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Southampton County students receive college scholarships

Three rising Virginia Tech freshmen from Southampton County are among the 2021 winners of scholarships provided by the Greensville/Southampton Hokie Club and Alumni Chapter.

A news release stated that over the last 25 years, the Greensville/Southampton Hokie Club and Alumni Chapter has supported freshmen entering Virginia Tech with total scholarships exceeding $50,000. These donations have been funded by hole/meal/tournament sponsorships along with teams entering the club’s annual golf tournament as this is the one scholarship fundraiser annually.

The club has five 2021 scholarship winners from the Emporia/Greensville and Southampton County areas — Josh Williams, Hunter Rountree, Madison Coker, Alexis Clapp and Makayla Bryant.

Williams, Rountree and Clapp are the students from Southampton County, and each received $500 scholarships.

In 2020 there were 10 scholarship awards given out.

The tournament is named for Moses Clements, the beloved Hokie who passed away way too early, officials stated in the release. The scholarship program and the scholarship tournament both bear his name — the Moses Clements Virginia Tech Scholarship Program and the 2021 Moses Clements VT Scholarship Golf Tournament — in remembrance of his dedicated service to the club and especially the scholarship program. It was his annual joy to review and present the scholarships at the summer dinner.

This year, the tournament will be held Friday, Oct. 1, at the Emporia Country Club at noon. The event will start with a box lunch and open driving range. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost to play per player covers the golf, golf cart, green fees, goody bag, beverages, two mulligans, box lunch and hors d’oeuvres after the event at the awards ceremony.

All efforts will be in place to abide by all state COVID recommendations while setting up and running the tournament.

The Emporia Country Club is located at 578 Country Club Road in Emporia. Hole sponsorships should be reserved within 10 days from Aug. 22 as the new signs will need to be produced and placed on the holes. Meal sponsorships and tournament sponsorships are also available.

To enter the tournament or to be a hole or meal sponsor, contact Barry Grizzard at barry.grizzard@littleoilco.com or 804-929-3146 or any Emporia Hokie Club board member — Kevin Swenson, Wilson Clary, Meade Horne, Mike Roach, Jeff Robinson, Hall Squire, Roly Weaver, Katie Richardson, Jeffrey Pope or President Matthew Lynch.