Manteo Rotary Creates Meekins Scholarship Fund with Community Foundation

The Manteo Rotary Club has created a new endowment with the Outer Banks Community Foundation, called the Percy W. & Elizabeth G. Meekins Scholarship Fund.

Established through a generous bequest by the late Mrs. Meekins of Manteo, the scholarship will help students of Dare County achieve their dreams of a college education. This scholarship was designed for students with financial need attending any North Carolina institution of higher learning, including any university, college, technical school, or school of nursing.

In her will, Mrs. Meekins stated, “Persons receiving such scholarships shall be of good character and standing in their community” and have “good citizenship and scholastic records.”

The Community Foundation will provide the endowment and accounting services for the fund, while the Rotary will manage the scholarship application and selection.

“We so appreciate the trust that the Manteo Rotary has shown by partnering with us for this fund,“ said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director. “The Community Foundation will handle all of the administrative work of the fund, and manage it with our pooled investments for maximum financial advantage.”

Madeleine Land, immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Manteo, said, “The club is pleased to have the Manteo Rotary Meekins Fund join two other club funds managed by the Community Foundation: the Kellogg Cuthrell Manteo Rotary Scholarship Fund and the F.C. Minton Fund. We thank the Community Foundation and look forward to awarding a Manteo Rotary Meekins Scholarship to a deserving student next year and for many years after. “

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 34,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. The club conducts the INSHORE SLAM Fishing Tournament to raise funds for scholarships and other projects that benefit our community. Manteo Rotary meets at 6:00 pm on Mondays at La Dolce Vita Restaurant in Manteo.