Howe Scholarship Endowment

This fund supports St. Stephen A.M.E. Church in Wilmington, NC, with providing scholarships for African-American students pursuing studies that lead to a career in the building arts or construction, and who attended public high school in New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick or Columbus counties.

About the Howes

The Howes were a family of at least four generations of African-American builders and carpenters who contributed immensely to construction in Wilmington from the mid-19th into the early 20th centuries. The scholarship endowment was established in celebration of the resilience, fortitude, talent and imagination of the African-American community in the Wilmington area, and in appreciation of the community's many seminal contributions to the construction and beauty of the city.

Created in December 2021, the scholarship is also meant as a small act of restitution in acknowledgment and remorse for a long legacy of historical harms, such as enslavement, the 1898 Wilmington Massacre and Coup d’etat, and decades of Jim Crow laws including disenfranchisement. As such, the endowment is open to contributions from any person, family or organization wishing to participate in the growth of this fund, in the spirit of fostering the future of Wilmington’s African-American community.

About the scholarship

The scholarship is intended to support the education of African-American students pursuing the building arts, including but not limited to architecture—a field in which Black Americans are currently underrepresented in the United States. Higher educational pursuits in other areas of the building arts, including engineering, carpentry and construction management, will also be strongly considered. 

Learn more about the Howe Scholarship Endowment and apply for the scholarship.

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