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Monday, March 28, 2005

Local Chapter of Indian Education Association endows scholarship

It was a long shot to bring the 34th annual convention of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) to North Carolina, said Rosa Winfree, chair of the local planning committee.

McNeill, Maynor, Baker, Winfree and Oxendine

The local Indian Education Association funded a new scholarship at UNCP. From left are golf tournament organizers Capt. Larry McNeill and Kayron Maynor, Dr. Warren Baker, IEA’s Rosa Winfree and Teresa Oxendine, director of Donor Relations.

The convention was hosted by the United Tribes of North Carolina, Inc., and was held at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C.

That long shot paid off with a $7,336 gift to The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to establish the North Carolina Indian Education Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is for an American Indian student from North Carolina, who is an education major and an outstanding scholar with demonstrated financial need.

“The site selection for the NIEA convention is a competitive bid process, and the convention is seldom held in the East,” said Winfree, a 1960 UNCP graduate and retired educator. “Our bid was overwhelmingly selected because of our convincing presentation of what North Carolina had to offer the participants, including our good Native and Southern cooking.”

“We promised them Southern hospitality, barbecue and collards,” Winfree said.

North Carolina served up more than home cooking at the event. A golf tournament was held at Grandover Resort to raise money for the scholarship, said UNCP Police and Public Safety Capt. Larry McNeill, who chaired the golf tournament.

“This is a very worthy cause, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Grandover Resort for their generosity, the tournament committee, volunteers, sponsors and a special thanks to everyone who played in the tournament,” McNeill said.

The golf tournament was sponsored entirely by the local planning committee because in the past the NIEA was unsuccessful in raising money this way.

“Well, they had never been to North Carolina,” Kayron Maynor said. Maynor, a 1992 UNCP graduate, co-chaired the Health and Fitness Committee. “The committee worked diligently for more than a year, and there were many logistical difficulties, but, thanks to a great turnout of players from across the country, and especially from the Lumbee Tribe, it worked.”

Dr. Warren Baker of the School of Education thanked the local planning committee for the gift.

“This scholarship is a tremendous help for our teacher education program,” Dr. Baker said. “It will be used to assist American Indian students in attaining their goal of becoming teachers. The School of Education is so very grateful for this significant contribution. “

For more information on how to contribute to this fund, please contact Teresa Oxendine, director of the Office of Donor Relations, at 910.521. 6213 or teresa.oxendine@uncp.edu.

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