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July 19, 2011

Harry Hampton Wildlife Fund announces 2011 scholarship winners

The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund Inc. announced the winners of its annual scholarship program at its board of directors meeting in Columbia.

The Fund’s top scholarship, $2500 a year for four years, went to Mary Catherine Tate of Boiling Springs, a graduate of Boiling Springs High School, who will attend the University of South Carolina. Natalie Swift of Roebuck, a graduate of Dorman High School in Roebuck, won the James O. Thomason scholarship, valued at $1000 a year for four years. Ms. Swift will also attend the University of South Carolina. The Wallace F. Pate Scholarship, a one-year $1500 award, went to Dakota (Cody) Heath Moseley of Varnville, a graduate of Wade Hampton High School in Varnville, who will attend Clemson University.

Rebekah Louise Lane of Bythewood, a graduate of Ben Lippen High School in Columbia, is the recipient of the Robert M. Gifford four-year scholarship valued at $1000 per year. Ms. Lane will attend Presbyterian College. The Gifford Scholarship is limited to legal dependents of any full-time employee of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. Rebekah’s mother, Maureen Lane, is Payroll Coordinator with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

The Hampton Fund annually awards scholarships to South Carolina residents who attend an institution of higher learning in the state. The Hampton and Pate Scholarships require that the student major in a natural resources field. The Pate Scholarship is named for the late Wallace F. Pate, a pioneer of offshore fishing in the Palmetto State and is given in conjunction with the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series. The James O. Thomason scholarship, named for the late James O. Thomason, a past Hampton Fund board member and chairman, is awarded to a student studying print, electronic or photo journalism. The Robert M. Gifford Scholarship is limited to legal dependents of any full-time employee of the SCDNR and the recipients may major in any field of study. The Gifford Scholarship is named for the late R.M. "Bobby" Gifford, long-term Chief of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement Division.

The Hampton Fund also announced a new scholarship named for recently deceased David M. Cline of Simpsonville. Mr. Cline was a founding board member of the Hampton Fund, served on the board of the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series and on the SCDNR Law Enforcement Advisory Committee. The Cline Scholarship will require the student to major in natural resources or law enforcement/criminal justice, and will offer a one-time award of $2000 to the winner. "The Hampton Board is very pleased to offer yet another scholarship to a South Carolina student for the 2011/2012 school year, said Jim Goller of Beaufort, the Hampton Fund’s executive director. "To date, the Hampton Fund has awarded almost a quarter of a million dollars to deserving students, and this is one special way we are proud to honor the memory of Mr. Cline."

The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc., established in 1981, is a private, nonprofit corporation which partners with the state’s Department of Natural Resources and other organizations for the promotion of education, research and management to benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina. Funds are obtained solely through private donations and special promotional projects, events and publications. Contributions are administered by a board of directors comprised of thirteen South Carolinians, chaired by Frank Sistare of Spartanburg, committed to responsible natural resources management and education.

Scholarship applications must be received no later than January 31st of each year. To receive a scholarship application or for more information on the activities and organization of the Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, write to HHF, P.O. Box 2641, Columbia, S.C. 29202. Scholarship applications and criteria are available for download.

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