From left: Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, Eric Hunt, Jim Hunt and Dr. Warren Baker, Dean of the School of Education.
The family of the late James Leon and Christine Roberts Hunt have created an endowed scholarship at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to honor their parents.
The family has established an endowed or perpetual scholarship that will be awarded to a junior or senior education major with demonstrated financial need. The endowment was initiated with a gift of $13,000.
The late James and Christine Hunt, whose family home is in the Pine Lake community near Pembroke, worked 60 years for the public schools in Robeson County, and they raised six sons.
Mr. Hunt, who grew up near Fairmont, was a combat veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart. Following military service, he graduated from UNCP in 1950 with an education degree. Mr. Hunt taught at Fairgrove School.
Mrs. Hunt grew up in the Pembroke area. She completed her degree at UNCP in 1957 after establishing a family. Mrs. Hunt taught at Union Elementary School for many years.
"Our parents were the first members of their family to graduate from college. Their parents were tenant farmers," said Jim Hunt. "This University has had a great impact on my parents lives and my family."
Hunt has an undergraduate business degree and a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree from UNCP. He has taught in the School of Business on an adjunct basis.
In all, the Hunt's six sons have earned eight college degrees, four from UNCP.
"Our picture was in the 1957 Indianhead as 'future PSCers,'" Hunt said. "We were a big family, a happy family and blessed with good times."
In a recent meeting, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors thanked family representatives for their gift.
"The Hunt family exemplifies the commitment to legacy of our alumni," said Chancellor Meadors. "The memory of James Leon and Christine Roberts Hunt is honored through the establishment of an endowed scholarship at UNC Pembroke."
The six Hunt brothers are: David, Gerald, Christopher, Jim, Eric and Terry. Their father passed away in 2001 and their mother in 2003. The family will continue raising funds for the memorial scholarship.
For information about giving at UNCP, please call the Office of Donor Relations at 910.521.6213.