HAMPTON WILDLIFE FUND NAMES RECIPIENTS OF $24,000 IN 2022-2023 SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund
          unds are obtained solely through private donations and special promotional projects, events and publications and are applied to very specific, yet far-reaching goals.
     Contributions are administered by a board of directors comprised of eleven South Carolinians committed to responsible natural resources management and education.  Although some of the funds are donated to special projects run by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, they, of course, are not used to replace any department programs already supported by appropriated money.
      Public education in the principles of wildlife and marine resources management and conservation is a major thrust of the fund’s purpose, a priority to meet the growing need for better-informed caretakers of our resources in this age of increased urbanization and technology.  Other educations goals include: to survey and acquire knowledge of fish and game in South Carolina; to hold property in common for educational purposes; to assist interested individuals, such as writers and students, who contribute to an understanding of wildlife and marine resources management; and to educate and train individuals in fish, wildlife and marine resources management and law enforcement.

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The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation which 
partners with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for the promotion of 
education, research, management and the administration of game and fish laws, which 
will benefit conservation of wildlife, marine and other natural resources in South Carolina.
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Congratulations to Kailey M. Cheeks of Clinton for winning the Harry Hampton Scholarship. Ms. Cheeks will attend Coastal Carolina University.
Congratulations to Katherine Buckley of Rock Hill for winning the inaugural Thomas Webster Hardwick Jr. Scholarship. Ms. Buckley will attend Furman University.
Congratulations to Abbie Duncan of Lexington for winning the James O. Thomason Scholarship. Ms. Duncan will attend USC - Columbia.
Congratulations to Clayton T. Weaver of Charleston for winning the David M. Cline Scholarship. Mr. Weaver will attend Clemson University.
Congratulations to Kietstin M. Griffith of Cope for winning the Wallace F. Pate Scholarship. Ms. Griffith will attend 
USC - Beaufort.
Congratulations to James Jarrett of Batesburg for winning the Robert M. Gifford Scholarship. Mr. Jarrett will attend Clemson University.
     On May 31, the Hampton Wildlife Fund, headquartered in Columbia, named the ten winning recipients of its $24,000 in scholarship funds for the 2022-2023 school year. The HWF annually awards scholarships to graduating S.C. high school students attending S.C. colleges, universities and technical schools. Scholarships are awarded to students majoring in wildlife, fisheries, forestry, biology, zoology, marine science, environmental science or related fields, plus law enforcement/criminal justice/forensics and journalism.  Public education of wildlife and marine resources management and conservation is a major thrust of the Fund’s purpose. Existing multi-year HWF scholarship recipients will receive an additional $20,000 for $44,000 total awarded for 2022-2023. Since 1995, the Hampton Wildlife Fund has awarded $653,800 in scholarships to S.C. students.

     Kailey M. Cheeks of Clinton won the Harry Hampton Natural Resources Scholarship, $5,000 per year for four years, and will attend Coastal Carolina University. The Fund’s newly-announced offering, the Thomas Webster Hardwick Jr. Natural Resources Scholarship, a 4-year, $5,000 per year award named in memory of Mr. Hardwick, a long-time member of the Hampton Fund Board of Directors from Fort Mill, was won by Katherine V. Buckley of Rock Hill. Ms. Buckley will attend Clemson or Furman. Abbie C. Duncan of Lexington, who will attend USC-Columbia, won the James O. Thomason Journalism Scholarship, a 4-year, $2,000 per year award. James Jarrett of Batesburg won the Robert M. Gifford Scholarship, a 4-year $2,500 per year award going to the child of a S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) employee. Mr. Jarrett will attend Clemson.

     The Wallace F. Pate Natural Resources Scholarship, a $2,500 award funded by the S.C. Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series, was won by Kierstin M Griffith of Cope, who will attend USC-Beaufort. Clayton T. Weaver of Charleston won the $2,000 David M. Cline Scholarship for Law Enforcement/Criminology/Forensics and will attend Clemson University. 

     Two $1,000 scholarships are offered annually by retired SCDNR Director and current HWF board member Alvin Taylor and his wife Marian for children of SCDNR employees. Winners were Hannah Dozier of Hemmingway, daughter of James Dozier, wildlife biologist and Jon Lawson Cope of Prosperity, son of Ken and Emily Cope. Ken is a DNR Conservation Officer and Emily is Deputy Director for Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.

     The Hampton Fund partners with the S.C. Wildlife Law Enforcement Officers’ Association (SCWLEOA) to administer the organization’s scholarship program each year. Winners were Jon Lawson Cope, named above, Presley Collins of Cameron and her sister, Savannah Collins. Each will receive a $1,000 award.

     The Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. (Hampton Wildlife Fund, HWF) is a private, non-profit corporation which partners with SCDNR for the promotion of natural resources and natural resource education, which benefits the conservation of wildlife, marine and other resources in South Carolina. Funds are obtained solely through private donations and special promotional projects and fundraising events. Although some of the funds are donated to special projects run by the DNR, they are not used to replace any of the department’s programs already supported by state appropriated money. The total donated to SCDNR by the Hampton Wildlife Fund over the years now stands at $4,187,570. The HWF’s 14-member board of directors is chaired by J.B. Schwiers of Greenville and managed by executive director Jim Goller of Beaufort.