2015 Recipients

Due to the generous donations given by our sponsors, friends and family, the Antonakos Foundation was able to award five (5) scholarships to deserving recipients, who truly live the Foundation’s mission every day. The Antonakos Foundation was honored to name Heyward Brown, Jordan Gower, Blakely Holcombe, Greg Stoffelen and Jacob Worthkoetter as the 2015 scholars. The Foundation is very proud of each of these individuals and all that they have accomplished. They truly represent the living legacies of the Antonakos family. Click on each photo below to learn more about these recipients.

  • Heyward Brown
    Heyward Brown
  • Jordan Gower
    Jordan Gower
  • Blakely Holcombe
    Blakely Holcombe
  • Gregory Stoffelen
    Gregory Stoffelen
  • Jacob Workoetter
    Jacob Workoetter
Heyward Brown

Heyward Brown earned a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, AP Scholar award, was recognized as his High School Heisman winner, holds the State record as fastest swimmer 16 and under, was awarded JL Mann swim team MVP, and won the Palma Performance award for Team Greenville Swimming. Also, while at J.L. Mann, Heyward was active in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Art Club. Heyward actively serves in the Greenville community by volunteering at First Presbyterian, Swimming Spirit Buddies where he mentors young swimmers, and Food Drive events. Heyward is attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, majoring in Biology and Chemistry.

The most significant things I’ve learned thus far in life that guide me into the future are dedication, hard work, openness and honesty, and loyalty and love.”

Jordan Gower

Jordan Gower achieved the AP Scholar Award, All A Honor Roll and was a Junior Marshall while attending J.L. Mann High School. Her school involvement included National Honor Society, Key Club, Newspaper reporter and JV and Varsity Soccer. Jordan actively serves her community by being a Church Camp counselor, sings in her Church Praise Band and served as the Vice President of Service while a member in the Key Club. Jordan is attending Clemson University and is pursuing a degree in Biology and Cognitive Science.

To even receive a dime in scholarship money from this foundation would be extremely humbling. I would use it to pursue my dreams. I will work hard to become a doctor, and I’ll take my training to those in desperate need of it, wherever the Lord calls me. In my service, I hope others will see Jesus. And I have no doubt that wherever He is, Livvy is very, very near.”

Blakely Holcombe

Blakely Holcombe earned an Academic Letter, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended Student, Dr. Wolfes Most Outstanding Student for exceptional performance in Chemistry and was a Junior Marshall at J.L. Mann High School. She was actively involved in the Talismann Yearbook as co-editor and chief, National Honor Society, FCA Leader, Spanish Club and Beta Club. Blakely’s community involvement includes Salkehatchie, City of Greenville Youth Commission, Greenville2Knoxville Mission Trip, Special Olympics and Feed-the-Need. Blakely is attending Clemson University majoring in Biosystems and Engineering with a minor in Spanish.

I would like to thank this foundation for creating a scholarship fund in order to honor the young woman whom I had once called my best friend…I aspire to be as kind as her, as joyful as her, and as sincere as her.”

Gregory Stoffelen

Gregory Stoffelen was the Student Body President, Palmetto Boys State, Inter High Council Co-Chair, and Student Body Treasurer while attending J.L. Mann High School. His school involvement included Student Council, School Improvement Council, National Honor Society, Beta Club and Art Club. Gregory serves the community by being active in Salkehatchie and Meals on Wheels. He participated in lacrosse, swimming and basketball while in school. Gregory is attending Clemson University and majoring in Business Management.

I miss my classmate, my co-leader, my friend. Olivia will forever have an impact on my life. Her work ethic, compassion for others, and integrity will continue to inspire me throughout my life.”

Jacob Workoetter

Jacob Workoetter served as President of the National Honor Society, Student Body Executive and member of the Outdoor and Spanish clubs while attending J.L. Mann High School. He graduated 2nd in his class and was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction.  Outside the classroom, Jacob ran cross country and played football and lacrosse where he earned awards for top midfielder and defensive MVP. Jacob also led a number of community service projects as an Eagle Scout and President of the National Honor Society, including can food drives and volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity.

Jacob is attending Clemson University where he is majoring in Biosystems Engineering with a Minor is Business Administration.

“The scholarship will allow me to pursue post graduate education options in the Engineering field helping me to establish a solid foundation of knowledge and experience to solve real-world issues such as environmental contamination, overpopulation and alternative sources of energy.”

Heyward Brown

Heyward Brown earned a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, AP Scholar award, was recognized as his High School Heisman winner, holds the State record as fastest swimmer 16 and under, was awarded JL Mann swim team MVP, and won the Palma Performance award for Team Greenville Swimming. Also, while at J.L. Mann, Heyward was active in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Art Club. Heyward actively serves in the Greenville community by volunteering at First Presbyterian, Swimming Spirit Buddies where he mentors young swimmers, and Food Drive events. Heyward is attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, majoring in Biology and Chemistry.

The most significant things I’ve learned thus far in life that guide me into the future are dedication, hard work, openness and honesty, and loyalty and love.”

Jordan Gower

Jordan Gower achieved the AP Scholar Award, All A Honor Roll and was a Junior Marshall while attending J.L. Mann High School. Her school involvement included National Honor Society, Key Club, Newspaper reporter and JV and Varsity Soccer. Jordan actively serves her community by being a Church Camp counselor, sings in her Church Praise Band and served as the Vice President of Service while a member in the Key Club. Jordan is attending Clemson University and is pursuing a degree in Biology and Cognitive Science.

To even receive a dime in scholarship money from this foundation would be extremely humbling. I would use it to pursue my dreams. I will work hard to become a doctor, and I’ll take my training to those in desperate need of it, wherever the Lord calls me. In my service, I hope others will see Jesus. And I have no doubt that wherever He is, Livvy is very, very near.”

Blakely Holcombe

Blakely Holcombe earned an Academic Letter, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Commended Student, Dr. Wolfes Most Outstanding Student for exceptional performance in Chemistry and was a Junior Marshall at J.L. Mann High School. She was actively involved in the Talismann Yearbook as co-editor and chief, National Honor Society, FCA Leader, Spanish Club and Beta Club. Blakely’s community involvement includes Salkehatchie, City of Greenville Youth Commission, Greenville2Knoxville Mission Trip, Special Olympics and Feed-the-Need. Blakely is attending Clemson University majoring in Biosystems and Engineering with a minor in Spanish.

I would like to thank this foundation for creating a scholarship fund in order to honor the young woman whom I had once called my best friend…I aspire to be as kind as her, as joyful as her, and as sincere as her.”

Gregory Stoffelen

Gregory Stoffelen was the Student Body President, Palmetto Boys State, Inter High Council Co-Chair, and Student Body Treasurer while attending J.L. Mann High School. His school involvement included Student Council, School Improvement Council, National Honor Society, Beta Club and Art Club. Gregory serves the community by being active in Salkehatchie and Meals on Wheels. He participated in lacrosse, swimming and basketball while in school. Gregory is attending Clemson University and majoring in Business Management.

I miss my classmate, my co-leader, my friend. Olivia will forever have an impact on my life. Her work ethic, compassion for others, and integrity will continue to inspire me throughout my life.”

Jacob Workoetter

Jacob Workoetter served as President of the National Honor Society, Student Body Executive and member of the Outdoor and Spanish clubs while attending J.L. Mann High School. He graduated 2nd in his class and was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction.  Outside the classroom, Jacob ran cross country and played football and lacrosse where he earned awards for top midfielder and defensive MVP. Jacob also led a number of community service projects as an Eagle Scout and President of the National Honor Society, including can food drives and volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity.

Jacob is attending Clemson University where he is majoring in Biosystems Engineering with a Minor is Business Administration.

“The scholarship will allow me to pursue post graduate education options in the Engineering field helping me to establish a solid foundation of knowledge and experience to solve real-world issues such as environmental contamination, overpopulation and alternative sources of energy.”