James Thomas & Dorothy Harmon Sampson Family Endowed Scholarship

The Donor wishes to honor the memory of her parents James “Coach Sampson” Thomas and Dorothy Harmon Sampson. Sally has fond memories as a young child of growing up on the campus of Pembroke College. They lived in a very small apartment at the end of what were then the men’s dormitories. The whole campus, small compared to today, was her playground. Her mother was an English teacher at the local high school and father was the first football coach at Pembroke. He also coached basketball and men’s and women’s baseball. Coach Sampson was the Athletic Director and taught several physical education classes. He reenlisted during the Korean War. They left Pembroke but always came back to see family. Education and coaching remained a very important part of her parents’ lives and she knows they would both be pleased if they knew that some student at the University might be helped in some small way by receiving this scholarship. The recipients of this scholarship will be residents of North Carolina with preference given to residents of Robeson County. The recipients will be Education, English and/or Health Promotion majors. Incoming freshman as well as current students will be eligible. Financial need should be considered. The award is renewable as long as all requirements are met.

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