Ximena Figueroa and Alyssa Roberts with Jeannie Conroy, Cassandra Conroy, Kathy Conroy Harvey and Mike Conroy

For the 7th year in a row, the Fripp Island Women’s Club (FIWC), in collaboration with the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center, has awarded four $1,000 scholarships to nontraditional students pursuing their higher education degrees or certifications. This year’s scholarship recipients are Ximena Figueroa and Ambriance Lamar, both students at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL); and  Alyssa Rogers and Samantha Smith, both students at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB).

To date, the FIWC and Fripp Island residents have sponsored over $20,000 in scholarship funds benefiting 10 scholarship winners, all older adult students entering or returning for a certification or degree at TCL or USCB. The award honors Pat Conroy’s legacy as a teacher on Daufuskie Island.  With minimal resources, Pat introduced the students to a world beyond the remote island.  Pat chronicled those challenges in one of his teaching memoir, The Water is Wide, which was twice adapted for film.

Winners Ambriance Lamar (a recent TCL cybersecurity graduate), Ximena Figueroa (a TCL student pursuing nursing) and Alyssa Rogers (a USCB early education major) were honored at the FIWC’s annual spring luncheon. Members of the Conroy family presented the awards. Samantha Smith (also a USCB recent nursing graduate) was acknowledged at the event as well.

Learn more about the Fripp Island Women’s Club: https://www.facebook.com/frippwomensclub.