Hartsville High class of 1961 donates more than $2,000 to create annual scholarship
HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Hartsville High School (HHS) class of 1961 believes in giving back to its community. The group of former graduates proved as much this week when it donated more than $2,000 to establish an annual college scholarship.
Albert Stogner and Wayne Wallace, members of the class of 1961, delivered the $2,300 check this week to Dr. Charlie Burry, HHS principal.
“Alumni support is very important to all of our efforts at Hartsville High School, and we’re very pleased to receive that from the class of 1961 in the form of a $1000 annual scholarship for a deserving HHS senior,” Burry said. “To borrow a phrase, it is a ‘gift that keeps on giving’ and is another way to extend the legacy of the class of 1961 into future generations. We are most appreciative of their loyalty and generosity.”
Wallace said the scholarship will begin as a $1,000 annual gift, funded solely through the donations of members of the class of 1961.
“We have been looking for a project to do, and Sara Smith Odom suggested that we do a scholarship,” Wallace said. “We contacted our classmates, and they thought it was a great idea. We hope to set an example for other classes to follow.”
Stogner said the goal is to award the scholarship each year to a student planning to attend a college or technical school that could really use the extra help.
“We’re hoping maybe somebody that got overlooked, perhaps,” Stogner said. “Somebody that’s been working hard and shows promise.”
The class of 1961 said the school will determine who should receive the scholarship each year, and it will be awarded near the end of the school year.