, a graduating senior at South Florence High School, who will attend Clemson. He is a member of the National Honor Society and played football and baseball at South Florence.
An athletic award given to a student athlete who has been accepted to a 4-year college or university to play a specific sport will be awarded to Jett Herndon, a graduating senior at Marlboro County High School. Jett will play baseball for Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.
•Southeast Express Scholarship
To commemorate their 25th anniversary, Southeast Express, Inc. in Timmonsville, established a permanent endowed scholarship at ECCF dedicating the 2019 inaugural award to a graduating senior from Timmonsville High School where the company has been located for the last 20 years. Bradley Taylor will receive the award. He has been active in athletics, the J.A.G. program and president of his Top Teens of America group.
•William Penn Harrison Scholarship Fund
William Penn Harrison served as the principal of Wilson Elementary School in Manning. His former students dedicated a scholarship in his name in honor of their deep gratitude for his leadership.
Ronyaih Frierson and Jordan Louden have been selected to receive $500 awards. Ronyaih graduates from Scott’s Branch High School in Summerton and will attend Coastal Carolina University to study sociology. After graduation from Manning High school, Jordan will attend South Carolina State University to study computer science.
Scholarship donors believe in the importance of the next generation by investing in education. When donors turn their passion for helping mankind into scholarship funding which is professionally administered by ECCF, the entire Pee Dee region benefits. Scholarship funds are endowed for perpetuity which means they will remain available to support students far into the future and ECCF’s administration of the funds is carried out on a nondiscriminatory basis after careful review of eligible applications. Scholarship awards are paid directly to the educational institution where the successful candidate is enrolled.
Scholarships play a significant role in helping ECCF achieve its mission to improve the quality of life for citizens of the Pee Dee. For more information, call 843-667-1131 to learn how the community foundation can help you establish a scholarship.