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August 8, 2013

Harry Hampton Wildlife fund announces 2013 scholarship winners

The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund Inc. announced the winners of its annual scholarship program today in Columbia. The Hampton Fund annually awards scholarships to South Carolina residents who attend an institution of higher learning within the state.

The Fund’s top scholarship, $2500 a year for four years, went to Laura Robins Bright of Mountain Rest, a graduate of Walhalla High School, who will attend Clemson University. Sydney Elizabeth Ford of Gaffney, a graduate of Gaffney High School, won the James O. Thomason scholarship, valued at $1000 a year for four years. Ms. Ford will attend the University of South Carolina. The David M. Cline Scholarship, $2000 for one year, went to Randi Sims of Dalzell, who will attend Clemson. The Wallace F. Pate Scholarship, a one-year $1500 award, went to Virginia Lee Huntsinger of Georgetown, a graduate of Georgetown High, who will attend Coastal Carolina University.Hampton scholars

Anissa H. Manuel of Fairfax, a graduate of Patrick Henry Academy, is the recipient of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Robert M. Gifford four-year scholarship valued at $1000 per year. Ms. Manuel will attend the College of Charleston. The Gifford Scholarship is limited to legal dependents of any full-time DNR employee. Anissa’s father, Larry Manuel, is a Conservation Officer with DNR.

“To date, the Hampton Fund has awarded over a quarter of a million dollars to deserving Palmetto State students,” said Hampton Fund Executive Director Jim Goller of Beaufort. “One of our goals is to encourage these students to consider working in natural resources after graduation, hopefully here in South Carolina!”

The Fund’s Hampton and Pate Scholarships require that the student major in a natural resources field. The Cline Scholarship, named for the late David M. Cline, a founding board member of the Hampton Fund, served on the board of the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series and on the DNR Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, is open to students majoring in natural resources or law enforcement/criminal justice. 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. It is one of only few scholarships in the nation available to journalism majors. 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 DNR’s Law Enforcement Division.

The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc, established in 1981, is a private, non-profit 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, chaired by Dr. Julius Leary of Greenwood, comprised of fourteen South Carolinians committed to responsible natural resources management and education. The total donated to DNR by the Hampton Fund over the years now totals $2,898,930.

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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