Outer Banks Legacy—Looking Back on 40 Years with Frank and Lynda Hester

L-R Frank and Lynda on their wedding day, 7-31-82, Naomi Collins Hester, Dare Co. Dept. of Education, Naomi with first grandchild, Raechel. Photos courtesy of the Hester family.


Frank and Lynda Hester had a lot to reflect on and celebrate this month, and as part of our family, we’re celebrating with them as we mark milestones during our Community Foundation’s 40th Anniversary year.

Frank’s mom, Naomi Collins Hester, would have been 84 this July 28. She spent her lifetime giving to others, first as a teacher at Manteo High School and at Head Start. She co-founded Monday Night Alive, a still-thriving, Roanoke Island after-school program that mentors school-age youth. She was a social worker for older adults, and she worked at Dare County Department of Education’s central office for many years, until retirement. She volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, was a member of the Echoes of Heritage, and served on the boards of dozens of organizations, including Children and Youth Partnership, Health and Human Services, and East Carolina Bank.

Before Naomi passed away in 2009, her family created the Hester Family Legacy Fund in 2008 in her honor. “It was a way to keep her memory alive and also to continue to reach out and help people without looking for anything in return,” her son Frank said.

Contributions by family and friends helped the fund quickly grow. The very next year, the Hester family began recommending grants to veterans at risk, children at risk, and older adults at risk. So far, thanks to the power of endowments, more than $10,000 in grants have been awarded to local charities that work with children, veterans, and older adults, and there is more than $14,000 in this fund—and growing.

40 years ago, Naomi was 44, in the prime of her life, working each day for brighter futures in our community. Forty years ago, Frank and Lynda Hester were getting married on a little beach in Hawaii; they’re celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on July 31st. Forty years ago, David Stick was dialing up friends with an idea to create a Community Foundation for the Outer Banks.

We are so fortunate here to count compassionate, action-oriented families like the Hester’s as neighbors and friends. We’re particularly honored at our Community Foundation to have Lynda Hester’s leadership as our board’s current Secretary.

We also are enormously grateful that there is this place on the Outer Banks where people like Naomi can be honored, and where legacies like hers can continue to create good in our community forever. During a time where many are divided, Frank remembered a quote his mother used to say, “We may not always see eye to eye, but I hope we can see heart to heart.” We are forever grateful to our founders and early leaders for having the vision and fortitude to establish this Community Foundation, 40 years ago.

Outer Banks Road to Recovery Fund Created

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Outer Banks Road to Recovery Fund has been established by an anonymous donor. The endowed fund will be maintained to award grants to nonprofits that provide support to Outer Banks residents on their journeys to recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction. The fund will advance harm reduction efforts, connect more people to care, and increase public awareness. As with all endowed funds, it is structured to be a permanent community resource for generations to come.

“This new fund is such an important gift to our community,” said Community Foundation CEO Chris Sawin. “Every family on the Outer Banks has been impacted by addiction. Our job is to grow this fund with support of our entire community, and to provide funding for new solutions to the tragic crisis of addiction.”

The donor’s passion to create the fund comes from personal experiences in his own family. It is no secret that drug and alcohol addiction disrupts lives, often tragically, and touches virtually every community in the US. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2020 nearly 92,000 people in America died from drug overdoses, a 31% increase from 2019. The CDC also reports that alcohol abuse costs the US several billion dollars each year due to motor vehicle crashes, court costs, health expenses, property damages, and lost worker productivity. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported that in 2020, over nine North Carolinians died each day from a drug overdose.

“Our most recent Community Health Needs Assessment further illustrates the impact substance use continues to have on our community,” said Saving Lives Task Force Co-Chairs Roxana Ballinger and Wally Overman. “In fact, 14.5% of community survey respondents identified substance misuse and recovery support services as being in need of improvement and 42% said it is a health behavior that residents need more information about in Dare County.”

The fund’s creator hopes that donors will be inspired to contribute to the Outer Banks Road to Recovery Fund, in memory of a loved one, or to help someone they may never know. Contributions can be made online at www.obcf.org/donate or by sending a check to OBCF, 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949.

Local Philanthropist Establishes Endowments for Scholarships, Housing

Karen DelVacchio and Cookie, a poodle mix rescue dog that Karen adopted. According to Karen, “Cookie is a lovable little bundle of energy!”

Two new endowed funds that will support Outer Banks students and workers have been established by Nags Head realtor and philanthropist Karen DelVacchio. As with all endowed funds created at the Community Foundation, the Cookie Jar for Good Deeds Fund and the Helping Hand Cookie Jar Scholarship Fund are structured to be permanent sources of support, providing grants and scholarships in starting in 2023 and continuing for generations to come.

The new Cookie Jar for Good Deeds Fund is a Field of Interest fund that will award grants to nonprofit organizations that provide financial or housing support to individuals, with a preference for supporting employed individuals needing extra financial help for rent or mortgage payments.

The Helping Hand Cookie Jar Scholarship Fund will provide need-based scholarships to non-traditional students who are pursuing an education after one or more years in the workforce, post high school graduation.

“Not everyone knows what they will do right out of high school, or even after some college,” said Karen. “I created these funds for adults who want another shot at a career choice and because, due to our chronic worker housing shortage, businesses and workers are really struggling on our beaches.”

“We are thrilled that the two new funds Karen has established for the entire Outer Banks will address unmet needs in innovative ways,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Sawin.

Endowment funds have been created over the years by individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and government agencies for causes they are passionate about. Funds can be created to memorialize loved ones, support a favorite issue or charity, provide scholarships, and more. The first step is to visit https://obcf.org/giving/create-a-fund/or call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839. The Community Foundation holds more than 200 endowed funds for the Outer Banks; anyone can donate to any of these existing funds online at https://www.obcf.org/donate.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care with causes that matter. Based in a historic flat top cottage in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages $25 million across more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to nonprofits, manages more than 60 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

Annual Advice 5K Fund Establisher Nancy Caviness earns NC Governor’s Service Award

The Annual Advice 5k Turkey Trot Fund at Outer Banks Community Foundation provides significant support for many of the organization’s health and human service grant awards each year. Fund establisher Nancy Caviness has worked diligently for nearly a decade to raise money for this fund, donating proceeds raised through an annual event to support local health and human service projects.

She created and has served as race director of the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot race, held historically on Thanksgiving Day in Duck since 1996. This story highlights Caviness’ extraordinary contributions to her community, of which the Turkey Trot Fund plays a part.

Nancy Caviness has been awarded a 2022 North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service award for her volunteer service to the Duck Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot. Caviness was nominated for the award by Town of Duck Mayor Don Kingston.

Nancy has been a member of the Duck Volunteer Fire Department for over 22 years, and each year she averages over 100 hours in training and over 200 hours in call response. Early in her tenure, she saw the need for firefighter hydration and nutrition on long incidents and in warm environments. She was part of the team that started Rehab 11, which provided hydration and initial vital signs and symptom monitoring on major emergency calls. Soon Caviness discovered she could provide more help and trained to assist on emergency incidents beyond rehab and advanced to support lieutenant. Her skills include exterior firefighting, extrication, traffic control and assistance to the incident commander on high-acuity incidents.

“Over the years, she has become a highly respected and invaluable member of the firefighting and public safety community,” Kingston wrote in his nominator form. “With an educational background in public health, her passion for the health and safety of first responders and the public runs deep.”

Caviness founded the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot in 1996 and has served as its race director since its inception. Funds raised in the early years of the race were donated to a wide range of nonprofits on the Outer Banks, and in 2013, a permanent endowment was established with the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) with the purpose of supporting and improving the public health of the Outer Banks.

“For the 25th anniversary race she set the significant fundraising goal of $25,000 for the endowment. Through her hard work and determination that goal was exceeded and $33,000 was raised,” wrote Kingston. “To date, the Advice 5K Turkey Trot has raised and contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Outer Banks community. Nancy’s outstanding leadership, management and organizational skills provide the basis for each successful race event. On average, she spends over 500 hours a year, approximately 10 hours a week, on race planning.”

Kingston also noted in his nomination form that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Caviness had to make changes to the 2021 event in order to ensure participant and volunteer health and safety, which added many additional hours to the preparation process. “The extra hours were taken on with grace and selflessness,” he wrote.

The nonprofit organizations and health initiatives that the endowment has assisted through the Community Foundation’s grants programs over the years include Outer Banks Hotline, the Community Care Clinic of Dare, Children and Youth Partnership for Dare County, NC MedAssist, Food For Thought Outer Banks, and the Outer Banks Family YMCA.

In addition to raising funds, Caviness also served on the Community Foundation’s board from 2017 to 2022. During her final term as board member, she served as Scholarship Committee Chair, a leadership role that involved dozens of hours and the management of volunteer committees whose purpose was to select scholarship recipients from all area schools.

Lorelei Costa Morrow, former executive director of the OBCF, is complimentary of the thoughtfulness and care with which Caviness took in setting up the endowment. She wanted a fund that would continue growing even if the race no longer takes place, and that would continue to benefit the community for generations to come. According to Morrow, “She would read hundreds of scholarship applications. She was always mindful of students who would not necessarily have had other funding opportunities for school. She wanted to make sure those students that might be overlooked had a chance.”

In addition to her volunteer service to the Duck Volunteer Fire Department and the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot, Caviness has also served the Outer Banks community in multiple capacities since relocating to the area in 1995, as she formerly served on the Dare County Tourism Board and as the Town of Duck’s liaison to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.

“Nancy has and continues to serve both the Town of Duck and the Outer Banks community as a dedicated and caring individual,” Kingston stated in his nomination form. “Her selflessness is reflected in all that she does. Her community service roots run deep, and she is a true champion of this community.”

Donor-Advised Fund Establishers Gift $250,000 to Waves Edge Village School in Corolla

Water’s Edge Village School in Corolla (WEVS) and the Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) are proud to announce that Corolla residents Wayne and Betty Evans pledged $250,000 to help WEVS (a K-8 charter school) build an additional schoolhouse adjacent its current location in the historic village. The tuition-free school, founded in 2012 and guided by a mission to incorporate whole child development with an emphasis on project-based, hand-on learning, has grown from 15 to 43 students. The new building will accommodate current need and future growth by providing an additional three classrooms, a community room, a resource room, and a teacher’s office.

WEVS publicly launched its capital campaign on Tuesday, April 12 during a celebration at the historic 1890s schoolhouse. The campaign’s goal is to raise $1.35M. Betty Evans said, “It’s motivational and inspirational to do something good for a child. Years ago we spent a lot of time at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. There was a plaque next to the elevator that said something like, ‘It doesn’t matter how big your house is or what kind of car you drive, what will matter is if you made a difference in the life of a child.’ And I think this school can make a difference in the lives of many children, so let’s build this school!”

With the momentum generated by the Evans’ pledge from their donor-advised fund (held here at Outer Banks Community Foundation), along with a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment grant program, the school hopes to inspire community support for the project. Community engagement is particularly necessary because local and state governments may not contribute to the campaign due to the school’s charter status. Wayne Evans said, “This is what we can do for Corolla. One hundred years ago there were people who did this same thing. And I hope 100 years from now that building still is still working for the community.” The new classrooms will expand the school’s campus – younger students will still have classes in the old schoolhouse.

Contributions to the capital campaign can be made on the school’s website or by mailing payments to PO Box 215, Corolla NC 27927. Please notify board president Meghan Agresto with any questions about the WEVS capital campaign.

Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Established

Emily Fredricks, flanked by her brothers Jack (l) and Michael (r), at her graduation from Johnson and Wales University in 2014. Photo courtesy of Richard and Laura Fredricks.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new, local resource to support organizations and initiatives that address bicycle and pedestrian safety. The Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety has been established by Emily’s parents, Richard and Laura Fredricks of East Brunswick, NJ. Grants will be awarded annually from the fund to support local initiatives for making the Outer Banks safe for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Emily Fredricks was a creative, joyful young woman, a talented baker and artist, and the sunshine of her parents’ lives. She was working as head pastry chef at Le Cheri in downtown Philadelphia when her life was tragically cut short as she biked to work in late November 2017. Her bereaved parents established the Emily Fredricks Foundation the following year, as a way to turn their grief into action, and to find solutions so fewer families would have to endure similar, tragic losses. The Fredricks vacation regularly on the Outer Banks; indeed, the family spent time here just a few short weeks before Emily’s death. A chance meeting in Duck, and the Fredricks’ awareness of the unique challenges faced by cyclists and pedestrians here, led to the creation of this new, local fund.

“We are thrilled that the Fredricks have created a fund dedicated to keeping walkers and bikers safe from harm on our roads, residents and visitors alike,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Sawin. “This is such an important issue on the Outer Banks. We invite everyone who has an interest in the Fredricks’ generous initiative to reach out to donate or learn more.”

According to watchformeNC.org, a state advocacy initiative website, more than 3,000 pedestrians and 850 bicyclists are hit in North Carolina each year, making our state one of the least safe in the US for walking and bicycling. Nationally, the number of annual traffic deaths is skyrocketing—Vision Zero Network reports a 24% increase in the rate of roadway fatalities between 2019 and 2020.

“Our goal is to honor Emily’s memory in every way that we can. We miss her so,” said Laura Fredricks. “Emily’s life was taken from her tragically and traumatically, and her death was preventable. In January of 2022 there was finally a national recognition of the epidemic of traffic violence, and a pledge for zero traffic deaths. While we applaud this momentum, we know there will always be a need for improved infrastructure and education surrounding vulnerable road users. It is too late for our daughter; our advocacy work is for the living. We welcome the opportunity to give back to the community where our family has made so many wonderful memories.”

Like most other Community Foundation funds, the Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety is endowed, meaning the fund will be a perpetual source of support for charities addressing bicycle and pedestrian safety issues on the Outer Banks.

Anyone may contribute to the Emily Fredricks Memorial Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety by sending a check to the Community Foundation with the fund name in the memo line, or by making a contribution online at obcf.org/donate-now, and selecting the fund from the searchable funds list.


Warren and Jane Davis Memorial Dare Math/Science Scholarship Stokes College-Bound Students’ Dreams

Warren Davis was born in 1920, a time when cars and lightbulbs were still fairly new inventions. The ‘war to end all wars’ was over, the economy was strong, spirits were high, and the latest fads and fashions were causing an uproar. He grew up in a time when family, church, God, and country were the focus of the large majority of Americans. Warren ultimately and selflessly devoted his life to serving others, and he was passionate about education, children, and lifting others up. He created the Dare Math/Science Scholarship Fund so that his passion for education would continue to be felt for many, many generations to come. Every year, renewable scholarships will be awarded from this fund to Dare County students pursuing math and science-related college degrees.

Warren grew up in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and was nine when the Great Depression gripped the nation. He survived by “eating applesauce sandwiches;” he was a gifted student and skipped enough grades to enter college at age 16. Warren graduated with an engineering degree in 1940. His first post-college job, with Gulf Oil Company in 1941, was cut short when he joined the Mighty 8th Air Force in Britain in 1942. Under his leadership (he was captain of the 493rd Bomb Group’s ground crew) and abetted by his problem-solving skillsets, his squadron was recognized with the Bronze Star for their ability to put together damaged B-17 bombers.

Back at home, he returned to Gulf Oil, where he enjoyed a successful career that spanned more than four decades. Hired as an entry-level engineer, he retired from Gulf Oil in 1983 as their Chief Economist. In the 70’s, Harvard University enlisted Warren’s help to rewrite petroleum industry case studies. The world was his oyster.

Warren and his bride, Jane, raised four children, and they instilled a strong sense of duty in each of them. Both parents volunteered for the athletic and civic programs Beth, Jan, Connie, and Jim entered in to, and served as starters, umpires, boosters, and “the best Girl Scout leader any girl could ever have.” Warren and Jane instilled philanthropy young in life by providing allowance and encouraging their children to give a little of that precious weekly spending money to their church.

Warren and Jane moved to the Outer Banks after “retirement,” where they wasted no time becoming heavily involved in church and local charitable efforts. Logging 10,000 volunteer hours at one nonprofit alone, Warren boosted many local organizations, including Outer Banks Hotline, College of the Albemarle (COA), Dare Literacy Association, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Outer Banks Forum.

Warren was particularly keen on tutoring children and young adults, and drove to Elizabeth City every Friday morning from 1987 to 2000 to tutor students in math and English at COA. He continued tutoring locally well into his nineties.

The Dare Math/Science Scholarship fund was established at the Community Foundation in 1991 with an initial gift of $12,500. The first $1,000 scholarship was awarded in 1994; since then, more than $35,000 in scholarships, many for four years, have been awarded.

Caroline Lowcher, one of the Davis scholarship recipients, wrote, “The Dare Math/Science scholarship assisted me in obtaining bachelor’s degrees in Applied Mathematics and Oceanography. These were crucial stepping stones on my path of higher education and setting me up for a successful career. As a female in STEM fields I am a minority, so to have the support of this scholarship encouraged me to pursue male-dominated fields. Supporting minorities and including women in STEM fields is a national mission of multiple federal science agencies, so it is great to see that transpire on a local level in our community.”

Caroline Lowcher

Caroline is currently pursuing her PhD in Physical Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and is studying to become an observational oceanographer, making measurements of the ocean, and using math, physics, high-quality research, and scientific analysis to understand the circulation in the coastal ocean.

The name of this scholarship fund has been changed to the Warren and Jane Davis Memorial Dare Math/Science Scholarship, to honor a request by the Davis children to memorialize their parents. The fund is endowed, meaning that the principal is invested and only 5% of the fund balance is expended in any given period. Endowments are structured to last forever, to benefit the community and stand as lasting legacies for their founders.

Anyone can make a gift to this fund, or any of the more than 200 funds held at the Community Foundation, by going to obcf.org/donate and searching by fund name in the drop-down list.

Anyone can create and name a scholarship fund at Outer Banks Community Foundation; it costs as little $1,000 to get started; as long as the fund balance is grown to $5,000 within three years. Call or email us to get started.

For as long as Dare County children yearn for higher education in math and science fields, the Warren and Jane Davis Memorial Dare Math/Science Scholarship will be here to serve them.

Hunting Family Fund Established at Outer Banks Community Foundation

A new fund has been created at the Outer Banks Community Foundation to support local charities that help residents on their journeys to better health. The Hunting Family Fund for Health and Wellness, recently established by Rich and Cindy Hunting, has a stated purpose to “support projects and organizations that promote health and wellness for people on the Outer Banks, with preference given to organizations or projects that serve the underinsured and/or uninsured, or that bring new health and wellness programs to the community.”

Health and wellness have been lifelong passions for Cindy. As a retired public health nurse professional, she spent a 43-year career promoting and protecting the health of communities in which she served. Rich also shares her passion; together, they decided to establish this new fund for the Outer Banks. They wrote, “We are glad that we can give back to a community that we love, for a cause we both are passionate about.”

Community Foundation President and CEO Chris Sawin said, “Only a handful of the more than 200 funds invested for our community at the Community Foundation have the specific purpose of improved health and wellness outcomes, and we’re thrilled that a new fund has been established to benefit residents in this way.”

Rich and Cindy, now retired, have been enjoying the Outer Banks for decades. Cindy used to come with her family as a small child and has happy memories of beach vacations in the 60s and 70s. Rich is an avid scuba diver from the great state of Maine; he moved to our region for work and soon found the wrecks off our shores perfect for his diving exploits. He partnered with friends and ran a dive operation here for several years, where they made friends and helped more divers get out to see historic wrecks up close and learn about our area’s unique and storied maritime history.

The Huntings have a vacation home in Nags Head, where they enjoy time at the beach with friends and family. The fund they’ve established at the Community Foundation is a field of interest fund, meaning that the Huntings have created a stated purpose for annual grants, and the annual granting decisions are left up to the Community Foundation board of directors.

Like most other Community Foundation funds, the Hunting Family Fund for Health and Wellness is endowed, meaning that the bulk of its assets will remain invested, and only 5% of the fund balance will be spent each year. In this way, the fund will be a perpetual source of support for charities meeting health and wellness needs on the Outer Banks.

Anyone may contribute to the Hunting Family Fund by sending a check to the Community Foundation with the fund name in the memo line, or by making a contribution online at obcf.org/donate-now, and selecting the fund from the searchable funds list.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care with causes that matter. Based in a historic flat top cottage in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages more than $25 million across more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 60 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

Irene Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund Established

Irene Nolan was a force for good for nearly two decades on our Outer Banks. She was an accomplished journalist and newspaper editor, an early board member for Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, an enthusiastic volunteer for other causes, and a friend to many island residents.

The Irene Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund was recently established by Irene’s long-time business partner and Island Free Press co-founder, Donna Barnett. Renewable college scholarships will be awarded in Irene’s name to students from Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, with preference given for students pursuing English-related degrees.

Irene moved to the southern Outer Banks in 1991 after a successful career at the Louisville, KY Courier-Journal. She moved to Hatteras in 1991 and married C.A. Boxley of Frisco. She became editor of the Island Breeze, a southern Outer Banks publication. 16 years later, Irene and Donna launched the Island Free Press (IFP), the first and only online newspaper to cover the southern Outer Banks. That publication quickly became an important community resource for visitors and residents.

“This has been a dream of mine since Irene’s untimely death in 2017,” said Barnett. “Irene was many things to me. A second mother, a mentor, a friend, and an icon. She was also a lot of things to this community, and was considered the voice of our islands. It was only fitting to start a scholarship in her name. I am so excited about this scholarship coming to fruition, and look forward to watching it grow and help more and more students through the coming years.”

“As one of many writers who were lucky to work with Irene at the Island Breeze and the Island Free Press, I can’t think of a better tribute to her legacy than to help the next wave of Outer Banks writers pursue their own love of journalism,” said Joy Crist, current editor of the Island Free Press. “Irene remains the soul and backbone of the IFP, and I’m beyond grateful to Donna and the Community Foundation for finding a beautiful way to shine a spotlight on an incredible journalist, editor, and friend.”

This fund, like most other Community Foundation scholarship funds, will offer up to four years of scholarship funding to each student recipient. In addition, the fund is endowed, meaning that the bulk of its assets will remain invested and only 5% of its earnings will be spent each year. In this way, the fund will be a perpetual source of scholarships for students from Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

Anyone may contribute to the Irene Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund by sending a check to the Community Foundation with the fund name in the memo line, or by making a contribution online at obcf.org/donate-now, and selecting the fund from the searchable funds list.

Hanft McDevitt Scholarship Fund to help COA Graduates

The Hanft McDevitt Family Scholarship Fund was recently established by Roland McDevitt and Barbara Hanft for Dare County students graduating with an associate degree from College of The Albemarle with a desire to continue their higher education and a goal of obtaining a bachelor’s degree from a college or university. The donors recognize that a four-year degree is foundational for success in many professions. Scholarships will be awarded from this fund for further schooling in a variety of fields, including education, political science, and rehabilitation, as well as the literary, performing and visual arts.

The fund is endowed, so it will be awarding scholarship for many generations to come. You can make a donation to this fund here, and by searching in the “Other Funds” dropdown menu.

Are you interested in establishing and naming a fund to meet local needs and perpetuate a legacy of giving back to the Outer Banks? Your Community Foundation offers a variety of fund types, including scholarships, donor-advised, and field of interest, to match personal preferences in philanthropy. Find out more here, and reach out to us at 252-261-8839 if we can help you get started.