Here is a 4-H Scholarship available to rising seniors….this scholarship is in addition to the William Michael Vatavuk 4-H Memorial Scholarship awarded through our statewide selection process that recently concluded. This scholarship honors the same great 4-H alumnus, but is awarded by another group with which he was very involved during his lifetime. Although the Bennett Place State Historic Site is located in Durham County, the family wants to be sure 4-H’ers across the state are aware of this opportunity. They encourage 4-H’ers to apply.
Note the April 5 deadline. Questions should be directed to the Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc.
The Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc. a 501 C3 non profit organization, whose mission is to support Bennett Place State Historic Site, is honoring one of its late members and contributors of Bennett Place with an academic scholarship award. This scholarship of $500 will be awarded to a deserving student who is a rising senior of a North Carolina high school. The scholarship will be presented to the award winner, THURSDAY, April 15, 2010 at 7PM at Bennett Place State Historic Site during the 145th Surrender Commemoration events.
History of Mr. William Vatavuk
Mr. William “Bill” Vatavuk was the president of the Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc. during the 1980’s and 1990’s. He was a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service and worked with the Environmental Protection Agency for 30 years. Bill Vatavuk was greatly committed to community service and youth organizations. A 4-H volunteer for over twenty years, he was a tutor, a Kids Vote Durham precinct volunteer, and a member of Durham’s Youth Management Board. He received the honorable President of the US Call to Service Award for his 4,000 plus hours of community service. In addition to his leadership of the Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc. was his contribution of the Bennett Place history guidebook, “Dawn of Peace”, which was nominated in 1990 for the Pulitzer Prize for American History and the North Carolina Mayflower Award.