A family with five generations of history with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke also has a history of giving to the University.
The family created an endowed scholarship to benefit an education major at UNC Pembroke. Pictured from left are Eric Blue, Dorothy Blue, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, Randall Blue and Matthew Blue
The Adolph and Dorothy L. Blue Family Endowed Scholarship is the third endowed scholarship that retired educator Dorothy Blue helped establish. A member of the class of 1955, she is building a legacy of giving, but her family legacy at UNCP was already well established.
“When I came here, there were only a few brick buildings - Old Main, Sampson Hall, Moore Hall, Locklear Hall and Gymnasium,” Blue said. “Locklear Hall is named for my grandfather, Anderson Locklear.”
Anderson N. Locklear was a career educator, one of the first graduates of the University and a trustee. On May 22, 2006, three generations of the family gathered at the University to endow a scholarship that will benefit future generations of educators.
Randall Blue, the son of Dorothy and the late Adolph Blue, also contributed to the $10,000 endowment. Like his father, Randall is employed by the University. Also present at the scholarship presentation were his sons, Eric and Matthew, a teaching fellow at UNCP.
The scholarship will benefit education majors with demonstrated financial need. Dorothy Blue, whose first job was teaching first grade, knows what it is like to need financial aid.
“I picked cotton to pay tuition; It was not easy,” she said. “I couldn’t afford to live on campus, so I stayed with a cousin in Pembroke. I paid in vegetables and other goods from the farm.”
It is the third endowed scholarship that Dorothy Blue has played a key role in establishing. She helped create the Pembroke Professional and Business Women’s scholarship and the Class of 1955 scholarship during their 50th reunion.
“I’m really, really proud of this University,” she said. “It was more like a community college when I was here. I knew every student and every professor on campus.”
“The University was our livelihood,” Blue said. “I am sure Adolph would approve of what we’re doing today.”
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors thanked the family for the gift.
“This is a great gift from a great alumnae,” Chancellor Meadors said. “It is especially gratifying to receive this great gift from a family with such a long history with the University.”
“This is a permanent gift that will benefit students for generations into the future,” he said. “Our students continue to need financial assistance to reach their goals.”
Adolph Blue worked at the University for 25 years and retired in 1991 as the assistant superintendent of buildings and grounds. Randall Blue joined the University 13 years ago as an electrician. Matthew Blue, the 5th generation of the family with University connections, plans to be a mathematics teacher.
The endowed scholarship was established with a $10,000 gift from Dorothy and Randall Blue. Endowments are permanent gifts that may grow with future contributions.
Revenue from endowments in the form of scholarships may also be targeted. The Adolph and Dorothy L. Blue scholarship recognizes “the importance of education and supports students seeking degrees in the teaching profession,” the endowment agreement states.
For more information about giving to the Adolph and Dorothy L. Blue Endowed Scholarship or the University, please contact the Office for Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.