HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (January 28, 2020) – Ten outstanding Beaufort and Jasper County seniors were named Heritage Classic Foundation Scholars at a luncheon on Tuesday at the Sonesta Resort. The students come from six different high schools and one is homeschooled.

During Tuesday’s awards presentation, 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.”

Six of the newly named Scholars will receive a $16,000 scholarship over the next four years, including the newly named Scholar Alumni Award. Four additional awards carry a $20,000 opportunity. Two of the latter scholarships honor the past Scholar Committee chairmen, John Zimmerman and the late Mike Malanick. One honors the late Scholar Committee member Charlie Brown, and the Tartan Club Award recognizes the donations made by the Tartan Club. Created by the Heritage Classic Foundation, the Tartan Club is a group created by the individuals who share a desire to help others through the creation of scholarships for area students.

Next fall, 37 Beaufort County collegians will be receiving Foundation grants at an expenditure of $165,000. A grand total of $4,452,350 will have been awarded to 342 students after the 2020 distribution.

Richardson pointed out at Tuesday’s luncheon, sponsored by Palmetto Electric Cooperative, “These scholars are not just straight A students. They are leaders in their schools, communities and churches. They have interests that vary from music to sports to protecting the environment.”

In addition to these ten scholarships, the Foundation is funding four $2,500 annual scholarships to the University of South Carolina Beaufort and two $1,500 annual scholarships to the Technical College of the Lowcountry.

The following graduating seniors were selected:

Beaufort Academy: Albert (Cal) Harvey
Beaufort High School: Rhea Desai, Brigid Murphy
Bluffton High School: Ethan Helms, Elena Senouillet
Hilton Head Christian Academy, Daniel Harrington, Joseph Reindl
Hilton Head Preparatory School: Felipe Mendoza
Holy Trinity Classical Christian School: Caroline O’Neal
Homeschooled: Brodie Brant


Brodie Brant lives in Jasper County and is homeschooled. He works part time as an assistant project manager for his family’s construction company and he also works on his grandparent’s family farm. He is a certified beekeeper and plays the acoustic guitar. Brodie has six brothers and sisters and is active in his church. He hopes to attend Clemson University and study business. Brown Award winner, $20,000

Rhea Desai feels a close connection to her hometown of Beaufort and Beaufort High School due to her involvement in many clubs that help those around her. She was president of the Interact Club which volunteers at many community events. She is also an advocate for the environment and is a member of her school’s Create Club where they promote recycling. She has had a passion for science and plans to pursue a career in neuroscience.

Daniel Harrington is a three sport varsity athlete at Hilton Head Christian Academy and performs in the school’s theater productions. He has a passion for volunteering, earning the Governor’s Citizenship Award for logging 270 volunteer hours during his junior year. He plans to study biomedical science in college.

Albert (Cal) Harvey credits his parents, sports, friends and adversity for shaping him into the person he is today. Cal overcame a life altering illness in 2015 and now leads a normal life that includes being named MVP on Beaufort Academy’s golf team and volunteering at the First Tee in Beaufort. He states golf has taught him honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship. Scholar Alumni Award winner, $16,000

Ethan Helms is involved in several honor societies at Bluffton High where he helps organize special community events. He plays violin and is captain of the Robotics and Science Olympiad Teams. He is active in his church where he leads youth groups and is a summer camp counselor. He plans to pursue a career in computer sciences.

Felipe Mendoza is a student athlete at Hilton Head Prep where he plays basketball, soccer and runs cross country. He is also president of the Honor Council, plays the cello and founded the Orchestra Club. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts as a leader and den chief. He credits his father’s deportation for his hard work and optimism and he hopes to one day visit his parents’ families in Mexico and Honduras. He plans to study business in college.

Brigid Murphy plays varsity soccer at Beaufort High School. She is president of the National Honor Society and is active in her school’s service organizations. She is also active in her church and has accumulated over 1,000 hours of community service due to her commitment to the Catholic Diocese of Charleston Youth Evangelization Team. She dreams of a career in mathematics and statistics. In her spare time, she chronicles her life with daily one second videos, edits them together monthly and adds music that perfectly sums up her life. Malanick Award winner, $20,000

Caroline O’Neal is very involved in her church, where she sings in the chorus, is a lector and an acolyte. She also volunteers with numerous organizations in her hometown of Beaufort. She attends Holy Trinity Classical Christian School and was editor of the yearbook and is the emcee at the annual talent show. She believes her mom is the most influential person in her life because she adopted her from China and in doing so, changed the entire trajectory of her life. Tartan Club Award winner, $20,000

Joseph Reindl is involved in theater and is captain of the varsity clay shooting team at Hilton Head Christian Academy. He has served behind the scenes for every school theater production during the school year. He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol and is expecting to complete his Eagle Scout Award with the Boy Scouts. He is also a member of the Scout’s honor society, the Order of the Arrow. He plans to pursue a career in engineering.

Elena Senouillet attends Bluffton High and is highly involved in giving back to her community. She helped run a blood drive, the annual Trunk or Treat event and helps out at the annual Heart Ball. She is a member of the National Art Honor Society and creates portraits to be sent to Syrian orphans. She is active in her church and volunteers at her former middle school. She plans to study engineering in college. Zimmerman Award winner, $20,000