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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Mayflower Society awards two scholarships at UNCP

Franklin Horton, representing the Southeastern North Carolina Colony of the Mayflower Society, presented scholarships to two UNC Pembroke graduate students.

The award was made during the New Student Orientation for graduate students on June 10. Both scholarship recipients are public school teachers in Fayetteville, N.C. They received $1,000 each.

Franklin Horton, right, of the Mayflower Society's Southeastern Colony, presents $1,000 scholarships to Virginia Plummer and Alan Kerrick, both graduate students in UNC Pembroke’s Social Studies Education Program. Scott Billingley, left, is coordinator of the program. Both Fayetteville residents and social studies teachers, Plummer teaches at Terry Sanford High School and Kerrick at Nick Jeralds Middle School.

Franklin Horton, right, of the Mayflower Society's Southeastern Colony, presents $1,000 scholarships to Virginia Plummer and Alan Kerrick, both graduate students in UNC Pembroke’s Social Studies Education Program. Scott Billingley, left, is coordinator of the program. Both Fayetteville residents and social studies teachers, Plummer teaches at Terry Sanford High School and Kerrick at Nick Jeralds Middle School.

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Alan Kerrick is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Teaching and a social studies teacher at Nick Jeralds Middle School. A candidate for a Master of Arts in Social Studies Education, Virginia Plummer teaches history at Terry Sanford High School.

The scholarship rotates annually between the six North Carolina Colonies of the Mayflower Society, said Horton, who is an officer in the state organization. The society is an historical organization of descendants of the colonists who landed in Plymouth, Mass., in 1620. They have more than 27,000 members nationally.

“We were very fortunate that this is the first year the state society has been able to award two $1,000 scholarships,” Horton said. “We award them to outstanding graduate students in the field of history.”

Horton selected UNCP from among the universities in southeastern N.C. Dr. Scott Billingsley, faculty member in UNCP’s Department of History and coordinator of the graduate Social Studies Education program, said the recipients are outstanding students.

“They were selected because of their outstanding scholarship,” Dr. Billingsley said. “Virginia and Alan stood out for going above and beyond the requirements of the program.”

Plummer is a 14-year veteran teacher, who earned National Board Certification in 2003. A Fayetteville native, she graduated with honors from Appalachian State University.

A Cleveland, Ohio, native, Kerrick is a 20-year Army veteran who is served in Desert Storm, two tours in Afghanistan and several peacekeeping tours on international soil.

Joining the military out of high school, Kerrick began taking courses online. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Campbell University. He hopes to earn a Ph.D. in Medieval history.

To learn more about giving at UNCP, please contact the Office of Advancement at 910.521.6252 or advancement@uncp.edu.

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