Weaver Scholarship banquet, May 19

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 7, 2007

MURFREESBORO – It’s been nine years since the passing of Dr. Joseph D. Weaver, but his legacy remains alive and well.

On Saturday, May 19, young people from throughout the Roanoke-Chowan area will experience the generosity of local individuals and businesses, all in the name of perhaps one of the most generous men ever to grace the planet.

The Dr. J.D. Weaver Scholarship Banquet is scheduled for 7 p.m. start on May 19 at the Nebo Family Life Center, located at Nebo Baptist Church on US 258 just south of Murfreesboro.

This marks the 10th year that the Weaver Foundation Scholarship Committee has awarded several thousand dollars in scholarships to high school seniors in the Roanoke-Chowan area where Dr. Weaver lived and worked for so many years.

The Foundation continues to carry on Dr. Weaver’s legacy as well as reaching out to help children as Dr. Weaver did for so many years as a family doctor.

“We organized with two goals in mind, to honor Dr. Weaver and to promote academics in his name,” said Dupont Davis who serves as chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Held on a biennial basis, the banquet will be the platform from where five, well-deserving high school seniors in the Roanoke-Chowan area will each receive $1,000 to assist them in their pursuit of a college education. Davis said most recipients plan to study in a field related to medicine or healthcare.

“It is well known that Dr. Weaver never refused medical services to anyone, regardless of his or her ability to pay,” Dwight Ransome, Vice-Chairman of the Foundation’s Board, said. “Our hearts and our minds should be just like that of Dr. Weaver.”

Both Davis and Ransome urged the public to make a donation to this scholarship fund so that these local young people will themselves pick-up the banner one day and continue Dr. Weaver’s legacy.

To contribute to the scholarship fund or to gain information concerning tickets to the banquet, contact Davis or Ransome or any Foundation Board member. That group includes Gary Lewter (secretary), Lillie Owens-White (treasurer), Hilma Flood (assistant secretary/treasurer), Essie Davis, J. Wendell Hall, Joseph Wilson, Dr. Claudia Weaver-Richardson and the Honorable Donald P. Wilson.