Outer Banks Community Foundation Awards $164,000 in scholarships
The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $164,000 in scholarships this spring, helping students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams.
Thirty-one graduating seniors from Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Manteo High School, Currituck County High School, Ocracoke School and First Flight High School received scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Of these students,15 received awards that are renewable for up to four years of college.
In addition to these awards, the Community Foundation has also renewed financial support to 22 current college students who earned multi-year scholarships.
The R. Stewart Couch Hatteras Island Scholarship, in the amount of $8,600, was awarded to Hatteras Island Secondary School senior Jadon Midgett. Stewart Couch established this scholarship for Hatteras Island students through a generous bequest in his last will and testament. Contributions raised by the Outer Banks Association of Realtors in Stewart’s memory were added to his bequest to make this the Community Foundation’s most generous single-year award. The scholarship is given each year to one graduating high school senior from Hatteras Island, the “diamond in the rough” who just needs a little help to achieve his or her educational dreams.
“Throughout High School, I have always done my best to keep a strong academic record and maintain involvement in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Now it seems that all of this work is finally beginning to pay off,” wrote Jadon. “As the son of a lineman and the grandson of a commercial fisherman, I come from a blue-collar family and am a first-generation college student . . . this scholarship will certainly be a big help.”
First Flight High School graduating senior Sara Rae (Simone) Midgett was awarded the $6,000 Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship, which is renewable for up to four years, with a total value of $24,000. This need-based scholarship targets Manteo and First Flight High School students who worked throughout high school and who plan to continue to work through college. The intent of this scholarship is to help students achieve educational dreams that might not otherwise be possible. Simone also received a $1,000 Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship.