Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties Announces Three Lowcountry Scholarship Recipients

— Evan Roeser
L-R: Roberta Hayes, Patricia Miller, Lucas O’Nan, Tomeca McPherson, Karen Ryan

Hilton Head Island, S.C. / June 15, 2023 — Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties has selected the recipients of its second annual Charitable Foundation Scholarship. Lucas O’Nan of Heritage Academy, Audrey Perry of Hilton Head High School, and Bryan Velazquez of Bluffton High School each received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue their post-high school education.

Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties partnered with the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry to create the three $1,000 scholarships. Students who met the scholarship eligibility criteria completed an application and submitted two essays. One essay asked the students to describe their goals and aspirations. The second essay asked them to respond to one of three prompts that challenged them to define what “home” meant to them.

Audrey Perry (left) and Jill Dawson from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

All applications were reviewed by the six-person Scholarship Committee formed by Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties that included team members Karen

Ryan, Roberta Hayes, Tomeca McPherson, Barbara Garrard, Patricia Miller, Nancy Hansen, and Kelly Ryan Wiechert. The committee emphasized that the selection process was not based solely on academic merit, but also on evidence of the students’ drive to achieve and their essay submissions.

Jill Dawson and Bryan Velazquez (right)

“We were absolutely delighted to receive applications from so many outstanding, inspiring, and driven young students here in our Lowcountry area,” said Karen Ryan, co-broker/owner of Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties. “Our three recipients this year – Lucas, Audrey, and Bryan – are each incredibly focused on a successful future. They are each very deserving of a helping hand as they pursue their post-secondary education.”

The Scholarship Committee determined that each of the winning students demonstrated exemplary leadership in their communities and academic success in their schools in the face of many challenges. Committee members were also touched by the students’ stories and by their essays on what “home” means to them.

“We hope these scholarships help Lucas, Audrey, and Bryan further their education and pursue their dreams,” said Ryan. “Thanks to everyone who applied and to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry for their assistance in this endeavor. We can’t wait to do it again next year.”

Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties is an independently owned and operated Weichert® affiliate with offices in Hilton Head Island, Okatie, Bluffton, and Beaufort, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.

The company is one of the top-three producing affiliates in the Weichert national franchise system and one of the Lowcountry’s premier real estate brokerages. For more information about Weichert, Realtors® – Coastal Properties, contact Kelly Ryan Wiechert at 843-341-3700 or visit

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