Coastal Community Foundation announces 2013 scholarship opportunities

  • Thursday, February 21, 2013

With students beginning to receive college acceptance letters, Coastal Community Foundation is proud to offer financial assistance to Tri-county high school seniors who plan to pursue a two- or four-year college degree. Made possible through the generosity of donors, awards ranging from $500-$5,000 are awarded from the foundation’s 28 scholarship funds (listed below). While applications are open to all seniors from Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, some funds have been established to benefit students from particular geographic areas or high schools, those who are planning on attending certain post-secondary institutions or who are entering certain fields of study. Additionally, scholarships are awarded based on character and personality, involvement in extra-curricular and community activities, financial need, academic success, aspirations and ability to overcome obstacles.

Applications are available online through a web-based program, Scholar Select. Prior to creating an online account, students should review the scholarship descriptions to determine their eligibility. In completing one application, students can be considered for each of the foundation scholarships for which they are eligible. Additionally, the service allows students to make online requests for recommendation letters from faculty, mentors, etc. who will submit the letters electronically. The deadline for completed applications is March 18. For more information, please contact Richard Hendry at richard@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

To access scholarship descriptions and the online application, please visit

http://www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org/nonprofits/scholarships.html.

Available 2013 scholarship funds

Amanda’s Scholarship Fund

Established in 2010 in memory of Amanda Welling Dykes. To honor Amanda’s life, her mother used money that she had set aside to pay for Amanda’s college to award an annual scholarship to a student in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Awards total $2,000.

Banks-Williams-Banks Fund

This fund accepts applications from high school seniors who are students at Summerville High School. The Banks-Williams-Banks Award looks particularly for students who deserve support, but who may not be an obvious candidate for other scholarship assistance. To quote the founders, “We would favor a student who is well-rounded and likeable, with interests not limited to one or two primary areas. A healthy balance is encouraged.” One award of $1,000 will be made for each of four years of college.

Burke Promise Fund

Established in 2008 by donors who want to provide scholarship support for a graduating senior from Burke High School. One award of $500.

Charleston First Responders Scholarship

Established by donors to honor all first responders who put their lives at risk to protect the lives and property of the people of our community. Applications are accepted from first responders (or their children, step-children, spouse or other living dependent) who have served for at least one year with a fire, police or EMS unit based in and serving Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties. Up to five awards totaling $6,500.

DeCosta/Pinckney Scholarship

Awarded to a student with plans to pursue a career as a craftsman and with a focus on the building trades critical to historic architectural restoration and preservation. Preference for, but not restricted to African-Americans. This award is possible thanks to combined income from the DeCosta Scholarship Endowment (Emily and Herbert DeCosta) and the Pinckney Family Fund (William L. Pinckney). Awards will total $2,700.

Donna Reyburn and Michael Griffith Fund

Established in 1999 by Donna Reyburn and Michael Griffith to provide annual scholarships to seniors at St. John’s High School (John’s Island) who demonstrate the potential to succeed in college, high academic motivation and the initiative and drive to help finance his or her college education by having worked and by having applied for other loans and scholarships. Two awards, to total $4,000, renewable throughout college if certain conditions are met. (Available if present winners do not renew).

Esther Lorine Bailey Rivers Scholarship Fund

Established in 1998, this fund will be used to award an annual scholarship to a high school senior who intends to pursue a college education and whose primary residence is in Berkeley County. There is a preference for African-American students, and students who are members of Mt. Carmel A.M.E. Church in Moncks Corner are especially encouraged to apply. One award of $500.

Future Military Officer’s Scholarship Fund

Established in 1997 through hundreds of gifts from members of the Charleston Chapter of the Military Officers’ Association of America, this fund provides an annual scholarship to a college-bound (or in-college) student living in the 294_ _ zip code area. Applicants must be (or plan to be) enrolled in an R.O.T.C. program or other military officer candidate program, and intend to become a military officer. Two awards of differing amounts are available depending on a student’s academic year. One award of $500 for a student in the first two academic years and one award of $1,000 for a student in the last two academic years.

Gadsden Family Fund

Established in 1983 through the 1963 Will of Miss Jeanne Gadsden, and subsequently strengthened by her family. This fund provides scholarships to help residents of Berkeley or Dorchester counties, with a preference for those going to either Winthrop or Clemson. One award of $600.

Gamma Lambda Boule Scholarship

Created in 2006 by the Gamma Lambda Boule Fraternity, this fund will provide one award of $1,500 to an African-American student in the Boule membership area (includes coastal South Carolina to Wilmington, N.C.). Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA as well as demonstrated leadership qualities, financial need, and evidence of positive character traits.

Isaiah Bennett Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2003 by family and friends in memory of Isaiah Bennett, civil rights activist and labor organizer, the fund provides scholarship support to help an African-American student with financial need who lives in the Awendaw-McClellanville area and is graduating from a public high school to attend a four-year college. One award of $450.

J. C. and Alberta Long Fund

Originally established in 1982 by the children and grandchildren of J.C. Long in his honor and subsequently honoring Mrs. Long also. This fund accepts applications from any high school senior who has lived in the Tri-county for at least the past four years, 3-5 awards will be made, totaling $6,600.

Jasiri L.K. Whipper Scholarship Endowment

Established in 2009 in memory of Jasiri Whipper by his parents to award an annual scholarship to a student to attend a historically black college or university or a South Carolina state supported college. One award of $1,000 will be given, renewable with conditions throughout four years of college, if current recipient does not reapply.

Jack Muller Scholarship Fund

Established in 1980 and transferred to the foundation in 1993. This fund provides a four-year scholarship annually to a high school senior about to enter a four-year college. Applicants must be residents of public housing properties owned by and/or managed by the Housing Authority of the City of Charleston. One award of $400, renewable throughout college.

Jefferson Scholarship Endowment

Established to provide scholarships for students from Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties working toward a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing at any college or university. Based primarily on academic record, career plans and financial need, two to three awards will be given totaling $2,400.

Lawrence A. Holt Scholarship Fund

Created in 2000 in memory of Lawrence Holt by his parents to award an annual scholarship to an African-American senior at Garrett Academy of Technology, with a preference for those who are seeking to study architecture or engineering through two- or four-year college programs and who reflect a passion for sports and community service. One award of $700.

Morris D. Finkelstein Scholarship

Established by family, friends, and former students in 1994 in memory of the highly-respected coach at the High School of Charleston. This fund provides a scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years to help a deserving athlete to receive a college degree. Open to any student athlete from Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties to go to any college in the State of South Carolina. One award of $500, renewable for four years, if current recipient does not reapply.

P&B Music Scholarship

Established by the board of directors of the Catfish Row Company from proceeds of local theatrical productions of “Porgy and Bess.” This fund accepts applications from African American students who have lived in the Tri-county area for five years or more and who wish to pursue a four-year college major related to music or music education. All applicants must be talented with musical instrument or in voice. Awards generally range from $1,000-$2,000.

Phillip O’Neill Hanvey Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in 1963; transferred to the foundation in 1990. This fund provides scholarships to help Charleston County students to attend college. Two awards of $500 - $1,000.

Rufus C. Barkley, Jr. Leadership Scholarship Fund

Created by friends of Rufus Barkley in 2000, the fund accepts applications from students who are residents of Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester or Colleton counties. Financial need may be considered in making the award, but academic merit and character are the principal criteria. The foundation will look for evidence of well-rounded interests and demonstrated concern for those less fortunate. One award of $10,000 for each of four years of college.

Santee Gun Club Fund

Established in 2001 by members of the Santee Club, a hunting preserve north of McClellanville. The fund accepts applications from students who live in the area between McClellanville and the South Santee River. One or two awards to total $2,700.

Seymour I. Barkowitz Fund

Established by family and friends of Seymour I. Barkowitz in his memory, in 1988. This fund accepts applications from Tri-county students intending to pursue a four-year degree at the College of Charleston. One award of $700.

T. C. Drayton Scholarship Fund

Established by the City of Charleston in memory of T. C. Drayton. This fund accepts

applications from residents who live on the East Side community in the city of Charleston and who are seniors in high school, about to begin studies at a two- or four-year college; preference will be given to students who participate in the community through school activities or volunteer work, demonstrate financial need, and rank in the top 50 percent of his/her class. One award of $500.

Thaddeus J. Bell, II Memorial Scholarship

Created in 1992 and transferred to the foundation in 1997. This fund accepts applications from students who are pursuing or who intend to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Ga. Applicant’s permanent residence must be South Carolina. One award of $2,000 for each of four years at Morehouse, if current recipient does not renew.

Volf Family Fund Scholarships

Chris and Butch Volf of Moncks Corner recommend an annual gift from the Volf Family Fund to our scholarship program to provide two awards, each of $1,000, for graduating seniors from Berkeley County High School.

Warren O. Pinckney Scholarship Fund

Created in 1973 through the will of Warren O. Pinckney and transferred to the foundation in 2001, this fund has provided scholarships for decades, to help students with financial need from Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester counties to pursue a college degree. Multiple awards ranging from $500-$2000.

William Ferguson Seabrook Scholarship Endowment for Morris Brown AME Youth

Established in 2000, this fund accepts applications from high school seniors who are members of Morris Brown A.M.E. Church, attended Title I schools throughout K-12, and plan to enroll as a full-time college student for the fall semester. Financial need is a priority. One award of $1,000.

William Melvin & Juanita W. Brown Scholarship

Established in 1995 by Juanita Brown, in memory of her husband, this fund accepts

applications from African-Americans who live in Charleston County, who are members of the Roman Catholic Church, and who are about to begin studies at a four-year college. One award of $2,000 will be given, renewable with conditions throughout four years of college.

William and Prudence Finn Scholarship Fund

Established in 2008 to provide scholarship support for graduating high school seniors who are children or step-children of AstenJohnson employees (employed with AstenJohnson at least five years), to help pay fees for two-year or four-year colleges. Up to ten awards, each for $2,000.

Wofford College Fund

Established by the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust (William E. Murray, Trustee). This fund accepts applications from Tri-county students intending to pursue a four-year degree at Wofford College. One award of $1,000.

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