Jepty Patrick Strickland Endowed Scholarship
Ken Strickland, a businessman of Mclean, VA, a native of Robeson County, and a graduate of Prospect High School class of 1959, wanted to provide an educational opportunity to UNCP students while honoring his father, Jepty Strickland. Therefore, he established the Jepty Patrick Strickland Endowed Scholarship. His father, a Lumbee Indian, was a farmer in Robeson County and a lifelong member of St. Anna Church, believing strongly in the importance of religion in everyday life and in providing service to his community and fellowman. Mr. Jepty was committed to education for his children and worked diligently to provide guidance to his family towards that end. Awards from this scholarship shall provide tuition assistance to candidates in their junior or senior year of study who are seeking a degree in: (1) teacher education; (2) Business; or (3) Science at UNC Pembroke. Through the year 2020, first preference shall be given to a candidate from a state- or federally-recognized American Indian tribe. However, in the absence of a qualified American Indian candidate, the scholarship shall have no racial or ethnic preferences. After 2020, this scholarship is open and available to all races, creeds and nationalities. The recipient must show promise, be of demonstrated financial need, and be a native or current resident of Robeson County. The recipient must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA and be involved in community service to be eligible for the scholarship. The scholarship is renewable as long as the requirements continue to be met.