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Groups hand out $36K in grants, scholarships

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Michaela Tiffany (left) receives a scholarship for $1,480 from the Bartlett Faison Scholarship Fund from Faison's sister, Marla Parr, during a ceremony held by the Northern Albemarle Community Foundation and the Women Givers of Northeastern North Carolina at Arts of the Albemarle's Maguire Theatre, Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

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William F. West
Staff Writer

Friday, June 24, 2016

A program to help Perquimans kindergartners learn to swim and a program to help boost the test scores of students from low-income families were among the top recipients of $22,000 in grants handed out by two regional philanthropic groups earlier this week.

Four area high school students also received a total of $13,580 in scholarship money from the Northern Albemarle Community Foundation and the Women Givers of Northeastern North Carolina.

The two groups announced the grants and scholarships during an event held Wednesday at Arts of the Albemarle's Maguire Theatre. Approximately 50 people, including the recipients, were on hand.

The Perquimans County Schools Foundation received the largest grant, $5,000. The funding will help pay for free YMCA swimming lessons for kindergartners as well as the administrative costs of the foundation’s educational endowments.

Arts of the Albemarle received the second-largest grant, $4,400. The money will help fund AoA’s Center Players’ trip to a competition in Atlanta. It also will help fund scholarships to AoA’s arts summer camp.

River City Community Development Corp. received a $4,000 grant. The funds will pay for a tutoring program to help boost the end-of-grade test scores of students from low-income families.

Albemarle Hopeline and the Chowan/Perquimans Smart Start Partnership each received grants for $2,500. Hopeline’s grant will help hire a bi-lingual staffer to serve the domestic violence shelter’s Hispanic clients. The Partnership’s grant will fund an educational series on parenting to help adults prepare their children for school.

Other area nonprofits receiving grants from the Community Foundation and the Women Givers were: 

* Damascus Outreach Association in Gates County: $1,500. The grant will be used to encourage children in Gates County to explore and learn science, technology, engineering and math.

* Food Bank of the Albemarle: $1,500. The grant will help the regional food bank purchase more produce for its anti-hunger efforts.

* Prevent Blindness North Carolina: $650. The grant will help the agency fund a program to serve blind students in Gates County.

* Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Northeastern North Carolina: $500. The grant will help pay for a security system at the SPCA’s new animal shelter.

Four soon-to-be college and university students also were on hand at Wednesday’s event to receive their scholarship awards. 

Kenneth Wallace and Parks Kelly each received $5,000 from the Bertha Sawyer Meiggs and Winfred Meiggs scholarship fund. The fund is led by Raymond Meiggs, a semi-retired agri-businessman who awards college scholarships in his parents' memory.

Wallace, 17, plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and double-major in film and business. His goal, he said, is to work in the movie and television business.

Wallace was home-schooled by his mother. He took early college courses at Regent University and a math class at Tidewater Community College.

Kelly, 18, is a graduate of First Flight High School in Dare County. He'll be attending N.C. State University where he hopes to study chemical engineering. His goal is to earn a master's degree. 

Also receiving scholarships during the event were Sarah Nelson, who received $2,100 from the Elizabeth City Jaycees scholarship fund, and Michaela Tiffany, who received $1,480 from the Bartlett Faison scholarship fund.

Nelson, 18, is a graduate of Camden County High School. She'll be attending Middlebury College in Vermont to major in bio-chemistry. She hopes to become a doctor specializing in infectious diseases.

Tiffany, 18, is a graduate of CamTech High School. She will attend N.C. State University where she plans to double-major in animal science and poultry science.

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