PEMBROKE — The Julian T. Pierce Endowed Scholarship at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has received an $18,500 contribution from a July 3 art auction.
A total of $55,000 was raised at the auction and dinner event held at UNCP during Lumbee Homecoming. The money was dispersed among UNC Pembroke, Robeson Community College, North Carolina Central University and for a memorial initiative at the N.C. Office of Legal Aid in Pembroke.
Making the check presentation were representatives of the Julian T. Pierce Memorial Initiative Committee, including Dr. Stan Knick, director of UNCP’s Native American Resource Center, Harvey Godwin and Cody Godwin, owners of Two Hawk Employment Services, Dale Deese of the Pembroke office of North Carolina Legal Aid, and Wendy Lowery, vice chancellor of Advancement for UNCP. Other committee members were Mac Legerton of the Center for Community Action, and Rebekah R. Lowry, the foundation director at Robeson Community College.
“The dinner and art auction was a wonderful tribute to Julian Pierce’s memory,” Vice Chancellor Lowery said. “His legacy of helping others is continued through these scholarships. Speaking as a committee member, this has been an uplifting experience for me and for this community in so many ways.”
Harvey Godwin helped establish the scholarship following Pierce’s death in 1988. Godwin’s wife, Shelia, created the art for the auction, which was attended by more than 300 people in the University Center Annex. The committee plans to make the dinner-auction an annual event of Lumbee Homecoming.
Pierce was a civil rights activist and founder of Lumbee River Legal Services in Pembroke, which is now the North Carolina Legal Aid.
The Pierce Scholarship goes to an outstanding student from Robeson County with a financial need.
To learn about this scholarship or about giving to UNCP, contact the Office of Advancement at 910-521-6252 or email email@example.com. To give online, go to www.uncp.edu/advancement/.