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Palmetto Cheese Establishes Scholarship Fund

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HGTC Foundation Receives Support from Palmetto Cheese
Grace and Grits Scholarship Established for HGTC Culinary Arts Students

(CONWAY, SC) – The Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) Foundation was recently presented with an annual $10,000 scholarship fund to help deserving students in the Culinary Arts program at the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach reach educational goals through tuition support. 

The Grace and Grits Fund was established by Sassy and Brian Henry of Palmetto Cheese to honor the history, traditions, and culinary arts that have shaped the cultural landscape of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Annual contributions from the Grace and Grits Fund are directed to organizations that support after-school programs, culinary education, cultural diversity, and underserved members of the local community.  This scholarship was established to encourage aspiring chefs and entrepreneurs in the Georgetown County School system to pursue their dreams.

“We recognize the excellence of the International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach at HGTC and are pleased to offer this educational opportunity.  This area truly is a culinary destination, and we want to inspire the next generation of chefs and entrepreneurs to continue that legacy,” said Brian Henry, Owner of Palmetto Cheese. 

Candidates must be enrolled in the Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts programs, a resident of Georgetown County, a graduate of a Georgetown or Waccamaw high school, possess a minimum GPA of 3.0, and in need of financial assistance. Preference will be given to a minority student. There must be a demonstrated interest in food and hospitality during high school years and involvement in clubs and/or activities is preferred but not required. Awards may be used for tuition, books, supplies, or other educational expenses.

Applications will be received through the HGTC Financial Aid Office or the Culinary Arts Department.  Students must complete a FAFSA form to be eligible for any scholarship.

“We are immensely grateful to Palmetto Cheese for their commitment to HGTC and the Culinary and Baking and Pastry Arts students in our community. Scholarships are an important financial resource for many students. On behalf of the HGTC Foundation Board of Directors, I would like to thank Palmetto Cheese for their generous support” said Mr. Neyle Wilson, HGTC Foundation President and CEO. 

The purpose of the HGTC Foundation is to raise funds to support the programs, services, and activities of HGTC, its students and employees, and to create and cultivate positive relationships between the College and the community.

The HGTC Foundation invites the community to become involved as the College continues to foster its reputation as a high-quality learning and teaching institution with a student-centered environment.  The community can enhance this vision with financial support for scholarships, programs, facilities, or other needs; donation of equipment or technology; mentoring students; providing internships; and service on various academic or foundation advisory boards.

To reach the HGTC Foundation, call 843-477-2105 or visit the website

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Photo: (left to right) Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore, HGTC President; Mr. Joe Bonaparte, HGTC Executive Director of the International Culinary Institute of MB; Ms. Kathleen Hassett, HGTC Assistant Chair/Professor of Culinary Arts; Mr. Neyle Wilson, HGTC Foundation President & CEO; Mr. Brian Henry, Palmetto Cheese - Owner; and Mrs. Sassy Henry, Palmetto Cheese - Owner