The Fripp Island Women’s Club is pleased to announce its annual The Water Is Wide / Pat Conroy Scholarship has been awarded to three students from the College of the Lowcountry (TCL). Congratulations to Tiffany Willis, Roslyn  Todd, and Ashley Norwood!

The scholarship was created in memory of beloved author Pat Conroy (1945–2016), who made his home on Fripp Island for

Tiffany Willis

many years. One of his earliest books, The Water Is Wide, captured his passion for education as a teacher on Daufauskie Island. Conroy believed in equality for everyone and was a strong advocate of the importance of education and lifelong learning, as a teacher and throughout his writing life. In keeping with Conroy’s legacy, this scholarship is intended for any older adult who may not have had the opportunity to continue their education. The scholarship is sponsored by the Fripp Island Women’s Club and coordinated through the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center.

About the Scholarship Winners

Tiffany Willis is pursuing her certification from TCL’s Applied Science of Nail Technology.  In

Roslyn Todd

her instructor’s recommendation, Tiffany was praised as “a working mother of a small child, she attends TCL four nights a week and she will be an asset to the salon industry upon completing her certification.

Roslyn  Todd currently works as a Medical Assistant and is pursuing her degree in Applied Sciences at TCL.  Her recommendation stated that, she is punctual, hardworking, intelligent and has excellent people skills.  She will continue to be an asset to the healthcare needs of our community as she pursues her education.

Ashley Norwood

Ashley Norwood, a mother of three, is currently working as a Kindergarten aide. She is returning to seek a degree in General Technology / Associate Degree in Applied Sciences.  Her recommendation said that, as “the lead Kindergarten teacher in the classroom Ashley works, Ashley is constantly demonstrating a love of learning and has the commitment to succeed.”

The scholarship recipients will also be recognized at a luncheon hosted by the Fripp Island Women’s Club (FIWC) later this Spring.

To learn more about the FIWC, please visit And to learn more about the educational mission of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, please visit