Each spring, Joye Law Firm awards five graduating seniors from area high schools with $2,000 scholarships to assist them with college expenses. Selection of the recipients is based on school activities, positions of leadership, special honors and awards, community involvement, academic performance, and academic and professional pursuits. Each candidate also writes an essay about underage drinking and driving prevention. Recipients are personally presented with their awards, followed by a dinner hosted by Joye Law Firm. Since 2006, the firm has provided $40,000 in scholarships.

2014 Scholarship Winners

Caryn Ramelb

Caryn M. Ramelb from Ashley Ridge High School in Summerville, SC. Caryn will be attending the University of South Carolina and plans to pursue a career as a Nurse Practioner for the U.S. Military.

Cameron Carroll

Cameron Carroll from Goose Creek High School in Goose Creek, SC. Cameron will be attending Clemson University and plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering.

Meghan L. Bellamy

Meghan L. Bellamy from North Myrtle Beach High School in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Meghan will be attending Coastal Carolina University and plans to pursue a career in Human Resources Management.

Matthew A. Drozd

Matthew A. Drozd from Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Matthew will be attending Middle Tennessee University and plans to pursue a career in the recording industry as a sound professional.

Niniverh Leon Williams, Jr.

Niniverh Leon Williams, Jr.from Colleton County High School in Walterboro, SC. Niniverh will be attending the College of Charleston and plans to pursue a career as a high school English teacher.

Lauren Elizabeth Blew

Lauren Elizabeth Blew from Hanahan High School in Hanahan, SC. Lauren will be attending University of South Carolina and plans to pursue a career as a registered nurse.

2013 Scholarship Winners

Jessica L. Hagins – Ashley Ridge High School

Jessica will attend Clemson University and plans to pursue a degree in early childhood education.

Tomarquis J. Griffin – Berkeley High School

Tomarquis will attend The Citadel and plans to pursue a degree in engineering.

Jalil Woodward – Summerville High School

Jalil will attend Winthrop University and plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice.

Crystal Taylor – Goose Creek High School

Crystal will attend the University of South Carolina and plans to pursue a degree in pre-med with the goal of becoming an ear, nose, and throat specialist or a cardiologist.

Thomas H. Churchill, IV – Hanahan High School

Thomas will attend The Citadel and plans to pursue a degree in organic chemistry and become a surgeon.

Katie A. Kowalski – Socastee High School

Katie will attend Clemson University and plans to pursue a degree in architecture.

2012 Scholarship Winners

Brittney Cumbee – Georgetown High School

Brittney plans to major in nursing and hopes to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. She is grateful for the scholarship and said, “The scholarship money is a sound investment towards my future that will affect my community, country, and world, long after I have completed my education.”

Savannah Weber – Summerville High School

Savannah plans to focus on nutritional science. She said, “I know, through proper diet and exercise, our country can become healthy and live longer, and I want to be a part of that. The scholarship money from Joye Law Firm has helped put me on that path. Without the money, I would not be able to accomplish my dreams of also being a first generation college student.”

Maisa Amireh – Hanahan High School

Attending the Honors College at the College of Charleston, Maisa plans to major in biology and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field, specializing in pediatric ophthalmology.

Shaakira Brown – Goose Creek High School

Shaakira is currently in pursuit of a degree in business administration at Wofford College. She plans to eventually complete her doctorate in business law. “At the early age of four, I was a curious spectator as I observed my father?s involvement as an officer in courtroom proceedings,” Shaakira said. “These experiences resonated with me, perhaps the very kindling of my strong interest in the legal field today. I anticipate my future in the concentration of business law with much ambition and enthusiasm.”

SanQuette Holmes – Burke High School

SanQuette plans to major in political science with a focus on becoming an attorney with her own practice. She will be attending Francis Marion University.

Tyler Davidson – Socastee High School

Tyler plans on pursuing a degree in business/law and will be attending the College of Charleston.

2011 Scholarship Winners
  • Ryan Tucker – Bishop England High School
  • Danielle Hicks – Georgetown High School
  • Samuel Hunter – Summerville High School
  • Anderson Wiksell – Wando High School
  • Angelica Denmark – Hanahan High School
  • Brenna Norton-Baker – Socastee High School
2010 Scholarship Winners

Chelsea Shope, Summerville High School

Chelsea Shope completed her stellar academic performance at Summerville High School, finishing twelfth in a class of 739 students. Her high school activities included participating on the tennis team and the cheerleading squad, as well as participating in Key Club, Student Council, and Beta Club. Despite her busy schedule, she has worked part-time as a media center assistant for Newington Elementary School. Chelsea will begin her college studies in the University of South Carolina’s Honors Program in August and intends to study advertising and international business.

Kamaal Brown, Goose Creek High School

Anyone who is concerned about our future should spend time with a young man like Kamaal Brown. Kamaal finished second in his class at Goose Creek High School. He was a participant on several athletic teams, including the Gators’ football, wrestling, and track and field teams. Kamaal also was a member of his school’s Beta Club and was honored to give a rendition of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the school’s Black History Month celebration. Kamaal will be attending Clemson University, where he plans to study electrical engineering.

Sara Elgradawy, James Island Charter High School

Sara Elgradawy had an outstanding academic record at the James Island Charter High School, finishing with a grade point average of 3.61. Sara also was a member of her school’s soccer team and cheerleading squad and participated in Spanish Club. Her work ethic is evidenced by the fact that she held two jobs throughout her senior year of high school. Sara will be attending the College of Charleston, where she will study Spanish to attain her dream of becoming a Spanish teacher.

Meagan Smalls, Hanahan High School

Meagan Smalls certainly understands the value of an education, as her mother has been a public school teacher for more than 25 years in the Hanahan public school system. Meagan finished in the top 20 percent of her class at Hanahan and participated on her school’s volleyball and track and field teams, but her real love is basketball. She received several honors for her outstanding basketball skills, including an award for being the team’s best defensive player. Meagan will be attending Lander University to pursue a nursing degree.

Jennifer Preslar, Socastee High School

Jennifer Preslar has the distinction of being our first Myrtle Beach-area scholarship winner. Jennifer’s outstanding academic performance culminated in her finishing third in a class of 323 at Socastee High school. She also is an accomplished swimmer, having been named a member of the All-Region swim team for five consecutive years and she was honored with the school’s excellence of academics with athletics award. Jennifer will be attending Furman University, where she intends to study biology, and then pursue medical school.

2009 Scholarship Winners

Robert Clayton Hogston, Goose Creek High School

Ranked in the top 10 of his class at Goose Creek High School, Robert Hogston was a member of the National Honor Society and the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. He received multiple citizenship awards, Gator Pride Academic Awards, and “A” Honor Roll awards as well as being named a Newberry Scholar and receiving the Reserve Officer Training Corps AMVETS Medal. Robert plans to study biology and environmental science at either College of Charleston or Charleston Southern University.

Desireé L. Porcher, Hanahan High

Student-athlete Desireé Porcher lettered in track and field while earning exemplary grades at Hanahan High School. Desireé was a member of the school’s National Beta Club, National Honor Society, Future Educators of America (vice president), Upward Bound Math and Science Center, and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard (co-captain). She will attend Charleston Southern University, where she will major in elementary education and minor in psychology.

Timothy B. Tucker II, Summerville High School

Summerville High School student Timothy Tucker worked for a co-op program for the Dorchester School District, where he handled public relations. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association’s Honors Men’s Choir and the All-State Honors Choir. He also is an assistant musician and a volunteer for the South Carolina Association of Community Development Corporations. Timothy will attend Winthrop University and plans to pursue a career in music education.

Randesha Johnson, James Island Charter High School

With plans to pursue forensic pathology at Barry University, Randesha Johnson of James Island Charter High School participated in the school’s track and field team, spirit club, academic club, and math club. She received the Who’s Who Among the Nation of American High School Students award and is a member of the St. James Presbyterian Youth Organization.

2008 Joye Law Firm Scholarship Recipients

Amanda Fox, Hanahan High School

Hanahan High School student Amanda Fox participated in choir, band, handbells, brass ensembles, the debate team, and drama in addition to having an outstanding academic career. Amanda is also an accomplished athlete—she lettered in volleyball, softball, and basketball in addition to playing soccer, as well as working as a math tutor. Amanda also volunteered for Lowcountry Orphan Relief and volunteers as a leader in a children’s Bible program, a nursery at church, a soccer coach, a piano teacher, and a volleyball coach. Amanda will be attending Charleston Southern University and plans to pursue a career in law.

Samantha Dorsey, Goose Creek High School

A member of National Honor Society and Skills USA, Samantha Dorsey was ranked second in her class and was involved with cross country, cheerleading, and track and field while attending Goose Creek High. She also worked as a coach for Davita’s Funtastic Gymnastics in addition to serving as the head teacher for a local chapter of Pioneer Clubs. Samantha applied to nine schools and was accepted to all of them. She will be attending Newberry College in Newberry, S.C., and plans to pursue a career in law.

Nicholas Cleveland, Summerville High School

Taking just three years to complete high school, Nicholas Cleveland maintained a 4.3 GPA while taking Honors and Advanced Placement classes. He also was a member of the French Honor Club, Quest, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, the National Society of High School Scholars, the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and the National Youth Leadership Forum. He was also nominated for the French Honor Club People to People Ambassador in addition to receiving academic letters and being named a South Carolina National Scholar. Nicholas also served as a tutor to his peers and was a volunteer for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., Nicholas will pursue a career in aeronautical engineering.

Synetria Jones, Summerville High School

Named “Most Effective Attorney” in both rounds of the 2007 Mock Trial Competition, Synetria Jones maintained an impressive academic career while balancing several extracurricular activities. In addition to being named Captain of Prosecution during Mock Trial and participating in Senior Club, Ling Crew, and Dance Team, Synetria was also involved with Delta GMA and was the lead singer for the St. Luke Baptist Church Youth Choir. She also worked with the Dorchester School District Two, assisting with office attendance. Synetria will be attending Columbia College in Columbia, S.C., and will study political science with plans on becoming a lawyer.

2007 Joye Law Firm Scholarship Recipients

Kimberly L. Dodson, Goose Creek High School

Kimberly has an outstanding academic record. As a student, she served as a member of the senior board, junior board, student council, and marching and concert bands. She also served as a member of the yearbook committee and was the yearbook editor from 2006 – 2007. Additionally, she was selected to attend Palmetto Girls State, a one-week leadership and citizenship training program created to further educate outstanding high-school students about state and local government. She twice received the student of the month award, received the Gator Pride award on three occasions, and was nominated as a homecoming queen candidate. Kimberly plans to attend college in South Carolina and pursue a degree in nursing and focus her future career in neonatology.

Joseph L. Bishop, Hanahan High School

Aside from his outstanding academic achievement—which includes membership in the National Honor Society, being on both the A Honor Roll and the A and B Honor Roll, and being selected as a Biology Merit Exam participant—Joseph’s other activities include participation in the school’s Robotics, Science, and Spanish clubs. Also, he served on the school’s student council and served as its senior class president from 2006 – 2007. Additionally, he lettered in the varsity track and field team and was also a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee. His community involvement includes being an American Red Cross blood donor and a member of a Christian teen group, as well as helping to feed the homeless. Joseph will attend Clemson University, where he plans to pursue a business management or pre-law curriculum.

JoLisa D. Dickson, North Charleston High School

As the salutatorian for the 2007 graduating class, JoLisa has an outstanding academic record and was a member of the National Beta Club and the National Honor Society, and was student council vice president and senior board secretary. She was actively involved in basketball and served as her school’s women’s basketball team captain. In addition to working two jobs, JoLisa participated in community volunteer activities, including Toys for Tots, the Special Olympics, and her church’s food bank. Additionally, she coached girl’s baseball and basketball at the Danny Jones Recreation Department. JoLisa plans to attend the University of South Carolina, where she will pursue a pre-law curriculum.

Joseph P. Current, Summerville High School

In addition to academic achievement, Joseph was involved in extracurricular activities, including his high school’s band and Beta Club, the Boy Scouts of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the German Club. Joseph achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and built a puppy playpen at the Frances R. Willis Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for his Eagle Scout project. He is the recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution 2007 Good Citizen Award and is also the recipient of the Integrity Character Trait Award. Joseph plans to attend Clemson University, where he will pursue animal and pre-veterinarian sciences to achieve his future goal of becoming a veterinarian.

2006 Joye Law Firm Scholarship Recipients
  • Alishia Jenkins, Goose Creek High School
  • University of South Carolina Randy Barrineau, Hanahan High School
  • University of South Carolina Megan Clark, North Charleston High School
  • Charleston Southern University Shea Sellers, Summerville High School
  • Clemson University
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