Epiphany Holmes wanted to be lawyer from the time she was playing with Barbie dolls – that is, until she joined mock trial her freshman year at Myrtle Beach High.
“I was back at square one like most people freshman year in high school,” she shared.
Her dedication to staying involved and finding her true passion, psychology, all helped her be awarded the Sharon Malone Scholarship for Habitat for Humanity, one of Waccamaw Community Foundation’s four scholarship programs. This award focuses on children of families living in Habitat For Humanity homes in either Horry or Georgetown County.
Epiphany’s path to psychology wove through her participation in track & field, broadcast journalism and a part-time job. Eventually, she realized, “I wanted a career that actually helped people, not materialistically, but with things that you truly needed.”
However, now came the really hard part – paying for a college education to continue her studies in psychology. Luckily, the Sharon Malone Scholarship for Habitat for Humanity helped cover the cost of her tuition, combined with other scholarships from Winthrop University.
Finishing up her first semester at Winthrop, Epiphany has stayed just as involved on campus as she was in high school, going to volleyball matches, theatre performances and even hosting trick-or-treating for Rock Hill kids in her dorm. All of her experiences are helping her learn to become an adult in the welcoming community of Winthrop, she shared.
Epiphany is grateful for the support of the Sharon Malone Scholarship for Habitat for Humanity. “I hope that one day I will be able to return the gift that has been given to me,” she explained.
With Epiphany’s career goals and commitment to whatever community she belongs to, we don’t see any reason why that won’t be the case.
We’ll be sharing more about the story behind the Sharon Malone Scholarship for Habitat for Humanity in our next newsletter – be on the lookout in December! To learn about starting your own scholarship fund at Waccamaw Community Foundation, please contact Karen Minogue at firstname.lastname@example.org.