John & Ruth Blue Scholarship Endowment

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Graduate of a high school in Watauga County, North Carolina or Watauga County residents graduating from North Carolina School of Science and Math or the North Carolina School of the Arts or any other school for the academically gifted students. These students shall exhibit excellence in three areas (1) academic excellence, (2) physical vigor and activity, and (3) leadership in school, church or community activities.

About John and Ruth Blue

Ruth & John BlueThe Blue Scholarship was established in 2001 by John and Ruth Blue, with provisions for additional funds after their passing. The Blues retired to Watauga County in the mid-1990s and wanted to do something for the community that meant so much to them.

John Blue’s family organized the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad in the early 1900s. It operated as one of the most successful short line railroads in the country and still serves the Aberdeen, Raeford and Fayetteville, N.C., area. During World War II, the system carried more than one million troops in and out of Fort Bragg.

Ruth Blue was a member and elder of First Presbyterian Church in Boone, N.C., and associated with Sugaw Creek Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. She was a director of the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad, a member of the Lions Club in Foscoe, N.C., and a member at Hound Ears Club in Blowing Rock, N.C.

John Blue passed away in 2003 and his wife Ruth died in 2005. Following their deaths, a significant estate gift was made to the fund to support scholarships for graduates of Watauga High School or Watauga County residents graduating from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics or the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Local Contact

Mr. James Deal

Due Date

March 15, 2024

How to Apply

Apply by using the NCCF Universal Scholarships Application in the NCCF Scholarships Portal