Scholarships

2014 IOP Exchange Club Scholarship Winners

IOP Exchange Club give $10,000 in Scholarships from the Annual Oyster Roast

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Five outstanding high school students, who have demonstrated leadership, community service, and academic excellence, were awarded Youth of the Month and the Meeks/Sotille Scholarships, which are presented every spring to qualified students by the Isle of Palms Exchange Club. Each year students from the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Mt. Pleasant compete for Youth of the Month,

Youth of the Year and Meeks/Sotille Scholarship awards. In addition to having achieved academic excellence, students are asked to write an essay, in which they describe how they have served their communities and their plans for future involvement. This year’s essay was entitled “Parading the Spirits of Community Service with Passion and Commitment.” Members of the Exchange Club read hundreds of essays and selected five top winners. Students were honored and awards were presented at the March 2014 Isle of Palms Exchange Club dinner meeting.

Luke Varadi took top awards winning the Youth of the Year and Meeks/Sotille Scholarships. Luke is the son of Paul and Carol Varadi of the Isle of Palms and is a senior at Wando High School. Luke plans to attend Clemson University and major in business, marketing and marketing management. Starting at age five, Luke has spent many hours working with the Juvenile Diabetes Association raising awareness and funds for research in the treatment of juvenile diabetes. In addition, he has volunteered at many of the local Exchange Club events including the Isle of Palms Oyster Roast and the Isle of Palms Connector Run.

Reilly Evans, daughter of Ann and Jeff Evans of the Isle of Palms, also received the Youth of the Month and the Meeks/Sotille Scholarship awards. She plans to attend Flagler University where she will major in pre-business. Reilly says that her passion in life is to help other people and she plans to always live a life of service.

Megan McCants, another outstanding student, lives with her parents, Kim and Tom McCants, in Mt. Pleasant. She is a senior at Wando High School and plans to attend Clemson University where she will pursue her interest in forensic accounting, which she hopes will lead to a career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Megan is a member of Music Mentors, a high school group that gives music lessons to younger students. Megan teaches the French horn.

Kishan Patel, who is the son of Vijay and Nita Patel of Mt. Pleasant, is a senior at Wando High School.

KIshan is graduating with top honors and plans to study applied mathematics at Harvard, Duke, or Emory University next year. Kishan has volunteered in several local organizations and spends time tutoring students in mathematics and chemistry. He received both the Student of the Month and Meeks/Sotille Scholarships.

Rachel Whitbeck is a senior at Wando High School and plans to attend the University of South Carolina next year where she will study biology. Rachel received both Youth of the Month and Meeks/Sotille

Scholarship awards. She lives with her parents, Michelle and Steve Whitbeck, in Mt. Pleasant and has participated in many volunteer activities. Her favorites include working as volunteer cashier at the Seacoast Book Store and working with the animals at the Charleston Animal Society.

The Isle of Palms Exchange Club raises funds for these scholarships and other youth programs at the Isle of Palms Oyster Roast held annually.

 

 

 

2012 Scholarship Winners

Left to right-
Elizabeth Grantham, Scholarship Committee Chairman
Kimberly Varadi, Youth of Year
Erica Vanderhorst, Youth of Month and Meeks/Sotille Scholarship winner
Jason Nash, Youth of the Month and Meeks/Sotille Scholarship winner

MEEKS/SOTILLE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

The Isle of Palms Exchange Club announced the winners of its student scholarship program at the May 26th dinner meeting.
The Youth of the Month, Youth of the Year, and Meeks – Sotille scholarship winners are recognized for displaying excellence in academics, leadership, and community service activities. Each student also submitted an essay on “Shining the Light on Volunteerism” as part of their application for the scholarships. The Meeks – Sotille scholarship provides $1500 toward college tuition. The ACE (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) award recognizes high school students who have made dramatic changes in their performances some time during their high school years. The award recognizes students who have overcome physical, emotional or social obstacles. The ACE award provides $2000 toward college tuition.
Eligible students must reside on the IOP, Sullivan’s Island or in Mt. Pleasant. The following students, along with their parents, were recognized at the recent meeting.
Youth of the Year- Lesley Nelson is graduating from Wando High School. She will enter Presbyterian College in the fall to obtain a degree in education. She will also represent the IOP Exchange Club in the competition for the SC Exchange Club Youth of the Year.
Youth of the Month for May – David Bourque, a Wando High School graduate, will enter Clemson in the fall.
Meeks – Sotille scholarship winners – (1) Lesley Nelson, (2) Shannon McGue is graduating from Academic Magnet and will enter Princeton University this fall, (3) Laura Jean Varadi is a junior at the University of South Carolina, majoring in Biomedical Engineering, and plans to go to medical school.
ACE award winners – (1) Alison Chisolm is a graduate of Wando High School. She will enter Francis Marion College to pursue a nursing degree (2) Taylor Bre Albers, from Wando High School, will attend USC-Beaufort, for a degree in education.

In the Picture:

Back row – Alison Chisolm, Lesley Nelson, Bre Albers,
Front row – Dimi Matouchev, IOP Exchange President
Elizabeth Grantham – Scholarship chairwoman
Laura Jean Varadi, David Bourque, Shannon McGue

YOUTH OF THE MONTH

At the January 27th, 2011  Isle of Palms Exchange Club dinner meeting 9 Youth of the Month and their parents were recognized. Each of these students completed a packet of information including writing an essay on “Shining the Light on Volunteerism”. Members of the Youth committee will judge their packets and determine who will be our Youth of the Year. The IOP Youth of the Year will be submitted to the South Carolina District for their Youth of the Year Award and scholarship. These youth and 3 more students who are now in college will also compete for 4 Meeks/Sotille Scholarships. Name of Scholarship winners and our Youth of the Year will be announced at a later dinner meeting.
 
Youth of the Month:

Emily Condon is a senior at Wando High School. Her parents are Charlie and Emilie Condon and she hopes to go to Nora Dame and major in Political Science.

Sam Evans is a senior at Wando High School. His parents are member Jeff and Ann Evans and he hopes to go to Duke or the University of South Carolina and major in either Music Education or Chemistry.Sarah Hooper is a senior at Wando High School. Her parents are Robert and Jane Hooper and she hopes to go to Winthrop and major in Digital Design and Teaching.

Carter Martens is also a senior at Wando High School. Her parents are Marion Martens and she hopes to go to Clemson and major in Chemistry.

Shannon McGue is a senior at the Academic Magnet High School. Her parents are Tonya and John McGue and she hopes to go to Vanderbilt and major in Biology and Biological Science.

Lesley Nelson is a senior at Wando High School. Her parents are member David and Lori Nelson and she hopes to go the Presbyterian College and become a Teacher.

Chloe’ Plunkett is a senior at Ashley Hall. Her parents is Amy Hoyt and she hopes to go to the University of Virginia, C of C or the University of South Carolina in Pre-Med.

Evan Stafford is a senior at Wando High School. His parents are member Larry and Terri Stafford and he hopes to go to Clemson and major in Criminal Justice.

Benjamin Wilken is a senior at Bishop England High School. His parents are Harold and Susan Wilken and he hopes to go to Clemson and major in Bio-engineering.

All of the proceeds from our annual oyster roast go toward our Youth projects. This year we will give 2 ACE Scholarships ($2000 each) and 4 Meeks/Sotille Scholarships ($1500 each).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth of the Year/Month

  1. Must live East of the Cooper or be a descendant of the past or present member of the Isle of Palms Exchange Club.
  2. Must demonstrate excellence in leadership, community service and academics.
  3. Must be hard-working, involved in the community and school activities.
  4. Must demonstrate good sportsmanship, good citizenship, have good attendance in school.
  5. Write an Essay on a topic given in advance.
  6. Send a resume of their activities during high school.
  7. Write a short essay on their Goals and Aspirations for the future.
  8. Fill out the application that will be given to the applicant and return by deadline.


Meeks/Sottile Scholarship:

  1. Must live East of the Cooper or be a descendant of the past or present member of the Isle of Palms Exchange Club.
  2. Must demonstrate excellence in leadership, community service and academics.
  3. Must be hard-working, involved in the community and school activities.
  4. Must demonstrate good sportsmanship, good citizenship, have good attendance in school.
  5. Write an Essay on a topic given in advance.
  6. Send a resume of their activities during high school or college.
  7. Fill out the application that will be given to the applicant and return by deadline.

Youth of the Month/Year award winners

  • Will be honored along with their parents and siblings at a monthly IOP Exchange Club meeting.
  • Will receive a monetary award along with a plaque for their accomplishments.
  • The Youth of the Year will be nominated to the South Carolina District Exchange Club for their Youth of the Year competition and if they win they will be nominated to the National Exchange Club’s Youth of the Year competition.  In 2007, SC had a National Winner who received $10,000 towards her college education.  In 2008, the IOP Exchange Club had a state winner who received $2000 towards her college education.

Meeks/Sottile Scholarship award winners

Will be honored along with their parents and siblings at a monthly IOP Exchange Club meeting

  • Will receive a monetary award which will be determined after our annual Oyster Roast in Jan.  All proceeds from the oyster roast go to our scholarship winners.  In 2008 we gave 4 – $2000 scholarships, 1 – $1500 scholarships, and several smaller scholarships
  • Applications can be requested from:   Elizabeth Grantham – cainhoy@bellsouth.net

 

Youth of the Year Application

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