Seniors at Bluffton and May River high schools and students already enrolled in a higher education curriculum have until May 15 to apply for a town of Bluffton $1,000 Distracted Driving higher education scholarship (Bluffton Lutzie 43 Scholarship).
The scholarship is part of the town’s Lutzie 43 Campaign, which began in 2019. The campaign stresses the importance of performing a driving-safety checklist each time a driver gets into a vehicle and ensuring the driver is not distracted while driving.
The students who receive the scholarship must sign the Lutzie 43 Key Seconds pledge to not drive distracted, the town said. 
Students also must demonstrate "outstanding character" in service and leadership and serve as a positive role model for safe driving to his or her peers. The scholarship can help with the cost of education at a two-year, or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school.
To receive the initial scholarship form, contact Joy Nelson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 
Each student then needs to complete an essay describing what safe-driving habits have been applied to their daily life and submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or mentor on why the student should receive the scholarship. 
Once the material is collected, email the three documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


St. Joseph’s/Candler in Savannah is accepting applications for its summer Mary A. Kelly Youth Volunteer Program. The seven- to nine-week program allows up to 25 high school students at Candler Hospital and up to 12 students at St. Joseph’s Hospital to volunteer and get hands-on experience working in a hospital.

The opportunity is open to students in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

Winning Team2A team from Bluffton High School took the top spot last weekend in Beaufort County’s Academic WorldQuest Competition and earned a trip to Washington, D.C., for next month’s national competition.

Bluffton High’s winners emerged victorious Saturday from an eight-question tiebreaker to beat a team from May River High. 

The winning Bluffton High team consisted of Kate Anderson, Nathan Lessard, Jordan Wilhelm and Bailey Yang. Teacher Pam Wolske was the coach.

Heritage2Ten outstanding Beaufort and Jasper County seniors were named Heritage Classic Foundation Scholars at a luncheon Jan. 28 at the Sonesta Resort. The students are from six different high schools and one is homeschooled.

During the awards presentation, sponsored by the Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Heritage Classic Foundation Scholar Committee chairman, Scott Richardson told the audience, “This is always an exciting day for the Heritage Classic Foundation. Choosing the ten students to receive these awards was a hard task. We believe the records of these young adults are better than ever. The teachers and administrators of our school systems, as well as the award winners, deserve special praise.”

PIQ Holy TrinityHoly Trinity Classical Christian School seniors Sydney Lawrence, Caroline O'Neal, Morgan Chumney and Sarah are National Merit Scholarship finalists. 

The students, who were named semifinalists in September, went through a qualifying process that includes providing their academic record, the school's curricula and grading system, PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score, a written recommendation provided by their school, information about the student's activities and leadership, and the finalist's own essay in order to advance to finalist standing, a news release said.