JAMES H. FAISON, JR.
The YEZ Scholarship program began in 2011 through a generous contribution from PPD for a tuition based scholarship to Cape Fear Community College. The scholarship is available to YEZ residents who are either graduating high school seniors or adults wishing to return to school. In 2013, a YEZ Scholarship Committee was formed and the committee expanded the program to also provide scholarships to YEZ residents who attend four year state universities in North Carolina. In June of 2015, the BRC awarded the first scholarship to a New Hanover High School graduate who was accepted to North Carolina A&T University.
A criteria for scholarship recipients is to give back to the youth in their community. They are asked to serve as role models to DC Virgo and New Hanover High students by coming back into these schools to talk to kids about their college experiences. As of January 2016, 3 students have been awarded the YEZ Scholarship, two of whom attend N.C. A&T and one recipient is at N.C. Central. In the fall of 2015, the BRC renamed this scholarship: The James H. Faison Jr. Scholarship to honor the late father of BRC Board member, District Court Judge James H. Faison, III.
Mr. Faison was born and raised in the Northside of downtown Wilmington in the area that is now known as the YEZ. Through his life as an educator in NHC, Mr. Faison made many advancements for African American students in this community. One of Mr. Faison’s many accomplishments was that he became the first African American to serve as Director of Vocational Education in NHC. Mr. Faison’s last teaching job before his retirement was at D.C. Virgo Middle School, now the D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy.
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