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Post-Secondary Education Scholarships for Cary Area Students

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One of the ways to enhance the future is the assist young people in obtaining an education beyond high school. To further this effort, Cary Central has established three scholarship programs: the Harvey Duke, the Boyce Brown and the Austin Rich Boys and Girls Home.

The Harvey Duke Scholarship — Harvey Duke was a long-time member of the Club and very active in community service. He was a retired pastor at Cary First Baptist Church and a retired US Navy Captain. This scholarship, established in 2013 in his memory, provides $1,500 per year for four years to a Cary-area student. Selection is based on academic performance, extra curriculum activities and need.

The Boyce Brown Scholarship — Boyce Brown was an outstanding Rotarian, serving as Cary Central’s President, as well as District Governor. Boyce was interested in assuring that high school students were able to develop technical skills at the community college level. Following Boyce’s untimely death, Cary Central established a scholarship in 1993 to promote his interests. The scholarship is administered by Wake Technical Community College Community College and provides a one-time $1,500 scholarship to two individuals each year pursuing a technical degree at Wake Technical Community College.

The Austin Rich Boys and Girls Home Scholarship — Young men and women graduating from high school at the Boys and Girls Home often lack the financial resources to continue their education. This scholarship, established in 1988, provides $1,500 for one year to a deserving individual who plans to attend a technical school, community college or university.

Do you know a potential applicant deserving of our scholarship assistance? Please contact Jim Myers and Chris Gianni.

Youth Activities

Cary Central is involved in two major youth activities, RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) and chartered an Interact Club at Cary High School.

RYLA — The Club has participated in this program for the since 1983. The Club sponsors two to four 11th-grade student delegates each year to the leadership development seminar. Priority is given to the sons and daughters of Club members, as well as students from Cary High School. Sponsored participants are invited to a Club meeting to share their RYLA experiences.

Interact — was begun working through Dr. Doug Thilman, principal of Cary High School and two teacher volunteers, Julie Schilawski and Jo Ann Duncan, the Interact Club was chartered with 25 students in January 2001. Cary Central members assist the teacher sponsor and student officers in providing leadership and direction to the club. The relatively new club is making excellent progress. Students have been active on their campus by providing 4-Way Test presentations to ninth-grade classes and conducting monthly meetings. They have participated in several Cary Central community service projects including ringing the Salvation Army Bell activity and the Life Experiences' auction.