The Carteret Community Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now available for scholarships from its associated funds. 


            “The Carteret Community Foundation has been supporting local students and nonprofits for many years,” said Pat Rauhauser, president of the Carteret Community Foundation board.  “Since 2005, these six scholarships have awarded more than $80,000 to Carteret County high school students.”


“I urge students and their parents to check out all the scholarships available on the website,” she said.  “These awards are specific to Carteret County, but there are a number of other awards that might be of interest.”


            Rauhauser also praised local donors for their generosity in establishing these scholarships.  “These donors understand that our children are our future, and if we invest in their education, we will all reap the rewards.  We invite anyone who might be interested in establishing a scholarship fund in Carteret County to contact us.”


            2012 Carteret County Scholarship opportunities include:


  • The Carteret Retired School Personnel Association Scholarship is a merit-based award, for students in pursuit of a degree in education.
  • The Carteret Retired School Personnel Association also offers the Geraldine Mayo Beveridge Scholarship, a merit-based award for students pursing a degree in vocational education.
  • The Carteret County Association of Homebuilders Murdoch Scholarship is a renewable award for a student seeking a post-secondary degree from a two- or four-year institution in the construction trades.
  • The V.J. “Puck” & Pearl O’Neal Scholarship Fund offers awards to students seeking a degree in either marine sciences or Christian studies.
  • The William E. Smith, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established to provide support for graduating seniors from Carteret County whose families live in Beaufort or east of Beaufort and earn or receive a majority of their income from the commercial fishing industry.
  • The Joseph H. Tallman Scholarships in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Endowment was established in 2001 with the purpose of assisting Carteret County public high school students who wish to pursue a degree in either mechanical or electrical engineering at an accredited four-year college or university. 


            Additional information and applications are available from Carteret County high school guidance counselors and online at .  Students should read the instructions carefully, as each award has specific criteria and requirements.  The application deadline for most of the awards is Friday, April 13, 2012.  


The Carteret Community Foundation was established in 1984, and it is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).  The Carteret Community Foundation provides grants to local nonprofits, college scholarships to county students and offers professional advisors who can help individuals, families and nonprofit agencies establish an endowment or designated fund for specific charitable purposes.  For more information about the Carteret Community Foundation and its services, please call 252-240-0011, or you may call the NCCF regional associate at 910-509-7256.

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About the North Carolina Community Foundation:


The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $63 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $145 million in assets, the NCCF sustains 1,000 plus funds and endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state. An important component of the NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit and Facebook.

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Pat Rauhauser

President, Carteret Community Foundation



Patricia Lawler

Regional Associate, Southeast

North Carolina Community Foundation



Noel McLaughlin, APR

Director, Marketing and Communications

North Carolina Community Foundation


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