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Students Awarded Scholarships

Our club awarded five $1,000 scholarships to North Myrtle Beach High School graduates at its May meeting. The scholarships are given to students who not only excel in their studies, but are involved in many activities at school and in the community.

Recipients of the scholarships this year are Alexandra Khoury and Abigail Khoury, twin daughters of Kendall Khoury. Both girls will be attending the University of South Carolina in the fall. Alexandra plans to major in Finance while Abigail will pursue a degree in Mass Communications. Lakeisa Avallone, daughter of Jessica Avallone, is headed to the College of Charleston and plans to be a pediatrician.  Omaima Najib, daughter of Hassan Najib and Rachida Agdaou, will be joining Lakeisa at the College of Charleston and she, too, is planning to be a pediatrician. Zoe Willett, daughter of Elaine Willett, will be attending the University of South Carolina and plans to  major in Music Education. 

The club also awarded the Mae Hucks Scholarship to one student. Mae retired from teaching and became a member of the club. She served on the Education Committee as chairperson for many years. Mae suddenly passed away last year. Club members, family, and friends contributed memorials to honor Mae and establish this special scholarship. Mae’s daughter, Charlotte Hucks Messier,  attended the scholarship presentation and spoke briefly to the club about Mae’s love for teaching. This $3,000 one-time scholarship goes to Katie LaPierre, daughter of Diana Lapierre, who will be attending the College of Charleston this fall and who like Mae, plans to become a teacher. 

Current members who serve on the Education Committee and select scholarship recipients are Lynda Hardee, Heather Smith, Dolores Craven, Maria Johnson, and Claudia Calcutt. Dolores Craven currently serves as the committee chairperson.  Committee member Lynda Hardee commented, “This is one of my favorite parts about being a member of this club. I really enjoy giving to these young people each year. They are so deserving. I wish we could accommodate all the need, but it’s good to know we can play a part in helping some.” 

The club funds the scholarships thru its Purses with Purpose Charity Event, the Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes, and a monthly cake raffle held at meetings. This year’s scholarships amount, $8,000, is the most ever given out by the club.

Club President, Stephanie Williams says, “We are able to do this through the generosity of our members and through the community and business support we receive for our fundraisers. It’s been a good year for us.”

2017 Mae Hucks Scholarship

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