Six earn ‘Dr. Joe’ scholarships

Published 1:22 pm Thursday, June 15, 2017

CONWAY – The Conway Community Scholarship Committee announces the awarding of the Dr. Joseph A. Fleetwood, Jr. Scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.

The committee is honoring six local students with scholarships — two high school seniors beginning college in the fall and four students currently enrolled in college.

Scholarships are awarded to Rebecca Christine Sykes of Conway, a senior at Northeast Academy, and Skyler Faith Moore of Gaston, a senior at Halifax Academy.

Scholarships were also awarded to four students currently enrolled in college — Elizabeth Katherine White of Jackson, Austin Zane Watkins of Jackson, Anna Marie Liverman of Conway and Sydney Shea Taylor of Conway.

The Town of Conway and its citizens established this scholarship in 1999 as a tribute to Dr. Fleetwood for his dedicated service to the community. It is awarded annually to students who plan to pursue a college degree in a field related to medicine and who may return to serve Northampton County and its citizens. Scholarships have been given for over ten years and past recipients of the Fleetwood scholarship include a pediatrician, nurses, pharmacists and a physical therapist.

The citizens of Conway and its surrounding areas are pleased to continue this scholarship on behalf of their “Dr. Joe” who served his patients tirelessly from 1950-1999.  Dr. Fleetwood was a graduate of Conway High School, Wake Forest University, and the Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and served in the U.S. Navy and as a member of the Naval Reserve from 1948-1978.  He was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. J.A. Fleetwood, Sr.

The Conway Community Scholarship Committee continues to raise funds to increase the endowment.  Tax-deductible contributions to the fund are welcome and can be made at any time. For additional information on the scholarship, contact the North Carolina Community Foundation office at 1-888-375-8114.