When Earl Hughes Oxendine’s family wanted to remember him with a scholarship, contributions came from as far away as Detroit, Mich., and China and from corporate giving programs at Chrysler and Proctor & Gamble corporations.
Donors meet scholars – At the Scholarship Recognition Dinner from left: Randall Draughton, Louis Oxendine, Bryce Ledford, Ray Oxendine, Donathan Clark and Bethany Hunt
Today, the endowed scholarship is one of UNCP’s largest, and three students who are benefiting from it – Bethany Hunt from Rowland, N.C., Randall Draughton of Clayton, N.C., and Donathan Clark of Pembroke, N.C. - met November 16 with members of the Oxendine family at the 3rd annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner.
“I am especially thankful that I got to meet you all tonight,” said Ray Oxendine, Earl’s brother. “Congratulations and keep up the good work.”
Earl Hughes Oxendine was a life-long educator and a graduate of UNCP. Ray Oxendine attended with his brother Louis, who worked 40 years at Chrysler’s Warren, Mich., factory and contributed to his brother’s scholarship.
Louis Oxendine created another endowed scholarship to honor his late wife. This year’s recipient of the Louis and Millie Oxendine Scholarship, Bryce Ledford of Hope Mills, N.C., was also at the dinner.
Stories of scholarships came from near and far and from long-time friends like the Oxendine family, who grew up about one mile from the University, and some new friends like Joan Wallace, who lives deep in the North Carolina mountains.
“I created my scholarship after a speaking engagement here at the Nursing Department,” Wallace said. “I was blown away by the mission of this school. I marvel at the historic struggle of the Lumbee Indians for education.”
Wallace’s scholarship also fulfilled a lifetime ambition to pay back the people who helped her get an education by helping future nurses.
Allan R. Glen, a UNCP graduate, traveled from Seattle, Wash., to attend the 2006 Scholarship Recognition Dinner. His endowed scholarship remembers his late father, Raymond Haigmeier.
“I started this scholarship for a student in the athletic training program, and I continued to give to it,” Glen said. “When our own children needed to go to college, I looked for a way to continue building the scholarship.”
Glen said 96 people played in a memorial golf tournament in Seattle this year, honoring his father’s memory and contributing to the scholarship.
“Giving is a contagious thing,” Glen told the Scholarship Dinner audience. “I encourage all of you to consider supporting your University in this way in the future.”
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said the dinner salutes two groups of special people.
“First, this event recognizes students who have demonstrated that they are bright, talented and hard working,” Chancellor Meadors said. “Second, it salutes individuals who have enabled others to make a better life for themselves by attending college.
“The opportunity to attend college should never be taken for granted,” he said. “People, caring people, make it happen.”
Bethany Hunt, a freshman from nearby Rowland, N.C., said scholarships, like the Earl Hughes Endowed Scholarship, are making college a reality for her. Hunt graduated second in her class at South Robeson High School and wants to be a doctor.
“This scholarship really helps,” Hunt said. “I am the first person in my family to go to college. There is a lot of weight on my shoulders.”
That sentiment was echoed by Constance Pearson, recipient of the Margaret K. George Memorial Scholarship.
“I’d like to say to the donors here tonight, that not a dollar or a moment has been wasted here,” Pearson said. “Thanks for giving.”
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