Eight people in a collage
(Top, left to right) Justin Banks-Peed, Jonathan Cobb, Josh Evans, and Kaylee Harris. (Bottom, left to right) Jennifer Maness, Jhanna Means, Kacy Thompson, and Yumi Matsunaga.

During final week of auction, BCCC congratulates scholarship recipients

The Beaufort County Community College Foundation is proud to announce the following scholarship recipients for the Fall 2021 semester. Registration for the Spring 2022 semester ends Dec. 10. While the Beaufort Promise covers all tuition and fees through May 2023, students can apply for scholarships to cover the cost of textbooks. The BCCC Foundation will conclude its online auction on November 19.

Justin Banks-Peed, 23, received the Cola-Cola Scholarship. The Chocowinity resident is working toward an Associate in Arts. Peed attended Calvary Baptist Church School. He currently works as a human resource lead at Belk. Banks-Peed plans to transfer to East Carolina University to study human resources management. He is the husband of Stephen Peed.

Established in 2010 with a generous gift from the Coca Cola Foundation and Coca Cola Bottling Plant in Washington, NC, this endowment provides a scholarship for a BCCC student with at least a 2.5 GPA and is receiving no other financial aid. Thanks to this donation, the Cocoa Cola Bottling Plant will model good corporate citizenship in perpetuity.

Jonathan Cobb, 30, received the Louise R. Lester Scholarship. The Chocowinity resident is a human services technology student. Cobb attended Beaufort County Ed Tech High School. He plans to attend a four-year university after he finishes his degree at BCCC.

Founded in 2001, the Louse R. Lester Foundation builds on the charitable works of Mrs. Louise Robertson Lester. Mrs. Lester was a native of Martinsville, Va. She was an accomplished artist, producing beautiful paintings and poetry. The foundation seeks to effect positive change in the communities and lives of the people who are served through its philanthropic support. They seek to build effective relationships with grantees through a willingness to understand the challenges they face. Scholarships are available for students facing financial challenges to continue their college education.

Josh Evans, 20, received the Robert Farish Scholarship. The Washington resident is a business student. Evans attended Washington High School, and he currently works at Evans Cutler Construction as a contractor apprentice. Evans plans to become a business owner.

Rebecca Farish established this endowment in 2005 to honor the memory of her husband with scholarships that are reflective of his talents and interests in life. The scholarships are awarded to students in the business, criminal justice or automotive technology programs each year, and are based on need.

Kaylee Harris, 20, received the James Franklin & Hannah Roberson Bagwell Scholarship. The Williamston resident is part of the Associate in Arts program. Harris attended Bear Grass Charter School, and she plans to become a family therapist.

Established in 1997, this endowment funds annual scholarships in memory of William Riley and Rosa Watson Roberson and William “Bill” Roberson Bagwell. The recipients of these awards must be high school or GED graduates enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program, must demonstrate financial need, and must show academic promise.

Jennifer Maness, 31, received the Robert Page Scholarship. The Williamston resident is working toward an Associate Degree in Nursing. Maness attended Scotland High School and holds an Associate in Applied Sciences in Radiography from 2011. She also has plans to become a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurse. She is the daughter of Lori & Eugene Reynolds of Wagram, N.C. The mother of two is the wife of Matt Maness.

Established by Lena H. Page, RN in 1992 in memory of her husband, this annual scholarship is awarded to a nursing student who demonstrates high academic achievement and financial need. Mrs. Page graduated from the BCCC Nursing program in 1968.

Jhanna Means, 23, received the Sue Brookshire Scholarship. The Greenville resident is part of the nursing program. She is the daughter of Lisa and Patrick Means, and currently works at Uniforms Galore as a sales associate. Means attended the Middle College of Forsyth, and she has a Child Development degree from East Carolina University.

Established in 2012 by long-time and beloved BCCC Guidance Counselor Sue Brookshire, this endowment celebrates the many students she helped along the way and fulfills her desire to assist future BCCC students in overcoming adversity through attaining their education goals.

Kacy Thompson, 25, received the Cypress Landing Endowment Scholarship. The Blount’s Creek resident is a criminal justice student. Thompson attended Washington High School. She plans to work in the criminal justice field and currently works as the lead veterinary assistant at Pamlico Animal Hospital. Thompson is the partner of Christopher Koch.

The homeowners in Cypress Landing subdivision joined forces in 2017 to create this first-of-its-kind endowment at BCCC. Mrs. Helen Sommerkamp and Mr. Chris Harris lead the effort to organize the campaign. This scholarship is awarded to a BCCC student residing in Beaufort County and who demonstrates need.

Yumi Matsunaga, 19, received the Frances & Irwin Hulbert Scholarship. The Washington resident is part of the nursing program. Matsunaga attended Washington Montessori Public Charter School and plans to become a registered nurse.

Established in 1991, first to memorialize Harry and Lorraine Alvis - the parents of Frances Hulbert, this endowment was renamed in 2008 by the Hulbert children. Frances Hulbert served on the BCCC Foundation’s Board of Directors for many years and her husband Irwin was an Episcopalian minister. The Hulbert scholarships are awarded to nursing students who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing. Preference is given to students committed to working with geriatric patients in Beaufort County for a period of one year after graduation.