Three receive Wilkinson FFA Scholarships

Published 12:35 am Sunday, October 30, 2011

Three students have been awarded scholarships as a result of their participation in Future Farmers of America to attend BCCC this fall. Those chosen for the award are Jonathan Adam Bright, Mark Anthony Cooper and Anthony Todd North Jr.

Bright, of Creswell, is a graduate of Creswell High School. He is a student in BCCC’s heavy equipment and transport technology and construction equipment program. He has been active in the FFA’s junior livestock judging, welding, hunter safety, FFA Creed, tractor driving and FFA fruit sales during his high-school career. After graduating from BCCC, he hopes to get a job in his field.

Cooper, of Pinetown, is a student in BCCC’s welding-technology program. He is a graduate of Northside High School. He is active in FFA’s agriculture mechanics and truck-driving competitions. He also participated in the state FFA convention, the Southern Farm Show and the N.C. State Fair. He holds greenhand and chapter FFA degrees.

North, of Belhaven, is a student in BCCC’s welding-technology program. A graduate of Northside High School, North has been active on the agriculture-mechanics team as well as the FFA Northside chapter banquet, Southern Farm Show and N.C. State Fair. He holds greenhand and chapter FFA degrees.

FFA scholarships are awarded at a ceremony held each year on the BCCC campus. They are funded by an endowment established by a now-deceased Beaufort County lawyer, John A. Wilkinson.

Wilkinson, a Beaufort County native, practiced law in the county for more than 60 years. He served in the law firms of Ward and Wilkinson, Wilkinson and Vosburgh and Wilkinson and Rader before retiring in 1995. He also served as president of the Second District Judicial Bar Association.

To learn more about the numerous scholarships available at BCCC, visit the BCCC website at

Seminar on taxes offered
BCCC’s Business and Industry Services will offer a seminar on recordkeeping and taxes for small businesses from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Nov. 7, in Room 830 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus.
The seminar includes instruction on understanding financial statements, dealing with financial institutions, filing federal and state financial reports and tax reports and when and how to use accountants. The instructor for the course is Keith Kidwell, an accountant and tax professional with the local H&R Block.
The workshop is free, but to ensure seating and allow for the preparation of materials, participants are asked to contact Eva Peartree at 940-6375 or by email at to register. The seminar is co-sponsored by the Washington-Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce.
Couponing classes offered
Because of its extraordinary popularity throughout the region, BCCC’s Division of Continuing Education will offer two more couponing seminars in November.
The first one will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 at St. John Church of Christ’s Empowerment Center, 2240 St. John Church Road in Beaufort County. The second will meet from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 in the multi-purpose room of the Hyde County Government Center in Swan Quarter.
These workshops will teach students how to use coupons to dramatically reduce the cost of their groceries. Participants will learn money-saving secrets such as using a drug store customer-rewards program to get health and beauty items free of charge, finding and organizing coupons, using grocery store sales cycles; and getting paid to shop.
The techniques taught in these workshops could potentially cut a grocery bill by 50 percent to 80 percent. The instructor for these seminars is Melody Page, host of “Extreme Ways to Save.” The registration fee is $20.
For more information about these classes, contact Lou Stout at 940-6307. Students may register by calling 940-6375 or in person in room 802 of Building 8 on the BCCC campus. BCCC accepts Visa and MasterCard. Checks payable to Beaufort County Community College may be mailed to the attention of Eva Peartree, P.O. Box 1069, Washington, NC 27889.