The Bleeding Disorders Association of South Carolina sets aside funds generated by fundraisers each year to provide financial support for college scholarships. To be considered for a BDASC Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following criteria:1. Must be a resident of South Carolina; 2. Must be enrolled or accepted at an accredited educational institution, to include accredited colleges, universities, and technical and vocational schools; 3. Must have a diagnosis of a bleeding disorder; or be a dependent child of a person with a bleeding disorder; be a sibling of a person with a bleeding disorder; be a parent of a dependent child with a bleeding disorder; or be a spouse of someone with a bleeding disorder.
Applications must be completed and received before the deadline dates. The Chapter will determine each year how many scholarships to award depending on funds received within each year and the number of qualified applications received. In addition, three special scholarships will be awarded each year described below.
Dr. Alba Myers Lewis of Orangeburg was a retired educator, and mother to son, Alexander “Mickey” Carrion Lewis, Jr. who was born with hemophilia. After graduating first in her class with a B.S. degree in education from S.C. State in 1946, she went on to receive the M.S. degree in education in 1952. As an undergraduate student, she reigned as both May Queen and Miss South Carolina State College. In 1968, Dr. Lewis earned the Doctorate of Education from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, during an era when this was achieved by very few African American women. Throughout her academic career she specialized in Curriculum Development, Administration, Supervision, Higher Education, Elementary Education and Sociology. She did additional study at Claflin University, New York University, the University of Northern Iowa, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of North Carolina. She was certified in the state of South Carolina at all educational levels: elementary school teaching, supervision and administration, and social studies. Dr. Lewis served as a supervising teacher at her beloved Felton Laboratory School 1950-1964. She then became the Associate Supervisor of Directed Teaching at S.C. State from 1968 until 1970, at which time she returned to Felton as its director, serving in that capacity from 1970 until 1971. For the next eight years she was chairperson and professor in the Department of Education, retiring in 1979. She proudly accepted an appointment by then-Governor Richard Riley to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education in 1980 and served until 1988. In 1965, she served on the Governor’s Task Force on Education. Upon her passing, in her will she named Hemophilia of South Carolina as a beneficiary. In her honor, and with love for education, the Chapter has named the Alba Myers Lewis Scholarship in appreciation for her memorial gift.
Home town: Greenville, SC
Parents: Matthew and Maranda Weber
High School: Mauldin High School
Institution: Clemson University
Major or intended field of study: Modern Languages (French)
Essay Quote: “Hemophilia has taught me to be understanding of people, because there’s no way of knowing what’s going on in their lives. For instance, [my brother] Jack is an average middle school boy. He plays all the sports that he enjoys, climbs all the trees he sees, and doesn’t let hemophilia hold him back. People would never guess that he has hemophilia because he can do anything someone without hemophilia can.”
Recipient: Devon Mulligan
Home town: Mount Pleasant, SC
Parents: Michael and Dianna Mulligan
High School: Academic Magnet High School
Institution: University of Alabama (current sophomore)
Major or intended field of study: Marketing and finance
Essay Quote: “If living with a hemophiliac has taught me anything, it is that they are capable of anything and everything. My brother may be a hemophiliac, but that has never once defined who he is or will be. He is brilliant, tenacious, and driven, an honor roll student, a soccer prodigy, and yes a hemophiliac…Through Connor I find the strength in myself to be relentlessly driven, strive for greatness, and push beyond my limits. And it is because he has only ever had the courage to do the same.”
Recipient: Marley Day
Home town: Easley, SC
Parents: Cristal Day
High School: Easley High School
Institution: University of South Carolina (current junior)
Major or intended field of study: civil engineering
Essay Quote: “Hemophilia has been a factor in my life from day one. My older brother, Hunter, has severe hemophilia A. He was 3 ½ years old when I was born. He was always at the doctor’s office or in the hospital. He was covered in bruises all over. I remember wanting to help him but I was so little. I would hold his hand when he was getting an infusion. My older sister helped clean off his port area and then I got to put on the band-aid when it was over.”
Roy Clifford Sperry, father to Shawn Sperry, past board member of HSC, is being honored with a Memorial Scholarship in his name. Mr. Sperry was a man who believed in public services and devoted a lifetime of serving his community. The Chapter is grateful to his family and friends for offering this “New” Scholarship in his memory to an individual who is entering a field of public service, teaching, and those who serve community work.
Roy Clifford Sperry, 73, husband of Brenda Mauney Sperry, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2021. Born in Greenville, SC, he was the son of the late Roy and Imogene Taylor Sperry. Clifford was a member of the Taylor’s Masonic Lodge #345 A.F.M. After high school, he served in the US Navy on the USS L.Y. Spear (AS-36) as a plank owner. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Taylor’s Fire Department and also retired with Strange Brothers Grading where he had been employed for 40 years. In addition to his life-long love, Brenda, he is survived by his son, Shawn Sperry and his wife Brandy; daughter, Jennifer Sperry; two grandsons, Jacob and Gabriel Sperry; sister, Nancy Ammons; brother-in-law Rick Ashmore and his wife Linda; sister-in-law, Barbara Mauney; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Mark Asbury Eichelberger of Columbia, SC, 52, passed away on December 4, 2020 and was the son of Hattie Eichelberger Brown and the late William Asbury Eichelberger. Mark was a high school graduate of Calhoun Academy and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from USC. He was proud to support Hemophilia of South Carolina, serving in multiple capacities including president, vice president, as well as being a member of the board of directors for many years. He was known for many things; his love of Gamecock football, his sense of humor and outgoing personality, but his most defining quality was his selflessness. Mark had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone. Mark, and his significant other of 25 years Cris Tucker (the Chapter’s treasurer for many years), served the Chapter for most of their adult lives as board members and volunteers. Mark and his family were involved in the Chapter from the time Mark was a young boy. His parents, along with the Fisher’s, started the Chapter in 1973. His father William Eichelberger was the very first president. Mark attended camp which the Chapter began for our state when there was no camp for children with hemophilia. His devotion to the Chapter and the South Carolina community affected by bleeding disorders will never be forgotten and we owe a debt of gratitude for his services to our community. His blood brothers are grieving the loss of their fellow brother. We miss Mark and will always remember him in our hearts. This year’s Mark Asbury Eichelberger Scholarship is being provided by the generous donations to the Chapter in his honor.
Sarah Beth Walden
Home town: Buffalo, SC
Parents: Mike and Kim Walden
High School: Union County High School
Institution: Winthrop University
Major or intended field of study: exercise science/athletic training
Essay Quote: [On her new diagnosis] “My family and I attended many of the South Carolina bleeding disorder conventions and, after hearing other stories, we decided that the best approach for us was to allow me to determine my own limits and for us to create our own plan on how we choose to deal with the effects of my bleeding disorder.”