Scholarship Opportunities

Waccamaw Community Foundation offers students many different scholarship opportunities.

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Boone Foundation Scholarship
The Edsel J. “Coupe” DeVille Memorial Scholarship
John M. Draughn and Trena B. Draughn Scholarship
Thomas W. Jones Memorial Scholarship
Felix and Juantia Rhue Scholarship
Sue’s Hope Scholarship
Mildred E. Swatko Memorial Scholarship

When completing the 2023 Scholarship Program application, students are asked to indicate each program for which they are eligible and wish to be considered. Please do not click all programs unless you are qualified for all of them. Read below the full criteria to apply for different scholarships at WCF and links to scholarship applications.  

  • Applications will open on a Date to be Determined.
  • All applications MUST be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on a Date to be Determined.
  • Recipients will be notified following the Grant Committee’s review process.

Applying Online

Applications MUST be completed online via the web-based Scholarship Portal, which is accessed through our partners at Coastal Community Foundation.

Have any questions? Contact our staff at 843-357-4483 or info@mywcf.org.

Boone Foundation Scholarship

Type: Renewable scholarship

Boone Foundation Scholarship Awards are available to residents of South Carolina according to the following criteria:

Criteria
  • Preference to students from Horry County.
  • Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program in law or the performing arts at the University of South Carolina, George Washington University, Converse College, or Winthrop University.
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.5.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Nominations must be received through the institution’s Office of Financial Aid.
Scholarship Renewal Provisions
  • The recipient is still pursuing a graduate degree in law or the performing arts.
  • The recipient continues to maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average.
  • The recipient still qualifies for financial aid.

The Edsel J. “Coupe” DeVille Memorial Scholarship

Type: One-time scholarship

This scholarship was created by the Surfside Area Rotary Club in honor of Edsel J. “Coupe” DeVille, a retired Air Force Colonel and the co-founder of Right Flight, an organization that inspired high school students to become future pilots, engineers, and soldiers in the military. Through his work with Right Flight and the Rotary Club, DeVille’s mission was to change lives through the access of education.

Criteria
  • Applicants must be graduating seniors from St. James High School or Socastee High School. Horry County students who have family who are members of Surfside Area Rotary Club are also eligible to apply.
  • Students should have demonstrated involvement in extra-curriculars or community activities and financial need.
  • This scholarship is not necessarily for “A” students, as academic performance is evaluated on an individual basis in relationship with the student’s full application.

John M. Draughn and Trena B. Draughn Scholarship

Type: One-time scholarship

This scholarship, in an amount up to $2,000, is awarded to a North Myrtle Beach High School Senior who maintains high moral principles, is trustworthy, and exhibits leadership qualities.

Applicants should contact their Guidance Counselor with any questions pertaining to the scholarship process.

Criteria
  • Applicant must be accepted and attend either Coastal Carolina University (CCU) or Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC).
  • A GPA above 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • Applicant must show financial need.
  • An essay of 200 words or less is required telling why you feel you should receive the scholarship.
  • An official transcript must be included.
  • Major in a business related field of study.
  • Preference is given to students with some work history in the past two years.
  • Nominations must be received through the guidance department at the applicant’s high school.

Thomas W. Jones Memorial Scholarship

Type: Renewable scholarship

This renewable scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating high school senior or current student at the University of South Carolina’s School of Engineering.

Criteria
  • Applicant must attend the University of South Carolina enrolled in the School of Engineering.
  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required.
  • Applicant must have ties to either Georgetown or Horry County.

Felix and Juantia Rhue Scholarship

Type: One-time scholarship

The Felix and Juantia Rhue Scholarship Awards are available to residents of Georgetown County, South Carolina according to the following criteria:

  • Candidate will be an African American high school senior, residing in Georgetown County, SC, attending a Georgetown County school, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better, and planning to enroll in an accredited four-year institution in the U.S.  Standardized test scores will also be a consideration.
  • Involvement in extra-curricular and community activities, and leadership roles, based on student’s self-reporting and letters of recommendation.
  • Financial need, based on personal financial information provided by the student in the application. Student employment experience should be stated and will be a consideration, though not a requirement.
  • Character and personality, based on letters of recommendation.
  • Personal aspirations and ability to overcome obstacles, based on letters of recommendation.

Sue’s Hope Scholarship

Type: One-time scholarship

This is an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 to be awarded to a North Myrtle Beach High School or North Myrtle Beach Christian Academy Senior.

Criteria
  • Submit an essay, “Vision For My Future Education,” of no more than 500 words. Student essay should demonstrate:
    • A sense of “hope” despite obstacles in student’s life, examples of challenges or obstacles student has overcome, and how student is trying to (or has already achieved) turning his or her life around.
    • His or her potential, and his or her desire to succeed.
  • School transcript with GPA of 2.5 or higher, on a 4.0 scale. (Note: This scholarship is not intended for the top performing academic student, but rather for the student who would be “left behind” because of finances, for not being the top performing academic student, or for some other obstacle.)
  • Community service record from teacher in charge of all community service hours for graduating students.
  • Official record of clubs, organizations, and individual achievements.
  • Nominations must be received through the North Myrtle Beach High School Guidance Department or through the North Myrtle Beach Christian Academy Guidance Department.

Mildred E. Swatko Memorial Scholarship

Type: Renewable scholarship

This renewable scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Nursing or Golf Course programs at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

Criteria
  • Applicant must have maintained a “C” average or better in high school.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Preference for this scholarship is to Nursing Program students.
  • No more than 250-word essay establishing why they deserve the scholarship.
  • To receive this scholarship for each academic year, student must remain in good standing with a minimum of a 2.8 GPA or higher.

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WCF Disaster Relief Fund

Through the Disaster Relief Fund, Waccamaw Community Foundation serves as the primary point of financial donations for all disaster relief and recovery efforts in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties.

Tim Whitten

Tim@mywcf.org

843-357-4483

A native of Alabama, Tim received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University and a master’s degree in religion from Lenoir-Rhyne University. He brings to WCF a background in grant writing and in disaster recovery most recently serving the South Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Tim resides in Galivants Ferry with his wife Julie and their four children.

Phillip Anderson

Director

Phillip Anderson is a Senior Vice President & Senior Lending Officer for Asheville, North Carolina-based HomeTrust Bank, serving the coast of South Carolina. Throughout his 22-year banking career, he has served in commercial banking, trust administration, retail banking, and market leadership roles with mid-size and regional banks in South Carolina and Georgia. He has always embodied the community banking model of building strong local relationships and being active in numerous non-profits and promoting their causes.
 
He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, GA, the Cannon Financial Institute’s Trust School, The Stonier Graduate School of Banking and Wharton Leadership program. He is also a graduate of several Chamber of Commerce Leadership programs over his career.
 
Phillip resides in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, with his wife Mary Beth and daughter Carolina. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and playing golf.

Ellen Barney Sycks

Stewardship & Communications Officer

ellen@mywcf.org
614-893-7998

Ellen serves the Foundation as its Stewardship and Communications Officer, responsible for communicating with fund holders on a regular basis and providing advice when needed, particularly around fund development as well as relevant field of interest information.

A native of Hillsboro, Ohio, Ellen provides more than three decades of non-profit leadership experience, focusing on creating major gift and planned giving opportunities to support organizations’ programs, special projects and capital campaigns. Ellen received her B.A. in National Security Policy from The Ohio State University. She lives in Murrells Inlet with her husband Jay and their two cats, Mabel and Murray.

Chris Hanna

Director

Chris Hanna is a Senior Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage. Born and raised in Myrtle Beach, he started in the real estate business in 1993. Chris is a member of the Coastal Carolinas, South Carolina and National Associations of REALTORS and is an active local community member as well, having served on various boards such as the Horry County Zoning Board of Appeals, the Coastal Carolina Athletic Foundation, and Horry County school district Carolina Forest Advisory Board. He is a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality and Oceanview Baptist Church. Chris is a graduate of Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach, and he received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Carolina at Coastal Carolina in 1992.

Rick Elliott

Director

Rick Elliott is president of his family business, Elliott Realty, one of the most prominent real estate companies in North Myrtle Beach. As a native of Horry County, he has always made giving back to the community a part of his approach to business. Each guest who stays with Elliott Realty is given the option to add an additional $1 per night to their bill to be donated to the Elliott Realty Charitable Community Fund at Waccamaw Community Foundation, which invests in causes throughout the surrounding community. Rick brings this commitment to community philanthropy to his service on the Waccamaw Community Foundation Board of Directors. He has also served as the chairman of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.



Tyler Easterling

Director

Tyler Easterling is a native of Marietta, Georgia and has resided in Georgetown County since moving to the area in 2002. Tyler is the president and COO of The Brandon Agency, an integrated marketing agency headquartered in Myrtle Beach. She is the current board chair for Coastal Montessori Charter School and serves on the boards of Helping Hands of Georgetown and Young Presidents’ Organization Southern 7 Chapter. She is a member of the 2018 Liberty Fellowship class.

Tyler holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Mississippi and a Masters of Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina. She is an active member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church and enjoys spending time with her husband, Marshall, and two daughters, Julia and Anne Marshall.



Terri DeCenzo

Director

Terri serves as executive director of Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University (WIPL). She is married to Coastal Carolina University President David A. DeCenzo, and when he joined the university in 2002, she became passionately involved with the life of the university, taking an active role in issues relating to student government and NCAA athletics, among others. Previously Terri has served on the boards of the American Red Cross and the Foundation for Georgetown Hospital System and was an adviser to the Safe Families Initiative that established Family Justice Center of Horry and Georgetown Counties. In 2016, Terri was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. A graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and Towson University, she spent most of her career practicing in critical care. The DeCenzo’s have four children: Mark (his wife Jen), Meredith (and her husband Ryan Daley), Gabriella and Natalie; and one beautiful grandson, William Mason Evans.


Executive Director, Women in Philanthropy and Leadership for Coastal Carolina University (WIPL)

Dr. Tracy Bailey

Director

Dr. Tracy Bailey earned a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Language and Literacy at the University of South Carolina in May of 2013. She is a Teaching Associate with Coastal Carolina University teaching Intermediate Literacy Development and Instructional Practices for Early Literacy.

Dr. Bailey began her career in education as a high school English instructor and has worked in both rural and urban educational settings. After realizing the impact professional development and community literacy had on her personal and professional growth, she wanted others to experience this. She is the founder and executive director of Freedom Readers, Inc., a nonprofit company dedicated to promoting literacy. Tracy seeks to instill in teachers, students, and the community at large the belief that every student can learn and every learner has the responsibility to pass on new knowledge to another.

Dr. Bailey earned her BA from The College of Charleston- majoring in English Education- and a Masters in Secondary Education from Coastal Carolina University. She is married to award-winning writer, Issac J. Bailey, and is the mother of two wonderful children, Kyle and Lyric.



Brent Groome

Chair

A 1987 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, Brent came to the Grand Strand area in 1989. After a 31 year career with HTC (Horry Telephone Cooperative), he retired in 2021.  In addition to his current role with WCF, he also serves as a member of the Board of Commissioners for HGTC. He is also active with his church; serving as a Sunday School teacher and congregational song leader.  He and his wife, Dana, live in the Conway area.

Shawna Mosley-Foster

Service and Operations Officer

shawna@mywcf.org
843-357-4483 x200

Shawna, a native of Jamaica, NY, has more than 15 years of experience working in the hospitality and tourism field. Since relocating to South Carolina in 2004, she spent a few more years working with a local hospitality company before joining WCF’s staff.  While a native New Yorker, Shawna has a rich heritage right here in the Waccamaw area. Her mother was born and raised on Sandy Island, and her father is from Bucksport. She enjoys cooking, stargazing with her family, cruising and once retired….RVing! Shawna and her husband are empty nesters and resides in Myrtle Beach. 

Mike Mancuso

Executive Director

mike@mywcf.org
843-357-4483


Mike is a veteran business leader with more than 30 years of experience as an innovative problem solver and change agent for nonprofit, banking and small business organizations. Mike is a skilled economic developer with background in community development, downtown redevelopment, industrial development and strategic planning. His passion is helping Communities and Businesses thrive and grow. Most recently Mike served as the President and CEO of the Triangle East Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Foundation in Johnston County, NC and as Executive Director for the Sustainable Opportunity Development Center, Inc in Salem, OH. Mike and his wife Christine make their home in Little River, SC. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren living in Charleston, SC, Atlanta, GA, & Austin TX. Mike enjoys boating on the ICW, tinkering in his workshop/garage and spending time with family and friends.