Art auction raises $9,500 for Julian Pierce Endowed Scholarship at UNCP

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Julian T. Pierce Art Auction Committee members
Julian T. Pierce Art Auction Committee members are pictured presenting a check to UNCP Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings. Rebekah Lowry (left) Cody Godwin, Morgan Jones, Harvey Godwin Jr., Jessica Scott Bullard, Dale Deese, and Candace Harke

Julian Pierce’s legacy of helping others continues through scholarship opportunities at UNC Pembroke and two other institutes of higher education.

On Thursday, members of the Members of the Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarship Initiative Committee presented a $9,500 contribution to UNC Pembroke.

The proceeds, which were raised during the annual Julian Pierce Art Auction, will benefit the scholarship named in Pierce’s honor.

The check presentation was held at North Carolina Legal Aid, a poverty law office in Pembroke where Pierce was the founding director.

Proceeds will also go to the Julian T. Pierce Memorial Scholarship at Robeson Community College and the North Carolina Central University School of Law, where Pierce earned his law degree.

Julian Pierce was an attorney and civil rights activist in Robeson County. He was a 1966 graduate of what was then known as Pembroke State University. As a lawyer and through his civic involvement, Pierce fought for education, equality and justice for all persons.

In 1978, he became the first director of Lumbee River Legal Services, known today as N.C. Legal Aid.