Creates Memorial Scholarship to Honor His Brother
Marilyn Prevatte, Chancellor Allen Meadors and Tony Prevatte
Gilbert D. Prevatte
will be remembered for a long time to come by students at The University
of North Carolina at Pembroke.
A 1979 graduate,
Mr. Prevatte practiced law in South Carolina until his accidental drowning
in 1999 at Murrell's Inlet, S.C.
With a gift of $5,000
and a pledge of an additional $5,000, Gilbert Prevatte's brother Tony
has established a memorial endowed memorial scholarship in his name
at UNCP. Tony Prevatte, owner of Prevatte Mobile Home Sales, Inc. in
Lumberton, remembers his brother's hard work and sacrifices to pay his
way through school.
"He had a struggle,
financially, to get through school," Mr. Prevatte said. "We
felt like Gilbert would have wanted to ease the financial burden of
another hard-working student and receiving this scholarship would help
wife, Marilyn, said Gilbert did not let financial hardship get in the
way, but that is not the case for many young people.
taxis and anything he could do to pay his way through college and law
school," Ms. Prevatte said. "There are a lot of kids who throw
their hands up because of the obstacles in the way of a college education.
So, this is about creating opportunities."
C. Meadors agreed, saying that financial support of scholarships at
UNCP has never been as important as it is today.
"We take great
pride at UNCP in offering an affordable college education, and we have
one of the lowest rates of indebtedness among our graduates in the nation,"
Chancellor Meadors said. "One of the reasons for our good results
is private financial support from good people like the Prevattes."
to gaining a college education are mounting," Chancellor Meadors
said. "Because of the state's financial crisis, tuition is going
up and the economy of our region is declining, at least in the short
term, because of a shifting economy."
about this scholarship or other gift programs at UNCP, please contact
the Office of Advancement at 910.521.6252.
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