Richard E. Whitted Scholarship

Administering Organization: Triangle Community Foundation


Richard E. Whitted was an Orange County native who embodied the highest ideals of public service and personal achievement. He was elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners in 1972 and was the first African-American to serve on that Board. He served for twelve years and in 1982 was named North Carolina’s “Outstanding County Commissioner”. Richard also served on the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence and on the boards of the Orange-Person-Chatham Mental Health Association, the Orange-Durham Coalition for Battered Women, and the Triangle J Council of Governments. Richard was a lifelong member of the Mount Bright Baptist Church in Hillsborough, where he served as Parliamentarian and member of the Board of Trustees.  Richard died of cancer in 1987, at the age of 43.

On October 23, 1987, shortly after Richard’s death, a group of his close friends met to reminisce and remember him.  That same year, to honor his memory and continue the work he began, friends and professional associates of Richard, including former North Carolina Governor and US Senator Terry Sanford, US Representative David Price, and NC Representative Verla Insko were part of the formation of the Richard E. Whitted Foundation.  In 1992, all of the assets of the Richard E. Whitted Foundation were transferred to Triangle Community Foundation, establishing the Richard E. Whitted Fund. Since that time, the Fund has awarded scholarships to graduating seniors from the Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Systems.  Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of commitment to community service and academic excellence; financial need will also be considered.


In order to be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Be graduating seniors at an Orange County or Chapel-Hill/Carrboro City School System high school
  • Plan to enroll full-time at an accredited 4-year public or private college or university
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service and involvement
  • Demonstrate academic excellence

This scholarship is not available for students planning to enroll part-time or at for-profit or online-only institutions. There are no restrictions on area of study or geographic location of college or university.


Awards will be valued at $1,000. Scholarships can be used for tuition, required fees and textbooks, at any accredited public or private four-year college or university.

Application Deadline

March 15, 2019

How to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for this scholarship.

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Julia Da Silva

Programs & Scholarships Associate
Phone 919.474.8370 ext: 4028
Email [email protected]