EC Foundation awards scholarships


From staff reports

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Elizabeth City Foundation recently awarded a total of $72,845 in scholarships to Camden and Pasquotank County students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Foundation, founded in 1959, administers trust accounts which support scholarships and grants to area residents and organizations.

Bess Tillett/P. P. Gregory Scholarships were awarded to 60 Camden County students totaling $45,425. The scholarships will support students attending community colleges and universities in-state and out-of-state.

The Ray S. Jones, Jr. Scholarship was awarded to Lauren E. Winslow of Elizabeth City in the amount of $5,000. The scholarship will support Winslow at North Carolina State University next year.

A $5,000 William K. Wassink Medical Scholarship was awarded to Lauren A. Forbes of Camden. The scholarship will support orbes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.

A new scholarship, the Phil and Isabelle Sawyer Scholarship was awarded to Mitchell Foreman of Elizabeth City in the amount of $17,420. The scholarship will support Foreman next year at Wake Forest University.

“The Elizabeth City Foundation is pleased to award these scholarships and be able to help these students with their educational expenses. Helping educate area residents is key to meeting the Foundation’s mission of improving the lives of area residents,” indicates Foundation Board of Directors’ Chair Terri Griffin.

The Elizabeth City Foundation has awarded over $1.6 million in scholarships to area residents since its inception. The Foundation continues to work to seek funds to support area residents and organizations. More information about the Elizabeth City Foundation can be found on its website at www.elizabethcityfoundation.org .

Ryan participates in rigorous training

Camden native Ensign Charles Ryan, a 2014 Camden County High School graduate, is participating in a rigorous training process that transforms officers into U.S. naval aviators.

Ryan is a student pilot serving with Training Air Wing 4 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Training Air Wing 4 oversees Primary flight training in T-6B Texan II aircraft and advanced multi-engine flight training in T-44C Pegasus aircraft at four squadrons on base. Currently, Training Air Wing 4 produces approximately 600 newly qualified aviators each year. A Navy student pilot is responsible for learning how to effectively and safely fly the aircraft. “The aspect I enjoy the most is learning something totally foreign to us as humans,” Ryan said. “Being able to fly is remarkable.” Ryan credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned growing up in Camden.

Kelley, Mills, Haggard complete basic training

U.S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class Melvin J. Mills Jr. and Harrison R. Haggard and Air Force Airman Kathryn E. Kelley graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airmen completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Kelley is the daughter of Damon F. Kelley of Hertford and niece of Theresa A. Rock of Suffolk, Va. She is a 2018 graduate of Perquimans County High School. Mills is the son of Melissa and brother of Caitlin Mills of Littleton, grandson of Oris and Velma Evans of Warrenton and nephew of Glenda Brown of Warrenton, Maxine Cox of Virginia Beach, Va., Alice Davis of Hollister, and Stacey Williams of Warrenton. He is a 2013 graduate of Northwest Halifax High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2017 from Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, N.C. Haggard is the son of Corienne E. Haggard and husband of Brittany K. Haggard of Manteo.

He is a 2013 graduate of Manteo High School. He earned an associate degree in 2016 from College of the Albemarle, Manteo.

White awarded SECU’s $10,000 scholarship

State Employees’ Credit Union members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Dylan James White, a senior at John A Holmes High School. The scholarship was awarded for study at East Carolina University, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

The SECU Foundation High School Scholarship is available to graduating public high school seniors who are either members of SECU or eligible for membership through a parent or guardian. Funded by Credit Union members, the $10,000 “People Helping People®” Scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The funds are provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters.

Extension’s food education is 50 years old

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program celebrated 50 years of excellence at a conference held May 20-23 in Raleigh.

EFNEP is a federally-funded educational program conducted through the Cooperative Extension Service in every state and U.S. territory. In North Carolina, EFNEP is administered through N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University.

In 2017 Della Hicks, Adult Educator from Pasquotank County won the Minnie Miller Brown Award for assisting families of Pasquotank County with better food resource management. Pasquotank Cooperative Extension is proud to announce that this year’s EFNEP Champion Award winner was the Food Bank of the Albemarle. EFNEP Champion Awards were established in 2009 as a way to recognize individuals who, although not employed by EFNEP, are a constant driving force in the success of the program, either in their county, their region or the state.

Thanks to the support of the Food Bank, EFNEP has directly impacted economic, obesity, and food insecurity challenges that hinder the health and well-being of families in Pasquotank County. Over the years, EFNEP has become instrumental in delivering research-based hands-on nutritional skills and strategies to help families plan nutritional meals and incorporate physical activity to overcome Obesity.

Adydlett, Twiddy agents of the month

John Aydlett and Rhonda Twiddy were named Sales Agent and the Listing Agent for May 2019 at Long & Foster, Phyllis Bosomworth and Erin Nixon announced.

Aydlett, a native of Camden, graduated from North Carolina State University and has worked in the Albemarle area for over 25 years. His extensive knowledge of the area. He is involved with the community through service on various boards and organizations in both Camden & Elizabeth City.

Twiddy is a lifelong resident of Elizabeth City and has 40 years of experience in sales, business development and organizational management. Rhonda also has extensive community knowledge to assist her clients. She currently Chairs the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Tourism Development Authority, serves on the board of the Committee of 100, serves as Secretary of the First Flight Society and is a Rotarian. She was a Multi-Million Dollar Producer in 2015 and 2016, and a Mega-Million Dollar Producer in 2017 and 2018.