Dr. Rudolph D. Artis Endowed Scholarship Fund

Dr. Rudolph D. Artis retired from NC A&T as Director of Registration & Records in 1989 after serving the University for 22 years. Prior to his work as University Registrar, Dr. Artis' academic tenure included service as an associate professor of Social Science at both Elizabeth City State University and at Barber-Scotia College, as a Sociology professor at NC A&T, as a Sociology lecturer at UNC-Greensboro and as a visiting Sociology professor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

A devoted life-member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., he was initiated into the Beta Epsilon chapter as a student at NC A&T. He later held memberships in many professional and civic organizations including American Sociological Association, Rural Sociological Society, Southern Sociological Society, Phi Delta Kappa educational society, and Hayes Taylor YMCA. While an administrator at NC A&T, he was also a charter member of Gamma Sigma Delta (the agricultural honor society).

Dr. Artis grew up in rural Wayne County, North Carolina. He received his early education from the Wayne County public school system, graduating salutatorian of his high school class. He arrived at NC A&T with little money but great determination. He earned money by working as a live-in cook for a prominent familty in Greensboro. He saved money by going to school year-round and earned a B.S. degree in Agriculture from NC A&T in three years. Later, Dr. Artis earned both an M.S. degree in Rural Sociology and a doctorate in Administrative Education from Cornell University with post-doctorate work at UNC-Chapel Hill, Emory, and Harvard.

Prior to graduate school, Dr. Artis' career began as a vocational education teacher and 4H-Club advisor. He later became a county agricultural extension agent. He also served in the U.S. Army and was deployed to South Korea as a training officer in the Korean War.

Dr. Artis is married to Margaret White Artis, and is a retired faculty member of NC A&T's Mathematics department. They have one daughter, Teresa Artis Neal (son-in-law Nate), and have been long-time faithful members at Providence Baptist Church in Greensboro.

Dr. Rudolph D. Artis Endowed Scholarship Fund Purpose and Criteria

Scholarships from the Dr. Rudolph D. Artis Endowed Scholarship Fund will be awarded to deserving students as determined by the University Scholarship Committee based on the criteria cited below. The committee shall give special selection consideration to:

  • Recipient(s) must be an undergraduate rising junior or senior.
  • Student must demonstrate a sustained academic performance by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Preference will be given to first generation college students.