The Perquimans County Schools Foundation announces the availability of the following scholarships for high school seniors attending Perquimans High School. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2020.

Bessie Smith Harrell Scholarship

The Bessie Smith Harrell Scholarship of $500 is given in honor of Bessie Smith Harrell, a native and lifelong resident of Perquimans County, who passed away in 2004. The intent of the donor, David Jordan, is that this award will encourage studying basic or applied fields of science by students. Recipients are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service and character.

Rhonda Gregory Business Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is a scholarship sponsored by Danny and Rhonda Gregory and is offered to a PCHS senior planning to attend College of the Albemarle and entering the field of business. Recipients are selected based on financial need and academic standards.

Bogue Scholarship

The Bogue Scholarship of $2,500 is given by Mr. and Mrs. William A. Bogue, Jr. in memory of his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. William A. Bogue, aunts Margaret B. Butler and Edith B. Spivey, and all the descendents of the first William Bogue of Perquimans who have called Perquimans County their home for more than 300 years.

Eugene Rountree, Sr. Scholarship

This $500 scholarship in memory of Eugene Rountree, Sr. is sponsored by the Inter-County Department Fire Department and is available to a high school student. Mr. Rountree was a charter member and retired Fire Chief of the Inter-County Volunteer Fire Department with more than four decades of service.

The Perquimans County Schools Foundation Scholarship

The Perquimans County Schools Foundation selects one student each year to award a $1,000 scholarship which is renewable for the four years recipient is in college. Recipients are selected based on academic standards, community service and character.

The Walker and Marjorie Rayburn Scholarship

The purpose of the Walker and Marjorie Rayburn (endowed) Scholarship is to give an opportunity for a graduate of Perquimans County High School to attend a college at least 50 miles away from home, who would otherwise not be likely to do so. This is intended to be a need based scholarship and is $5,000 for four years ($20,000) for a qualifying student. The applicant should have a 3.0 GPA. The applicant must attach a school provided transcript with an attendance record. A list of extracurricular activities and community activities must be provided with a description of the role played by the applicant in each of the activities. An essay is required with the application and face to face interview required for finalists.

Thomas and Mary Chapley Scholarship

This $5,000 scholarship is given by Thomas and Mary Chapley to assist a PCHS graduate (graduate must be accepted/attend a 4-year college or university located at least 50 miles from Hertford, North Carolina). Applicant must be a resident of Perquimans County, have a GPA of 3.0 or above, with financial need as a consideration.

William Steve and Sharon Spies Lane Scholarship

This $1500 scholarship is given by William Steve and Sharon Spies Lane to one male and one female recipient to assist a PCHS student (or prior recipient) in attending College of The Albemarle. Applicant must be a resident of Perquimans County, GPA of 3.0 or above and financial need is a consideration. A letter describing your field of interest, high school transcript, a list of honors and extracurricular activities and one letter of reference.

Perquimans Arts League / Suzanne Towe Haste Merit Award

This $500 scholarship is sponsored by The Perquimans Arts League and pays tribute to Suzanne Towe Haste and is known as the Suzanne Towe Haste Merit Award and Exhibit, for high school seniors and juniors, residing in Perquimans County.

The Merit award recognizes students of outstanding ability who will be majoring in the Arts in college or have applied to a summer program or camp for the arts. This award is made to applicants without regard to financial need. All applicants will participate in an exhibit, to take place at the Perquimans Arts League Gallery.

The Jeanne C. White Educational Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is available each year to a Perquimans County High School graduating senior (male or female) and is provided by the Jeanne Chappell White Educational Endowment. The endowment was established by Mrs. Jeanne and her family prior to her death in 2015. Jeanne was well known for her community service throughout the community and the state and was the first woman elected to a county office in Perquimans County.

Preference will be given to a student with limited financial resources interested in pursuing a community college or university degree. Selection of the recipient will be based on scholastic achievement, community service, character and financial need.

The Emmett B. Long Scholarship

The Emmett B. Long Education Scholarship is made available to a student attending Perquimans County High School with a “C” average or better, who is active in the community and has a strong desire to further his/her education. The Emmett B. Long Education Scholarship is valued at $750 and is a renewable scholarship sponsored by Madelyn P. Long.

The Christopher Todd Conway Student-Athlete Scholarship

The Christopher Todd Conway Student-Athlete Scholarship is a new $500 scholarship opportunity, which began for the PCHS Graduating Class of 2016. Better known as Chris Conway to his family and friends, he lost his battle to cancer at the age of 39 in January 2016. Chris was the husband of Heather Jones Conway and was a special agent for the State Bureau of Investigation.

Chris was a talented baseball player earning a baseball scholarship to Barton College. Later he leveraged those skills coaching for sports team in Perquimans County. Prior to his death, he made his wishes known that he would like to offer a $500 scholarship to assist a baseball player realize his dream to attend college. Preference is given to seniors who have played baseball during their high school tenure.

The Madelyn Marie Byrum (Those Who Give Back) Scholarship

This $750 scholarship was available for the first time in June 2017. The scholarship will continue to be available to a PCHS graduating senior who exemplifies the importance of academics and the value of having a heart for serving and helping others.

Selection of this recipient will be based on academics, his or her passion for sports and the fact the individual is noted for helping others at the high school and in the community throughout their tenure as a student at Perquimans High School. The scholarship is given in memory of Madelyn Byrum who was loved and well known for putting others before herself.

The Madelyn Marie Byrum Scholarship is now funded through the Madelyn Byrum Scholarship Endowment, managed by the Perquimans County Schools Foundation, Inc.

The Janice McKenzie Cole Mentoring Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is named in honor of Perquimans County resident Janice McKenzie Cole, the first African American and the first female to serve as a District Court Judge in the First Judicial District of North Carolina.

The Honorable Cole also served for six years on the Perquimans County Board of Commissioners, four of them as the chairperson. During her career, Mrs. Cole has mentored many young attorneys and professionals.

The intent of the donors of this scholarship is to encourage college-bound seniors to invest in the lives and education of younger students through mentoring. Applicants must be female residents of Perquimans County, have a 3.0 GPA, be on track to attend a four-year university with an intended major/career interest in the social sciences, and express a desire to mentor younger students.

Preference will be given to students who exhibit a financial need.

The John & Betty Crawford Scholarship

An endowment for the John & Betty Crawford Scholarship was established in 2017. The endowment will generate a $1,000 scholarship each year with preference will be given to a student with limited financial resources and who is interested in pursuing a community college or university degree in basic science and who plans to enter the medical field. This scholarship is only available to Perquimans County High School seniors and was awarded for the first time in 2018.

Thelma A. Finch-Copeland Scholarship

Perquimans High School alumni Johnnie L. Finch, Jr., Esquire honors his mother, Thelma A. Finch-Copeland, with a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving PCHS senior who plans to major in early childhood education. The application must be a male with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Esther Winslow Markham Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is named for a 1945 graduate of Perquimans County High School and is sponsored by Doug Markham. This award will be given to one graduating senior with preference to a student attending (1) UNC-CH, (2) Guilford College, (3) Duke University or (4) student intending a career in nursing.

Waldo Winslow Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is named for a 1962 graduate of Perquimans County High School and is sponsored by Doug Markham. This award will be given to one graduating senior attending NCSU, preferably the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Perquimans County Rescue Squad

This $500 scholarship is available to any graduating senior from Perquimans County High School that will further his/he career in the medical field. Student must have a “C” average throughout their high school tenure. The applicant must be accepted to a 2-year or 4-year college or university and be willing to complete a 48 hour Ride Along Program with the Rescue Squad.

Kim Hunter Daugherty Scholarship

This $500 scholarship will be available for the first time in April 2020 through the Kim Hunter Daugherty Endowment Fund. It is available to any graduating senior from PCHS that will be furthering their education in a career that is geared toward helping others (police, fire, rescue, social work, education). Student must have at least a “C” average and be accepted to a community college or 4-year university.

Veronica “Ronnie” Skinner Darden Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is given in memory of Veronica “Ronnie” Skinner Darden, a former student of Perquimans County High School. The scholarship is available to a student with limited financial resources who is interesting in pursing a college or university degree at College of the Albemarle or Elizabeth City State University, in a career or field that will be helping/serving others. The selection of the recipient is based on scholastic achievement, community service, financial need and character.

For more information or for anyone interested in establishing an annual scholarship or endowment, please contact Brenda Lassiter at 252.426.5741. Scholarship applications for the above scholarships can be secured by calling the high school counselor at Perquimans County High School.

Staff writer Miles Layton can be reached at mlayton@ncweeklies.com