Harrell scholarship endowed

Published 10:57 am Sunday, November 22, 2009

JACKSON — One man’s value of education will continue on in helping young people from Northampton County.

Last month, the B.H. “Brodie” Harrell Endowment was fully funded. The endowment is in honor of the late B.H. “Brodie” Harrell, a former agriculture extension agent who was known for his work in the county, throughout the state and his push for the education of youth.

“This money will go to fund a scholarship for students in Northampton County,” said Jack Parker, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Northeast Regional Director of Development.

Parker said the endowment was fully funded on October 23 when it reached and surpassed the $25,000 mark. He added $25,600 was actually collected for the endowment, which gives an added boost to the cause.

“It took it about two years to get the endowment fully funded,” said Parker. “That’s pretty fast, it usually takes five years for an endowment to be fully funded.”

Harrell, who was originally from Bertie County, began his work with the extension service in 1952 and retired in 1973.

Education was a staple in his family and early on Harrell learned the importance of it. When he was 14, his parents passed away and his siblings sent to the Home for Children in Oxford, NC. Though the children were separated, they were able to keep in contact and each eventually went on to seek higher education at colleges and universities.

Parker said 160 people from Northampton County and across North Carolina contributed to the Harrell endowment fund. He added the initial scholarship will be $1,000 and will be administered to a student who has been accepted into a school of their choice.

Parker said as the principal in the fund grows so will the scholarship.

“This one went pretty good,” he said. “I’m pleased with the support we got. And we thank those who contributed.”