Dr. Donna Burgess Huger Scholarship

Scholarship Application 2021 – Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021
This scholarship is a one time:
$500 scholarship to attend a 4-year college/university
$300 scholarship to attend a 2-year technical/community college for a student from the town of Lane, SC (29564)

The Dr. Donna Burgess Huger Scholarship is funded with partial proceeds from the sale of Dr. Donna’s Book: Sagacious Doves: A Guide to Graciously Inventing and Realizing Life Sagaciously!

Minimum GPA to apply: 3.0 Based on the South Carolina Uniformed GPA

The funds will go directly to the student once proof of enrollment is submitted.

Please submit using the Google Form Here

If you have any questions concerning this scholarship, please email: Dr.Donna.Huger@gmail.com

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Dr. Donna Burgess Huger Scholarship

Dr. Donna Burgess Huger Scholarship Application 2020 – Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020
This scholarship is a one time $500 scholarship for a student from the town of Lane, SC (29564) and was funded with partial proceeds from the sale of Dr. Donna’s Book: Sagacious Doves: A Guide to Graciously Inventing and Realizing Life Sagaciously! These funds will go directly to the student.
If you have any questions concerning this scholarship, please email: Dr.Donna.Huger@gmail.com

I am a 1980 graduate of C.E. Murray High School. I graduated Salutatorian of my HS class and went on to complete by Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Business and Biology, my M.Ed. in Student Development and Counseling at the University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus, and my Ed.S. and Ed.D. degrees in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC.

This is the 40th anniversary year of my graduation from C.E. Murray High School. I treasure every memory I have from my years being a student at C.E. Murray High School. It was there that I gained my love for reading, as the librarian, Mrs. Spry would give me a couple of new books to read each week, and I did not dare disappoint her. It was there that Dr. Murray taught me life lessons that I carry with me today, the ability to get up in front of a group and speak with authority, humility and grace. It was there that so many teachers poured their knowledge into me, Dr. Frankie Keels Williams, Dr. Janice Gamble, and so many others. It was there that I found my love for literature, from Mrs. King and yes, Mrs. Murray. I still remember the poem we all had to memorize and all recite in front of the class: “To The Virgins to Make Much of Time, by Robert Herrick.” It reminds me that time waits for no one.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
   Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
   Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
   The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
   And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
   When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
   Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
   And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
   You may forever tarry.

One thing I do know for sure is, “Life does not come with an instruction manual. No one holds the knowledge to what life can become for you.” Obstacles will come your way as you navigate life, as they did and do for me and everyone else. Yet, this I know for sure, “The Comeback can always be STRONGER than the Setback, if you will it to be and take the necessary actions to make it to be.

For me, I chose to live life Sagaciously! Shrewdly and Boldly! Always Forward! Always Grateful!

I know this year is one for the memories books that no one could have ever imaged. I hope for at least one graduate from Lane, SC that this scholarship will make a difference in your life. I give it in honor of the Class of 1980 and the Class of 2020!

Best Wishes,

DrDonna, South Carolina School Counselor of the Year, 2020!


I use the above phase daily, no matter what circumstances I encounter. I have come to realize that no matter what, there is always something to be grateful for. The month of January proved to give me so much, that the phase is what I have been saying almost hourly. I have the fortunate honor to be not only named the South Carolina High School Counselor of the Year, but the South Carolina Counselor of the Year! I have been blessed and favored with talents, one of which is being a High School Counselor for 20 years, and especially spending most of those years as a Director and leader, developing comprehensive School Counseling programs that are effective in addressing the academic, personal/social and career needs of students. I am grateful that I get to do what I love Everyday! To be honored by your peers is one of the most rewarding experiences there is! I end, as I began,


The Dr. Donna B. Huger Library

Humbled and honored. My town will dedicate a Library after me.
Yes, I’m from Lane!
I love ❤️ my hometown and proud to call it home!

The first sentence of my book, Sagacious Doves is below…

“As a young girl, and quite frankly, even now being in my middle fifties, I loved the experience of finding a place of solitude and curling up with a good book”.

Thanks to the late Mrs. Janie Spry, my high school librarian for fueling my love of reading. There was not a week that did not go by when she did not recommend one or more books for me to read.

I am looking forward to inspiring the next generation!

Meet Sagacious Dove – Tiona Thompson

Amor Fati!

Tiona Thompson, College Advisor & Sagacious Dove

I am a firm believer that everything happens at a devine time and for a devine purpose in your life. This also includes the people that you meet.

I had the opportunity this year to attend Snapshot Clemson November 7 – November 9. During Snapshot Clemson, only 15 School Counselors and College Advisors from across the state of South Carolina were invited to explore academics and student life at Clemson University. The goal was to learn more about the opportunities and resources available at Clemson University so that we are able to share firsthand knowledge with our students.

Over the three days we learned about what makes Clemson “the” choice for some students, but we also got to know the cohort group of School Counselors and College Advisors. As we rode the bus from location to location, and walked from building to building, we connected not only on professional levels with each other, but also on personal levels with each other.

From the first time that I met Tiona, I felt a kindred spirit. Then I saw her tattoo…

Right then, we connected on a spiritual level, and shared our passion for working with the youth, and how we both have plans to empower and impact young people beyond what we do in our daily professions of School Counselor and College Advisor. Listen below to Tiona on “What the Dove means to her”!

Listen to Tiona on “What the Dove means to her!”

I am thankful that Tiona was one of the 15. To Tiona, I want you to know that “You are a Sagacious Dove”!