Community Foundation Announces Manteo Rotary Club Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Manteo Rotary Club has established a new scholarship fund, the Manteo Rotary Club Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship Fund, at the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The fund honors Roanoke Island native Jefferson “Sonny” Lee Albarty V, an avid outdoorsman and inspiration to many, who passed away at the age of 18 in July, 2020. The new scholarship fund will provide scholarships to graduating Manteo High School and Wanchese Christian Academy seniors, and to Dare County home-schooled students with GED credentials.

Seeded with proceeds from Manteo Rotary’s October 2020 Inshore Slam Fishing Tournament and generous, initial contributions from Sonny’s friends, family members, and individual Rotarians, the endowment will grow over the years to provide academic assistance to local students for generations to come. Anyone can contribute to this fund by mailing a check to the Community Foundation or by donating online at and selecting the Manteo Rotary Club Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship Fund from the pull-down funds list.

“Sonny Albarty was a courageous young man and dedicated sportsman who left us too soon. Our club is proud to support the effort to build a memorial fund to support a scholarship in his name,” said Sandy Martin, Co-President of the Manteo Rotary Club. “The criteria we will use to select Sonny Albarty scholarship recipients will reflect his love of the outdoors and a career based on that interest. The selection process involves interviews by a committee of Manteo Rotarians.”

The new scholarship 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 worthy Dare County students in the form of college scholarships. The fund is one of 57 scholarship endowments stewarded by the Community Foundation, and one of six managed in partnership with Manteo Rotary, alongside the Percy W. & Elizabeth G. Meekins Scholarship Fund, Manteo Rotary Scholarship Fund, the F.C. Minton Fund,  Jeannette U. McOwen Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Kellogg Cuthrell Scholarship Fund.

“We are honored to partner again with the Manteo Rotary Club in establishing a new scholarship fund that will provide scholarships for deserving Dare County students,” said Bob Muller, the Community Foundation’s Interim Executive Director. “As the cost of college continues to rise, it is amazing to see generous leaders in our community step up to help our local students achieve their dreams and build their futures.”

Rotary joins leaders from all continents, cultures, and occupations to exchange ideas and take action for communities around the world. The Rotary Club of Manteo was chartered in 1937 and is one of over 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. The club conducts the INSHORE SLAM Fishing Tournament to raise funds for scholarships and other projects that benefit our community; information about the tournament can be found at Manteo Rotary meets at 6:00 pm monthly on the first and third Mondays (virtually for now) at The Hungry Pelican Restaurant in Manteo.

The Community Foundation manages 57 different scholarship programs and expects to award about $178,000 to local students in 2021. Scholarships range from one-time awards of $1,000, to four-year awards totaling $24,000. Manteo Rotary Club will handle the scholarship application and award processes for the new Sonny Albarty Memorial Scholarship.

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 $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. 


Your Giving. Your Community. Your Community Foundation Annual Report.

2020 was a year like no other, and your Community Foundation’s 2020 Annual Report shares numbers that were unimaginable just a few years ago. Because of your generosity, in 2020 the Outer Banks Community Foundation distributed $1.8 million in grants and scholarships—over $180,000 in scholarships to 74 local students, and $1.6 million in grants to dozens of vital, local nonprofits.

Behind the numbers is a story about a student who wanted to be a nurse. She is on her path now, because you made it happen. Behind those numbers are disposable diapers—yes, Drive Through Diapers, no less. When families with infant children needed diapers, you made sure they could get them, for free, without leaving their cars.

Dig into those numbers and you find the neighbors and friends who helped us provide food in the pandemic and who helped rebuild homes and lives torn apart by Hurricane Dorian. Behind the numbers are tutoring and child care programs, mental health services, gardens for peace, arts for healing, and much, much more.

We hope you enjoy the stories about legacy gifts, new funds established, grants distributed, and, above all, community members whose generosity and caring have made our Outer Banks a better place for everyone. THANK YOU for all you do, year in and year out. VIEW THE ANNUAL REPORT HERE.

New Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund Established at Community Foundation

The Outer Banks Community Foundation announces the creation of a new scholarship fund, the Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund honors William H. “Bill” Jones, a resident of Kitty Hawk for nearly 40 years, who passed away in October, 2020. The new scholarship fund will ultimately provide scholarships for graduating Currituck and Dare County high school seniors, and to Dare County home-schooled students with GED credentials, to attend Bill’s Alma Mater, N.C. State.

While the scholarship fund was created with initial contributions from Bill’s friends and family members, Bill’s friends have created an annual golf tournament that will celebrate Bill and raise money each year for the scholarship program. The First Annual Bill Jones Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on May 13 at Sea Scape Golf Links in Kitty Hawk. More information about this event can be found on Facebook.

The Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund will grow over the years and will provide financial assistance to college-bound local students for generations to come. Anyone can contribute to this fund by mailing a check to the Community Foundation or by donating online at, and selecting the Bill Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is one of 57 scholarship endowments stewarded by the Community Foundation.

“We are honored to partner with Bill’s wife, Tamara, and their many friends in establishing a new scholarship fund to provide scholarships for deserving Currituck and Dare County students,” said Bob Muller, the Community Foundation’s Interim Executive Director. “Bill was known for putting others ahead of himself; this new fund promises to inspire future learners to believe in themselves and to perpetuate a legacy of giving back.”

“Bill was passionate about spending time on the golf course with friends, and he organized several tournaments over the years to benefit his beloved Wolf Pack,” said Bill’s wife, Tamara Jones. “Helping kids get to N.C. State, and playing golf for a good cause are fitting tributes to a man who took every opportunity to mentor friends, lend a hand, and help a neighbor. Bill would have loved this, and would have wanted us to take it a step further and invite folks to sponsor a hole, donate a raffle prize, or make plans to join us on the greens.”

The Community Foundation expects to award about $178,000 to local students in 2021. Scholarships range from one-time awards of $1,000, to four-year awards totaling $24,000.


Avery Harrison – Life By Design, Legacy By Choice

Avery and Peebles Harrison live in Duck, NC, where they are raising their three children and enjoying a remarkable life in a place they’ve called home since 1995. “We didn’t think we’d stay forever,” Avery laughed. The Outer Banks’ natural beauty, its scores of giving, friendly people, and the professional opportunities captured their attention, though; and our community has benefited by their presence.

The Harrisons left Richmond as a young couple in their late twenties, trading in city life for a cottage in South Nags Head, salt air, a slower pace, and the sound of the sea nearby.  Peebles formed a law practice with friend Dennis Rose, building what is now Rose, Harrison, Gilreath and Powers. Avery created “Avery Little Detail,” a wedding planning business that she managed from 1998 to 2006. “Things were pretty low-key those first few winters,” she recalled. “There were lots of trips to Richmond for fun. The wedding planning work helped keep me busy during the off-season.”

Avery and Peebles have been actively giving back through leadership roles with local nonprofit groups.  Avery, who “loves seeing people apply their interests and passions as volunteers,” gravitated to the arts, and has worked on the boards of directors of both Dare County Arts Council and OBX Patrons of the Arts. Peebles has served on several boards, including the Outer Banks YMCA, Outer Banks Hospital, and the Chamber of Commerce.

Avery credits Sue Woolard and Ray White for involving her in Community Foundation board service in 2011. During her four years on the board, she served a term as Secretary and also volunteered on the Scholarship Committee. “I got to see first-hand how much the Scholarship Program helps kids, many of whom have the smarts and ability, but not the necessarily the funds.”

At the same time, Avery made a meaningful, Legacy gift to the Outer Banks, by naming the Community Foundation in her will. Avery’s legacy gift will go toward the Community Fund, to support the community’s most pressing needs and greatest opportunities that present themselves in far off, future years.

As a way to thank, recognize, and celebrate donors who contribute a gift by bequest to the Outer Banks Community Foundation, the board of directors created the David Stick Legacy Society. Anyone can join this group, simply by naming the Community Foundation in their will and notifying us. A donor can use his or her legacy gift to create a new fund to benefit the Outer Banks, following whatever charitable interest the donor names. Or, a legacy gift may be directed toward any of the hundreds of existing funds the Community Foundation manages, including the Community Fund, the Community Foundation’s largest and broadest grant-making fund.

Bequests and planned gifts, invested as endowments, have been sustaining the Outer Banks since the Community Foundation began in 1982, providing reliable, continuous funding that support grants and scholarships, even when other sources of support dry up. Legacy gifts like Avery’s will be supporting the Outer Banks for many generations to come.

What are Avery’s philanthropic passions? “I’d love to see more facilities and activities focused on local kids and families,” she said. “Kids need places to go and things to do during the off-season.” Avery has another passion: reading. You might find her among the aisles of books at Downtown Books in Manteo, where she works part-time, fueling her literary creative fire.

As the Outer Banks grows, the Community Foundation will be here, helping generous, compassionate people like Avery give back to a place they love. Her values will live on in future support for the causes she cares about. We will be able to make grants and scholarships decades from now, thanks to our founders, our supporters, our donors and our fund establishers; including many community members, who, like Avery, have made a future gift by bequest, to benefit their beloved Outer Banks.

If you would like to know more about gifts by bequest, the David Stick Legacy Society, and other forms of giving, please contact us at 252-261-8839 or We’d be delighted to work with you.


Community Foundation Announces $157,224 in New Disaster Recovery Grants

Our board of directors recently approved more than $163,000 in grants, including $157,244 in new Disaster Recovery grants for Hatteras and Ocracoke.

Interfaith Community Outreach (ICO) was awarded a grant for $16,785 to help Dare County families whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Dorian pay for building supplies, materials, appliances, and contract help. ICO reported that many families applying for hurricane assistance have not had the means to fully repair homes from earlier major storms, exacerbating more recent damages. ICO will work with their Home Rehab Coordinator, volunteers, contractors, and homeowners on a case-by-case basis to verify damages and financial need. Six to ten families, most at or below poverty level, have been identified as inhabiting substandard housing and have requested assistance.

Ocracoke Interfaith Relief and Recovery Team (OIRRT) was awarded just under $119,477 to address unmet reconstruction needs for homes that sustained damage as a result of Hurricane Dorian. The group will use the funds to return the homes of families, sick, elderly, and poor on Ocracoke to habitable status, ensuring these individuals can enjoy comfort and stability in their permanent residences. OIRRT project partners include Hyde County, Christian Aid Ministries, Operation Blessing, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Additionally, a grant of $3,362 to purchase insurance related to the project was awarded.

Cape Hatteras United Methodist Men (CHUMM) to was awarded $17,600 to replace roofs, heating and HVAC systems, insulation, underpinning, and ductwork in flood-damaged homes; the grant also covers repairing a damaged porch and replacing a kitchen range. CHUMM accomplishes much of their work with volunteer labor; these skilled repairs will be done by a core group of contractors with whom the agency has established relationships.

“We are proud to continue supporting the work of our nonprofit partners and assist in the recovery from Hurricane Dorian,” said Community Foundation Interim Executive Director Bob Muller. “The volunteers who are assisting these nonprofits are to be saluted for their dedication and persistence in helping displace families move back into their homes.”

In addition to the grants for disaster relief, a first quarter Community Enrichment Grant awarded $5,800 to Dare County Crime Line, as fiscal sponsor for Camp S.A.L.T. (Save A Life Together), to be applied to a storage shed, a first aid station, and an obstacle course for Camp S.A.L.T. The Camp operates three summer camp sessions for children ages eight to 14, offering structured outdoor activities and field trips designed to provide positive developmental experiences. Each session can accommodate up to 40 participants. Organizers estimate that between 5,000 and 6,000 Dare County children have participated in Camp S.A.L.T. in the past ten years. The multi-use camp is also used for police canine training and by Boy and Girl Scout groups, church organizations, motorcycle groups, Go Out For A Run (GOFAR), Ocean Rescue, and other nonprofit organizations.

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 $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. 


Avoiding Scholarship Displacement

Students and parents, this post is to help you keep every local scholarship dollar awarded. The over-arching message is: communicate with your school’s finance office and understand their offer to you. Make sure all additional scholarships are added to your school’s financial aid package, and follow through when bills arrive.

Scholarship displacement is when a college or university reduces a student’s financial assistance by the amount of a new, “private” scholarship, rather than adding the new scholarship to the student’s aid package.

If you receive one or more “private” scholarships (that is, a scholarship from anyone other than your college), we urge you to make sure that your awards are added to the aid that your college promises you. None of your local scholarships—including any Community Foundation scholarships—should be replacing or reducing the grants or scholarships you were offered by your college. 

Here are our tips on how to avoid scholarship displacement:

  1. Read your financial aid letters. Once you’ve been accepted by a college or university, if you apply for financial aid, you should receive a financial aid offer letter from each school. Your aid package may include a mix of loans, work study, grants (including a Pell Grant), and other scholarships. Keep these financial aid letters, read them, and understand them.
  1. Choose your college according to your aid package, and how they would handle any local scholarships you receive. Once you have picked your top two or three schools, talk to them about the aid they have offered you. Call the financial aid offices and ask them how they’d apply any local scholarships you receive to the financial aid package that they have offered you.  Make sure you understand every single part of your aid package:
    • What’s a loan, and what’s not a loan.
      • You want your scholarships to remove the loans (and work study) off your package, or “unmet need”
    • What’s guaranteed to renew, and what’s not guaranteed.
        • What are the renewal conditions (e.g., GPA, particular major, enrollment status)?
        •  Are they guaranteed across all four years of college?

Take notes during your call. Get that person’s name and number. You may want to base your final college selection not only on the aid they have offered you, but on how they will treat any local scholarships you receive.

  1. If you receive a local scholarship, make sure it is ADDED to your school’s financial aid. Once you have selected your school and receive your first bill/statement, make sure that it shows all the local scholarships you were awarded. Then, make sure that your local scholarships are used to reduce your loans, work study, or any unmet need. Compare your bill to your original financial aid offer letter, and make sure and make sure your scholarship was applied against your loans or work study or “unmet need.” Check that none of the scholarships or grants from your college were reduced due to local scholarships. Call them back if you have doubts about this or if they if they do reduce your scholarships or grants, and politely ask them to fix it. For example, they can spread out your local scholarships over several semesters or years to ensure that you benefit from every dollar you earn.

With a little extra care at the front end, you can ensure all of your hard-earned scholarship awards actually give you the full benefits you deserve.

Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Focus Grants

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting applications for Focus Grants. Focus areas include Animal Welfare, Aviation Education, Health/Wellness, and Opportunities for People with Disabilities. Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 30, 2021.

Aviation Education grants will be drawn from the Aviation Education Fund. Requests for $500 or less may be made through a simple, one-page letter that explains the project and how the grant money will be spent. Applicants must also submit proof of tax-exempt status (e.g., 501c3 letter from the IRS). If an organization has a larger project in mind, it can apply for matching funds through the Community Foundation’s online application (

Animal welfare grants support efforts to protect, rehabilitate, and care for animals, both domestic and wild. Animal welfare grants will be drawn from the All God’s Creatures Fund, the Adams Family Fund for Animals, and the Schiffman Fund for Animals. In this category, requests for $1000 or less may be made through a one-page letter that explains the project and how the grant money would be spent. Proof of tax-exempt status must be attached. If an organization has a larger project in mind, it can apply for matching funds through the online application.

Health and wellness grants will be made from the Annual Advice 5K Turkey Trot Fund to improve and support the health and wellness of all people of the Outer Banks. Here, health and wellness is defined broadly, to include initiatives that attend to physical, social, emotional, and environmental health, and including projects that focus on prevention, education, and direct care. To be considered for a health and wellness grant, organizations must submit an application online.

Finally, in the area of opportunities for people with disabilities, the Community Foundation will utilize three funds: the David Aycock Loy Memorial Fund, the Pauline Wright Endowment for Currituck County, and the Pauline Wright Endowment for Dare County. While the Loy Endowment focuses on children with developmental and/or learning disabilities, with a priority for children with autism, the Pauline Wright Endowments may give priority to programs for adults with Down syndrome. Grants from the Pauline Wright Endowments are available to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies, serving Currituck and/or Dare residents. To be considered for a Loy or Wright grant, organizations must submit an application online.

In addition to these Focus Grants, the Community Foundation is also accepting applications for its Community Enrichment Grants Program, which is open to any nonprofit for any kind of charitable project that benefits the Outer Banks. This includes: arts & culture; children & youth; education; the environment; disaster relief & prevention; historic interpretation & preservation; and other human services.

Most Community Enrichment grants will support the direct costs of a charitable project or program (e.g., art supplies, educational materials); however, Community Enrichment Grants are also awarded for capacity-building projects, with a goal of enhancing a nonprofit’s long-term effectiveness, financial stability, and/or program quality (e.g., computers, office equipment, strategic planning).

Program scholarship grants are also available; these are grants that enable a nonprofit to offer scholarships for its programs to participants in need. These scholarships would offset or reduce the participation fees normally charged for any sort of enrichment program, such as a day camp, educational offering, and/or after-school program.

Before submitting an application for any Focus or Community Enrichment Grant, prospective applicants should first review the criteria at, and then contact Bob Muller at 252-261-8839 to discuss their projects. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 30. Grant decisions will be announced on Thursday, June 10.

Exciting Opportunity to be the President and CEO of a Community Foundation Meeting Community Needs on the Outer Banks of North Carolina

The Outer Banks Community Foundation (OBCF) seeks an experienced, engaging, and tech-savvy nonprofit leader to become its next President and CEO.  OBCF is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves the Outer Banks area and was created to help meet local needs in Dare County and across all Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island.  OBCF provides leadership in the field of philanthropy, supporting a diverse field of nonprofit agencies with grants, education, and guiding numerous donors toward their charitable goals.  In addition, the Community Foundation brings financial market expertise and access to the local non-profit community. The President and CEO will be an advocate for improving community inequities and will have a passion for meeting community needs.

About the Outer Banks Community Foundation:

The Outer Banks Community Foundation, based in Southern Shores on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, was organized in 1982 as a public charity and accomplishes its mission by increasing charitable giving in the area, by managing charitable funds for individuals and agencies, and by targeting grants toward the community’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities.

Through its discretionary grants, the Community Foundation is the venture capitalist of the charitable sector in the Outer Banks, supporting the most exciting and most urgent projects which best meet today’s needs. The Community Foundation is the only funding source that reaches all community service organizations on the Outer Banks, in the arts, education, health and human services, historic preservation, and the environment. The Community Foundation is a catalyst, helping the nonprofit sector evolve to take on new challenges and opportunities as they arise. The Community Foundation’s endowments are a resource for future generations to meet the challenges of their times.

The Outer Banks Community Foundation manages a collection of undesignated assets, charitable funds, and scholarship funds, created by different donors at different times for various purposes. Donors may create funds during their lifetimes or by bequest, for general charitable purposes, or for a particular purpose that they specify. The Community Foundation provides tailored services to help individuals, families, businesses, and other groups pursue their charitable interests easily, effectively, and with maximum tax benefit.  The Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of leading local citizens who serve without compensation. The Board also administers all of the funds of the Community Foundation and approves all grants.

Through the Outer Banks Community Foundation, people who love and appreciate the Outer Banks are able to give something back to the community to help meet the pressing needs of today, while at the same time building a source of support for the future.

More information about the Foundation can be found at

About the Position:

Because of its aspirations to significantly increase the Community Foundation’s resources during the next decade to meet community needs, the Board plans to elevate the position from Executive Director to President and CEO at its March 11 meeting. Reporting to a 12-member Board of Directors, and working cooperatively, the President and CEO of OBCF will be responsible for providing leadership in the overall operation and development of the Foundation, including strategic direction, program development, operations, financial management, personnel management and community relations. With a staff of five, the President and CEO will manage $22,335,506 of total assets including $20,164,646 of endowed funds as of 12/31/2020. Endowed fund types include scholarships, donor-advised, organizational, designated, field of interest, unrestricted grant-making, and unrestricted funds. A leader with strong fiscal skills in multi-fund management is essential. Specifically, the President and CEO will work with the Board to match nonprofit and individual needs with grants that align with the Foundation’s strategic priorities.  Simultaneously, the President and CEO will be the driver for resource development to achieve the Board’s aspirations by increasing current and future endowment funds through her/his work with current and prospective donors on taxwise outright and estate gifts. Networking and collaboration through extensive community relations, education, and public relations implemented by effective communication management and measurement of outcomes by objective program evaluation will be essential responsibilities of the CEO.

Key Priorities for the Next President and CEO:

  • Evaluate operations, staffing, and programs to work with Board on Community Foundation strategic priorities.
  • Network with community partners and stakeholders to establish relationships in order to continue seamless matching of Community Foundation resources and needs.
  • Support staff to have passion for the OBCF vision, meet high standards of performance, work together in a unified fashion, and collaborate with partners to meet strategic goals.
  • Assess facility needs and make appropriate recommendations to Board.
  • Review current strategic plan and launch the new one with Board champions.
  • Increase the growth of fund resources through a variety of means including memberships, donor advised funds, corporate and foundation grants, and other creative means.

Qualifications: To be considered, candidates must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; a master’s degree is preferred. The Board prefers 7-10 years of progressive nonprofit experience, including three in a leadership role, along with demonstrated successful fundraising track record and program management experience.

The Successful Candidate:  

  • has a successful track record in program assessment and development, resource development, varied fund management experience, membership management, donor relations, and board relations;
  • works with staff to ensure a passion for the mission, offering opportunities for training and development to support continuity of service, engagement, and retention;
  • appreciates and embraces the unique coastal characteristics of the communities served while leveraging opportunities from new ventures;
  • builds awareness of the Community Foundation, advocates for and is effective in explaining services of the agency to regulatory bodies and programmatic partners, and effectively builds commitment with community stakeholders, nonprofit organizations, and nonprofit consumers for the programs being offered/ sponsored;
  • creates and implements a development plan to raise funds from individual and corporate donors, as well as to secure grants from other funding sources;
  • creatively and adeptly ensures the marketing and communication of programs to eligible nonprofits and consumers through various means;
  • is experienced in developing, managing and coordinating all financial operations, including endowment and operating funds, and ensures all investments and expenditures are handled and maintained according to Board policy and direction;
  • is collaborative, entrepreneurial and innovative with programming design and development;
  • possesses excellent verbal and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to effectively facilitate meetings, present publicly, and provide professional and appropriate business level written information utilizing various media;
  • possesses well-developed interpersonal skills and abilities, diplomatically communicating and working with diverse personalities and populations;
  • is resilient in the face of challenges and seeks innovative solutions to problems; and,
  • is disciplined and values accountability with high expectations of self and others while also being an effective and respected leader.

Salary and Benefits: The salary range is $80,000-105,000 with a median of $89,000.  Generous benefits are offered to include health, vision and dental insurance, retirement, and a paid leave program.

About the Community: The Community Foundation office is located in Southern Shores, NC while serving all of the Outer Banks communities across 200 square miles of barrier islands.  Regular travel in and around the service area will be a requirement of the position.  Relocation to the area within a negotiated period of time is an expectation of the Board.

To confidentially apply for this position, To apply, go to and click on the President and CEO – Outer Banks Community Foundation link. To learn more about the selection process, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser:  All applications must be fully completed and submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT to the OBCF website, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters can be uploaded with the application.  Application review begins April 5, 2021.  Finalists will participate in virtual interviews and skill assessments on May 11-12, 2021.   Interviews with the Board will follow at a subsequent time.   All inquiries should be emailed to

Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.

College Senior Christian Eberhard: “Apply Now for More Security, and for Future Schooling and Career Options”

Christian Eberhard (FFHS Class of 2017) will graduate from American University this spring with a bachelor’s degree in Physics. He has been helped with a renewable scholarship, the Sawyer Scholarship, which provided $5,000 per year for each of his four years; a total of $20,000. Christian also received a $1,000 Outer Banks Association of Realtors scholarship for his freshman year. In addition to his Applied Physics studies, Christian runs workshops for students on the use of 3D printers, laser cutters, and other technical machines. His love for the arts continues, and he’s making short films and doing comedy sketches in his free time.

“Applying and receiving a multi-year scholarship has been a tremendous help in my academic career. It has allowed me to venture out of North Carolina in pursuit of higher education… out of state schooling has given rise to incredible experiences and relationships, domestic and international, that I might not have had before. Also, because of this scholarship, I have been able to take out significantly fewer loans, resulting in less hesitation about future schooling/career options and more security.”

The Sawyer Scholarship provides needs-based scholarships to Dare County, Currituck County, and Ocracoke graduates. This scholarship is renewable for up to four years, so long as the student maintains full-time enrollment and a 2.7 GPA. The Sawyer Scholarship is just one of 55 scholarship funds at Outer Banks Community Foundation; this spring, one application will allow students to apply for as many scholarships as they wish.

High school students, our scholarship application process is open through March 20. Here is the link:

Parents, Outer Banks Community Foundation has awarded more than $2 million in nearly 2,000 scholarships to deserving students since 1983. Scholarship funds started generations ago are still making gifts today, and will continue supporting local students, far, far into the future. Scholarship funds can be named in your honor, in the honor of a loved one, or for a cause or career you care about. We invite you to make your mark, by making a lasting gift, such as new scholarship fund, donor-advised fund, or other fund. New funds can be activated now, or in the future by bequest. Call us if you would like more information.

Community Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications online. The scholarship application deadline (for both applications and letters of recommendation) is Saturday, March 20, 2021 11:59 PM EDT. We have 55 different scholarships available, and about $178,000 to give away this year. We look forward to getting your application!

How to Start: CLICK HERE to begin your application. This link will take you to our singular common application. We use a “common application” for ALL our scholarships, so you only must complete our application once.

Create an Account: You must create a (free) account in the system in order to apply. By creating an account, you can save an incomplete application, and log back into the system later to complete it. To log back into the system to finish your application, go to, click login, enter the email and password for your account, and you will see your application, including it’s status incomplete, pending, and submitted.

Common Application: Students complete one common application for all Community Foundation scholarships. This singular application includes all your financial information, academic information, extracurricular information, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. You will need to upload your most current transcript into our application form. Ask your guidance counselor for an electronic copy. You may use an “unofficial transcript” for this purpose.

Letters of Recommendation: We require two letters of recommendation. The application form will prompt the applicant to identify two people to submit letters. The system will automatically email your recommenders once you enter their email addresses. It is the applicants’ responsibility to ensure that their recommenders upload their letters by the March 20 deadline. We regret that late letters cannot be accepted.

Need-Based Awards: Though many of the Community Foundation’s scholarships are merit-based, the majority of awards consider financial need. For the need-based awards, students should complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and upload the resulting Student Aid Report into their application. Students whose citizenship status prevents their completion of a FAFSA (e.g., DACA students) may still be considered for need-based awards, they can, in place of a SAR, upload a document that outlines their financial need. Please reach out to us or your guidance counselor for further instructions.

Students start your applications today! Our application closes on Saturday, March 20 at 11:59 pm. Unfortunately, late applications are never accepted. All scholarship winners will be announced at their school’s Senior Awards Night in May or June.

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