The Whitefield Lions Club awarded five scholarships to local students on May 25. This year, the Lions increased the number of $1,000 scholarships from three to five.

All five recipients are Erskine Academy students, Abigail Haskell, Audrey Jordan, Keeley Gomes, Allie Bonsant and Hannah Burns. Their families were in attendance.

Earlier in the evening, the newly formed Leo Club of Erskine Academy was awarded a check for $250.

This money, donated by the Whitefield Lions, is to be spent on community service projects for the Leo Club to choose and use at their discretion.

The club was formed this year in conjunction with the Whitefield Lions Club.

Leo clubs provide young people with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of their local, national, and international communities.