Martin County Community Foundation awards local scholarships

 The Martin County Community Foundation Board announces the first scholarship awards from the Meredith Griffin Revels Scholarship Fund. Established in 2011 from the estate of Nancy Sexton, the Meredith Griffin Revels Scholarship Fund honors the all too short life of Meredith G. Revels. She was a Martin County native and a 1997 graduate of Williamston High School and known for her bright smile, giving spirit and contagious personality.

            Meredith pursued her passion to help others and earned her BSN in nursing from East Carolina University in 2002. Her career as a nurse was cut short but she loved her job as a postpartum floor nurse at Pitt Memorial Hospital.

            Nancy Sexton left instructions in her estate to establish this scholarship fund in honor of Meredith Griffin Revels and stipulated that this scholarship would be used to help residents of Martin County pursue a or complete a degree in nursing or a related medical field.  The board of the Martin County Community Foundation has the responsibility of selecting students for this scholarship. 

            The board has selected the following students to receive the first awards from this fund: Haley Riffle for an award of $2,500 and Jesse Rogers for an award of $1,000. Haley Riffle is enrolled at Campbell University in a medical related field of study.  Jesse Rogers is enrolling at Gardner-Webb University in a Nursing program.

            On behalf of the board, Simon Griffin, President, said, “We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding students with these scholarships. It is an honor to see the wishes of Nancy Sexton fulfilled to help others achieve their educational goals in this important field of study.”

            The Martin County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. The affiliate supports the work of six other funds that have been established by donors from Martin County to support other charitable interests. These funds include the Martin County Community Fund, the Jack and Barbara Holt Memorial Youth Opportunity Fund, the Martin County Public Schools Student Exchange Fund, the Peggy Jo Cherry Memorial Fund, the William Brian Bowen Memorial Fund and the William L. & Mable S. Butler Scholarship Fund.

            Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Martin County Community Fund, or to any of the named funds administered by the NCCF. Contributions should be made payable to the name of the fund and mailed to the North Carolina Community Foundation, Landmark Center, 4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 524, Raleigh, NC 27609. Contributions can also be made online at

            For information on the Martin County Community Foundation and its community fund, contact Simon Griffin or Peggy Birkemeier, Senior Regional Associate, at 252-491-8166; or visit the NCCF website at and click on “Affiliates.”

About NCCF

            The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $68 million in grants since its inception in 1988.  With more than $156 million in assets, the NCCF sustains over 1,000 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 NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit and Facebook and follow us on Twitter @NCCF.