The Fripp Island Women’s Club (FIWC) is pleased to award their Pat Conroy Water Is Wide scholarships to Angela Jackson and Chelsea Selner, both of whom attend the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL). In honor of beloved author and longtime Fripp Island resident Pat Conroy (1945-2016), FIWC created the scholarship in 2016. In partnership with our nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, the scholarship is awarded to adult students over the age of 21 returning to college in order to enhance their future career. To date, FIWC has awarded seven scholarships totaling $13,000 to students attending University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) or the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL).

Angela Jackson

An Early Childhood Education major, Angela Jackson of Beaufort expects to graduate in December 2022. She not only volunteers as an assistant soccer coach through the Beaufort Parks and Recreation Department but fills local lending libraries for the TCL Early Education Department. Angela chose her major due to the impact and unmatched passion for teaching of one of her own teachers, which led her to want to be the difference in another’s child’s life.

Chelsea Selner

Chelsea Selner

Chelsea Selner of Hilton Head Island is an LPN working to finish her RN degree in December of 2022. Having moved to South Carolina from Wisconsin three years ago, Chelsea has been employed at St. Joseph Candler Oncology and Optim Orthopedics. Previously she volunteered in a food pantry. Chelsea’s words to live by are “education means opportunity,” which led her to pursue her RN degree. She declares that being an RN is “not the end of my education or my career path. It is just the beginning.”

To learn more about the Fripp Island Women’s Club and how you can support or apply for the Pat Conroy Water Is Wide Scholarship, visit You can also learn more about the educational mission of the Pat Conroy Literary Center at