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Sertoma Club members

Photo above: (L to R seated:) Bobby Collins, Jackie Horton, Mike Bohonak, Wade Chittam, Eric Hilliard, Phillip Hough. (L to R standing:) Haskell Faulkenberry, Bobby Roberts, Nelson Faulkenberry, Gerald Parker, Bill Williams, Tony Armstrong. (Members not pictured: Dr. Jim McDowell, Gary McWhirter, Joe Hegler, Ricky Walters.)

Lancaster SERTOMA Club
Endows Scholarship at USC Lancaster

SERTOMA, originally known as the Co-Operative Club, was founded in 1912 with a mission to assist the more than 50 million people with hearing health issues and to educate the public on the issues surrounding hearing health. SERTOMA, meaning Service to Mankind, is a not-for-profit civic organization with members providing community service across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

The Lancaster SERTOMA Club was founded in 1972 with the goal of supporting speech and hearing programs in the Lancaster community. The local club, which consists of sixteen members, has raised money for a variety of needs over the years.  Perhaps one of their biggest goals each year is to provide funding for local children to attend the only summer program in South Carolina for speech and hearing impaired children. Held at the Clemson Outdoor Laboratory on Lake Hartwell, Camp SERTOMA provides opportunities for fun, skills development, and education and is specifically designed to help speech and hearing deficient children ages 7 - 13.

In addition to supporting young children with speech or hearing deficiencies, the SERTOMA Club recently decided to expand their focus to include students pursuing higher education. The club decided the best way to meet this need was to establish an endowed scholarship at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, known as the Lancaster SERTOMA Scholarship.

The Scholarship is designed to assist incoming or current USCL students from Lancaster or adjacent counties with a B average and some form of either a speech or hearing impairment. SERTOMA Club President Mike Bohonak said, “Our club has always supported children with the opportunity to attend Camp SERTOMA, but we wanted to help young adults as well. Establishing this scholarship was the perfect way to meet this need. We will now have the opportunity to help a young person with a speech or hearing impairment go to college.”

Students who qualify are encouraged to apply for the scholarship at USC Lancaster by February 1 each year. Applications are available at the USC Lancaster Admissions Office or from a SERTOMA Club member.

If you would like to support the local SERTOMA Club or have questions about the scholarship or Camp SERTOMA, call Mike Bohonak at 285-6151 or Eric Hilliard at 285-5532.

 

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