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UYC Maritime Foundation awards scholarships

By Pamela A. Keene
 
For nearly a decade, the UYC Maritime Foundation has awarded scholarships to high school students in Hall County.
 
“Typically we have four to six recipients each year, given to college-bound high-school seniors at Flowery Branch High School,” said Liz Rogers, UYC Maritime Foundation board member who served on the review committee. “These scholarships, given through the foundation, have been generously funded by the Schoff Foundation and its administrator long-time University Yacht Club member Rich Mason.”
 
Recently, the organization presented six scholarships to 2019 graduates, expanding the program to include West Hall High School and providing additional funds for two former recipients.
 
Students receiving first-time UYC Maritime Foundation scholarships are West Hall graduates Hunter Crawford, who currently works at West Marine and will be attending Georgia Southern University, and Reynaldo Santana, who works at University Yacht Club’s dining room and will be attending University of North Georgia/Gainesville. Flowery Branch graduating seniors Megan Lusco, who will be attending the University of Georgia, and Trey Small, who is entering Georgia Institute of Technology, also received scholarships.
 
“We always keep in touch with our recipients from previous years to see how they are doing in school,” Rogers said. “And we decided this year to award additional scholarships to two former recipients.”
 
Kennesaw State University sophomore Benjamin Beebe, who received funding last year, was given a scholarship. He is studying computer science.
 
Brenau University rising senior Lauren Hill, who is in the fine arts program and is a volunteer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, received scholarship funding for a fourth year.
 
This year, the committee received 16 applications. Guidelines include that they must attend either Flowery Branch High School or West Hall High School and plan to attend an in-state college or university. They are individually interviewed by the UYC Maritime Foundation’s selection committee.
“Many of our applicants are often working three and four jobs to pay for their college,” Rogers said.

“We consider a number of factors when making our selections, looking for well-rounded students, and we work with their guidance counselors and teachers to learn more about them. All of these students are most deserving, and we are honored to be able to assist with their college education.”

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