Bob Parker Memorial Fund will help special kids

A new fund has been created to honor the good works and kind spirit of a generous local man. Bob Parker, a U.S. Army veteran and general contractor, lived with his wife, Rhonda Tillett, in Kill Devil Hills. He worked hard, loved deeply, and was passionate about the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and he loved sharing his interests with others, especially children. He also volunteered at Special Olympics events, and was devoted to the young athletes there.

Bob left this world, too soon, after fighting a long and courageous battle with illness. Rhonda wanted to ensure that the selfless acts of charity and the love for special children that Bob shared with this world during his lifetime would continue, so she created the Bob Parker Memorial Fund, a field of interest fund, that will be used to award grants “to organizations that help individuals with special needs, with preference given to Special Olympics and other programs that serve children with disabilities.”

The fund is endowed, so it will be awarding grants to charities in Bob’s name 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.

Helping People Help Animals Fund

An anonymous donor has established the Helping People Help Animals fund to support Outer Banks nonprofits who assist any kind of animal, wild or domesticated, with scales, feathers, fur, or fins. The fund’s stated purpose is “to provide grants to charitable organizations, with preference given to those organizations staffed entirely (or nearly entirely) by volunteers; to protect, rehabilitate, and care for all animals, both domestic and wild.” This generous donor expressed an “admiration for all those who volunteer to help animals, and this fund is to help those who do the work and participate in the efforts” that support agencies’ missions.

The Helping People Help Animals Fund is an endowed, Field of Interest fund; the Community Foundation’s board of directors will base grant decisions on applications it receives. The Helping People Help Animals Fund is poised to make grants that will support local animal causes for generations to come. Since the fund’s principal is invested, the fund will grow and grant amounts from the fund will increase over time.

Our fund’s creator noted, “There aren’t that many people who devote effort to the care of animals…it’s not easy work.”

The Community Foundation is delighted to have this new fund that provides additional support to all creatures, great and small, and we are grateful to this donor for having the foresight and inspiration to address a need that deserves more attention.

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.

Nourishing Hatteras Island Fund Created

A local couple has established a new fund to help fight food insecurity and isolation on Hatteras Island. The Nourishing Hatteras Island Fund is a donor-advised fund, created “to support Hatteras Island Meals and other health and wellness programs on Hatteras Island.”

Hatteras Island Meals (HIM) served 10,000 meals in 2020 alone; a testament to the level of need in the small, island communities. It operates on a shoestring budget, and can fulfill its mission only because of grants, individual donations (they’ve had no special events since Dorian and COVID), and scores of dedicated volunteers who spend time each week making sure that homebound neighbors receive prepared meals and the warmth and reassurance of personal contact. If you ever want a pick-me-up, we suggest going to the HIM Facebook page to read the inspiring posts about their many wonderful volunteers.

Perhaps the best news of all about the Nourishing Hatteras Island Fund: the fund’s creators have left gifts in their wills for this fund, which will only increase its good works in future years.

Interested in establishing and naming a fund to meet local needs? 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.

Diane Baum St. Clair’s Bequest to the Outer Banks Keeps Giving Back

Model, Scholar, Hotelier, Philanthropist – Diane Baum St. Clair’s Bequest to the Outer Banks Keeps Giving Back

Diane Baum St. Clair made her mark on the Outer Banks in many ways. She ran away to New York City as a teenager, entered the world of high fashion, then left abruptly to pursue higher education from prestigious schools like Johns Hopkins and Yale universities, before returning home to help in the family’s businesses. During her adult life in Dare County, she generously gave back, supporting public, private, and philanthropic ventures in her small but growing oceanfront community.

Similarly, the Thomas and Annie Baum Memorial Fund has been giving back since its creation by bequest in 2005. Diane, who was Thomas and Annie’s daughter, made a gift in her will of $250,000 to the Outer Banks, through the Outer Banks Community Foundation, with instructions to establish a fund in memory of her parents, for “educational and cultural purposes.”

Between 2005 and 2021, more than $203,000 has been distributed from the Thomas and Annie Baum Memorial Fund to support 43 Community Foundation grants. During this same time period, the fund had grown–its assets are more than $300,000. The staying power of this Fund, and the gifts it has made and will continue make, will benefit people and places in Dare County for generations to come. This is the real beauty of bequests like Diane’s, and endowment funds at the Community Foundation. Also called “forever” funds, contributions into endowed funds are invested, and gifts are made each year from no more than 5% of a fund’s balance, averaged over three years.

Thomas, Annie, and Diane all lived remarkable lives, and they loved the Outer Banks well. We are still feeling that love and generosity today.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation accepts many different types of gifts – gifts of stock, property, or other assets; IRA distributions; and insurance beneficiary distributions, to name a few. Often, these gifts are made by bequest.

Do you love helping students get a college education? Seeing turtle hatchlings and sea creatures near our shores? Helping people who have special needs or circumstances? We can help you make your mark, by making a lasting gift for good. If you are writing or revising a will, and if the Outer Banks has been particularly good to you, we ask that you consider including a gift to the Outer Banks, through the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Call us at 252-261-8893 to get started.

Imagine the world of good your gift will do.

David Stick’s Words Ring True Today

The following is excerpted from David Stick’s “Outer Banks Community Foundation.”

In 1984, after having been asked repeatedly to explain the concept of the community foundation, I finally put down in writing my own description:

The Outer Banks Community Foundation was organized locally in 1982 to provide a method by which a large number of individuals and businesses can join together in establishing a permanent and constantly-growing endowment fund, with annual earnings used to address both current and long-range needs in the Outer Banks area.

Its sole concern is in maintaining and improving the quality of life…its flexibility provides the Community Foundation with a unique ability to respond quickly to the ever-changing needs of the Outer Banks community, and to employ both conventional and innovative methods in addressing such needs.

It enjoys a favored position under the provisions of the Treasury Regulations and IRS code, thus extending to all donors the maximum possible tax advantage.

It supplements and often supports the activities of many conventional charities, while offering the individual donor the opportunity—with a single contribution—to assist a variety of local charitable programs and projects.

It belongs to the people of the Outer Banks, both native and adopted. Through its designation as a public charity, it is operated in the public interest, prepared at all times to address the most pressing educational, social, health, cultural, and environmental needs of the Outer Banks.

It is a potential funding source for all benevolent uses; a pooling of the excess resources of hundreds of individuals who share a love and concern for the unique Outer Banks; and a private effort to address public problems in a trying era when funds from public sources are in increasingly short supply.

It is, finally, a way that any of us, and all of us, can put something back.

My first awareness of the existence of community foundations came in early 1980 when I read in The Daily Advance that an organization called The Elizabeth City Foundation had made several sizable grants designed to address area needs, especially in the Camden County schools. Attorney Dewey Wells, a personal friend who had done some legal work for me, was listed in the news story as the Executive Director of the Elizabeth City Foundation, so I contacted him for information.

Initially, Dewey sent me a couple of brochures. Later I got more information from him in personal conversations, and from a speech he had made entitled: “More Than You May Have Wanted to Know About Community Foundations.” Despite the title of Dewey’s speech, it provided me with only a fraction of what I wanted to know about community foundations, so I later made contact with the Council on Foundations in Washington and purchased their voluminous two-volume Handbook on Community Foundations. For two years after making that first contact with (Elizabeth City Foundation Founder) Dewey Wells, I put aside any thoughts of proceeding with the organization of a community foundation on the Outer Banks. Then, on June 8, 1982, Andy Griffith came up to my home in Southern Shores for the specific purpose of putting on tape the answer to a question I had asked earlier, “Why does a nationally known actor, still active in a career that calls for him to spend most of his time in Hollywood, California, consider Roanoke Island, North Carolina, his home?”

Andy and I taped a couple of hours in general discussion, much of it about his boyhood, his involvement with the Carolina Playmakers at Chapel Hill, his bit parts in The Lost Colony, and his growing love for the Outer Banks and its people, whom he credited with providing the needed encouragement to-embark on his acting career. “Sometime,” he told me after the taped session was terminated by a failure of the recorder (which neither of us could fathom), “I’d like to find some way to pay them back.”

We were sitting across from each other at the circular table in my study, and my immediate response was that I shared his desire, and I knew how to accomplish it. I then spent a couple of minutes explaining to him, in essentially the following words, the concept of the community foundation:

“Throughout the country there are thousands of wealthy individuals or families who have established private foundations. We have more than our share of them in North Carolina, with prominent names such as Duke, Reynolds, and Hanes. But in those communities where there is no wealthy individual or family, a community foundation can accomplish the same charitable purpose when a large number of people band together, each making a modest contribution, with the result that the aggregate then becomes meaningful.”

Andy’s response was immediate, and enthusiastic. “Let’s go with it,” he said. And by the time he left ten minutes or so later we decided that the first step would be to run the idea past a couple of astute businessmen before involving anyone else. It was easy to agree on two businessmen-Eddie L. Greene and George Crocker-and we decided to set up a meeting with them for the next week, but without telling them what we wanted to discuss with them. The Outer Banks Community Foundation was on the way.

The following words are excerpted from David Stick’s opening statements at the Community Foundation’s first Board of Directors meeting, on November 16, 1982:

“Those of us fortunate enough to have been born on the Outer Banks, and others who have chosen to live out ·their lives here, share equally in our love for this unique area. We share an appreciation for the informality and openness, the history and lore, the raw and ever-changing beauty of the sea and sounds and storms and sunsets.

Life has been made better—more satisfying and rewarding—by virtue of our close kinship with this many-faceted expanse of windswept coast with its shrouded forests and its broad plains of marsh-grass wafting in the gentle breezes. Yet, in recent years especially, we have viewed with mixed emotions the dramatic changes taking place, welcoming the new aura of affluence and progress, while at the same time becoming increasingly concerned about the inroads that threaten the charm and appeal of the Outer Banks. We have begun to wonder with gnawing fear and trepidation, just what the generations of the future will find here, after we are gone.

Now finally, there is a way each of us can participate actively and permanently in shaping the future of the Banks, even after our departure. It is our way, individually and personally, of repaying our beloved Outer Banks for the wonders and contentment it has given us.”

The basic premise behind the Outer Banks Community Foundation is quite simple. There should be available in our immediate coastal area a sizable reserve fund from which grants would be made annually for local needs not ordinarily within the province of government, religious institutions or charitable organizations.

The grants would be administered by a board of able and respected local individuals. Primary funding would come from voluntary bequests by residents and friends of the Outer Banks. Normally sizable funds would not pass to the Foundation until after the death of each participant, though some individuals with excess assets might choose to make partial transfers earlier.

Unless otherwise specified, only earnings would be distributed each year. The fund would continue to grow, however, as assets increase in value and as additional individuals make bequests. It would thus be both a self-perpetuating and an expanding source for grant funds.

Each participant would determine whether the earnings from his or her assets would be distributed at the discretion of the administrative board, or designated for specific purposes. The scope of such potential uses is almost limitless, ranging from the more conventional—scholarships, purchasing books for the library, improving recreational facilities for the youth and elderly or assisting established charitable organizations—to the more imaginative, such as fisheries research, aiding individuals made destitute by fire or natural disaster, or upgrading the environment.

People of modest means, as well as the more affluent, can share equally in the program, designating a limited share of their assets for the Foundation without adversely affecting the needs of their heirs. You can join now in this local effort to provide for the future needs of our beloved Outer Banks.”

Generations have grown up since our Community Foundation began in 1982. Many of its founders and initial funders are no longer with us, but their legacies live on, and their gifts, made years ago, are still supporting the causes they were passionate about. Today’s Community Foundation staff and board of directors stand on the shoulders of David Stick, Martin Kellogg, Eddie Greene, Andy Griffith, Jack Adams, Ray White, and many others, who worked to get our Community Foundation off to its solid start. While they couldn’t foresee today’s issues, they realized the power behind collective philanthropy and they had faith and conviction in the community foundation model. We are forever grateful for their visionary thinking and dedicated efforts over many years. Their work, which continues today, ensures the Community Foundation will always be part of what makes our Outer Banks so wonderful, generations into the future.

Kelly Family Fund’s Amazing Community Impact

When Mike Kelly rolled onto the Outer Banks, by way of Elizabeth City, in his Ford Fairlane in 1970, the ‘Banks were mostly sand and the cottages relatively few. Still in college, he waited tables during the summer to cover school expenses for the year ahead. When he graduated in 1972, he moved here full-time, attracted by the long summers, laid back lifestyle, and lucrative (albeit seasonal) employment.

Fast-forward ten years: when the Community Foundation was started by David Stick and a core group in 1982, Mike wasn’t far behind. “My earliest recollection of learning about the Community Foundation came from conversations that happened at A Restaurant By George, where I was General Manager,” said Mike. “George (Crocker), David (Stick), Andy (Griffith), and others would hole up at an upstairs table and conceptualize and hash out details. I was intrigued and wanted to know more about what those guys were up to.”

When Mike became a restaurant owner in 1985, he knew that a key to his business success would be community involvement. He joined the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors in 1987; by 1990 he was its Board Chair. As his business and community involvement grew, he led efforts to create several major events to help local charities, including the Kelly Charity Golf Classic, the OBX Marathon, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The proceeds of the Kelly Charity Golf Classic are used each year to grow the Kelly Family Fund, a donor-advised fund he established in 1994 at the Community Foundation.

“In the early days of the Community Foundation, there was plenty of local buy-in, and lots of small gifts, but we weren’t growing to the point where we were sustainable,” recalled Mike. “I decided to create a donor-advised fund, as a way of investing in our Community Foundation. I liked the fact that we could recommend grants and give money from the fund to local charities each year.”

Mike created the Kelly Annual Charity Golf Classic in 1994 with the help of his Penguin Isle business partner, Doug Tutwiler. The golf tournament was a big success, generating about $14,000 for the Kelly Family Fund in net proceeds each year.

Through the combined power of annual gifts to the fund and investing the principal, the Kelly Family Fund has grown, even while grants are being made each year. As of August, 2021, nearly $380,000 in grants have been awarded to charities like Outer Banks Hotline, Friends of Nags Head Woods, Dare County Youth Center, American Legion, Boy Scouts, Friends of Jockey’s Ridge, Manteo High School, Food For Thought, Outer Banks Family YMCA, Dare Education Foundation, GEM Adult Day Services, disaster relief, and much more. In all, nearly the Kelly Family Fund has awarded 275 grants since its inception in 1994. The best part of all? There is more in the fund now—$400,000—than at any other time in its history.

“I feel like the Kelly Family Fund is a great example of what can happen with the right income stream, the right financial team, and patience over a number of years,” said Mike. “I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to put back nearly $400,000 into the community since 1994, and that today there is more than $400,000 in the fund, an amount that will continue to grow, thanks to good management and investing.” Another feel-good for Mike? He’s been able to make philanthropy a family affair, by including his wife, Willo, and his daughters Elizabeth (with husband Ben) and Juliane in the grant recommendations process.

“David Stick would be overjoyed to know this fund’s history,” said Bob Muller, who served on the board with Mike. He said of the Community Foundation, “As Mr. Stick said, ‘It’s a way all of us can put something back.’”

If you would like to amplify your giving, and help create brighter futures on the Outer Banks, please contact us at 252-261-8839. We’d be honored to help you with your philanthropy.

R. Wayne Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund to Benefit COA Graduates


The R. Wayne Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at the Outer Banks Community Foundation. R. Wayne Gray (“Mr. Gray” to his many students) was a well-known Wanchese native, poet, historian, restaurateur, and educator who passed away in August 2020; the fund has been created by Mr. Gray’s wife, Nancy, and their three children, Keil Samson, Rheana Watts, and Beach Gray. The memorial scholarship fund will assist Dare County residents who graduate from College of The Albemarle and who plan to continue their education at a four-year college or university.

Mr. Gray taught English at College of The Albemarle (COA) from 2008 to 2018. It was his third career, after first teaching at Dare County schools and then owning and operating Queen Anne’s Revenge restaurant in Wanchese. While at CoA, Gray led the International Club and the Literary Club, guiding his students to publish two collections of locally researched articles on Outer Banks history. Mr. Gray also helped several students continue their education after COA, which led to transfers and four-year degrees from Yale, Mount Holyoke, and other colleges and universities.

The first scholarships will be awarded from the fund in 2022.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer a scholarship opportunity for students who are graduates of College of The Albemarle and who want to pursue a four-year degree,” said Interim Executive Director Bob Muller. “We see this as an important step forward in assisting students who otherwise might struggle to find funding in their third and fourth years of college, and we couldn’t be more grateful to the Grays for their passion for education, forward thinking, and generosity.”

The First Annual R. Wayne Gray Memorial Scholarship Fried Shrimp Dinner will take place on Friday, August 13, from 4 to 7 pm, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 101 Old Wharf Rd, Wanchese. The drive-through dinner will feature plenty of fried shrimp and locally sourced menu items reminiscent of Queen Anne’s Revenge, including Posh Squash, red potatoes, and zucchini muffins. Proceeds from the event will benefit the new scholarship fund.

The new R. Wayne Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund is one of more than 200 funds managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. Anyone may contribute to any established fund by simply going to and selecting a fund from a drop-down list, or by including a fund name with a check or other type of donation. Funds can be established with as little as a $1,000 initial investment. The Community Foundation accepts a variety of assets, including gifts from IRAs, beneficiary designations, property, stock, and more. If you are interested in learning about how funds might help you honor a loved one, or create your own legacy, call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839.

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.

Recent Grants from Memorial Funds Support Key Community Needs

Memorial funds established at the Outer Banks Community Foundation years ago factored prominently in recent grant awards to local nonprofits and will help people living with cancer, assist children and adults with special needs, and support other important, charitable programs in our community.

The Fred Murray Memorial Fund and the Warren Cameron Judge III Endowment Fund for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation were behind grants of more than $7,500 to the Outer Banks Relief Foundation to support that group’s work. Much of the money will go to families battling cancer. Fred Murray, a long time Manteo resident, died of cancer, and the family established a fund in his memory to help others fight this serious illness. Warren Judge, a hotelier, restauranteur, and community leader, was a key supporter of the Relief Foundation; the Warren Cameron Judge III Endowment Fund for the Outer Banks Relief Foundation fund honors his years of service to the people of Dare County, from Duck to Hatteras and Nags Head to East Lake.

Annually the Community Foundation awards grants from three funds that support individuals with special needs in Dare and Currituck counties: the Pauline Wright Endowment for Educational and Developmental Needs in Currituck, the Pauline Wright Endowment for Dare County Individuals with Special Needs, and the David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund were behind recent grant awards of over $17,000 to groups that work with people who are differently abled. The Currituck Schools Exceptional Children’s Program received a grant of $7,000 to provide adaptive sensory and communications tools for their students. MANE & TAILL Therapeutic Horsemanship Academy was awarded funding to provide nearly $7,000 in scholarships for instruction in horsemanship, equine assisted therapies, and horseback riding for Dare County children and young adults in a safe, positive environment. The Monarch Beach Club has been awarded $3,500 to support that group’s transportation needs.

When making grants this year the Community Foundation also drew on the Aycock Brown Memorial Fund, the D. Victor & Catherine D. Meekins Memorial Fund, the Martin Kellogg Memorial Fund, the Milton A. Jewell Grant Fund, the Moncie L. Daniels & Belva Midgett Daniels Memorial Fund, the Charles H. & Dorothy S. Luedemann Arts Fund, the Franklin Y. Hundley Education Fund, and the Ruth Pitt Performing Arts Fund.  Each of these endowed funds will support the local causes and concerns that were special to their namesakes, well into the future.

The Community Foundation manages more than 200 funds, and anyone may contribute to any established fund by simply going to and selecting a fund from a drop-down list, or by including a fund name with a check or other type of donation. Funds can be established with as little as a $1,000 initial investment. There is minimal paperwork involved, and several fund types to choose from, depending on interests and level of involvement desired. Funds can be named for a cause, a person, a group, or a saying (i.e., “All God’s Creatures” fund, or “Just for Today and Tomorrow” fund). The Community Foundation can accept a variety of assets, including gifts from IRAs, beneficiary designations, property, stock, and more. If you are interested in learning about how funds might help you honor a loved one, or create your own legacy, call the Community Foundation at 252-261-8839.


Photo caption: MANE & TAILL was founded in 2010 when Sam Iulo, a special education teacher, noticed that one of her students with autism was able to express himself when engaging with her horses. In summer 2021, MANE & TAILL is offering individual and small group instruction, and programs to school and community groups. Pictured are Elijah and Cowboy, 2020 program participants. (Photo courtesy of MANE & TAILL)

Marine Corps Commandant General Paul “P.X.” Kelley Memorial Fund Established


A new fund has been created at the Outer Banks Community Foundation in honor of General P.X. Kelley, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who served his country for 37 years and rose to become Commandant of the Marine Corps from 1983 – 1987. General Kelley’s daughter, Chris Kelley Cimko and her husband, John, established the donor-advised fund to honor General Kelley’s life and work, and to perpetuate his legacy of compassion and care for servicemen and women.

General Paul “P.X.” Kelley’s remarkable career, during which he played a pivotal role in preparing the Marine Corps for the twenty-first century, was characterized by his “personable and engaging” leadership style, his focus on innovation, his bravery on the battlefield, and the care he showed for those under his command. At age 53, Kelley became the youngest Marine to be promoted to the rank of Four-Star General, serving as both Commandant and Assistant Commandant. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, President George H.W. Bush appointed Kelley to serve as Chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC). Under his leadership, the ABMC oversaw the design and construction of the National World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  At the age of 91, General Kelley passed away in December 2019, due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. The Marine Corps paid tribute to General Kelley by noting that “his enduring legacy as Commandant was defined by his commitment to taking exceptional care of his Marines, re-instilling Marine Corps values, and modernizing the Corps for success on future battlefields.”

Chris and John Cimko have a home in Burke, Virginia; they also have a home in Duck, North Carolina.

Explaining why she and her husband established the Memorial Fund in the Outer Banks, Chris explained how much North Carolina beaches have always meant to her and her dad:

“My dad and I spent so many happy days on North Carolina beaches. Searching for shells and shark’s teeth. Paddling around on life rafts. Running from rain clouds. All the happy memories that families make at the beach.  When John and I established our home in Duck, my dad was ill and unable to visit. Those happy memories became even more precious. We realized the Outer Banks is where we want to create a living legacy for my dad. The great folks at the Outer Banks Community Foundation have brought that dream to life.”

The fund’s purpose is to support the work of local charities that provide assistance to Outer Banks military veterans, and for other charitable purposes as determined and recommended by the Cimko’s.

“We are honored to be chosen as a partner for General Kelley’s memorial fund, and we embrace the obligation to use this fund to help Marines, armed service members, and their families,” said Community Foundation Board Chair and US Navy combat veteran Clark Twiddy. “Future grants from the General P.X. Kelley Memorial Fund will uphold the legacy personified not only by General Kelley, but by all Marines, going back to Tun’s Tavern in 1775, to ‘serve others first.’  Through this fund, the General’s faithful vision and leadership example, the love he showed for his Marines, and his love for Carolina beaches will become timeless.”

The new fund is structured as a perpetual endowment, which means that the principal of the fund will remain invested, while the earnings will be awarded each year to support military veterans and other causes important to General Kelley.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation currently manages more than 200 funds, including 39 donor-advised funds. Anyone can contribute to the General P.X. Kelley Memorial Fund below, or to any of the funds administered by the Community Foundation, at Any individual, family, business, nonprofit organization, civic group, or private foundation can open a fund. Creating a charitable fund is an easy, flexible, and effective way to make a lasting impact on the community. Although each fund has a unique name, history, legacy, and purpose, they all share the same broad goal of improving lives and meeting local needs in Dare County and the Outer Banks.

Renewable Scholarships Fund Four Years of School for Deserving Local Students

With 57 scholarship programs, there is plenty of variety for local high school seniors who are seeking help getting to college, including choice of schools, academic concentration, merit- or need-based, and more. The Outer Banks Community Foundation and its fund establishers, volunteer board, and committee members have invested a lot of time to ensure that scholarships are given to the most deserving, hard-working, and focused students. Scholarship fund goals are to help students succeed in school, and in life, and we feel our scholarship programs provide vital support and affirmation at a critical time.

In 2020, the Community Foundation board, after careful research and reflection, decided that all newly-created scholarship funds, with the exception of funds for partner programs, would be renewable. Their reasons for making this change are compelling:

  • Renewable scholarships mean more money per student, over the course of four years, which yields a bigger impact for each recipient
  • Renewability addresses front-loading concerns (a common practice at many, if not most, colleges and universities) because it allows awards to be carried over
  • Administration is reduced, meaning money in goes out the door and to students

Here are four stories that describe where college students are in their school careers—and on their paths through life. As you will read, renewable scholarships have made a profound difference.

Milton A. Jewell Academic Scholarship recipient – Isabel Estes, First Flight High School Class of 2019

Isabel Estes is a rising junior at UNC Chapel Hill, where she is studying English and Comparative Literature and Communications. She wrote, “Being among the first in my family to try going to college, or to go to Carolina, feels like trailblazing, almost. It’s like a leap in a completely different direction from most of the rest of my family. It’s been challenging to find my own path in that respect.”

Isabel also said, “Above all else, I’d like to express my eternal gratitude to the OBCF and the donors that have afforded me such a life-changing opportunity. I simply cannot express how grateful I am, how my heart feels as if it could burst with love and appreciation for the community I am so fortunate to be a part of. I hope to begin paying it back by making good on my intention to embrace the opportunities afforded to me by a college education, but also to pour what love and light I can back into this community. Thank you, from the bottom of my joyous heart, for taking the time to read the words I’ve written, and thank you for all you do to nurture our community.”

The Milton A. Jewel Academic Scholarship is a four-year, renewable scholarship with a potential value of $24,000.  The fund was established by our Community Foundation in 2003 with a bequest from Ruth Medgyes, a former Southern Shores resident, who wanted to honor her grandfather and help Dare County students attend college. Students are selected based on academic standing, SAT scores, community service, extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership, two essay questions, and an interview. Financial need may also be considered. This scholarship is available to Dare County high school seniors and is renewable for up to four years, so long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship recipient – Vanessa Salazar, Manteo High School Class of 2018

Vanessa Salazar is a rising senior at East Carolina University, where she is working toward a degree in Recreation Therapy. A 2018 graduate from Manteo High School, Vanessa transferred from Appalachian State to ECU after her sophomore year. The Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship has supported her throughout.

Vanessa recently wrote, “I am glad I made the decision to transfer to East Carolina University and pursue my Bachelors in Recreational Therapy with a minor in psychology. I believe everything happens for a reason and I am where I am now due to fate and hard work. Next fall I will enter my senior year at ECU and I honestly cannot believe how fast time went by. I am almost there! I want to take this time to thank the Outer Banks Community Foundation for aiding me financially during these past years. This help has greatly alleviated my concern of how I was going to pay my own way through college. I cannot put into words how grateful I am. Thank you.”

Established in 2007, the Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship is a renewable award for graduating seniors from Manteo High School or First Flight High School who demonstrate a positive work ethic and history. In 2018, the annual award for new graduates was increased to $6,000, providing a potential benefit of $24,000 per student. This need-based scholarship targets students who worked throughout high school and who plan to continue to work through college. The intent of this scholarship is to help students achieve educational dreams that might not otherwise be possible.

OBX Scholars Program Scholarship recipient – Carlos Daniel Escobar-Roldan, Hatteras Secondary School Class of 2018

Carlos, a Hatteras Secondary School graduate, is a rising senior at Appalachian State University. His major is Electronic Media and Broadcasting. He’s spent his junior year at home, and has had to purchase video equipment to do coursework remotely. Carlos works odd jobs while in school and will work over the summer to help with costs. His current course load is 19 hours, including an internship, which are all going well. “I’m enjoying my internship and gaining lots of valuable experience. I’ve edited a handful of videos that have been and are being televised in the Boone, NC area.”

Carlos continued, “Even though it’s been a very different school year, I’m still trying to get the most out of it. I’m really excited to return to campus this following semester and live off campus too for that experience. Thank you for your help so far!”

The OBX Scholars Program is a four-year, renewable scholarship with a potential $16,000 benefit. Established in 2017, the OBX Scholars Program is the Community Foundation’s broadest scholarship program, helping deserving Dare County and Ocracoke students of all backgrounds, interests, and academic goals attend the college of their dreams. Many different donors contribute to this fund, or have contributed to this fund in the past, including the Outer Banks Woman’s Club, Ocracoke Island Realty, Village Realty, the Kiwanis Club in memory of Leo Sheetz, and the Dare County Outer Banks Jaycees.


Charles H. and Dorothy S. Luedemann Art Scholarship recipient Enrique Babilonia, Hatteras Secondary School Class of 2018

Enrique is studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and has been helped by several scholarships, including the four-year, renewable Charles H. and Dorothy S. Luedemann Art Scholarship.

Enrique wrote, “Attending Berklee College of Music has been challenging, frustrating, and at times overwhelming, but most of all, very rewarding. Being at Berklee has made me realize my deepest passions, and has given me every opportunity to optimize them. One of those things is trumpet performance. Just this year alone, I have played in more musical groups than I can count, ranging from film, pit and studio orchestras, jazz combos, wind ensembles, reggae bands, mariachi and salsa groups, and even a Justin Timberlake cover band. All of these groups, along with great resources to practice as much as I need to, have put me on a path to very exciting professional opportunities as I seek to make a living as a musician. However, if you look, my major is not listed as trumpet performance, but Composition. That is because while here, I discovered a very strong passion in writing music for the screen. This includes scoring for film, television, ads, radio, and any other things people do that can involve music.”

“Above all, this year has just been a very eventful one. I discovered new hobbies (like photography and cooking), rediscovered old ones (reading novels and drawing), and have found myself becoming much more extroverted and adventurous. I can’t thank you enough for all the continued support you’ve given me not just financially, but emotionally…I am and forever will be grateful for all you’ve done for me, as none of this would be possible without you!”

The Charles H. and Dorothy S. Luedemann Art Scholarship is a four-year, renewable scholarship with a potential benefit of $14,000. This program was established in 1998 through a bequest by Mrs. Luedemann to encourage talented Dare County students to pursue a college education in the arts, including music, visual arts, creative writing, or performing arts. This merit-based scholarship is renewable for up to four years, as long as the student maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA and remains full-time in college as an arts major.

College is full of changes, challenges, and demands, where young adults learn a great deal about life and strive to set their future course. We are honored to steward 57 scholarship programs for our community. We are committed to a fair, impartial process for all applicants. We would love to help every student who applies, and to that end, we will continue to work to build our scholarship funds. We are deeply grateful to every scholarship fund establisher. Scholarship funds can be established with as little as $1,000 in the initial year; if you are interested in learning more about creating a fund to honor someone, or to pass on your values to future generations, please give us a call. We would be honored to help you achieve your philanthropic goals.