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The Person County Education Foundation has released a list of this year’s scholarship opportunities for Person County graduating seniors.

The Victoria Jalissa Bradsher Daniel Scholarship, established in 2018 by her co-workers at Orange County Child Support Services, honors Daniel’s memory and celebrates her commitment to youth, her community, and her alma-mater, Elizabeth City State University. This $500 scholarship is available to Person High School graduating seniors planning to attend Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina Central University, or North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University. Applicants will complete an application and interview process where good moral character, academics, financial need, community service and leadership are considerations.

To honor the memory of Reverend L.G. Elliott and Rosa Harris Elliott who believed in the importance education; and to honor Bobby Harris who served on the boards of several educational organizations, including a 14-year term on the Person County school board, the Harris family has established the Reverend L.G. and Rosa Harris Elliott Scholarship Fund. This $1,000 scholarship is available to Person High School graduating seniors planning to attend a community college, private college, or university and are interested in considering teaching, and other avenues within the field of education. Applicants will complete an application and interview process where community service, leadership and financial need are considerations.

To honor the memory of his Helena High School Coach Dave Hodge, and honoring his wife Ann Hodge, Carl Rogers has established the Dave and Ann Hodge Access Scholarship.

This newly-established scholarship is available to Person County seniors graduating from PHS or RCS who plan to attend East Carolina University. The Hodge Access Scholarship provides recipients with a $5,000 annual award and access to the ECU Access Scholarship Program. The scholarship may be renewable for three additional years if certain conditions are met.

Established in 2017, the Dr. Thomas D. and Lelia C. Long Scholarship is available to students graduating from Person High School and Roxboro Community School who plan to attend a community college, private college or university. Academic excellence as well as financial need will be primary considerations for the competitive application and interview process. The Long Scholarship provides recipients with a $1,000 award for the first year of study. The scholarship may be renewable for three additional years if certain conditions are met.

To honor the memory of Sanford “Sandy” Barcliff Moore II, Allen Martin established the Sandy Moore Scholarship. Moore, a 1982 PHS graduate who passed away in 2015, exemplified a disciplined work ethic at an early age which carried over into his career. The $500 award was created to encourage a PHS graduating senior who lives in a single-parent household, exhibits first-generation college student status, demonstrates financial need, and displays a high degree of perseverance.

In 2012, Rena Morton established the Sarah Elizabeth Morton “Teach In Person” Scholarship in memory of her daughter. A 1999 graduate of PHS, Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from UNC Wilmington in 2003 and six years later received her National Board Certification as well as her master’s degree from East Carolina University. She taught eighth grade social studies at Southern Middle School for six years and advised the student council and yearbook staffs. In May 2010, Sarah lost her battle to ovarian cancer. The endowment, along with monies donated by Person County Schools’ employees, offers $1,000 scholarships to graduating PHS seniors majoring in education. Applicants are evaluated based on academic standing, character, leadership among peers, service in the community and preparation for a career in educating students in the public schools of Person County. Rena’s wish was to find not only good scholars but to find students, like Sarah, who are passionate about serving others and their community.

The Merle S. and Jean H. Solomon Scholarship is available to Person County seniors graduating from PHS or RCS who plan to attend a technical program of study at a community college, a recognized trade school, or a two- or four-year institution of higher learning. Established in 1995, this scholarship encourages Person County students who have shown a high degree of ability and interest in a technical field to continue their education after high school. The Solomons established this endowment to “help people who work with their hands.” The Solomon Scholarship provides recipients with an award up to a maximum of $1,500 per year of study. The scholarship may be renewable for an additional year if certain conditions are met.

And finally, The W.O. Humphries Scholarship is available through an endowment from the W. O. Humphries family. Mrs. Alpha Humphries endowed this scholarship in memory of her husband, Walter Humphries, in 1990. This annual scholarship will be awarded to a Person County resident who plans to attend a four-year college or university. The award is based on evidence of past and present academic achievement, financial need, letters of recommendation and extracurricular activities. Students who attend Person High School, Roxboro Community School, or a free North Carolina residential high school are eligible to apply.

Person County seniors interested in applying for these scholarships should visit www.personcoeducationfoundation.org to access the criteria and application. Complete applications must be submitted by Friday, March 22. The PCEF Scholarship Committee will review the applications, hold interviews and recognize the recipients of this year’s scholarships at their respective awards programs.

For additional information, contact Person County Education Foundation at personcoeducationfoundation@gmail.com.

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