Hometown Hero: Heritage Classic Foundation awards college scholarships

Hometown Hero: Heritage Classic Foundation awards college scholarships

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The RBC Heritage contributes one memorable week of golf and a full year’s worth of impact to the Lowcountry.

The Heritage Classic Foundation awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to local students on Wednesday.

The Heritage Classic Foundation was providing money for college - and also opportunity.

“It will be easier to not only choose where I go, but where I want to go, so it will make it much more reachable than it ever was before,” said Caleb Kelly, 2019 Heritage Classic Foundation Scholar.

The foundation honored 10 Lowcountry students at its annual Scholar Luncheon, awarding them between $16-$20,000 each that will help fund their dreams, and support them as well.

“As somebody investing in me and the different lives that I touch and the different ministry work or whatever I’m doing, I hope I can live up to their hopes for me and I can use this scholarship and that money to make a difference, to make the world a better place,” said Zach Waters, 2019 Heritage Classic Foundation Scholar.

The Heritage Classic Foundation has been bettering young lives for years, committing more than $4 million in scholarships to more than 300 students. The organization chose what it considered the best of almost 100 applicants this year.

“Every year, we say ‘gosh this class, this is the top of the heap, they won’t get any better,' and they always do," said Scott Richardson, Chairman, HCS Scholars Committee.

This year’s class plans to pursue varied interests, from teaching, to politics, to Caleb Kelly’s path into archaeology.

“I never really thought anyone took a particular interest in any of the things I chose to do, but it’s sort of re-affirming to me. I think it’s incredible and it’s a much needed responsibility.”

That pursuit by these WTOC Hometown Heroes has been made easier by the PGA Tour event in their community, and the organization that puts the proceeds from the Heritage into the community.

“It’s amazing what they do for the community, some of the low-income families. This foundation is working for Hilton Head, and it’s cool to have them back you as well.”

The Heritage Classic Foundation awarded a total of 57 scholarships this year. The ones presented Wednesday were the 10 largest.

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