|New Education Scholarship, First Award|
|Written by Jane Nicholson|
|Monday, 31 May 2010 13:34|
BOONE—Education is the common theme running through the philanthropic activities of Judy and Steve James. The Greensboro couple has established the Judy and Steve James Scholarship for Education to support Appalachian State University students pursuing a teaching career. They have also established an endowment for this scholarship through their estate plans.
The $20,000 scholarship paid over four years has been presented to incoming freshman Ashley Crowder from Spruce Pine, who plans to major in special education. She graduates June 4 from Avery County High School. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is an applicant for the N.C. Teaching Fellows Scholarship. The recipient must teach for a minimum of four years in a North Carolina public, charter or government school after graduation and will have seven years to fulfill that obligation.
Judy Benson James graduated from Appalachian in 1969. She retired after a 30-year-career in public education in Guilford County and in Burlington. Her husband, Steve attended UNC Chapel Hill but completed his degree in 1976 from Guilford College as an adult student, earning a degree in management. He retired after a 30-year career as a systems designer of voice and data networks for Bell South Communications, now AT&T.
Crowder, a first-generation college student, will participate in the same activities provided N.C. Teaching Fellows in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education, such as special courses that focus on leadership development and at-risk students, service opportunities, travel to Washington, D.C., and visit area schools and attend special topical seminars.
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