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First Fuller Scholars Named

The first Dr. Hartwell H. Fuller Jr. Endowed Merit Scholarships at Edgecombe Community College have been awarded to two recent graduates of Tarboro and North Edgecombe high schools.

Roger and Gaile Taylor of Rocky Mount endowed the prestigious merit scholarship program in fall 2011 to honor Dr. Hartwell Fuller, former president of the college.

The gift marked the largest donation of its kind to the college.

The scholarship will benefit two students each year. The grant will include the full cost of an associate degree, including tuition, books, and a laptop computer.

Sarah E. Grady of Tarboro received the College Transfer Scholarship, valued at about $6,000.

Grady, who graduated from Tarboro High School, earned a GPA of 4.656 while taking honors classes and participating in the girls’ tennis team, swim team, Interact Club, and National Honor Society.

She is active in the youth group at St. James United Methodist Church and has participated in several mission trips. Grady has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten.

She plans to pursue a college transfer degree at Edgecombe and continue her studies at East Carolina University to obtain a degree in library science.

Grady is the daughter of William and Angie Grady. “She loves to read; she loves books,” says Angie Grady.

Amber M. Hyman of Leggett received the Health Sciences Scholarship, valued at about $9,000.

A graduate of North Edgecombe High School, she earned a GPA of 3.75 while participating in Health Occupation Students of America and Tobacco Reality Unfiltered, organizations she joined in the ninth grade. She also served as a tutor during and after school.

Hyman is active in church and with the Leggett Volunteer Fire Department. She is certified in first aid and CPR and is in the process of being certified as a CNAI. She plans to study radiography at Edgecombe.

She is the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Hyman. “We’re so excited,” says Elizabeth Hyman. “This scholarship is a blessing, an answer to a prayer.”

Dr. Hartwell Fuller was president of Edgecombe Community College for 10 years. His association with ECC began in 1968 when the institution first opened its doors to students. He retired in 2004 and died in 2010.

“Hartwell would be very pleased with these scholarship recipients,” says Roger Taylor, owner of Roger G. Taylor & Associates, a financial services firm in Rocky Mount. “I’m glad they decided to stay local. They’d be great anywhere they go.”