If you have a son or daughter graduating from high school this spring, he or she may be eligible for the new SkyBest – Askins Legacy Scholarship, presented locally by Chesnee Communications, a SkyBest Company. In 2018, two renewable scholarships will be awarded to students planning to attend an accredited four-year college/university and an accredited two-year community/technical college.
On September 1, 1932, Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. Askins, Sr. purchased Chesnee Telephone Company of Chesnee, South Carolina to provide telephone services to the town of Chesnee and area communities in Spartanburg and Cherokee counties. The Company had approximately 60 stations. Mr. Askins became President and Treasurer, and Mrs. Askins became Vice President and Secretary. Mr. Askins died in 1965, and Mrs. Askins was appointed President and Treasurer. Their son, Harold "Bud" W. Askins, Jr., was appointed Vice President, and their daughter, Hannah Askins Lancaster, was appointed Secretary. Upon the death of Mrs. Askins in 1992, Hannah Askins Lancaster assumed the position of President and Treasurer, and Harold "Bud" W. Askins, Jr. was appointed Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. From 1992-2017 Hannah and her husband, Curt Lancaster, assumed the responsibility of the day-to-day operations and management of the company. The Askins and Lancaster families dedicated their lives to this company, investing in its growth and expansion into new services such as cable TV and Internet while generously supporting the local community. In 2017, Chesnee Communications, a family owned business for 85 years, was acquired by SkyLine Membership Corporation of West Jefferson, North Carolina.
To honor the family's legacy of service as a communications provider and community benefactor, Chesnee Communications’ parent company, SkyBest Communications, Inc., is honored to establish the SkyBest – Askins Legacy Scholarship to provide educational opportunities to deserving Chesnee High School students requiring financial assistance. The SkyBest – Askins Legacy Scholarship will assist children of Chesnee Communications' customers who exhibit outstanding scholastic abilities and motivation to continue their education. Annually two scholarships will be presented: a $1,000 College/University scholarship, renewable over four years for a total value of $4,000 and a $500 Community/Technical College scholarship, renewable over two years for a total value of $1,000.
For more information, please contact Karen Powell at Chesnee Communications 864-461-2211.