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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.