The Pilot Club of St. Augustine, joined by Hester’s Abbey Floor Covering Scholarships, awarded $13,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors in St. Johns County.
Through the Pilot Club, Scott and Elizabeth Kophamer of Hester’s awarded two scholarships of $5,000 each to Lauren Sonnier and Michael Guyot. Sonnier, a 2020 graduate of Creekside High School, plans to attend the University of Central Florida and major in biological engineering or a similar field. Guyot, who graduated this year from Bartram Trails High School, plans to major in biomedical engineering at the University of Florida.
The Kophamers also donated $1,000 to be used at the club’s discretion. The Pilot Club divided the amount between two recipients chosen to receive the Donnie Heymen Scholarship awards. Seth Bratcher, a member of the Class of 2020 at Pedro Menendez High School, received $1,500, including $1,000 from the Heymen scholarship fund; and Corey Banks, also a member of the Class of 2020 at Pedro Menendez, received $1,000, including $500 from the Heymen fund. Bratcher plans to major in architecture at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. He has also been recruited to play on Pratt’s basketball team.
Banks, who plans to attend First Coast Technical College, is enrolled in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning/refrigeration program.
The Pilot Club awarded two $500 scholarships to women re-entering the workforce: Kathryn Carter and Michelle Dufresne. Dufresne is enrolled in the nursing and allied health field with radiologic technology as her major; and Carter is seeking a bachelor’s degree in organizational management – supervision and management.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Pilot Club was unable to recognize this year’s recipients at the annual scholarship dinner.