A Synopsis of the BCCC Foundation and Its Endowments
Currently, the BCCC Foundation maintains forty-five individual endowments that generate a variety of scholarships for BCCC students. These endowments are referred to as "restricted funds," and are usually established in memory or in honor of a certain person or organization. An endowment is established by contributing a principal amount of money to the Foundation. The funds are then invested in various mutual funds. The earnings on the principal amount are used to provide scholarships or services for BCCC, as the donor designates. To date, the BCCC Foundation holds assets of more than $1,000,000. The following description is a synopsis of the current endowments available at BCCC.
Robert C. Page Endowment
Established by Lena H. Page in 1992 in memory of her husband, this annual scholarship is awarded to a nursing student who demonstrates high academic achievement and financial need.
Chris Moffitt Endowment
Established in 1999 by friends and family in memory of Chris Moffitt, RN, this fund makes an annual award to a student enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program. Chris Moffitt was a graduate of BCCC's ADN program.
Frances and Irwin Hulbert Endowment
Established in 1991, first to memorialize Harry and Lorraine Alvis - the parents of Frances Hulbert, this endowment was renamed in 2008 by the Hulbert children. Frances Hulbert served on the BCCC Foundation's Board of Directors for many years and her husband Irwin was an Episcopalian minister. The Hulbert scholarships are awarded to nursing students who demonstrate financial need, are in good academic standing, and do not use tobacco products. Preference is given to students committed to working with geriatric patients in Beaufort County for a period of one year after graduation.
James Franklin and Hannah Roberson Bagwell Endowment
Established in 1997, this endowment funds annual scholarships in memory of William Riley and Rosa Watson Roberson and William "Bill" Roberson Bagwell. The recipients of these awards must be high school or GED graduates enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program, must demonstrate financial need, and must show academic promise.
Established in 1998 in memory of Harold Alton Lane, Jr., and in honor of Constance Lane Howard, by their parents Harold Lane, Sr. and his wife Louise, this endowment provides annual scholarships to one or more students in the nursing and or an associate degree program.
Helen Thorne Brooks Boyd Endowment
Established in 1997 by family and friends in memory of Helen Boyd, a former BCCC Trustee and Foundation board member, this scholarship is restricted to a full-time student enrolled in an associate degree program, whom has financial need, is in good academic standing, and is a resident of the Bath or Belhaven township.
Kimberly Anne and David Teeter Endowment
Established in 1994 in memory of Kimberly Anne Teeter, and expanded in 2009 to include David, the daughter and son of Ruth and Vernon Teeter, this scholarship is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the college transfer curriculum and is in good academic standing. Preference is given to the child of a BCCC faculty or staff member.
Bobby Andrews Endowment
Established in 2000 in honor of Bobby Andrews and his long career in coaching women's and girls' softball, the scholarships are made available to women who have played in the Washington Girls' Softball League, and are planning to attend BCCC.
Albert Jowdy Endowment
Established in 1991 by family and friends in memory of Albert Jowdy, the long time owner of Jowdy's Radio - Appliance store in Washington, NC, this endowment awards an annual scholarship to a second-year student enrolled in BCCC's Electronics Engineering program.
Rita B. Toler Endowment
Established in 2003, by her husband Gary and daughter Kelly T. Harding, in memory of Rita B. Toler, this scholarship for accounting students honors Toler's 32-year career in the BCCC Business office. Toler retired from her college Controller position in 2003 and is fondly remembered for her commitment to accuracy and integrity in accounting. Her wish was to pass this on to others.
Hannah Page Endowment
Family and friends established the Hannah Page Endowment in December 1999. She was a beloved faculty member in the BCCC Business Division. The endowment provides an annual scholarship to a medical office administration student.
Archbell / Wilkinson Endowment
Established in 1990 by Mr. John A. Wilkinson, in memory of his uncle, Mr. J.E. Archbell (a leader in the tobacco industry), this endowment is now used to fund the BCCC Ambassador program, FFA scholarships, staff and faculty excellence awards, and continuing education tuition for faculty. Wilkinson, who resided in Pantego, was a prominent lawyer who valued the immense power of education. He was a leader in contributing to the Foundation and was among the first donors to start an endowment. The Wilkinson Endowment seeks to promote and reward excellence.
Dr. Gordon Hoffman Criminal Justice Endowment
Created from the sale of land donated to the Foundation by Dr. Gordon Hoffman, this scholarship is awarded to a law enforcement officer seeking to further his or her education with a degree in criminal justice. Prior to his retirement in 2003, Dr. Hoffman was the Director of BCCC's Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program.
Lucy W. Burgess Endowment
Established in 1996 as a memorial to Lucy W. Burgess, a former resident of Beaufort County and long term employee of the NC Department of Social Services, this annual scholarship is awarded to a student receiving assistance or services from the Department of Social Services. The recipient must have some work experience, be committed to getting an education, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and may be enrolled in any program with the exception of cosmetology.
Myrtle Cutler Jones Endowment
Established in 2002 by the family of Myrtle Cutler Jones, this fund provides an annual scholarship to a second year BCCC student in a medical technology program. Jones, a Beaufort County native, recognized the importance of a medical facility in a rural community. She wanted her estate to benefit Pungo District Hospital (PDH). Recipients must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be willing to work for PDH for at least one year after graduating.
BCCC Trustee Endowment
Established in 1996 by the BCCC Board of Trustees to generate an annual scholarship, it is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in a curriculum program. The recipient must demonstrate financial need, leadership ability, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above.
Washington Woman's Club Endowment
The Washington Woman's Club established this fund in 1999. It provides an annual scholarship to a second year nursing student residing in Beaufort County. Recipients must have a 3.5 GPA and be willing to work in Beaufort County for one year after they graduate from the nursing program.
Louise and Dorsey Welch Endowment
Established in 2001, the Welch scholarship memorializes a couple who made lifelong contributions to the community through their family business, Welch's Drugstore. Louise Welch was also a teacher. This scholarship is made available annually to a student who, after completing their initial course work at BCCC, plans to go on to earn a teaching degree. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this scholarship.
The Community Endowment
The Community Endowment was started in 1997 and is comprised of donations to the college from annual solicitations and gifts at large. The earnings from this endowment provide funds for scholarships as well as special projects that benefit the College.
Tayloe Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Mrs. Sam Tim (Tay) Carter, with encouragement from her children Libba, Lou, Clay, and Mary, started the Tayloe Family Endowment in 2003, in memory of her grandfather, Dr. David Thomas Tayloe. The endowment also honors his numerous descendants who have made significant contributions to the medical community of Beaufort County. Scholarships generated by this endowment are awarded to BCCC students enrolled in any medically related program.
Lou Tyer Memorial Endowment
The Lou Tyer Memorial Endowment was established in 2000. Tyer was a beloved developmental math instructor at BCCC. The scholarship is generally awarded to a successful developmental education student working toward a degree.
Robert "Bobby" E. Farish Memorial Endowment
Rebecca Farish established this endowment in 2005 to honor the memory of her husband with scholarships that are reflective of his talents and interests in life. The scholarships are awarded to students in the business, criminal justice or automotive technology programs each year, and are based on need.
Margaret Hodges Hackney Endowment
Established in 2005 in memory of Margaret Hodges Hackney, this endowment makes permanent Mrs. Hackney's long-time annually funded scholarship in memory of her father, Ralph H. Hodges. Both spent a lifetime in community service, with a special interest in education. The endowment makes awards to BCCC nursing students, with priority given to students in the Practical Nursing program who demonstrate financial need and academic merit.
Established in 2006, this endowment was specifically designed to provide scholarships for students enrolled in an industrial arts program at BCCC. Recipients must have at least a 2.0 GPA and demonstrate need.
James Wyatt Respass Blanks Endowment
Established in 2005 with memorials and gifts from friends and family, the "Wyatt" Blanks scholarship is awarded annually to a student with at least a 2.5 GPA. His parents Loretta and Wayne Blanks, Sr. wanted to assist students who are working toward a 2 year degree and have at least a 2.5 GPA. If the student maintains their GPA, the scholarship is renewable.
Alice Agnew Endowment
Alice L. Collis Agnew's children Tom, Jo, Beth, Chris, Virgil, and Mary established this endowment in 2006. Mrs. Agnew and her family were so impressed with the quality of care she had received in the Beaufort County Nursing Home that they decided to use the endowment's earnings to provide a scholarship with preference given to a nursing assistant who wants to further their career in a medical field.
Donald and Janet Bellew Endowment
Donald Bellew and his wife Janet established this endowment in 2005. Bellew had obtained his higher education by putting himself through night school and wanted to make it easier for another night student to do the same. Hence, this scholarship is available for students enrolled in BCCC's evening classes.
James E. and Evelyn Smith, III Endowment
Despite James Smith's blindness throughout most of his adult life, he and his wife Evelyn owned and operated their own successful accounting business for 29 years. Hence, in 2007, the Smith's daughter Mandy S. Jones, established this endowment to commemorate her parents' lifelong love of learning and to honor their positive attitude toward life. This endowment provides an annual scholarship for a student in the Human Services field.
Shereda Bailey Endowment
Shereda Bailey was a promising young BCCC nursing student who died unexpectedly in 2006 - just three weeks before graduation. Shereda's mother, Sheila Brooks, combined memorials raised by Shereda's fellow nursing students, and funds raised by family and friends, to start an endowment in her beloved daughter's memory. The scholarship is awarded to deserving nursing students under the age of twenty-five.
Lucille Edwards Carowan Dibble Endowment
Lucille Edwards Carowan Dibble was memorialized after her death in November 2006 by her husband of two and a half years, Louis Dibble, and her daughters Gladys, Martha, Mary, and Clarissa. Lucille Carawan Dibble chaired both a bond issuance committee and a College Parallel committee for BCCC. She worked in education and served on the Washington City Board of Education. Her scholarship assists students in the Mechanical Engineering/Drafting and Design Program.
Clarence and Mildred Hollowell Endowment
Clarence Hollowell, Jr. created this endowment to honor and memorialize his parents, Clarence and Mildred Hollowell. Mr. Hollowell, who died in 1979, was a native of Belhaven and a career Coast Guardsman. He and his wife, Mildred, raised six children in Belhaven. The scholarship assists BCCC nursing students who live in or near Belhaven.
The Presidents' Endowment
Dr. David McLawhorn initiated this endowment in 2004. As president of BCCC, Dr. McLawhorn wanted to create a fund that would supplement the work of the Foundation by supporting projects like, the annual Staff and Faculty Members of the Year awards.
Grey and Jarl Bowers Endowment
Grey Worley and Jarl E. Bowers provided for this endowment in their wills. Grey Bowers was a home economics teacher and Jarl Bowers was a successful business man and community leader. The Bowers believed deeply in the value of education as well as the mission of BCCC, and bequeathed this endowment in 2008 to help students demonstrating need and enrolled in a curriculum program at BCCC.
Louise P. Kidwell Endowment
Louise Proctor Kidwell's children, Ronald, Mark, Proctor, Mary Lou, and Keith started this endowment in 2008 to memorialize their mother's accomplishments. She worked as an accountant in NYC for 17 years before joining H&R Block. In 1976 she passed the IRS Enrolled Agent exam and in 1979 purchased the Washington NC H&R Block franchise and opened LPK Accounting Service. She worked in both of these businesses until her death. Kidwell was a role model for women in the business world and continues to be so through this perpetual scholarship for BCCC accounting students.
Anthony "Tony" A. Capehart, Jr. Endowment
This endowment memorializes Washington native, Tony Capehart, for his successful 36 year career in industrial management and for his life-long service to his community. He also taught classes in Industrial Management at BCCC and saw first hand how a community college education can change lives. Established in 2007, the scholarship this endowment provides is awarded to BCCC students who show need or promise in the Electrical Engineering Technology program.
J. Bonner Paul, Sr. Endowment
J. Bonner Paul's wife Lillian and Bobby Hodges, vice president of Paul Funeral Home, created this endowment on November 23, 2008 to memorialize his successful career and numerous civic contributions to Beaufort County. Mr. Paul joined his family's mortuary business in 1937 and shaped it into a company synonymous with compassion and service. He was active in numerous civic, church, and professional organizations throughout his life. The scholarship provided by this endowment is awarded annually to a business or nursing student attending BCCC.
Floyd Lupton Endowment
Floyd Lupton worked tirelessly for 26 years as an aide to Congressman Walter B. Jones and for the betterment of northeastern North Carolina. Lupton was famous for getting things done on behalf of the late congressman. Partnership for the Sounds, a nonprofit agency dedicated to the nature and economic development of the region, used private donations and memorials to create this endowment and honor the man who was instrumental in establishing the organization. First preference is given to students enrolled in BCCC's bio-technology program.
Cypress Landing Endowment
The home owners in Cypress Landing subdivision joined forces in 2007 to create this first-of-its-kind endowment at Beaufort County Community College. Mrs. Helen Sommerkamp and Mr. Chris Harris lead the effort to organize the campaign and within a few months, this small community of 500 homes met a big goal of $10,000. This scholarship is awarded to a BCCC student residing in Beaufort County and who demonstrates need.
GEMS (Girls Excited about Math and Science)
Sandria McFadden was teaching drafting at Beaufort County Community College when she decided to create an endowment to provide scholarships for women pursuing careers in nontraditional fields – like machining, drafting, law enforcement, welding, etc. McFadden encouraged others to give and in June of 2008, GEMS reached endowment status. Thanks to McFadden's vision, women attending BCCC can Believe! Achieve! Become!
Southern Bank Endowment
The Southern Bank offices in Beaufort County established this endowment to provide scholarships to Beaufort County Community College students residing in the areas of Belhaven and or Bath. Southern Bank has also been instrumental in supporting the Foundation's annual Cutthroat Croquet Tournament which provides the annual Dot and John Tankard Scholarship. The Tankards devoted their entire lives to the betterment of Bath, NC.
Frances M. and William "Bill" R. Roberson Endowment
Frances and Bill Roberson bequeathed this endowment to BCCC in their will. Not only was Bill Roberson an astute businessman but he was also an avid art collector. Frances was a talented musician and vocalist. Together, the Robersons left a lasting impression on their community. They asked that this funding be used to reflect their great love for the arts. Hence, this scholarship is made available to a student who, after completing their initial course work at BCCC, plans to go on to earn a fine arts or culinary degree.
Coca Cola Endowment
Established in 2010 with a generous gift from the Coca Cola Foundation and Coca Cola Bottling Plant in Washington, NC, this endowment provides a scholarship for a BCCC student with at least a 2.5 GPA and is receiving no other financial aid. Thanks to this donation, the Cocoa Cola Bottling Plant will model good corporate citizenship in perpetuity.
Art and Alice Keeney – East Carolina Bank Endowment
In honor of Art Keeney's retirement in June of 2009, as CEO of East Carolina Bank (ECB), which is based in Engelhard, NC, the ECB board of directors established this endowment to recognize both Art and his wife Alice for their tremendous accomplishments at the bank, in the Hyde County community, and throughout the ECB service area. First preference for these scholarships goes to students residing in Hyde County, who have a GPA of 2.5 or better, and demonstrate need.
Wallace / Eakes Charitable Lead and Charitable Remainder Trusts
In 2001, Doris Wallace Eakes made BCCC a beneficiary of her Charitable Lead (CLT) and Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT). The CLT provides BCCC with $12,800 annually for eight scholarships. The CRT will eventually provide BCCC with 8% of its $4.2 million investment. These funds memorialize her father, Carmer Wallace, and her husband Joseph. This gift was so substantial BCCC gave its library the same name.
Endowments under construction:
Jody Parrish Endowment (invested and awaiting one year of earnings)
Ted Clayton "Excellence in Welding" Endowment - (building to $5000 level)
Capps/Stewart Endowment - (building to $5000 level)
Other ongoing scholarships that are funded by annual donations to the BCCC Foundation and are made available to BCCC students include the following:
Tayloe Drug Company Health Occupations Scholarships
Washington Rotary Club of Washington (evening) Scholarships
Bunyan Ruritan Club Scholarships
Linda Louise Penrod Practical Nursing Scholarships
Tideland Electric Scholarships
Washington Kiwanis Club Scholarships
BCCC Staff Association Scholarship
Colin Cratch Arnold Scholarship
David C. Lee, Jr. Automotive and Business Technology Scholarships