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Hinson Family Endows Scholarship

The children of the late Wendell E. and Lucille Calhoun Hinson recently established a scholarship at Coastal Carolina University in memory of their parents.

Karen Hinson Ligon, Charles A. Hinson and Keith C. Hinson made the initial contribution to the Coastal Educational Foundation to establish the scholarship, and more than 90 individuals and businesses have contributed memorial donations toward the fund.

The Wendell and Lucille Calhoun Hinson Endowed Scholarship will benefit students who are native residents of Horry or Georgetown counties and who are enrolled in majors in CCU’s E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration or the Spadoni College of Education. One scholarship will be awarded each academic year.

Wendell E. Hinson was a native of Conway, S.C., and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He developed Apache Campground and Myrtle Beach Travel Park in Myrtle Beach. He died in December 2012. Lucille Calhoun Hinson taught in the Horry County Schools until her retirement. She died in August 2012.

Members of the Hinson family are longtime supporters and benefactors of Coastal Carolina University. Keith Hinson, founder of Waccamaw Land and Timber Company, has served on the Coastal Educational Foundation since 2005 and is a former chair of the Wall College Board of Visitors. Charles A. Hinson is also a former member of the Wall College Board of Visitors. Both Keith and Charles Hinson are alumni of CCU. The Hinson family donated land near Sandy Island to CCU that became the first tract in the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge.


Diane Silipigni Memorial Scholarship Created

A memorial scholarship has been named for a former Coastal Carolina University student who was killed tragically in 1987 in a jogging accident.

The Diane Silipigni Memorial Scholarship is available to CCU students through an endowed scholarship established by Meril and Richard Silipigni of Brigantine, N.J., in memory of their daughter.  June 10 is the 25th anniversary of her death.

"Coastal meant a great deal to Diane," said Richard Silipigni.  "She enjoyed being there and during those years blossomed into a mature young lady.  The University did a lot for her and helped us through a tough time as parents.  We will always remember the many contributions to our daughter and family that Coastal willingly extended including the dedication of the pear tree and memorial plaque.  We are pleased that this scholarship will assist another Coastal student in Diane's memory."

Students are invited to apply for the scholarship, and preference will be given to those with at least a 3.0 GPA.  Recipients may re-apply for continuation each academic year.

Gifts can be made to the "Diane Silipigni Memorial Scholarship" fund by contacting the Office for Philanthropy at Coastal Carolina University, (843) 349-2007, by mail at Coastal Carolina University, Office for Philanthropy, Attn: Diane Silipigni Memorial Scholarship, Post Office Box 261954, Conway, S.C., 29528-6054, or online via the link in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

How To Reach Us

PO Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528-6054

843-349-2007 office
843-349-2998 fax 


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