Tiffany Davis, a Carolina Forest High School senior, is the first recipient of the Joe DeFeo Memorial Scholarship Award.
The award is the result of the Joe DeFeo Memorial Golf Tournament held by the Carolina Forest Civic Association on Sept. 1, 2018 at the Legends’ Heathland Course.
DeFeo passed away May 8, 2018, while he was serving his second term as chairman of the Horry County Board of Education.
DeFeo lived in the Avalon subdivision in Carolina Forest for seven years before moving to Maisons-Sur-Mer where he lived with his fiancé, Sandra Lucas-Hyde.
Carole vanSickler, president of the Carolina Forest Civic Association, said, “When Joe passed away, we were in the process of developing a scholarship fund, and we were so touched by what Joe had done for Carolina Forest, and his involvement in the civic association, we felt privileged to name it after him.”
Davis will use the $1,000 scholarship to further her education at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, Virginia.
The Carolina Forest High School senior lives in Conway with her parents, Nicole and Theodore Davis, who both work with Griswold Home Care.
Her older brother, Tywon Lawson, is serving in the Air Force, and her younger brother, Titus Davis, is a freshman at CFHS.
Davis plans to double major in criminology and photography to prepare her for a career in forensics.
Davis was recognized Thursday, May 16 during an awards ceremony at the high school, and was also recognized the previous evening at a civic association meeting.
The civic association had been invited to present Davis with her check at the high school ceremony.
“But, because of the timing, our meeting [the previous night] gave us the opportunity to show our membership what a wonderful young woman we had attending Carolina Forest High School and representing Carolina Forest as a whole,” vanSickler said.
Lucas-Hyde and vanSickler recognized Davis at the school event as well.
Davis also received the DAR Good Citizen Award, the Outstanding Senior Award from the Carolina Forest NJROTC and a Scholastic Excellence Award from the U.S. Marine Corps that is based on academic achievement and leadership as a high school scholar.
“She’s a lovely young lady, very active and very ambitious, and I’m pleased that she’s the recipient,” Lucas-Hyde said.
In addition to being active in the NJROTC, Davis was involved in the school’s fine arts department’s show choir for 3 ½ years.
Davis attends Bethlehem #1 Missionary Baptist Church in Conway and works as a recruit trainer at McDonald’s.
“On behalf of the civic association, we were thrilled to give the first Joe DeFeo Memorial Scholarship to this young lady,” vanSickler said. “She shows excellence in her service to her school and service to the ROTC, and she will be a shining representative of Carolina Forest.”