The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $192,000 in scholarships this spring, helping students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams.
Scholarships went to 30 graduating seniors from Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Manteo High School, Currituck County High School, Ocracoke School and First Flight High School for the 2019-2020 academic year. Of these students, ten received awards that are renewable for up to four years of college.
In addition to these awards, the foundation also renewed financial support to 19 current college students who earned multi-year scholarships.
The foundation launched multiple new scholarship programs this year. In memory of local education advocate and the first female board member of the foundation, the Josephine A. Oden Scholarship is a four-year, $20,000 award for students from Hatteras Island. The scholarship was awarded to Cape Hatteras Secondary School senior Nyah Machie.
The Howell Revier Shearouse, Jr. Scholarship is another four-year, $20,000 award for a student from Dare County who plans to attend a public college, university or technical school in North Carolina, and who has a demonstrated work history while in high school. The scholarship was awarded to First Flight High School senior Hannah Ellington.
The Elizabeth and Wayne Evans Scholarship is a four-year, $10,000 award for nursing students from the Outer Banks with demonstrated financial need. The scholarship, inspired by the generosity Elizabeth Evans was shown as a young nursing student, was awarded to senior Josefine Harmon of Cape Hatteras Secondary School. Harmon also received the Mabel O. Cooper Scholarship and the Greg and Eden Honeycutt Scholarship.
The Milton A. Jewell Academic Scholarship, a four-year, $24,000 award, went to Isabel Estes of First Flight High School. First Flight High School senior Brianna Curi received the Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship, another four-year, $24,000 award. For a full list of scholarship recipients, visit www.obcf.org/scholarships/recent-recipients.
Any community member can establish a scholarship fund with the foundation by calling Lorelei Costa at 252-261-8839, or donate to an existing fund online at www.obcf.org/donate.