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Wesleyan Holds Scholarship Appreciation Gala

Scholarship donors and their recipients came together at North Carolina Wesleyan November 1 as the college held its Scholarship Appreciation Gala at The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.  The event recognized scholarship donors who give annually to Wesleyan students, helping them pursue their academic and professional dreams.

“It is always rewarding to bring together this group of promising young people and let our generous sponsors see the powerful impact their commitments are making on these leaders of tomorrow,” stated Eddie Coats, Vice President of Advancement.  “Many of these students would not be able to afford a comprehensive college education without this support.”

Student body president and Heritage scholarship recipient, Will Plyler, spoke about the impact of his award.  “I am just a sophomore but my life has been completely changed by the funding that made it possible for me to attend Wesleyan.  I now have the opportunity to learn and pursue my passion in life.  I am extremely grateful,” said Plyler.

Guest speaker for the event was J. Winston Lea, owner of Action Staffing Group and President of the Gravely Foundation.  In 1945 as World War II was ending, the children of Rocky Mount businessman J.O.W. and Lula Keen Gravely created the Gravely Foundation to honor their parents’ philosophy that every child should have the opportunity to advance themselves through education.  Over the last four decades, the Gravely Foundation has provided approximately $803,000 to support students and programming at Wesleyan.  In his speech, Lea encouraged students to give back to their communities, churches and colleges.  “One thing that I have learned on this journey of life is whatever you give, you will receive back tenfold,” stated Lea.

Each year more than 180 Wesleyan students benefit from the generosity of our donors.

Dr. Carl Lewis '00 Shares His Time And Talents

Dr. Carl Lewis ’00 has a talent and a passion for photography.  A NC Wesleyan alumnus and faculty member, Dr. Carl Lewis and his wife, Dr. Jackie Lewis, volunteer numerous hours to the NCWC Department of Athletics by serving as the Battling Bishops’ resident photographers.  Fifteen NCWC sports teams keep the Lewises very busy capturing the seasons for each team.  Not only do they volunteer their time, the Lewises are also happy to share their photos free of charge to student-athletes and their families as well as the Wesleyan community.  From November 14, 2017 to November 14, 2018, Dr. Lewis’ photo site had 3,579,047 photo hits/downloads.  Visit his website to view all of his photos

In addition to photographing all the sporting events for the college, Lewis also photographs events for the College.  His pictures capture the life and essence of the Wesleyan community at all hours of the day and night.

In addition to NCWC sports, marketing and event photography for the college, Carl has recently been involved in numerous other events.  Here are just a few of his accomplishments…his photo was featured as the magazine cover for a coastal magazine in Fall 2018; photography for the Fall 2018 Lost Colony Food and Wine Festival; the NC Museum of History used one of his photos for program marketing; Tarheel Junior Historical Association used his photo for programming; Summer 2018 The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama photography; photography for Spring/Summer 2018 City of Rocky Mount Downtown Development Commission; and Spring Summer 2018 thirteen of his photos were placed on permanent display throughout the Station Square Office Complex in Rocky Mount.

Dr. Carl Lewis obtained his bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from NC Wesleyan College in 2000, his masters degree from East Carolina University in 2003 and his PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice from North Central University in 2011.  He is currently Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Wesleyan College.  He also serves as the Faculty Athletics Representative.

During his free time, in addition to photography, Dr. Lewis enjoys surfing, kayaking, and training for triathlons.


Rotary Club Of Rocky Mount Presents Scholarship Funds

The Rotary Club of Rocky Mount recently presented a total of $66,000 in scholarship money to Rocky Mount area colleges.  The funds were raised through the Tackle the Tar event, an annual 5K obstacle race organized and promoted for the past three years by the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount.

North Carolina Wesleyan College, Nash Community College and Edgecombe Community College were each presented with a check for $22,000 to be used for providing scholarships to college students in Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Next year’s Tackle the Tar event will be held on May 18, 2019.  For more information about the Tackle the Tar event, go to