To the Editor:

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island is again offering academic scholarships to graduating high school seniors. The Scholarship program was started in 1977 and has continued each year, presenting over $500,000 in scholarships to more than 225 students.

New this year is a change in eligibility. Students who are residents of Hilton Head Island are eligible to apply, regardless of the high school they attend, whether public or private – including off-island schools.

Scholarship awardees are eligible to receive scholarship funding ($4,000 per year) for a maximum of four years.

Students planning to attend South Carolina colleges or universities will receive preferential consideration.

The application form along with requested attachments or uploads must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. March 31.

To view the application form and additional requirements, visit the Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island’s website at

Joan Simpson Player

Hilton Head Island

To the Editor:

I loved Editor Lynne Hummell’s “Finding life’s little pleasure in nature’s little gifts” in the Feb. 15, 2022, Bluffton Sun. It brought to mind some past photography experiences.

In the 1970s, I was on a business trip to Sweden. One day, walking through a lovely area with very old buildings and vast green lawns. I saw a charming pot of geraniums perched on top of a tree stump. I lay on the ground to take a close-up, side angle photo of the planting. That photo still hangs in my home.

I’d only just started getting into photography. When I returned home, I was showing my pictures to a co-worker who I knew to be a good photographer. When he saw my geranium shot, he smiled and said “That’s an interesting angle. … I wouldn’t have thought to shoot the plant from your perspective.” Because he was so good and I was just a beginner, I thought I’d won the lottery from his praise.

My partner has a fabulous eye for all kinds of things. I never tire poring through his myriad of photos taken through many years. There is one of a skyscraper in Manhattan. He had lain on the sidewalk, pointed his camera upward to capture that angle of the building. You can imagine the people walking around him.

As Lynne suggested, we should practice observatory behavior to obtain calmness. I try – but usually wind up running for the camera.

Barbara Costa