Community Foundation Announces New Leadership

Christopher Sawin to Serve as new Community Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has voted unanimously to hire Christopher Sawin as President and Chief Executive Officer. Sawin, who comes to the Community Foundation from Dare County Arts Council, will officially start in his new role effective August 1. Sawin joins the Community Foundation at a challenging and exciting time in its nearly 40-year local history. He fills a role left vacant by Lorelei Costa, who departed in March 2021 to lead Suffolk (Virginia) Center for the Cultural Arts, after eight years of exemplary service to our community.

Sawin, who grew up in Kill Devil Hills, comes to the Community Foundation with thirty years of executive experience marked by entrepreneurial and organizational accomplishments, at both for-profit and non-profit concerns. He has served as Dare County Arts Council’s Executive Director since 2012, leading that agency’s resurgence to financial stability and strategic, dramatic growth. He has worked in senior executive positions at Chapel Hill-based Mammoth Records, the first indie record label to produce two platinum-certified records; at Batanga, Inc., an independent digital media company serving U.S. Hispanic and Latin American markets; and at NC start-up Zenph Sound Innovations, before returning to the Outer Banks in 2011. Sawin graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Carleton College in Minnesota.

“I have been involved with the Community Foundation as a volunteer, scholarship parent, and grants recipient, and I have a deep appreciation for both its place in our community and for the essential work being done there,” wrote Chris. “To have been chosen to lead it through its next chapter is an honor that I embrace whole-heartedly.”

“Our national search resulted in 44 applications coming from 12 states, spanning the length and breadth of the US,” said Community Foundation Board Chair Clark Twiddy. “Our board and executive search committee engaged in a healthy screening process, aided by Development Associates of Chapel Hill, and we are delighted that a local leader, with excellent qualifications, has ultimately been chosen as our Community Foundation’s first Chief Executive Officer.”

The lead staff role at the Community Foundation was intentionally changed from Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer to reflect the agency’s growth and, with it, the ability to respond to increasing and evolving local needs. The CEO will be the driver for resource development to achieve the board’s aspirations; program development, networking and collaboration through extensive community relations; education and public relations are essential responsibilities.

As President and CEO, Sawin will lead a team of four employees and will work closely with the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. Core focus areas for the CEO include strategic direction, governance, program development, business operations, financial management, personnel management, and community relations. The transition comes as the Community Foundation prepares to celebrate 39 years of service and over $12 million in grants and scholarships awarded since its founding in 1982, and is accommodating rapid agency growth, in both assets and services to donors, local nonprofits, and the community at large.

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 $24 million across more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 57 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. 

Community Foundation Awards $174,900 in Scholarships

The Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded $174,900 in scholarships this spring, helping students from across the Outer Banks achieve their educational dreams.

27 graduating seniors from Cape Hatteras Secondary School, Manteo High School, Currituck County High School, Ocracoke School, Wanchese Christian Academy, N.C. School of Science and Math, and First Flight High School received scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year. Of these students, 16 received awards that are renewable for up to four years of college.

In addition to these awards, the Community Foundation has also renewed financial support to 24 current college students who earned multi-year scholarships.

The Milton A. Jewell Academic Scholarship, a four-year, $24,000 renewable scholarship, was awarded to Siena Nason, a graduating senior of the N.C. School of Science and Math. Siena is attending the University of Pennsylvania, where she will study biochemistry.

The Jerry and Arlene Davis Scholarship, another four-year, $24,000 renewable scholarship, went to Ivanna Gonzalez-Sanchez, a First Flight High School graduating senior. Ivanna will attend UNC-Wilmington in the fall and plans to study business and political science. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in law.

The Elizabeth and Wayne Evans Scholarship, a four-year, $20,000 renewable scholarship, was awarded to Laya Barley, a rising college freshman from Cape Hatteras Secondary School. Laya will study for a degree in nursing at East Carolina University.

The Josephine A. Oden Scholarship, a four-year, $20,000 renewable scholarship, was awarded to Eliza Quidley, a Cape Hatteras Secondary School graduating senior. Eliza plans to study civil engineering at NC State University. From there, she intends to pursue a graduate degree in law. “I’m planning on taking 18 credit hours my first semester; without this scholarship, I would have to work, and it would be difficult to keep up with my studies,” said Eliza. “I’m very grateful to be able to focus on my education, first and foremost.”

The Sawyer Scholarship, a four-year, $20,000 renewable scholarship, was awarded to Alex Thorn, a First Flight High School graduating senior. Alex plans to study environmental sciences at UNC-Wilmington. Alex wrote, “It means so much to me and my family to use this money toward achieving my future academic goals and dreams while attending UNC-W!”

The R. Stewart Couch Hatteras Island Scholarship, a one-time, $8,400 award, went to Johan Briones of Cape Hatteras Secondary School. John plans to study communications, with a focus on TV and film production, at East Carolina University.

For a full list of scholarship recipients, please visit

“Our first scholarship fund was created in 1983 in honor of Inez Austin Daniels, who was born in Wanchese in 1890,” said Hatteras Island attorney and Community Foundation Scholarship Committee Chair Jean-Louise Dixon. “Inez went away to college at a time when women did not yet have the right to vote. This endowed fund was started with just a little more than $3,000; both the fund’s balance and its annual scholarship awards have grown steadily since it was established. In fact, the fund’s first $3,000 scholarship was just made, nearly 40 years and 40 scholarships later. The Inez Daniels Austin Scholarship Fund will continue to grow and award scholarships to deserving local students for generations to come.”

Scholarship funds have been generously donated by individuals, families, businesses, nonprofits, civic groups, and government agencies to help local students pursue higher education. Any community member can establish a scholarship fund with the Community Foundation by calling Nandy Stuart or MaryAnn Toboz at 252-261-8839, or can donate to an existing fund online at

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 $22 million across more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 57 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.

Community Foundation Prepares for 2021 Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and runs through November. Outer Banks Community Foundation is making plans to support our community in the event of a 2021 landfalling hurricane, and is requesting contributions from the public for its Disaster Relief Funds.

The Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Funds are our community’s largest source of support for local disaster efforts, providing critical monetary assistance for everything from immediate relief to long-term recovery, reconstruction, and resiliency. The Community Foundation collects disaster relief donations for both Dare County and Ocracoke, and works through community partners and local nonprofits to assist individuals and families in need on the Outer Banks.

Disaster Relief Fund donations are used for emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation, supplies, and health care. The Community Foundation has administered Disaster Relief Funds for Hurricanes Matthew, Isabel, Irene, Sandy, Arthur, Hermine, Michael–and, most recently, Dorian, when a record $1.6 million was donated to help local hurricane victims.

Community Foundation staff know it’s a matter of when–and not if–another hurricane will strike.

“Preparation is the key our disaster response plan,” said Community Foundation Disaster Relief Coordinator and Interim Executive Director Bob Muller. “We have already met with several local partners, including Dare County Emergency Management, Interfaith Community Outreach, Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men, and Ocracoke Interfaith Relief and Recovery Team to review our plans for storm season. Another part of our preparation is making sure we have the resources to help when a storm hits.”

Community Foundation Disaster Relief Funds are always ready to receive donations, so that the community has a resource in place and an immediate response to urgent situations. Donors can support these funds at any time, not just when disaster strikes.


Disaster Relief Funds are used to meet a variety of needs in the wake of hurricanes and other crises. Funds help disaster victims pay for temporary shelter, home repairs, supplies, furniture, appliances, food, and other necessities. In instances when an individual has lost wages (e.g., if a person’s place of employment was flooded or closed), funds can be used even more broadly, for example for rent, groceries, medical bills, and other expenses.

Disaster Relief Funds help pay expenses that other sources of support will not cover. Disaster victims will be assisted in seeking all available help (e.g., insurance, FEMA, state or federal assistance) first; Disaster Relief Funds are intended to cover unmet needs, to fill gaps, and to help people who have no other help.

The $1.6 million raised after Hurricane Dorian has been used, through local nonprofit and county partners, to help hundreds of families recover. Donations to the Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Funds are 100% tax-deductible, and every penny goes toward disaster relief and recovery. The Community Foundation absorbs the expense of administering this program for our community. Thank you for your support.

Cape Hatteras Secondary School Graduating Seniors Awarded $31,000

Congratulations, Cape Hatteras scholarship recipients! These hard-working, determined students will go to college next year with help, thanks to Community Foundation scholarship fund establishers. The first year awards for these students is $31,500, and several scholarships are renewable for up to four years. The R. Stewart Couch Hatteras Island Scholarship was awarded to Johan Briones; he plans to pursue a degree in Communications at ECU. Eliza Quidley was awarded the Josephine A. Oden Memorial Scholarship, which is renewable up to four years; she also received the Osborne Scholarship, the Wallace H. McCown Scholarship, and the Dare County Fire Officers Association Scholarship. Eliza plans to major in Human Biology at NC State. The Elizabeth and Wayne Evans Scholarship, which is renewable up to four years, was awarded to Laya Barley; she also received the Inez Daniels Austin Scholarship. Laya plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at ECU. Maria Bradley walked away with the Greg and Eden Honeycutt Scholarship and the Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship; she plans to study Education at Clarion University. Victor Caldera was awarded the Dare County Fire Officers Association Scholarship; he plans to study Architecture and Construction Management at UNC-Charlotte. Andrew Austin and Laura Hooper each received scholarships from Outer Banks Association of Realtors. Andrew plans to study at Craven Community College to be a Physical Therapy Assistant, and Laura intends to study Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill. We are thrilled for these aspiring high school graduates, and wish them all the best as they go forward in life.

Are you interested in creating a scholarship fund to support deserving local students? Start your journey here, and call us to discuss the type of program you’re most interested in.

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, or 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.

Manteo High School Scholarship Recipients Announced

These Manteo High School seniors will head off to higher learning this fall with scholarship support, thanks to Outer Banks Community Foundation donors and fund establishers. 2021 Manteo High School Community Foundation scholarship recipients are (clockwise from top left) Wallace McCown (Catherine Carrington Clawson Scholarship), Ragen Twiford (Duck Woods Ladies Tennis Association Scholarship), Cathryn Daniels (Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship), William Garman (Wallace H. McCown Scholarship and Duck Woods Ladies Tennis Association Scholarship), and Hannah O’Neal (Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship). The awards were presented at Manteo High School’s Awards Night on May 19.

Representatives from the Community Foundation, Duck’s Woods Ladies Golf Association, and Outer Banks Association of Realtors were on hand to distribute award letters to these rising college freshmen and women.

Congratulations, students and THANK YOU, fund establishers!


“Our State” Article Features Iconic Frank Stick Flat Top Cottages

Details from Frank Stick: Splendid Painter of the Out-of-Doors, by Michael F. Mordell, include this history: The house was built in 1953, in the then-new residential area of the Town of Southern Shores. At the end of World War II, Frank Stick and two partners purchased a 2,600 acre tract of land north of Kitty Hawk for $30,000. Frank named the area Southern Shores, and he and his son David laid out a mater plan for the town. However, the lots didn’t sell, so Stick built himself a house using a new architectural design created to withstand our extreme weather. The design featured a flat top roof, beach sand-and-mortar building blocks, extended overhangs, and whitewashed exterior. They became a popular building style here, which persisted until the mid 1960’s.

After the property was gifted to our Community Foundation in 2007, the board of directors established the Flat Top Preservation Fund, to ensure that repairs to the house would be in keeping with the original design and materials, as much as possible. Anyone can make gifts to this fund using the drop-down menu at, or by sending a check to the Community Foundation with “Flat Top Fund” in the memo field.

The June 1921 issue of Our State Magazine includes an article on historic coastal architecture and features several Frank Stick flat top cottages, including our cottage at 13 Skyline Road.

In 2020, the board of directors commissioned a painting of our cottage by James Melvin, Sr., and created prints for donors, as a way to recognize and thank Legacy members. If you would like to find out about these prints, and our David Stick Legacy Society, we invite you to visit this page and call us at 252-261-8839.

First Flight High School OBCF Scholarship Recipients Announced

These happy faces are going places! From left to right (click the pic to see it in its entirety), our first 2021 Community Foundation scholarship recipients are James Myers, Jr.; Ethan Thorn; Lydia Surprenant; Cassie Honeycutt; Wallace Piland, IV; Savannah Sawin; Aiden Beard; Jacob Thomas; and Ivanna Gonzalez-Sanchez. More than $31,000 in first-year scholarship awards from your Community Foundation were presented at First Flight High School’s Awards Night on May 17.

Representatives from the Community Foundation, Dare County Sheriff’s office, Duck’s Woods Ladies Golf Association, and Outer Banks Association of Realtors were on hand to distribute award letters to these rising college freshmen.

The funds behind last night’s awards are the Charles H. & Dorothy S. Luedemann Art Scholarship (renewable), Robert E. Rollason, Jr. Scholarship, Frank M. Cahoon Scholarship, Outer Banks Association of Realtors Scholarship, Sawyer Scholarship (renewable), Jerry & Arlene Davis Scholarship (renewable), OBX Scholars Fund (renewable), Rex Sample Scholarship for Courage and Determination, Glenn & Pat Eure Scholarship for Arts Education (renewable), Dare County Fire Officers Association Scholarship, and the Duck Woods Ladies Golf Association Founders Scholarship.

Congratulations, students and THANK YOU, fund establishers!

Thanking Fund Establishers and Lorelei Costa for COVID-19 Grants

COVID was a ‘disaster’ few saw coming or were prepared for. Many nonprofits were faced with daunting challenges, including more requests for services, curtailed programs, cancelled fundraisers, closed offices, and stringent staff, volunteer, and client safety protocols. We’re going to shine a light on several of our nonprofit partners in the coming days, as our way of saying ‘thanks’ for all they did for our community during this tough time. First for our gratitude, though, is Lorelei Costa. She sprang into action, working with our board to initiate the COVID Rapid Response Grants program. More than $350,000 was granted to 19 nonprofits to support their services to clients. She will always be remembered for her generous spirit, her can-do-it-iveness, and her unflagging energy. Also #1 in our hearts, we thank all the generous folks who established the 29 funds that contributed to COVID Rapid Response Grants:

2020 Fund for the Outer Banks

Adams Family Fund

Adams/Brown Fund for Animals

All God’s Creatures Fund

Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot Fund

Aycock Brown Memorial Fund

Birindelli Family Fund

Charles H. & Dorothy S. Luedemann Arts Fund

Children & Youth Fund

Community Fund

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant Fund

Cowell Gratitude Grant-Making Fund

Victor & Catherine D. Meekins Memorial Fund

David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund

Diane and Nelson Henderson Endowment Fund

Disaster Response Endowment Fund

Donna Designs Fund for Children and the Environment

Dorothy Scott Townsend Fletcher Memorial Fund

Elliott-Sawyer Family Fund

Hatteras Fund

John H. Whitehead Memorial Fund

Little, Owens, & BB&T Fund

Milton A. Jewell Grant Fund

Ocracoke Fund

Pauline Wright Endowment for Dare County Individuals with Special Needs

Pauline Wright Endowment for Educational and Developmental Needs in Currituck

Schiffman Fund for Animals

Shirley & David Doran Memorial Fund

Simpson-Sharp-Oakes Fund


 We are honored to manage more than 200 funds for our community. If you would like to know more about creating a fund to honor a loved one, pass on your values, or just to give something back to a truly special place, please call us. Thanks, 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.