Welbert Harrison Carter Endowed Book Scholarship Fund

Welbert H. Carter was born the 17th child of 19 siblings to farmers William and Emma Carter on Feb. 22, 1916 in Madison, North Carolina. Carter completed his early education in the Rockingham County/Goodwill Community public schools. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged. Continuing his education, he enrolled at North Carolina A&T majoring in the agriculture/dairy program.

Carter distinguished himself in the areas of church, civic and community service. He worked tirelessly to help lead the Western Rockingham County NAACP Chapter and lobbied successfully for public school improvements and rural secondary roads paving projects. He led many voter registration drives and wrote many protest letters for worthy causes. An avid reader with an extensive personal library of rare books and bibles. Brother Carter, as he was called by the entire county, was considered a bible scholar, public speaker and educational tutor for public school students in need of special attention and patience to gain classroom standards.

Brother Carter wrote the detailed history of the Carter family, which is included in the Rockingham County Heritage Publication. He was a very active longstanding member of the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge No. 563. Carter joined Goodwill Baptist Church at age 12 and was a faithful member serving on the Sunday school staff, deacon and trustee boards, historian committee, male chorus and building and renovation committees. In 1950, Carter married his beloved wife, the late Mary Lou Joyce Carter of Lawsonville, North Carolina. They had one daughter, Olivia Dianne Penn.

Welbert Harrison Carter Endowed Book Scholarship Fund Criteria

Scholarships from the Welbert Harrison Carter Endowed Book Scholarship Fund will be awarded to deserving students as determined by the University Scholarship Committee based on the criteria cited below. In making the selection, this committee shall consider such attributes as scholarship, leadership, community service, exceptional talent and financial need. The committee shall give special selection consideration to:

• Male Western Rockingham County residents (Madison, Mayodan and Stoneville Townships)
• Male students majoring in agriculture science, African American history, religion or library science
• The third-highest GPA of all male applicants

The award amount is $500 per semester and non-renewable.

Pledge Form for the Welbert Harrison Carter Endowed Book Scholarship Fund