Davie Community Foundation Scholarships
Angie Slabach Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Angie Slabach. Angie had tireless energy for her family, her sports and her faith. A former Davie High Athlete and Girls Basketball Coach, she made an impact on the game, being selected for the Davie Hall of Fame. Angie graduated Davie High in 1984 and played basketball with UNC Wilmington and High Point University. She coached the War Eagle girls from 1988-1994.
She excelled in all areas of her life. She is remembered for more than athletics. Friends said of Angie that by living an inspired life of faith, she was able to touch the lives of others on many different levels. Angie sadly lost her three year battle with breast cancer in 2013. She left a wonderful legacy that continues to bring joy to her children and family.
The Angie Slabach Scholarship is available to a well-rounded high school senior. Preference is given to A/B student athletes who are active in their church.
Austin Ryan Carter Memorial Scholarship
It was obvious Austin was gifted from an early age. He was slow to walk but quick to speak. He was selected by Duke Universities TIP program in sixth grade. He took his first SAT at 12 years old and scored very well. It seemed Austin had a bright future. Instead, in June of 2008, he found himself at a crossroad. That summer he learned his mother had terminal cancer. He also realized that due to poor attendance he was going to have to repeat 8th grade. It was a harsh reality check for Austin that could not be ignored.
After many days and many phone calls, Austin found himself in the office of Jinda Haynes, principal of the Davie County Early College High School. Mrs. Haynes and counselor Teri Davies recognized the unique circumstances and allowed Austin to join the Phoenix family at the school. He was allowed to forgo 8th grade and became the very first “new kid” at DCECHS. It was a turning point. Austin threw himself into his work and blossomed. He had found his school, his friends, and his place of comfort. With the support of his new friends and the staff at the early college Austin was able to continue on and graduate from Appalachian State University in May of 2014.
It was because of the love and acceptance he found at the Early College that this scholarship bears his name and recognizes one of its students. It was his dream to return one day and establish it himself. Despite his death, the scholarship has become a reality due to Austin’s drive, hard work, kindness, and thrift. It encourages anyone that finds them self struggling to hold tight to their dreams and never give up!
The Austin Ryan Carter Memorial Scholarship is available to a well-rounded Davie County Early College high school senior.
B. Edwin & Ivy Nell Boger Family Scholarship
Edwin Boger is a hardworking man who spent his life working with his hands to build a successful farm and a successful life. Edwin didn’t just use his hands though; he has a brilliant mind and a real knack for investing.
Ivy Nell is a farm wife and homemaker, who worked alongside Edwin growing their farm and family! The Bogers’ raised their children in a faith filled home giving them a strong foundation.
As Edwin & Ivy Nell have aged, now in their mid-80’s, it has become more and more important to them, and their family, to invest in others through a scholarship. The B. Edwin & Ivy Nell Boger Family Scholarship bears their name but comes with the support of the entire family.
The B.Edwin & Ivy Nell Boger Family Scholarship is available to a well-rounded high school senior pursuing a Trade Degree needing financial assistance. Renewable for a second year with minimum GPA requirement of 2.75.
Bill Foster Scholarship Fund
Bill was a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. He was a County Commissioner from 1976 until 1988 – then served on Town Board. He was noted for his love of music and played in the Southland String Band which played bluegrass, blues, gospel and country music.
As the owner of Foster Drug in Mocksville, Bill had a unique business model that employed many high school students to give them job skills and prevent his customer from waiting.
This scholarship was opened with memorials by family, friends, customers, and employees of Foster Drug in Mocksville following Bill’s untimely death.
After his death, friends said that Bill always wanted the best for Mocksville! The town phrase “Time Well Spent” was coined by Bill and he even came up with the idea to sell license plates bearing the phrase.
Beginning in 2013 the Bill Foster Scholarship has been awarded to a current or former member of the Foster Drug family.
The Bill Foster Scholarship is available to a college student with preference given to employees of Foster Drug Company and their children, as well as former employees who are presently in school; however, other applicants will be accepted. Applicant must have completed one year of college with a 2.75 GPA and need financial assistance.
Bobby & Bernice Knight Scholarship
Bobby and Bernice Knight were wonderful dedicated partners for more than fifty-eight years. The partnership ended sadly with Bobby’s passing in 2011, but Bernice has taken action to keep that partnership alive through this scholarship.
Bobby was an all-around athlete and outdoor sportsman all of his life. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. His last love was flying. According to Bernice, “Bobby was like a boy at Christmas” when he got his pilot’s license. He actually bought his first plane before he got his license.
Bobby had a good “navigation system” in life and in business too. He was an ethical, trustworthy, family man. Bobby moved to Mocksville to serve as the State Farm agent where he remained for 33 years. His partner Bernice was always with him, and they worked together while raising their family. Bobby shared his many talents with his community and church, where he faithfully served. He was elected and served the people of Davie County well for 3 terms as County Commissioner.
During his life, many awards were given from State Farm. He received the “Life Traveler Award,” State Farm’s highest designation, eight times. State Farm called him “a knight in shining armor” when they recognized him for his service. Their commitment to helping students continue their education through this scholarship is a wonderful gift to the community that Bobby would be so proud of.
The Bobby & Bernice Knight Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student based on academic achievement, needing financial assistance.
Bobby Staley Memorial Band Scholarship
The Bobby Staley Memorial Band Scholarship is available to a well-rounded Davie High School senior who participated and was active in band.
C.J. Mullens Scholarship
The C.J. Mullens Scholarship is available to a high school senior, with priority given to students who work hard, are pursuing a Trade Degree, and need financial assistance.
C.W. and Barbara Allen Scholarship
Both C.W. and Barbara Allen grew up in Davie County and have lived here all their lives. CW graduated from Mocksville High School and Barbara from Shady Grove High School. They first met at the Mocksville Picnic in 1955 and were married in November of 1956. The Allens enjoyed 51 years of marriage and raised three daughters : Tammy Fleming, Kimberly Davidson, and Kandace Plott. They also feel blessed to have eight grandchildren.
Barbara has been an active volunteer with Davie County Schools, the Davie County Hospital Foundation for more than 30 years, and Farmington Medical Center. She has assisted with the voting and election process as well as worked with the Davie County School System through Federal Grants, retiring in 1995. She worked in real estate sales with CBTR. C. W. was a dairy farmer and owned a grading and excavating business. He semi-retired in 1997. Being an avid golfer, he loved spending time on the green.
In 2005 CW and Barbara were honored with a gift to create a fund at the Foundation. When CW passed away in December 2007, the family directed memorials to the CW and Barbara Allen Fund. In the spirit of CW’s favorite pastime, several golf tournaments have been held in his memory since then to raise money for the scholarship.
By directing memorials to the fund and raising money through golf tournaments, family and friends have remembered CW and in turn helped Davie County people. He loved the community and Davie County people – and Davie County people loved him. He will always be remembered by many for his gentle smile and unconditional love of others.
The C.W. and Barbara Allen Scholarship is available to a male or female Davie High School senior athlete. Consideration is given for academic achievement, involvement, and respectable standing in the community.
Christian Shane Fleming Memorial Scholarship
I remember Shane – for his good natured wit, his zest for life and the enthusiasm he brought to everything he did.
I remember Shane – with his arms outstretched to embrace life and the very passion with which he attacked that life.
I remember Shane – for the sunshine he brought to so many lives, for his quick smile and the winkle in his eye.
I remember Shane – for the romance alive in his child’s heart – his fun loving spirit and his ever-present sense of humor.
I remember Shane – with tears in my eyes – but a smile on my face.
The Christian Shane Fleming Scholarship is available to a high school senior with an emphasis on local church involvement, faith and character.
Coach Ron Kirk Memorial Scholarship
Ron Kirk had an extremely impressive record as North Davie Middle School Wrestling Coach. He coached young men for 31 years with 15 perfect seasons and 16 unbeaten seasons. He was one of the best! More important than all of his success on the wrestling mat was the success he had in shaping the lives of the young men who wrestled for him at North Davie Middle School.
This scholarship in Ron’s memory is a testament to the impact Ron had on young people. The scholarship was started by a young man who wrestled for Coach Kirk, LT Kevin Robinson, U.S. Coast Guard. Kevin wanted to start something that would remember Ron Kirk and celebrate the life of a wonderful coach and mentor.
The Coach Ron Kirk Memorial Scholarship is available to a high school football player or wrestler who exhibits the qualities Coach Kirk sought to instill in young people; dedication, perseverance and team work.
The Community Scholarship is really that, a scholarship created from many community donations.
Most of the funds come from the Foundation’s Touchdowns for Education project held in the fall. Businesses in the community agree to add $100 to the scholarship fund every time Davie High scores a touchdown at the selected game.
The proceeds from the night create awards for the current year and add to the Community Scholarship endowment.
Community Scholarships are available to well-rounded high school seniors and college students.
Crenshaw Family Scholarship
Helen Page Crenshaw was a wonderful person and educator. Upon her death in 2013, the Crenshaw Family Scholarship was established by her bequest to honor their family of educators. The Crenshaw family continues to believe in the importance of Education, desiring to honor their heritage and invest in future students through their scholarship.
Family Educators include Charles R. Crenshaw I (deceased), Helen Page Crenshaw (deceased), Charles R. Crenshaw II, Patsy Davis Crenshaw and Charles R. Crenshaw III. They have all mentored and touched numerous lives throughout their outstanding careers. They value family, education and thrift. Each understands the importance of Education and has a passion for helping others achieve their goals.
The family continues Helen’s tradition of helping other young people pursue careers in teaching through their family scholarship.
The Crenshaw Family Scholarship is available to a high school senior pursuing a degree in Education who wants to teach. Consideration will be given for academic achievement, leadership, character, involvement, citizenship, community service, and need for financial assistance .
The Davie County Crosby Scholarship
The Davie County Crosby Scholarship is the only piece remaining from the Crosby Scholars Program in Davie County. Thankfully, their committee decided to use the remaining money to create an endowment to invest in students through scholarships. This scholarship recognizes excellence in academic performance with recognition for school and community service.
The Davie County Crosby Scholarship is available to a high school senior exhibiting academic excellence and exceptional community service.
Davie County Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship In memory of Priscilla Clark
The Davie County Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship in memory of Priscilla Clark is available to students accepted into a Nursing Program at a 2 or 4-year accredited college/university in NC on a full-time basis.
Davie County Hospital Foundation Scholarship
The Davie County Hospital Foundation Scholarship is available to applicants of any age pursuing a career in healthcare. High school students must have completed AP Biology and plan to pursue coursework in a Medical or Allied Health field. College students must currently be enrolled in a Medical or Allied Health curriculum and must have evidence of course work in a Medical or Allied Health area of study.
Davie County Training School – Central Davie High School Reunion Scholarship
In 1925, the Julius Rosenwald Foundation provided the impetus and shared the funding for the construction of the “Colored School” on Campbell Road in Mocksville. Rosenwald School, the first name of the school, began with grades 1-8. By 1934, it had expanded to grade 11, and school year 1946-47 the 12th grade was added. Extra-curricular activities were limited, books were old and smelly and county and state transportation was not available. Magalene Gaither, former student, said that these limitations provided a respect for learning. “You had to do the best with what you had,” she said. “It instilled pride and concentrated attention to skills and tremendous social graces.”
Marie Craig Roth stated in her book, “History of Davie County Schools,” that “time goes quickly and unless they are written down and archived somewhere, valuable information is lost forever.”
The original Davie County Training School building burned down in 2002 and, to be sure that its memories were not lost forever, former students came together to start a scholarship fund which would preserve the memory of this school and the people who learned and taught there.
The Davie County Training School – Central Davie High School Reunion Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student who is a descendant of a Davie County Training School or Central Davie School Graduate/Attendee.
Davie High Class of 1959 Scholarship
Davie High Class of 1962 Scholarship
Davie High Class of 1963 Scholarship
Davie High Class of 1966 Scholarship
Davie High Class of 1974 Scholarship
Davie High Class of 1976 Scholarship
The Davie High Class Scholarships are available to Davie High seniors for general educational pursuits with good grades, who need financial assistance.
Diana Springer Scholarship
Diana & David Springer had no children. They were advocates for education even though Diana never had a formal one. She may not have been formally educated but she was a smart lady who was very well read.
Diana preceded David in death. In his will he left a tribute to her – the Diana Springer Scholarship Trust. The Trust requires that the recipient be chosen by the luck of the draw each year.
The Diana Springer Scholarship is awarded by the luck of the draw to a student accepted to UNC Chapel Hill in the first round.
Dianne & Allen Snipes Family Scholarship
In 2006, Dianne and Allen Snipes created a permanently restricted endowment that provides financial support for graduates of Davie High School that are pursuing a secondary education.
The Dianne and Allen Snipes Family ScholarshipFund was borne out of the Snipes’ commitment to the importance of education for one’s long term-success, and for their life-long love of The United Methodist Church which they have served faithfully in the mill village of Cooleemee.
Over the years, support for the fund has spread to their three children Rik, Betsy and David, as they have added to the annual distributions that are made as students pursue their academic dreams.
Dianne, a graduate of Davie High School and the North-Carolina School of Banking, began her career in banking as a part-time teller for what was then Durham Bank & Trust. Upon her retirement in 2000, she was serving as Vice President and branch manager for Sun Trust Bank in Cooleemee.
Allen’s career was in construction following graduation from Cooleemee High School. Having started as a laborer and brick mason in the early 1960’s, he went on to work for several regional general contracting firms and ultimately was the founding partner of two firms. Upon his retirement he was a Vice President at Davie Construction.
“We love our town of Cooleemee as well as the people of Davie County. It is out of this love that we want to make a difference in the lives of young people, hoping that in some small way, we can help the recipients of the scholarship limit their educational debt that can often overwhelm many graduates.”
The Dianne and Allen Snipes Family Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student for general educational pursuits. Preference is given to students who attend a Methodist Church
Dorothy Rucker Graham Scholarship
The Dorothy Rucker Graham Scholarship was established in 2006 by Dorothy’s daughters, Angela G. Robinson and Dr. Regina Graham. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior at Davie High School each year that has a financial need and shows success to achieve academically.
Dorothy is the daughter of the late James and Ila Rucker. She graduated Valedictorian at DC Training School in 1953. She continued her education at Salisbury Business College. Working in funeral service became her lifetime career. She was licensed as the first female funeral director in Davie County in 1962. She is also a licensed Notary Public, North Carolina Insurance Agent, and certified by the American Red Cross as a Disaster Coordinator and Shelter Coordinator.
After working in the funeral industry for forty years, she opened her own business, Graham Funeral Home, Inc. in 1997. Mrs. Graham is a member of the North Carolina Funeral Directors, the Mocksville Rotary Club, Davie Business Women Association, and Healthy Carolinians. She is supportive to Davie County United Way, Relay for Life, CareNet, Davie Domestic Violence, and Smart Start. She has served several terms as a board member of Davie County Dept. of Social Service, and is a member of Clement Grove Church of God where she has served as Treasurer for over thirty years.
Mrs. Graham’s motto is: “Set your goal, pursue it diligently, and let nothing cause you to come short of success.”
The Dorothy Rucker Graham Scholarship is available to a high school senior who demonstrates academic ability, needing financial assistance.
Dr. David L. Gilbreath Scholarship
David Gilbreath is a beloved pastor, coach and community friend. His service has touched the lives of adults and young people throughout Davie County.
In 2017 David’s church family discussed ways to honor him for 30 years of dedicated service to the members of Eatons Baptist Church. They came to the conclusion that something permanent to remember David while investing in a young person provided the right answer. Church members and friends made contributions to create the Dr. David L. Gilbreath Scholarship.
The scholarship is endowed and will be awarded forever, reminding future generations of the special service of David Gilbreath to our community.
The Dr. David L. Gilbreath Scholarship is available to a high school senior with an emphasis on local church involvement, faith and character.
Edwin B. Owens Band Scholarship
The Edwin B. Owens Band Scholarship is available to a Davie High School senior who has been dedicated to the band program and involved in school and community activities.
Effie Ruth Dorsett Scholarship
Effie Ruth Dorsett had a passion for education and helping people. She taught math at Atlanta Junior College for most of her career and treated her students as her children.
When she passed away, she wanted her estate to help people. Thanks to the suggestion by her brother Hoyt, Ruth added a scholarship for a future Davie County teacher to her list of bequests. Supporting a future Educator seemed like a good investment.
The Effie Ruth Dorsett Scholarship is available to a high school senior who will pursue a degree in Education.
Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association of Davie County Scholarship
The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association of Davie County (EMGVADC) was established in 1999 as educators and liaisons between the NC State Extension and the citizens of Davie County. Working under the supervision of the Davie County Extension Agent for Horticulture, the mission of the EMCVADC is to provide information which is unbiased, research-based, and environmentally sound. Education by the EMCVADC includes garden and landscape issues, water quality and conservation, green waste reduction, wildlife management, and overall environmental stewardship.
The purpose of this scholarship program is to support further education of high school graduates whose interests and passions reflect the values of the EMGVADC.
The EMGVADC Scholarship is available to a high school senior pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree in Agriculture, Agronomy, Botany, Environmental Science, Forestry, Habitat Management, Horticulture, Land Management, Landscape Design, and or Turf Management.
Grady L. McClamrock, Sr. Engineering Scholarship and Grady L. McClamrock, Sr. Scholarship
Grady L. McClamrock, Sr. lived a charmed life; often describing his fortunate circumstances as living a “Fairy Tale Life.”
Grady grew up on a farm in Davie County as a country boy who knew nothing of life outside Davie, let alone NC. As a high school senior, Grady was offered a scholarship to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech). He turned it down because he had no idea where Blacksburg, VA was!
After one year of technical school, Grady went to work for Western Electric as a technician while he built a home and started a family. He took classes through NCSU Extension at night for 8 years in pursuit of an Engineering degree.
Grady was invited to become part of a group of elite Engineers sent by Western Electric to solve problems around the country. They were called the “Promising Engineers” because they would “promise” you whatever you wanted to hear at their Monday morning meetings!
Grady’s group developed the first fully automated assembly lines, developed the technology necessary to go to micro circuitry, and Grady made the very first cell phone call ever made! His group developed ideas and secured many patents during his 36 year career.
Grady operated the company “school” for 7 years before he retired. He trained the technicians and engineers hired by Western Electric to actually do their job. Later he was asked to develop course outlines and course work for schools in every Western Electric location.
As he now reflects on his life, Grady realizes how fortunate he was to do all of the things he did. He wants to be remembered not for his amazing career but for the generosity he showed others and the way he helped young people get a start in their own pursuit of an Engineering degree!
The Grady L. McClamrock Sr. Engineering Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student who will pursue a degree in Engineering. The Grady L. McClamrock Sr. Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student who is a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church.
Hanes Smith Scholarship
Chris Hanes is a 1979 graduate of Davie High School and received the Blanche Eaton scholarship from his church. He received an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Management and has been employed by Piedmont Natural Gas in Winston-Salem since 1984. Chris was also a volunteer with Mocksville Fire Department where he attained the rank of captain and retired after nearly 22 years.
Alice Smith Hanes is a 1976 graduate of Davie High School and received a Veterans’ Scholarship and the White Martin Scholarship. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill for two years until her father passed away and she came home to help her mother out during this transition. Alice later continued her education at Winston-Salem State University, receiving her BS in Early Childhood Education. She has been employed with Davie County 911 Communications since 1984 and has also substituted in the Davie School System, as well as volunteered at Central Davie Academy and with the Back Pack Buddy Program at Mocksville Elementary School.
Alice and Chris married in 1990 and have no children. Both are active members at Mocksville First United Methodist Church. They are Carolina fans and love Atlanta Braves baseball. They have taken an active role in their niece and nephew and great nieces’ education and have contributed to their college funds. Since Chris and Alice were both scholarship recipients themselves, they wanted to pay it forward and positively impact the community and youth of Davie County. Chris and Alice established the Hanes-Smith scholarship for Davie High graduates who may not have the top grades because they have to work to help their family out during these hard economic times.
The Hanes Smith Scholarship is available to a Davie High School or Davie County Early College senior needing financial assistance.
Helen C. Gantt Memorial Education Scholarship
Helen C. Gantt knew at an early age that education and hard work would play a significant role in her life. Her mother was a high school history teacher while her father owned and operated a welding shop after serving in the US Navy. Both of her parents valued education and challenged her to put forth her best effort academically.
After graduating from Appalachian State with a teaching degree, Helen settled in Davie County in 1968 to begin teaching and raising a family. She raised two children that still reside in Davie County and share her passion to make a difference. As an educator, Helen had the opportunity to make lifelong friends and touch the lives of her students. To this day, her children are often reminded of how she made learning fun and the way she took time to listen or to offer assistance after school so that one child would not suffer or feel left out. Her giving spirit and infectious smile lit up the day for many of her students.
Giving in to an entrepreneurial calling, Helen stepped away from teaching and opened Gantt Personnel Inc, in 1988. She had now accepted the challenge of helping those in the community find jobs in order to help support their families. Her staffing agency would go on to touch the lives of more than 30,000 employees before closing in March of 2005.
Helen was diagnosed with cancer in 1996 and would ultimately lose her battle with this disease in November of 1998. Before she passed, she shared with friends and family that her personal success had been sculpted by many others in her life. She encouraged those around her to accept life’s challenges, explore opportunities, and respect people you meet for you never know how they may impact your life.
The Helen C. Gantt Memorial Scholarship is available to a high school senior pursuing a degree in Education.
Helen Page Crenshaw Scholarship
Helping students get an education is something Helen Page Crenshaw did for thirty-one years. She taught at Mocksville High School for eleven years not only teaching, but getting involved in many clubs and sports. Both the 1951 and 1963 yearbooks were dedicated to her.
When Mrs. Crenshaw lost her beloved husband in 1955, she continued to teach and also managed the Mocksville Home & Auto Supply Store. In 1956, Mrs. Crenshaw became the Librarian at the newly opened Davie County Consolidated High School, a job she continued through 1964. At Davie High, she sponsored the library club and supervised graduation, all while working to build an outstanding library from limited resources.
In 1964, Mrs. Crenshaw became the Library Coordinator for the county, serving seven schools. In 1973, she retired from the school system. She did not however retire from the community! She remained active in the community until her death in 2013, three days before her 98th birthday. She was active in the Davie County Alpha Delta Kappa teaching sorority and the Davie County Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Crenshaw was a member and active participant in United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church for more than sixty years.
Helen received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest honors the governor can bestow on a North Carolina citizen, in March 2008 in honor of her many years of service to school and community. She was an amazing Christian, citizen, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. The Helen Page Crenshaw Scholarship will continue her tradition of helping others as young people pursue careers in teaching thanks to the support of her scholarship.
The Helen Page Crenshaw Scholarship is available to a high school senior pursuing a degree in Education.
Henry Elton and Brenda Mickles Foote Scholarship in Memory of Henry Lee & Evella Blackburn Foote
The Henry Elton and Brenda Mickles Foote Scholarship in Memory of Henry Lee & Evella Blackburn Foote is available to a high school senior or college student who is a descendant of a Davie County Training School or Central Davie School Graduate/Attendee; or who attends Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church (4462 NC-801 Mocksville NC 27028) or Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (4789 Harmony Hwy Hamptonville NC 27020) .
Hillsdale Real Estate Group Scholarship
The Hillsdale Real Estate Group Scholarship is presented annually to a bold, courageous leader with a servant’s heart—someone who loves the Lord, and who is committed to sharing His good news both here in our community, and particularly during the challenging years of college.
The Hillsdale Real Estate Group Scholarship is available to a well-rounded Davie High School senior who is focused on service through church, community and school.
Huston “Jim” Frye and R. Vickie Frye Scholarship
The Huston “Jim” Frye and Vickie Frye Scholarship is available to a high school senior with priority given to students pursuing a Trade Degree in a Construction related field, needing financial assistance .
Jackie Lee Nichols Memorial Scholarship
Jackie Lee Nichols regretted not having more education and as a result encouraged every young person he met to continue in school. His memorial scholarship was established by his loving wife Darleen because Education was so important to Jackie, and he wanted to help other kids from Cooleemee.
Jackie was born in Cooleemee on October 26, 1933. He was the 3rd of 5 children born to Carl and Bessie Blackwood Nichols. At the age of 3, he was hit by a car, leaving him with a head injury that led to speech problems the remainder of his life.
Jackie had major difficulty with reading and speech throughout his early years, making school work and socialization very difficult. At the age of 16, he dropped out of school to work in Cannon Mills, the Cooleemee cotton mill, with his parents.
On June 29, 1953, he entered the US Army, proudly serving his country. Jackie often said this experience changed and saved his life. After serving 2 years, Jackie remained in the reserve until1961. He settled in Alexandria, VA., close to his Mother, after service. In 1959 he married his wife of 55 years, Darleen Faris. He found his dream job as a maintenance engineer for George Washington’s Estate, Mt. Vernon, where he worked until he retired in 1995.
Jackie and Darleen had no children but were active with nieces and nephews. In retirement, Jackie survived cancer, traveled extensively, explored his love of Western History and designed his dream home. He passed away quietly January 9, 2014 in his sleep. His favorite comment about life was “not bad for a kid from Cooleemee”.
The Jackie Lee Nichols Memorial Scholarship is available to a Davie High School or Davie County Early College senior from the Cooleemee area for general educational pursuits.
James & Esther Wall Scholarship
James and Esther Wall believed in education and in supporting young people who wish to pursue a career in Education. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wall were dedicated teachers who worked to educate students and make Davie County a better place to live and work.
Mrs. Wall taught high school English and elementary grades for 30 years, 25 in Davie County. She had high expectations but cared about her students and worked to help each of them achieve success. Mr. Wall taught History for 32 years, 30 in Davie County. He sparked an interest in the History of our county in many of his students because of his love of Davie County’s History.
Mr. Wall served on the Town of Mocksville Board for 20 years. He has been referred to as an historian, educator, and statesman. In October 2008, he was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to honor his tremendous volunteer service to our community.
Mr. Wall is the author of A History of the First Presbyterian Church of Mocksville, and an updated edition in 1997. After completing his first book, he was encouraged by Miss Flossie Martin and other community members to write a definitive history of Davie County.
After some five years of part-time research and writing, Mr. Wall published the History of Davie County in 1969 and two updated editions in 1985 and 1997. He, with his wife’s help, has also recorded other historical data over the past fifty years.
Together the Walls raised three children and were proud grandparents of four grandchildren. Their oldest daughter Nancy has followed in her father’s footsteps and teaches History in Missouri. Son Jim is an Oncologist and daughter Carol is a nurse in a trauma unit. All serve their respective communities as their parents continue to do in Davie County.
The James and Esther Wall Scholarship is available to a high school senior or renewing college student who is pursuing a degree in Education.
James E. and Lelia N. Essic Scholarship
James and Lelia lived in their home on Cana Road for over 50 years. The two met while attending college at Appalachian State University where he studied History and she majored in Home Economics.
James went on to work at Reynolds for 42 years. Lelia became a teacher, but not in the typical way; she taught gifted children in the summer and emotionally handicapped children in the winter for 20 years.
James and Lelia were happy to have a large family consisting of four children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. All children and grandchildren are college graduates except the youngest who is currently in college. The others have been gainfully employed and are active church members.
It was when they had three children in college at one time that James and Lelia thought about other students who might be in need. They began their scholarship program in 1989. Between the years of 1989 and 2010, they gave 158 awards to 123 different students. Many were helped more than once. The Essics have given more than $100,000 to help students pursuing a college education.
James passed away in 2010 but before his death both he and Lelia considered themselves very blessed. They consider their children their greatest legacy, but they have received much joy and satisfaction from being able to help their scholarship recipients through the years. They consider it one of their most worthwhile investments.
The James E. and Lelia N. Essic Scholarship is available to high school seniors or college students demonstrating financial need.
James Illing Scholarship Fund
James Illing was an avid football fan and was actively involved with sons Doug and Chad’s sports throughout his life. He was a Little League Football Coach who fashioned his coaching style after Bear Bryant and Vince Lombardi. James was serious about the game to say the least.
Doug Illing, Davie High Football Coach from 1996-2014 remembers, “Dad was a good coach but the rides home were the worst. He was always hardest on me and would critique my play the entire way home.” During Doug’s senior year in high school, his dad decided to go back to college. They went to separate schools, but graduated from college together in 1986.
When Davie High hired Doug Illing, James became an honorary part of the coaching staff. “Dad came to every game and found his way into pregame warm-up drills,” said Doug. “We finally gave him a shirt, hat and job keeping stats on where every pass was thrown during a game so we could chart the offensive plays. He was more than happy to assist with anything that would help the team perform better. The rides back from away games were always memorable. It was dark in the van but you always knew where James Illing was by his laugh. It was infectious.
After a lengthy illness, James died in 2011. Family and friends established his Scholarship to remember a man who gave so much of himself to make young men better players, but more importantly, better people with good moral character and a dedication to being the very best.
The James Illing Scholarship is available to a Davie High School football player.
James McGuire Scholarship
Mary and Jane McGuire believed in giving. They were interested in progress and the good of the community. Mary preceded Jane in death by less than one year, and Jane’s will provided $200,000 for the James McGuire Scholarship in memory of their father; $50,000 for the Davie County Public Library Building Expansion; $10,000 to First UMC where the sisters were life-long members; $20,000 to Joppa Cemetery where they are buried; $5,000 for the Davie Family YMCA; $5,000 for the Triad Methodist Home in Winston-Salem; and $5,000 for UMCOR, the Methodist Relief Organization in Charlotte. The McGuire sisters were very interested in preserving Historic things so the Library was given the old McGuire home along with numerous books, antiques, and furnishings to create the Mary and Jane McGuire Library Fund. They were VERY charitable people!
The sisters were also partners – neither married. Jane cooked, Mary cleaned. Jane was more outgoing but Mary had a terrific sense of humor. They were both capable secretaries and bookkeepers. Jane served as secretary to the Superintendent of Schools, and Mary served the Agriculture Extension Agency. They both loved farming and antiques, reading and playing bridge. They managed money well. Both loved to travel and entertain.
The scholarship fund was especially important to the sisters because they were not able to go to college. Their father died when Jane was 15 months old. The local story is that the executor of their father’s estate played futures and lost their education money in the crash in the 1920’s. They were raised by their mother who after the loss could not afford to send the girls to college. Mrs. McGuire took female teachers as boarders, furnishing rooms and meals in the house on the corner of Salisbury and Lexington – currently the Howard Realty Office. The sisters are buried inside the rock wall at Joppa Cemetery.
The James McGuire Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student who demonstrates academic ability and need for financial assistance
Jerry Lynn Berrier Scholarship
The Jerry Lynn Berrier Memorial Scholarship was created by a bequest from his mother Mary who loved him and was devastated when she lost him.
This scholarship was simply created to help invest in the education of someone else to help them have a better life.
The Jerry Lynn Berrier Scholarship is available to a high school senior based on academic achievement with strong consideration for need of financial assistance.
Jim Bremer Memorial Scholarship Fund
As an honor student and Boy Scout, Jim was dedicated to his studies and his community. At the time of his death, Jim was about to start his Eagle Scout project. He loved boating, fishing, and playing soccer and baseball. History interested Jim and he enjoyed visiting historical sites, especially Revolutionary War and Civil War battle fields. Classmates remember Jim by his animated and likeable personality; once someone met Jim, chances are they would become good friends.
One classmate said: “When I think back on memories of high school, it is so easy to picture his face and feel the general good mood he invoked in everyone. He puts others before himself and always wanted to ensure his friends were taken care of. For instance, I as well as others spent countless times with Jim waiting to be picked up from the church bus stop. He refused to allow anyone to wait alone.”
Even as good a student, an athlete, a friend and a son Jim was, he made a poor decision to take his Father’s car without permission. Hurrying home, he ran off the road and hit a tree. After a battle of valor, Jim died the next day. When Jim received his driver’s license he decided to be an organ donor. Thus, even in death, he continued to help others. That is why this scholarship was established, not only to honor Jim, but more importantly to help those who need assistance in furthering their education.
The Jim Bremer Memorial Scholarship is available to a high school senior with an emphasis on academic achievement, need for financial assistance and community involvement.
Jim Tutterow Memorial Scholarship
Davie High School was ready to initiate a tennis program but had no coach. Principal Jack Ward approached one of his youngest faculty members and asked him to be the Tennis Coach. The young man was not even a tennis player but he was one to accept a challenge! He researched and read everything he could find about the game and its fundamentals. With patience he shared the knowledge he had acquired from study to youth wanting to be tennis players. He launched an almost unbelievable tennis program. In the spring of 1976, the Davie High boys won the North Piedmont Conference tennis championship. Jim Tutterow was named the “Conference Tennis Coach of the Year.”
No one ever lived that had any more heart or greater will than Jim Tutterow. Knowing that he was the victim of cancer, an illness from which few escape, he devoted his full resources and energy to teaching, coaching, and helping others. The popularity of the game of tennis in Davie County and the expanded number of courts is a tribute to the heart and will of Jim Tutterow.
He was not only a History teacher, he was a historian. He taught his students far more than one could ever find in a history book He researched and wrote a complete history of his church and community. He was also assistant historian for the county. He was active in community activities, always working and striving to make life better for others. His contagious smile always made a sad day brighter.
Life is not measured, or should not be, merely in years of existence. Instead life should be valued on what it accomplished…of the contributions to the betterment of mankind…of the inspiration it offers for others in the future. Thus was the life of Jim Tutterow. He continues to help and inspire others through the scholarship in his memory.
The Jim Tutterow Memorial Scholarship is available to students with general educational pursuits who have played on the Davie High School Tennis Team .
Jimmy Booe Football Scholarship
Jimmy Booe was a son that loved and respected his parents. He was a brother that not only took up for his brother and sister but lived as an example to them. To many, Jimmy was a friend that rivaled a brother which they never had. At the time of his passing he was engaged to be married. Jimmy was preparing himself to be a husband, father and a rock for his future family to lean on.
Jimmy made a tremendous impact on the Davie County football program through his work ethic, drive and heart. Jimmy played offensive line for the War Eagles from 1995-1998. His senior year he stood a towering five foot seven inches and weighed in at a whopping 165 pounds. For most, trying to play offensive guard at his size would nearly be an impossible task however, Jimmy wasn’t like most. He was Special.
His work ethic off the field directly contributed to his success on the field. Jimmy spent countless hours in the weight-room and running drills purely because he loved the game of football. During each game of his final season, he left every ounce of energy on the turf. He played the offensive line like someone twice his size should have. Jimmy Booe set high standards for all of his teammates. He challenged himself to lead by example. If there has ever been a young man to put on a Davie County football helmet and play above his athletic ability with nothing more than pure heart and determination, it was Jimmy Booe.
After his senior season ended he stood as tall and proud as his five foot frame would allow. When his name was announced at the awards banquet, that whopping 165 pounds walked up on stage and accepted his First Team All CPC honors and a plaque that read “War Eagles Best Offensive Lineman.” Awards he earned because he was Special.
The Jimmy Booe Football Scholarship was established from memorial gifts made after Jimmy’s death and the generosity of his best friend Forrest Breedlove.
Players will not apply for the Jimmy Booe Football Scholarship; they will simply make their case through the work ethic and heart they show on and off the field.
Joe Phillips Memorial Scholarship
Joe Phillips grew up in Davie County where he spent his childhood riding motorbikes and bicycles, shooting guns, listening to music, and playing guitar. A true non-conformist, Joe marched to the beat of his own drum. He had little concern for what others thought of what he wore or the cars he drove.
Joe’s son, Eric, remembers his father’s fun-loving personality fondly. “I remember watching Tom and Jerry with him. I loved watching and listening to him laugh uncontrollably at Tom the cat taking a frying pan to the head,” Eric said. “When it snowed he would take us to some parking lot and do donuts in our red Pinto station-wagon. I felt incredibly lucky to have a father and friend like him. He was the best friend and father a boy could have. I used to say that when he was alive too.”
Joe had a passion for music and the arts. Eric grew up listening to his dad play the guitar for as long as he can remember. Joe would often play at small venues in and around Mocksville. He was also an active volunteer at the Arts Council and enjoyed participating in their events.
Joe Phillips was a one-of-a-kind man who brought a special energy and passion to the lives of his family and friends. His son Eric started the Joe Phillips Memorial Scholarship as a way to give back to students in memory of his father’s life. The scholarship fund will remain in Davie County forever, continuing to assist young people who share in Joe’s passion for music and the arts.
The Joe Phillips Memorial Scholarship is available to a high school senior with a passion for the Arts.
Judge George Fuller Memorial Scholarship
George Thomas Fuller was the first-born son of George and Frances Fuller on January 3, 1947. He was raised on a tobacco farm with his three siblings. An avid reader, George had a bright mind and could always be found with a book in hand. After high school, flying became his passion. Although poor vision prevented him from becoming a commercial airline pilot, he was not discouraged. George became a flight instructor and mastered stunt flying. He continued to fly planes and gliders for pleasure until his health prevented him from doing so.
Upon encouragement from his wife Elizabeth, George obtained a college education and then decided to aim even higher and pursue law school. He served as an assistant District Attorney where he honed his skills and became the lead assistant prosecutor in as many cases as his experience permitted. In 1981 he was appointed to fill a judgeship in the 22nd Judicial District, serving four terms. He earned a reputation of fairness and justice. George understood the hardships of life, believed that they could be overcome, and had a lack of tolerance for those who would harm or interfere with anyone making that effort. He told new judges, “do what you think is right, let the Court of Appeals decide what the law is.”
George’s most fulfilling role, however, was being the father of two girls, who were his pride and joy. Both inherited his intellect, joy for reading, and desire to advocate for the disadvantaged. George would be proud that the scholarship in his memory assists deserving students in honor of his life well lived.
The Judge George Fuller Memorial Scholarship is available to Alexander, Davidson, Davie, and Iredell County high school seniors with an emphasis on academics and need for financial assistance (this scholarship alternates between counties).
Louise Stroud & Jessie Stroud Hinkle Music Scholarship
Jessie Hinkle created this scholarship to honor her older sister who passed away in 2008. When Jessie was very young, her mother was sick and Louise, who was 12 years older, took care of her. As they grew together, Jessie and Louise became more than sisters, they became best friends as well. Louise always had a passion for music and started teaching her sister to play the piano when Jessie was only five years old. Although Jessie did not decide to make a career out of music, she continued to play the piano for many years and has always kept the great interest and love for music that her sister first instilled.
Music was Louise’s life. She got her Bachelor’s in Music from Salem College and taught piano for 57 years in schools and privately. People loved to hear Louise play; she had an obvious talent. Both Louise and Jessie were very active in First Baptist Church of Mocksville, where Louise was the pianist for 61 years. Louise always tried to arrange for her students to play at First Baptist or at their own church; she felt good knowing they were putting their talent to use.
Both were involved in many community groups such as the Civitans, the Thursday Morning Music Club, Woman’s Club, and the NC Federation of Music Club. Louise was appointed State Chairman of the Music of Poetry division of the National Federation of Music. She loved poetry and had several poems published.
Louise lived to be 95 and led an incredibly full life. Jessie knew that the most appropriate legacy for her sister would be a scholarship to help students reach their goals in studying music. The scholarship will assist those who aspire to lead a life rich in their passion, just as Louise did.
The Louise Stroud & Jessie Stroud Hinkle Music Scholarship is available to a high school senior who will pursue a major or minor in Music or a closely related field. Sample of work required.
MALLMARK EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP
The Boy Scouts of America is one of our most prominent values based youth development organizations. For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts have been building leaders by combining educational activities with lifelong values and physical fitness. To become an Eagle Scout places a young man in elite company. There are approximately 3 million Boy Scouts in the country today; and less than 4% of them earn the rank of Eagle.
Maryalice LeDuc-Lenmark is well aware of the dedication and determination required to become an Eagle Scout. Her son Bradley earned, and was awarded the rank of Eagle, at age 13. He was the youngest ever in the troop, and he earned a total of 45 merit badges. Maryalice created The MALLMARK EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP to celebrate Bradleys’ achievement by investing in the education of Davie County’s young men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank and achieved academic excellence. The recipient of the MALLMARK EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP must have a 3.5 GPA or better. The scholarship is also an expression of her respect and gratitude for the Boy Scouts of America.
The MALLMARK EAGLE SCOUT SCHOLARSHIP is available to high school seniors with a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5 and who have achieved Eagle Scout.
Marv and Mary V. Dickerson Scholarship
Marvin Lester Williams Scholarship
The Marvin Lester Williams Scholarship is available to a well-rounded high school senior with need for financial assistance, giving priority to students majoring in an Agricultural, Environmental or Forestry related field.
Miller Building & Remodeling Scholarship
The Miller Building & Remodeling Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student pursuing a degree within the Construction Industry, including Trades such as Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing, Masonry, HVAC, or Construction Management. Preference is given to hands-on related fields.
Mocksville Masonic Lodge #134 Scholarship
The Mocksville Masonic Lodge # 134 Scholarship is available to a high school senior with good moral character for general educational pursuits with consideration for need for financial assistance.
North Davie Ruritan Community Scholarship
The North Davie Ruritan Club has awarded scholarships since 1997 with proceeds from their annual golf tournament and other fundraisers.
Club members wanted to be sure their legacy of supporting students would continue even if the club did not.
They established an endowment at the Foundation to invest in students in the William R. Davie community.
The North Davie Ruritan Community Scholarship is available to a high school senior from the William R. Davie Community.
Odell and Dorothy Williams Scholarship
The Odell and Dorothy Williams Scholarship is available to a well-rounded high school senior with need for financial assistance, giving priority to students majoring in an Agricultural, Environmental or Forestry related field.
Owen Luffman Scholarship
The Owen Luffman Scholarship is available to graduate students pursuing a Master’s or Doctorate Degree in a field of study that prepares them to work with Special Needs children.
Phyllis Potter Leadership in Education Scholarship
Born in Butler, PA to Basil and Jeanne Sones, Mrs. Potter attended Clarion University and graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Health and Human development. While there, she was a member of the Penn State Thespians and Kappa Phi, a Christ centered organization for women. She taught high school following graduation.
In 1952, she married Robert V. Potter, a graduate forester from Penn State. Forestry assignments eventually led them to U.S. Forest Service Headquarters in Washington, DC, including a one year fellowship in Public Administration at Harvard University.
Mrs. Potter was active in the Welcome to Washington International Club that promotes “understanding through friendship and friendship through understanding” to area arrivals. She served as a gymnastics judge in metropolitan area gymnastic meets. She participated in the Stephen Ministries at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Bethesda, MD, a program in which trained lay counselors walk with individuals or families through crises or challenging seasons. Mrs. Potter’s love of music was expressed in her long membership in the church choir.
From Washington, the Potters were assigned to Headquarters, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in Rome, Italy. Subsequent assignments took them to Pakistan where Mrs. Potter taught school at the Murree Christian School in the shadow of the Himalayan Mountains. Their next overseas stop was the country of Lesotho in South Africa.
After retiring in 1984, the Potters spent a year and a half traveling throughout Europe before moving back to their Maryland home. They found their final retirement area in North Carolina. In 1988, they moved to Mocksville where they could raise horses and Mrs. Potter could share her deep love and interest in serving people and community for the next 24 years.
In that time, she was chaplain of the GFWC-NC Mocksville Woman’s Club, founding board member of the Davie Family YMCA, served on the YMCA Board’s Greater Winston Salem Executive Committee as Vice-Chair of Communications – National & International. Mrs. Potter was recognized as the YMCA Volunteer of the Year, taught aerobics at the YMCA, was on the Board of the Davie County Group Home, and was a member of a breast cancer post-surgery support team.
Phyllis passed away on December 7, 2012, surrounded by loving family members after a long battle with cancer. She is remembered by her communities as an example of love and service.
The Mocksville Woman’s Club and the Davie Community Foundation are honored to award a Leadership in Education scholarship to a future teacher each year in her memory.
The Phyllis Potter Leadership in Education Scholarship is available to a high school senior who will major in Education and has shown leadership in their church and community.
Richard and Elaine Williams Scholarship
The Richard and Elaine Williams Scholarship is available to a well-rounded high school senior with financial need, giving priority to students majoring in an Agricultural, Environmental or Forestry related field.
Robert & Hope Hall Family Scholarship
Bob and Hope Hall were special leaders in Mocksville and Davie County. Mr. Hall owned and operated Hall Drug Company in Downtown Mocksville. He served on many corporate and civic boards and organizations within the county, state and even national boards. Mr. Hall worked to recruit business and industry to the county that would offer a livable wage. He wanted Davie children to return to the county to live, work and raise their families.
Hope was known for supporting Bob in his numerous local, state and national organizations with her special style and grace! She was a leader in her own right however, serving local and state organizations that were important to her. Many of us remember Hope for her talents as a seamstress and designer. She was always warm and welcoming; the epitome of a true Southern Lady.
The Robert & Hope Hall Family Scholarship was created in 2017 through a planned gift. The scholarship honors and remembers both Bob and Hope Hall by investing in students pursuing degrees in Pharmacy, Pharmacy Tech, Healthcare fields, or Hospitality training including culinary schools.
The Robert & Hope Hall Family Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student. Preference will be given to students pursuing a 2 or 4 year degree in Pharmacy, Pharmacy Tech, Healthcare related fields or Hospitality fields.
Roger & Lisa Davis & Family Scholarship
The Roger & Lisa Davis & Family Scholarship is available to a college student who has completed at least one year of college with a major in Biological Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Nursing or similar pre-health professions. Consideration will be given for academic achievement (minimum 3.2 GPA), community service and work experience.
Rosa and James Clyde Cook, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
James Clyde Cook Sr. was born in 1900 and his wife was born in 1902. They had ten children together, five girls and five boys. Mr. Cook ran a garage at his home for many years, eventually moving his business to the corner of Highway 158 and Redland Road in Davie County. It was in the building attached to the grocery store owned by Mr. Duke and Effie Smith and now known as Andy’s Grocery.
Mr. Cook worked on cars, trucks, and anything that needed fixing. In his day, Davie County was more farm country than it is today, so he worked on the farm machinery if something broke down, even making parts for machinery if the farmer needed the part and no part was available or the farmer could not afford to buy the new part to fix it. Mr. Cook was also an electrician, wiring many of the homes in Davie County when electricity first became available.
Mrs. Cook was a homemaker, helping raise the ten children. She enjoyed working in her garden, yard, and with her flowers.
They taught their children the value of hard work, trust, and respect for their fellow man. All five of their boys followed in their father’s footsteps, becoming mechanics, owning garages at their homes, working after hours from their mechanical jobs at other businesses and after retirement.
The girls were all homemakers and worked in the textile plants. After working hours, they came home and helped with housework.
The Rosa and James Clyde Cook, Sr. Memorial Scholarship is available to a high school senior with priority given to students with need for financial assistance who will train in the field of Auto Mechanics.
Rotary Club of Mocksville Scholarship
Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self”.
The club has been awarding scholarships to local students for more than thirty years.
The Rotary Club of Mocksville Scholarship is available to a high school senior with a focus on academics and community service.
Roy and Ruth Eldridge Scholarship
The Roy and Ruth Eldridge Scholarship was started by a bequest in the will of Ruth Eldridge.
She simply wanted to invest in Davie students’ education.
The Roy and Ruth Eldridge Scholarship is available to a well-rounded high school senior or college student.
Ruby Morris Markland Memorial Scholarship
The Ruby Morris Markland Memorial Scholarship is available to a high school senior who will pursue a degree in Education.
Samuel P. Hall Memorial Scholarship
Sam Hall, son of Bill and Betty Hall, grew up in Davie County with an older sister, Elizabeth, and brother, William. He loved to fish and as a young boy he rabbit hunted. And of course, he had his moments of mischief, as did all boys his age. His sister Elizabeth recalls that “he always had lots of friends,” and it seemed as if “people were drawn to him.” Sam married Jackie K. Hartley in 1983 and celebrated the birth of their son Evan in 1988. No doubt, the family had a happy life together.
Sam loved the outdoors so his career as a surveyor was a natural fit. He loved tromping through the woods and mapping land he had never seen before.
In later years, Sam enjoyed mapping and spent many hours in front of the computer. He taught Evan a lot about construction and hard work when they built their home.
In addition to his family and career, Sam had a passion for his community and for helping others. He served as the president of the Jaycees, an important community service group. “Sam loved to tell jokes,” said Elizabeth. “He would open every Jaycee meeting with a joke. The joke telling continued and Sam later went to Mocksville Elementary School at the end of every year to tell Evan’s class “age-appropriate” jokes. He had a great sense of humor.”
Sam had tremendous respect for people who battled through adversity and found a way to rise above it. He was one of the first to lend a helping hand. The scholarship is one more example of Sam lending a helping hand to young people in the community he loved so much.
The Samuel P. Hall Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who has shown an ability to persevere through some type of personal adversity. The application to apply is by invitation only.
Samuel S. “Penny” Foster Nursing Scholarship
The Samuel S. “Penny” Foster Nursing Scholarship is available to Davie/Rowan County residents who have been accepted into an Associate Degree Nursing Program and have completed two (2) semesters.
Spurgeon Goss Memorial Scholarship
Spurgeon Goss was a remarkable athlete and a courageous soldier. At home, Spurgeon was known as a great football player; he was named All Conference and Most Outstanding Lineman, achievements made all the more notable when taking into account his size of 5’8” and 145 pounds! Spurgeon displayed the ultimate in sportsmanship on the field and led his teammates as co-captain of the 1964 Davie High Football Team.
After high school, Spurgeon chose to serve his country in the United States Marine Corps. In 1967, he was responsible for the rescue of six Marines who were trapped behind enemy lines. He was mortally wounded by hostile military action on the battle field. By protecting his fellow soldiers, he became the first Davie County native to lose his life in the Vietnam War. Goss was awarded the Bronze Star with a Combat “V” posthumously for his heroic actions on that day, and he was awarded a special place in the heart of every person in Davie County.
Goss also received the Purple Heart, National Defense Medal, two Republic of Vietnam Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge for his service and bravery. He was a man of great integrity and honor who will not be forgotten. In the true spirit of Goss, not wanting to leave anyone behind, the scholarship will help ensure a student has the opportunity for higher education.
The Spurgeon Goss Memorial Scholarship is available to a Davie High football player needing financial assistance .
Stella Ledbetter Rising Stars Memorial Scholarship
The Stella Ledbetter Rising Stars Scholarship was created by community members to remember a beautiful little girl who was an inspiration to the entire community. In the words of her parents, Jesse and Mindy Ledbetter, “Stella was an inspiration to us all. We see her every day in the stillness of the clouds and the rustling chimes. We feel her spirit in the air as it whispers through the trees and in the beauty that surrounds us. Stella was a gift to us all and she is continuing this gift through the Stella Ledbetter Rising Stars Scholarship.”
The Stella Ledbetter Rising Stars Memorial Scholarship is available to a high school senior who is majoring in Education, Art or an Agriculture related field.
The Extra Mile, Daric Beiter Scholarship
Daric Beiter was a loving husband, brother, son, friend, teacher, and to countless young people, coach. Thanks to the vision and generosity of wife Michelle and a committee of young people, Daric will always be remembered in Davie County.
In December 2011, “The Extra Mile, Daric Beiter Scholarship” was opened at the Davie Community Foundation as an Acorn Fund. The fund grew through future earnings and gifts into an endowment to award scholarships annually. Because of Daric’s love for running, a 5k fundraiser is being planned for the spring with proceeds added to the scholarship.
Daric Beiter was a beloved history teacher and track and cross-country coach at Davie High School. Daric died on his 37th birthday, leaving a shocked family and community. According to then Davie High principal Jeff Wallace, “We lost a track coach and a teacher, but more importantly, a guy the kids could truly relate to. When he got 70 to 80 kids out for cross-country, I knew they were there for some other reason than just to run.” Shawn Rider, a student teacher and assistant track coach when Daric died said Daric lived his life to serve others.
Daric encouraged his students to “go the extra mile,” and through his scholarship fund, he will do just that by helping young people continue their education. Daric will be missed by all who knew him but his legacy will live on as he helps Davie High students long into the future!
The Extra Mile, Daric Beiter Scholarship is available to a high School senior who participated in Davie High Cross Country and/or Track and Field.
Tom Cowden Memorial Scholarship
Thomas Samuel Cowden (Tom) was born on 3/29/1997. Tom lived in Davie County for most of his life, and attended William R Davie Elementary and North Davie Middle School. Tom was always very active. He was involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H, and UMYF at First United Methodist Church. Tom loved being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Tom was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, in April 2010. He endured surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy fighting this disease. After courageously battling cancer for two years, Tom passed away on April 17, 2012.
The Tom Cowden Memorial Scholarship is available to a senior at Davie High School, North Iredell High School, or West Rowan High School. Emphasis is on community service through church, scouts and 4-H.
Web and Virginia Lard Scholarship
The Web and Virginia Lard Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student majoring in Science.
Brook’s grandfather, JG White, started the White Foundation in NYC and did charitable work in the New York area. As her father was closing out the Foundation, he gave each of his daughters $30,000. Brook and George decided to invest the money to start a scholarship fund. It has continued to assist students for many years.
Brook, a New York native, went to Bennett Jr. College in Millbrook, NY. She also attended Parson School of Design, but when she met George it changed all of her plans. She and George married in 1954 and moved to Davie County, where they have lived since. Brook was an active volunteer in the elementary schools and at the Davie County Hospital. She lived out her passion for helping children by serving as a Sunday school teacher and volunteer with children’s programs at the First Baptist Church. She also served as Cub Scout leader and Brownie leader for several years.
George was born and raised in Mocksville. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in law. In 1952, George established his own law firm, now called Martin & Van Hoy LLP, which remains in the downtown square to this day. George was active in politics, once serving as a candidate’s campaign manager; he was the director of Mocksville savings and loan, and served as Master of the Masonic lodge and President of Rotary Club. He was one of the original incorporating directors of the Davie Community Foundation. George was active until he passed away in 2018.
Both George and Brook are well known and admired citizens in the community. The Martins care deeply about the education of Davie County’s children and are incredibly grateful for the students who have received the White-Martin scholarship and have been successful.
The White-Martin Scholarship is available to a high school senior or college student needing financial assistance, who has shown academic achievement.