Nick Lucchesi loved the outdoors - he even started at age 12 helping at an outfitters' store near his home in Moss Creek. "He would ride his bike over there as often as he could," said his mother, Dana.
Nick especially loved fishing. For someone who had grown up on the water, getting his captain's license was a no-brainer, and he earned his at age 18.
"He had his own boat, his own business, his own LLC, all by the time he was 18," said his father, Joe.
Nick loved the Lowcountry, he loved people, and he loved sports, his parents said. He was perfectly suited for a career in hospitality, and that was his major at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
Nick was junior when he passed away in October 2018.
Dear friends of the family, who knew and loved Nick, reached out to his parents after his passing, wanting to do something in his memory.
"Nick loved USCB. He wasn't a straight-A student, but he had a love for learning," Dana said.
And so, the friends provided funding for the Nicholas D. Lucchesi Scholarship Fund at USCB. Four scholarships, at $5,000 each, are available each semester. This scholarship is open to all students, of all learning levels, said Joe - "those who really want to receive a college education." The Lucchesis will have a hand in choosing the recipients.
"We set the GPR at 2.5," Dana said, "because we wanted to reach out to ALL kids, not just the straight-A students." Each scholarship will cover current tuition at USCB, but not room and board. "We were considering local students who might live at home," she said.
The scholarship is just the right way to honor their son, his parents said. With the expansion of USCB to the south end of Hilton Head Island, and its hospitality school, it made sense.
Because of the way the scholarship is funded, it will continue in perpetuity, and that's important to them. "What a wonderful honor of his memory to provide college educations to thousands of students," his parents said.
The deadline for applications is March 1 for the following semester. For more information, visit USCB.edu/admissions and search Donor Scholarships.