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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

UNCP students meet their benefactors at scholarship dinner

The second annual Scholarship Recognition Dinner at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke drew a large crowd of scholarship donors and recipients.

More than 200 students, donors and guests attended the banquet on November 17, and Martha Parke Baldwin had advice for all of them.

Martha Baldwin

Martha Baldwin,
keynote speaker

From Fayetteville, N.C., Baldwin said, “the Lord loves a cheerful giver.”

To scholarship recipients, she advised that the time is now to consider giving back to your school.

“There is a lot of need here,” Baldwin said. “Give back to the same scholarship that you received.”

To donors, she advised perseverance in giving.

“I started in 1991 with a few hundred dollars,” Baldwin said. “I knew I would build on it the rest of my life.”

After many Christmas gifts, Baldwin’s two scholarships total almost $25,000. One honors her late daughter, Elizabeth Lord Baldwin, who died while enrolled at UNCP. Her second endowed scholarship is named in honor of her late brother David D Park, who is missing in action in Korea in 1952.

“We give because we believe in the future,” Baldwin said. “Education is the answer to so many problems.”

Amy Revels, a UNCP graduate, returned to join UNCP’s first 4-year nursing class at UNCP. She is the first recipient of the Joan H. Wallace DAR American Indian Endowed Scholarship in Scholarship.

“I am honored to be the recipient of this scholarship,” she said. “I always wanted to be in nursing, and this scholarship has really helped me.”

From left: Christin Vaughan, Elinor Ebert, Dr. James Ebert, Mark Thompson and Siri Sibbett. The Dr. Ebert, a retired professor, and his wife endowed a scholarship at UNCP.

From left: Christin Vaughan, Elinor Ebert, Dr. James Ebert, Mark Thompson and Siri Sibbett. The Dr. Ebert, a retired professor, and his wife endowed a scholarship at UNCP.

David Walker of Lumberton attended with his wife Dale. His scholarship – from the North Carolina Independent Insurance Agents - is an example of continuing effort.

“This is a great crowd tonight,” Walker said. “I enjoyed coming last year too.”

The endowed, or perpetual, scholarship now totals $70,000 after the association’s third gift which was delivered this month. Walker, a retired independent insurance agent, is public relations director for the association.

Dr. James Ebert, who retired recently after 45 years of teaching biology at UNCP teacher, also met with his scholarship recipient, Christin Vaughan, an environmental science major and basketball player.

“It wouldn’t miss this event,” Dr. Ebert said. “I enjoy the students, always have.”

Chancellor Allen C. Meadors has a special feeling for the Scholarship Recognition Dinner.

“Many in this room could not go to college without help from private donors,” Chancellor Meadors said. “That gives us pause to reflect on the people who make it possible.”

“I was the recipient of a scholarship that helped me go to college,” he said. “I never got the opportunity to thank the people who helped me, so I think this is a very unique event.”

To learn more about this event or giving at UNCP, please call the Office of Advancement at 910.521.6252 or email

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