Old Ford Ruritan awards scholarships

Published 3:02 pm Friday, September 2, 2016

The Old Ford Ruritan Club recently awarded scholarships to 10 deserving area students.

Each student was awarded a scholarship in the amount of $400 to help further his/her education. Recipients are chosen based on their connection to the Old Ford Community, academic achievement and community service.

Jane Alligood of Pitt Community College addressed the students with a message inspiring them to continue to strive for their goals no matter what the obstacles. She used many examples from her own life to emphasize that with hard work, dedication and family support, you can attain your goals and dreams.

The following students received scholarships:

Raymond Williams Jr. lives in Washington with his wife, Heather, and two sons, Jacob and Austin. He is currently pursuing a degree at the University of Mount Olive in Washington to help further his current career.

Michael Asby is the son of Susan and Ted Asby of Chocowinity. Michael will be attending Beaufort County Community College and plans to pursue a career as a licensed electrician.

Zachery Ambrose is the son of Carlton Ambrose of Washington. Zachery plans to attend North Carolina State University where he will obtain a degree in agriculture.

Evan Smith is the son of April and Lonnie Smith of Washington and plans to attend Pitt Community College where he will pursue a degree in emergency medical science. He will use this degree to help him achieve his dream of becoming a full-time firefighter.

Joshua Smith is the son of Nicole Stroud and Johnie Smith of Washington. Joshua will attend East Carolina University in pursuit of a four-year degree. His hope is to one day be a role model to the youth of our community and a positive and kind influence in people’s lives.

Hayley Noles is the daughter of Connie and Mike Noles of Creswell and plans to attend Beaufort County Community College and later transfer to East Carolina University to pursue a degree in nursing. She hopes to serve her community as an infertility nurse.

Alexis Matkins is the daughter of Dayna and John Matkins III of Washington. She will attend North Carolina State University and pursue a degree in agriculture business management. Her dream is to take over her grandfather’s farm in Washington County and own a local produce shop.

Kevin Mizelle is the son of Lisa and Joel Mizell of Washington. Kevin will be attending the Alexander Paul Institute of Hair Design.

Kara Hall is the daughter of Paula and David Hall of Washington. Kara will attending Beaufort County Community College where she will begin her pursuit of a career in elementary education.

Caroline Boyd is the daughter of Angela and Bo Boyd of Washington. She will be attending Beaufort County Community College. Her goal is to pursue a career in zoo science, which will fulfill her dream and love of working with animals.

The Old Ford Ruritan Club is proud to have served the Old Ford and surrounding communities for 66 years. Ruritan clubs are comprised of community people helping to meet community needs. The Ruritan motto is “Fellowship, Goodwill, and Community Service.” The Old Ford Ruritan Club meets every first Thursday at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse at 48 N.C. Highway 171 North in the Old Ford Community. Anyone interested in Ruritan and serving the community is welcomed to attend. For more information, contact Jeff Mault at 252-946-3388.

Submitted by Jeff Mault, Old Ford Ruritan Club vice-president.