From left: Durham Lewis Jr., Chancellor Allen Meadors and Tony Prevatte
A decision by St. Albans Masonic Lodge three years ago to promote scholarship in Robeson County has now resulted in three contributions to an endowed fund at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
"It is a decision that no one at the 250-member Lodge regrets," said Durham Lewis Jr., who along with Tony Prevatte assisted with a presentation of a check recently.
"It is a no-brainer every year we vote on it," said Mr. Prevatte, who owns Prevatte's Mobile Home, Inc. sales in Lumberton. "Our plan is to continue this scholarship indefinitely."
"We set a course, and now it is a building process," said Mr. Lewis, who is a UNCP graduate and partner with UNCP Trustee Henry Lewis in Lewis and Lewis CPAs in Lumberton. "We would like to expand the scholarship to benefit even more students."
An endowed scholarship is a perpetual investment, which generates an annual scholarship from its income. The St. Albans Masonic Lodge Endowed Scholarship goes to a high achieving freshman at UNCP, and is based on the financial needs of that student.
Chancellor Allen C. Meadors said, "These are times when financial aid is critical."
"Our university is famous for educating first generation college students who are the first person in their family to get a college degree," Chancellor Meadors said. "Those students often cannot complete their education without additional financial assistance."
"We are very grateful to St. Albans Lodge for this scholarship and for its continued dedication to the young people of our county."
For information about this scholarship or other gift programs at UNCP, please call the Office of Advancement at 910.521.6252.