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Pope Scholarship Fund

 

In 1972 the Pope Scholarship Fund was established.  It has provided over $170,000 in financial assistance to 80 deserving students at colleges and universities in North and South Carolina.

Named in memory of industry pioneer Claude E. Pope, the scholarships are offered to college students studying mortgage banking, finance or a related field.  The scholarships are funded entirely by donations from members and the Scholarship and Recognition Committee's fund-raising efforts.

The $3,000 scholarships are offered annually to rising college juniors.  The committee awards one scholarship to a North Carolina student and one to a South Carolina student each year.      CLICK HERE FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

To qualify, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an interest in a career in mortgage banking or finance.  The scholarships are a way to encourage talented young people to seek careers in our industry.

Claude E. Pope was actively involved with the Mortgage Bankers Association of the Carolinas, Inc. and was involved with scholarship opportunities for students through MBAC efforts.  He served as president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America.  He served as North Carolina's Secretary of Commerce from January 8, 1987, to January 24, 1989.

During the 1989 Session of the General Assembly of North Carolina the Resolution shown below was ratified:

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA

1989 SESSION

RATIFIED BILL

 

 

RESOLUTION 27

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 2034

 

A JOINT RESOLUTION HONORING THE LIFE AND MEMORY OF CLAUDE E. POPE.

 

Whereas, Claude E. Pope was born in Harnett County, North Carolina, on November 19, 1934, attended school in Harnett County, worked as a young man in Eastern North Carolina, attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and graduated from that institution in 1956; and

Whereas, Claude E. Pope was an astute and honorable businessman, whose dedicated service enriched not only those companies he served, but the people with whom he worked and transacted business; and

Whereas, Claude E. Pope established notable careers with such important North Carolina companies as Cameron-Brown Company and AMIC Corporation and served on the boards of directors of such nationally recognized corporations as First Union Corporation and Sunstates, Inc.; and

Whereas, Claude E. Pope always upheld the highest traditions of community service in his business career, serving in leadership capacities with such organizations as The Boy Scouts of America, the North Carolina Council for Economic Education, Peace College, and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; and

Whereas, Claude E. Pope was recognized by business leaders throughout the nation for his vision and forward-thinking and served with distinction as president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and as a member of the executive committee of the Mortgage Insurance Companies of America, bringing honor to the State of North Carolina; and

Whereas, Claude E. Pope worked tirelessly to assure all North Carolinians access to adequate housing, as evidenced by his membership in the Housing Roundtable, the Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Urban Studies of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, the Urban Land Institute, the Mortgage Roundtable of the National Association of Homebuilders, the Advisory Board of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation, and other similar organizations; and

Whereas, Claude E. Pope understood the importance of honorable political service, working with diligence and foresight to bring positive action for the benefit of North Carolina's people; and

Whereas, the desire to help his fellow citizens brought Claude E. Pope recognition for his wise counsel and energetic service to such organizations as the North Carolina Board of Economic Development, the North Carolina Housing Corporation, the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology, the Governor's Coastal Initiative Commission, the Governor's Aquaculture Commission, and other agencies; and

Whereas, Claude E. Pope served with distinction as North Carolina's Secretary of Commerce from January 8, 1987, to January 24, 1989; and

Whereas, during Claude E. Pope's tenure as Secretary, North Carolina led the nation in the recruitment of new manufacturing firms, experienced strong job growth, low unemployment and overall economic good health; and

Whereas, as Secretary of Commerce, Claude E. Pope worked hard to identify and tap new areas of economic opportunity for North Carolina; and

Whereas, Claude E. Pope showed tremendous courage in continuing to serve the people of North Carolina even while silently battling the illness which eventually took his life; and

Whereas, Claude E. Pope genuinely cared for every person he met, enriching the lives of all those he knew and who knew him; and

Whereas, his love and devotion to his family were known by all:  his wife, Elizabeth (Libby) Raynor Pope; his brothers, Pat and William Pope; his sister, Rebekah Pope Kase; his children, Sara Pope Titchener, Claude Jr., and William; his parents, Claude Efton and Rochelle Jackson Pope; and his six grandchildren; and

Whereas, the General Assembly wishes to honor the memory of Claude E. Pope and to recognize his many years of service to his beloved State and his fellow citizens;

 

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

 

Section 1.  The General Assembly of North Carolina recognizes the many accomplishments of Claude E. Pope, and expresses the gratitude and appreciation of North Carolina and its citizens for his life and service towards the betterment of all.

Sec. 2.  The Secretary of State shall transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the family of Claude E. Pope.

Sec. 3.  This resolution is effective upon ratification.

In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 27th day of June, 1989.

 

 

                                                                

                                                               James C. Gardner

     President of the Senate

 

 

                                                                

                                                               J. L. Mavretic

     Speaker of the House of Representatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Scholarship Recipients

 

2016
2016

2015
2014

2014
2013
2013
2012
2012
2011
2011

Mr. J. Loring Girardeau, Jr.
Miss Dayelin F Anuel
Howard Hampton Wright III
Evan R. Melton

M. Tyler Ratterree
Jenna Washburn
Julie Thomas
Cody Chrismon
Mary Schronce
W. Cody Reynolds
Caroline Racher

USC - Columbia
UNC Chapel Hill
The  Citadel
UNC Chapel Hill

Wofford College
Clemson University
Gardner-Webb
ECU - Greenville
Wofford College
USC - Columbia
UNC – Wilmington

2010

Robert Chase Lee

College of Charleston

2010

Cameron Mark Rowe

UNC - Charlotte

2009

Elizabeth M. Lyles

Davidson College

2009

Joshua Cox

USC - Columbia

2008

Mary Kate Weimar

Wofford College

2008

Wesley Keith Thomas

UNC - Charlotte

2007

Kendrick Wilson

UNC - Chapel Hill

2007

Drew L. Miller

The Citadel

2006

Hunter Miller

USC - Columbia

2006

Philip Andrews

UNC - Wilmington

2005

Bryan R. Deaton

UNC - Chapel Hill

2005

Laura G. Verch

Clemson University

2004

Melissa Andrews

UNC - Chapel Hill

2004

Marilane Mesler

College of Charleston

2003

Kristen Teague

NC State University

2002

Kevin C. Weisman

Wake Forest University

2002

Kristina N. St. Germain

College of Charleston

2001

Sarah E. Permenter

College of Charleston

2001

Jeffrey P. Kolody

UNC - Charlotte

2000

Marc B. Gaskins

College of Charleston

2000

Crystal D. smith

Gardner-Webb University

1999

Leslie Dana Gilliland

Meredith College

1999

Kristen Shelby Evensen

Furman University

1998

Elizabeth S. Patz

Furman University

1998

Daniel S. Pancotto

Davidson College

1997

Marina B. Farr

Columbia College

1997

Bryan J. Bickett

East Carolina University

1996

Kyle James Deutschle

UNC - Wilmington

1996

Chanry So Wagner

Winthrop University

1995

Paul Kim Austin

Winthrop University

1995

Matthew J. Lester

UNC - Chapel Hill

1994

Eric Allen Smith

East Carolina University

1994

M. Melanie Scott

Columbia College

1993

Caroline Lucile Caldwell

Converse College

1993

Allan Prentiss Wehman

The Citadel

1993

Christopher Gene Pursifull

NC State University

1993

Shelly L. Tatum

Campbell University

1992

Janet Rebecca Hendrix

USC - Spartanburg

1992

Kimberly Susan Netzloff

Clemson University

1992

Allison E. Lange-McGill

University of North Carolina

1991

William Edwards Brown

UNC - Asheville

1991

Christopher Amos Hill

Clemson University

1991

Leah Dawn Chappell

High Point College

1991

Jonathan Ross Maddox

Winthrop University

1990

Kenneth M. Zeimetz

University of South Carolina

1990

Bowman K. Burton

NC A&T State University

1990

Linda R. Beja

Western Carolina

1990

David E. Fallow

University of South Carolina

1989

Angela Jo Williams

Furman University

1989

Aricka Tamara Harris

UNC - Greenboro

1988

Suzanne Ness

Converse College

1988

Ava Michele Oldham

Wake Forest University

1987

Susan E. Polo

University of South Carolina

1987

Elizabeth D. Vincent

UNC - Greenboro

1986

Matt Rivers

University of South Carolina

1986

Mary A. Honbarger

East Carolina University

1985

C. Robert Herron

Winthrop University

1985

James s. Dockery

Davidson College

1984

Frederic H. Garner III

Davidson College

1984

Sandra K. Trowell

Clemson University

1983

Michael Constantino

NC State University

1983

Bryson Thomason

University of South Carolina

1982

Sharon G. Chicurel

UNC - Greenboro

1982

William M. Earl

Presbyterian College

1981

Gloria Gault, GSP

University of South Carolina

1981

Lula A. Gentry

NC State University

1980

Martha L. Bell

Converse College

1980

Astrid Ilona M. Hoy

Methodist College

1979

Deborah P. Long

NC A&T State University

1979

Laura E. Shearin

Converse College

1978

Lawrence W. Liles

UNC- Chapel Hill

1978

Charlotte R. Smeak

Converse College

1977

Richard B. Mauney

Lenoir-Rhyne College

1977

Lee Dilday, Jr.

NC State University

1976

Daniel D. Wright

East Carolina University

1976

Jean Wilborn

University of South Carolina

1975

Phyllis Woodham

University of South Carolina

1975

Vivian Pierce

East Carolina University

1974

Leslie D. White

East Carolina University

1974

Paul Rodgers

University of South Carolina

1973

James B. Tyndall

East Carolina University

1973

Thomas A. Burcher

University of South Carolina

1972

Walter P. House

East Carolina University