New Trustee Appointment: Albert Jay Richardson

As of November 2017, we welcome Alston-Pleasants Scholar Mr. Albert Jay Richardson as a new Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund Trustee!

Contact:  Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund
Albert Jay Richardson: Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund Trustee

November 4, 2017. Hon. Lisa F. Blalock, Clerk of the Warren County Superior Court, has appointed Albert Jay Richardson to serve for a three year term as a Trustee of the Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund…

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Call for Candidates for Trustee Appointment – ACTION by 9/22/17

Helen Parker headshotIt is time for us to express our appreciation to Helen N. Parker for her valued service as an Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund Trustee.

Helen was appointed one of the Fund’s initial Trustees and her current three-year term will end at the Fund’s November 4, 2017, meeting in Chapel Hill.

Since her initial appointment in 2009, Helen has assisted with every effort that has been made to be of effective service to the Fund and to the Alston-Pleasants Community.

Now Helen will join Tasha Dickinson and Debbie Daniel, both former Fund Trustees, in continuing to support the Alston-Pleasants Community as a Fund Counselor.

The Hon. Lisa Blalock, the newly appointed Warren County Clerk of Superior Court, will, as one of her first Fund responsibilities, appoint a new Fund Trustee for a three-year term as Helen’s successor.

While all Fund Trustees so far have been Alston-Pleasants Scholars, this is not a required  appointment eligibility criterion.

Fund Trustee Gil Stallings has been asked to gather expressions of interest from our Scholars and others who want to be considered for this appointment.  

CALL TO ACTION: Please check with Gil if you have any questions about serving as a Fund Trustee and let him know if you would like to be included in the list of Fund Trustee candidates. The deadline for expressing interest is Friday, September 22, 2017.

Gil can be reached by telephone at 540.856.3613 and by email at

We look forward to welcoming a new Trustee to this very important undertaking!

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Blackburn and Howard Receive Postgraduate Awards to Pursue Advanced Degrees

November 18, 2016

Congratulations to Allison Blackburn (c/o 2013) and Meghan Howard (c/o 2012) for being awarded scholarships to support their postgraduate studies!

Allison is a member of the Occupational Therapy Class of 2018 at the Medical University of South Carolina, and was recently elected President of her OT class. Meghan is pursuing her doctoral studies at Stanford University’s Mordecai Lab, which investigates how climate, species interactions and global change drive infectious disease dynamics in humans and natural ecosystems.

Read Allison’s press release here.


Read Meghan’s press release here.


Good Times with Great Company at the Fall 2016 Scholars Luncheon

2016-fall-luncheon_10-01-16Pictured, left to right: Gil Stallings, Jennifer Lundholm, Josh Boone, Jazmin Alston, Angela Spruill, Debbie Daniel, Helen Parker, Steven Weatherspoon, Diane Kuehn, Dennis Organ.

On a bright, warm October afternoon at the Carolina Inn, the Trustees had a delightful time reuniting with several of our fellow Alston-Pleasant scholars, catching up with how their careers and studies are going.  The conversation ranged over such disparate topics as the need for young kids to expose themselves to more germs and the means by which we can generate more media attention to future scholarship winners.  Regarding the latter, we considered the potential for social media to get the word out, as well as looking at online newspapers.   We would be receptive to any suggestion you have for expanding the possibilities for achieving these ends.

We also talked a bit about UNC football—let it be noted that the Heels snapped Florida State’s home game winning streak with a 54-yard field goal as time ran out.

We look forward to renewing these bonds of fellowship next fall!

Fall 2016 Scholars Luncheon: Saturday, Oct 1

Carolina Inn_side front porchThe Fall 2016 Alston-Pleasants Scholars Luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:30pm in the Piedmont Room at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill. Lunch is provided, compliments of the Trustees. Come enjoy the delicious new Carolina Inn lunch menu and some great conversation!
All current and past AP undergraduate and post-graduate Scholars are welcome! If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, September 23 to Helen Parker at jobfinderh@aol.comWe hope to see you there!

New Trustee Appointment: Dennis Organ

We are thrilled that Mr. Dennis Organ was appointed in September as a new Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund Trustee!

Contact:  Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund
Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund Trustee Appointed

September 18, 2015.  Hon. Rebecca C. Spragins, Clerk of the Halifax County Superior Court, has appointed Dennis W. Organ, an Alston-Pleasants Scholar and 1966 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), to serve as a Trustee of the Alston-Pleasants Post-Graduate Scholars Fund…

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Fall 2015 Scholars Luncheon: Saturday, Oct 3, 2015

School is back in session, which means that it will soon be time to get together again for our Fall Luncheon! The Fall 2015 Scholars Luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2014 from 12:00 – 1:30pm at the Carolina Inn.

At this Fall Luncheon we hope to welcome our newest Undergraduate Scholar, Steven Weatherspoon, as well as special guest Dennis Organ, Emeritus Professor of Management, Indiana University School of Business.  Dennis, an Alston-Pleasants Scholar (UNC ’66) originally from Roanoke Rapids, is the author of the wonderful Scholar profiles that have appeared in our newsletters and has contributed greatly to the viability of the Alston-Pleasants community.

All current and past AP undergraduate and post-graduate Scholars are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

***Please RSVP to Helen Parker ( by Friday, September 25***

Save the Date! Fall 2014 Scholars Luncheon: Saturday, October 25, 2014

We look forward to seeing all of our current and former AP Scholars back in Chapel Hill this October! The Fall 2014 Scholars Luncheon will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 12:30 – 2:30pm at the Carolina Inn. All current and past AP undergraduate and post-graduate Scholars are welcome.

***Please RSVP to by Friday, October 17***