Foothills Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2017 recipients of the Jonny A. Lyons Memorial Scholarship.  A bequest from Mrs. John Joseph Lyons provides scholarship assistance to graduating high school seniors who are descendants of former Orr-Lyons Mill employees. The Orr-Lyons Mill was a cotton spinning and weaving plant that was founded in 1899 and continued to operate until 1990.

The three recipients of the Lyons Scholarship for 2017 are Rachel Lee Collier, Alexander Hamby and Olivia Johnson.   Miss Collier is a senior at Belton-Honea Path High School who will attend Lander University this fall.  Mr. Hamby, an enrollee at Wofford College, will graduate from Crescent High School next month. Miss Johnson, a T. L. Hanna senior will attend Southern Wesleyan University. All three of these recipients descend from employees of the Orr Lyons Mill.

Through the Lyons Memorial Scholarship Fund, Jonny Lyons’ legacy will live on in perpetuity and reflect her fondness for the family members of employees associated with the former textile mill.  Each recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship from Foothills Community Foundation.  Dean Woods, Foundation President explained “It is indeed a pleasure for us to honor Mrs. Lyons’ legacy by awarding scholarships to these outstanding young people.”

Rachel Collier

Alexander Hamby

Olivia Johnson