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2018 HSC Academic Scholarship Program

Hemophilia of South Carolina for over 23 years has set aside in its annual budget $1,500 to provide three $500 scholarships to its eligible members. The Chapter will award additional scholarships as funding allows, if more than 3 qualified applicants apply. This is an important service of support to the Board of Directors, so we encourage all eligible candidates to apply. An applicant is eligible to receive the grant multiple times, however, preference will be given to applicants who have not received this funding before. HSC will take a number of factors into consideration when determining the award winners including academic merit, leadership qualities, reference letters, financial need and the applicant’s essay letter content.

2018 Application and Information Packet


2017 Awardees

Kinsley Glenn Chestnut is graduating from Darlington High School and will be heading to the University of South Carolina to obtain a BS in Science and then attend medical school specializing in anesthesia. She received many academic awards and was active in several different clubs, associations, and volunteer activities including the Special Olympics. She is the sister of a brother with hemophilia. “I have a great deal of respect for him. He has a very high pain tolerance and you would not know how uncomfortable a bleed has left him. I look up to him as a big brother and someone who has taken on the challenge of this disease that I hope will one day have a cure”. The Chestnut family have been members of the Chapter for many years. We wish Kinsley all the best!

Bradley Benjamin Odac is a student at the College of Charleston majoring in the field of Computer Information Systems, CIS, and minoring in Date Science and Communications. Bradley and his family have had strong ties to the Chapter ever since coming to the United States from Kenya at the age of 12. “Since I was born in Kenya, having hemophilia in that country was almost like having a death sentence.  Medication was hard to come by and very expensive. Coming to the states has definitely changed my life for the better. With this degree it will allow me to get the chance to learn more about giving back to the community and how I can eventually contribute to better treatments for hemophilia patients”. Bradley loves music and played in the Concert Band in high school. He has a strong background in IT and volunteer services. Congratulations Bradley!

Joshua Joseph Mack is a senior at the College of Charleston majoring in African American Studies with a minor in Geology and Music with an emphasis in Performance. After college, Joshua would like to have an internship at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC. He also would like to continue advocating for minorities and individuals with Autism in Classical Music Performances, and Double Bass Players in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Joshua has received many Academic and Athletic Awards, volunteers in several areas, and has an emphasis on helping those with disabilities learn to overcome and see their abilities to succeed. We are excited for his future and wish him all the best. We are excited to assist in your future endeavors. Congratulations!

2016 Awardees

Matthew Kjeldsen: Matt attends Winthrop University and has just finished a fantastic freshman year. He plans on graduating from the Winthrop University Think College Program. He has a strong interest for sports and had two internships this past year as manager for the Winthrop’s Men’s Division 1 Basketball Team. He also was a staff member at the Recreational Center. Matt has won several awards to include the CN2 Hometown Hero Award in February, 2015. He volunteers for many service projects and church events. Congratulations to you Matt!

Bradley Odec: Bradley has been a member of HSC since coming here to America from Kenya when he was 12 years old to receive better treatment opportunities for him and his family. He has been very supportive of the Chapter and is always eager to lend a helping hand to include participating in advocacy, teen activities, the Turkey Trot Walk and all Chapter events. He has played in the band for 6 years, loves singing, dancing, swimming, drawing and hanging out with friends to name just a few. He has worked and volunteered at Camp Burnt Gin for the past 2 years. Bradley will be attending the College of Charleston in the fall and will be studying Computer Science. We are very proud of you Bradley- way to go!

Samantha Nash: Sam and her family have been long time supportive Chapter members. Sam has participated in Chapter events most her life, supporting her brother with severe hemophilia. Sam will be attending Clemson University’s Bridge Program in the fall at Tri-County Technical College and majoring in Political Science. A huge part of Sam’s life has been in student government which she loves. She is also a varsity cheerleader for Chapin High School. Samantha has achieved numerous academic and performance honors. Great Job Samantha, and we wish you the very best!