Monday, August 25, 2014

Midyette receives Lucille Edwards Carowan Dibble Scholarship

James A. Midyette II
The Beaufort County Community College Foundation has awarded the Lucille Edwards Carowan Dibble Scholarship to James Midyette II.
Midyette, 41, of Pinetown, is a student in BCCC’s Heavy Construction Equipment Program. A graduate of Northside High School, Midyette is employed in the marine construction industry. He is the son of Patricia Wallace of Pantego and James A. Midyette of Washington. After completing his studies at BCCC, Midyette plans to work as a diesel mechanic.
The Lucille Edwards Carowan Dibble Endowment was established in 2007 by her husband, Lewis M. Dibble, and daughters Gladys Carowan Howell and Clarissa Carowan Phillips of Washington, Mary Carowan Mertz of Durham and Martha Carowan Zito of Matthews with support from Mrs. Dibble’s friends. It funds an industrial technology scholarship for a student attending BCCC.

Lucille Dibble
Over the years, Mrs. Dibble was active in many civic and church activities. She played an important role in BCCC’s history. Mrs. Dibble chaired a $600,000 bond issue to fund capital improvements at then Beaufort County Technical Institute which included construction of the institute’s first library. For seven years, Mrs. Dibble also chaired BCCC’s College Parallel Committee which oversaw changes in the school’s curriculum which were needed during the transition from technical institute to community college.

Hudson receives Cypress Landing Scholarship

Harley Hudson
Harley Hudson has been chosen to receive the scholarship awarded from contributions to an endowment at Beaufort County Community College by residents of Cypress Landing.
Hudson, 18, of Washington is enrolled in general college courses at BCCC with plans to transfer to a four-year university to study physical therapy. A graduate of Washington High School, Hudson is employed at First South Bank. She is the daughter of Leonard and Emily Hudson.
“I thank the Cypress Landing Homeowners Association for their very generous donation,” she said. “It is going to help me a lot with my first year of college and help me further my education.”
In 2007, the Cypress Landing Homeowners Association raised money among its members to create a $5,000 endowment to provide a scholarship for a student to attend BCCC. Since that time, the endowment has grown to over $30,000 thanks to numerous and generous contributions from the association’s members. Mrs. Helen Sommerkamp Inman and Mr. Chris Harris led the initial effort to organize the campaign. This scholarship is awarded to a BCCC student living in Beaufort County and who demonstrates need

Community Endowment Scholarship awarded to Adams and Hickman

Brenda Adams
Rhonda Hickman
Brenda Adams and Rhonda Hickman have received the Community Scholarship awarded by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation to attend BCCC this fall.
Adams, 57, of Greenville, is a student in BCCC’s Human Services Technology Program. A graduate of J.H. Rose High School, she plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice after completing her studies. Adams and her husband, Michael, have three children.
“I thank you for choosing me to receive this award,” she said. “I hope that I will be able to give back to someone like me in the future.”
Hickman, 49, of Windsor, is also a student in BCCC’s Human Services Technology Program. A graduate of Lawrence Academy, Hickman is employed with Home Life Home Health. After graduating from BCCC, Hickman plans to take substance abuse counseling classes and get a job in her field.
“Thank you so much for your kindness,” she said. “It is people and organizations like these that make it possible for those of us who need assistance to obtain a two- or four-year degree.”

The scholarship is awarded by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation from funds raised by the foundation’s annual golf tournament and from contributions from individuals members of the foundation’s Board of Directors. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Foreman chosen for Tony Capehart Scholarship

Kefn Foreman
A Mechanical Engineering Technology student at Beaufort County Community College has been awarded a scholarship from an endowment established in memory of Anthony A. “Tony” Capehart Jr.
Kefn Foreman, 33, of Chocowinity, attended North Pitt High School and earned a high school equivalency degree in 2013. Foreman and his finance, Beth Blandford, have three children. After graduating from BCCC, he plans to get a job in his field.
“The fact that someone I’ve never met believes in me enough to support me with the finances to further my degree means a lot to me,” he said. “It gives me more motivation to strive for even more success.”
The endowment was established by Mr. Capehart’s wife, Pat, and children Tony Capehart III of Washington, Mary Patricia Capehart Hulbert of Wilmington and their families.
Mr. Capehart was born in Washington on April 20, 1922 and graduated from Washington High School. After graduation, he attended N.C. State University where he was a member of the ROTC. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and was chosen to attend Officer’s Candidate School. He served as a First Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps until he was honorably discharged from active duty in 1945. He continued to serve in the Air Force Active Reserve Unit in Washington until 1952.
After World War II, Mr. Capehart enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce.
Mr. Capehart spent 36 years in industrial management serving 20 years with Dupont Co. and 16 years with Flanders Filters. Following his retirement, Mr. Capehart used his extensive knowledge of management to oversee construction of Washington High School and, as a volunteer, of renovations to Brown Library.

Mr. Capehart was active in civic affairs. He was a member of the Washington Chamber of Commerce and served on the Industrial Management Council for many years. He was a member of the Washington Rotary Club for more than 40 years, during which time he served as president and secretary. He was named Rotarian of the Year for 1992-93 and was a Paul Harris Fellow. Mr. Capehart was a life-long member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church where he served on the Vestry and ushered for many years.

Carrick receives Lucy W. Burgess Scholarship

Toni Carrick
Toni Carrick has been chosen by the Beaufort County Community College Foundation to receive the Lucy W. Burgess Endowment scholarship to attend BCCC this fall.
Carrick, 48, of Grimesland is a student in BCCC’s Human Services Technology Program. A graduate of Hackettstown (N.J.) High School, Carrick works as a habilitation specialist for Life, Inc. She plans to continue her education in social work or psychology after graduating from BCCC. She has four children.
“I am honored and blessed to receive the Lucy Burgess Scholarship and will do my best to uphold and exceed the academic and professional expectations of this scholarship,” she said.

The scholarship is awarded through an endowment established in 1996 as a memorial to Lucy W. Burgess, a former resident of Beaufort County. Burgess dedicated her life to a career in social work and held various positions with the state Department of Social Services. The recipient of the scholarship must have work experience, be committed to obtaining an education and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Helen Thorne Brooks Boyd Memorial Scholarship awarded to Spencer

Stacey Spencer, a Belhaven student pursing a nursing degree, is the most recent recipient of the Helen Thorne Brooks Boyd Memorial Scholarship at Beaufort County Community College.
Stacey Spencer
Spencer, 41, is taking courses that will prepare her to apply to the Associate Degree Nursing Program at BCCC. A graduate of Northside High School, she also holds a certification as a Clinical Dialysis Technician. She is employed as a dialysis technician at Fresenius Medical Care. After completing her studies at BCCC, Spencer plans to work as a nurse in an area dialysis center. Spencer and her husband, Jerry, have four children.
“I thank the donors of this scholarship for their investment in my future,” she said. “This donation will forever inspire me to give back to someone in need of the same assistance one day.”

The Helen Thorne Brooks Boyd Memorial Scholarship was established in 1997. Mrs. Boyd was a resident of Belhaven, a BCCC trustee and Foundation board member until her death. The scholarship is restricted to a full-time student, with financial need, who is enrolled in an associate degree program, is in good academic standing at the college and is a resident of Bath or Belhaven Township.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Matthews receives BLB Scholarship

Michael Matthews
The Beaufort County Community College Foundation has chosen Michael Matthews of Chocowinity to receive the BLB Scholarship to attend BCCC this fall.
Matthews, 48, is a student in BCCC’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Program. A graduate of Sherwood High School, Matthews is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Matthews is employed as the Front-of-the-House Manager and waiter at East Coast Wings and Grill. He hopes to work as a machinist at a local industry after completing his studies at BCCC. Matthews and his wife, Lisinda Flynn, live in Chocowinity.
“I am grateful to be provided with this scholarship award,” he said. “Hopefully one day the opportunity will arise for me to repay your kindness with scholarships to up-and-coming students.”

The BLB Scholarship is funded by an endowment established by an anonymous donor in 2006 specifically to provide scholarships for students enrolled in an industrial arts program at BCCC.  To be eligible, recipients must have at least a 2.0 grade point average and demonstrate need.