OBAR Awards $12,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

OBAR president Natalie Painter and scholarship chair Tiffany Moldovan presenting scholarships at First Flight High School. Courtesy OBAR

The Outer Banks Association of REALTORS® (OBAR) has named the winners of its annual scholarships for graduating seniors from Currituck, Dare, and Ocracoke counties. The Outer Banks Community Foundation selected eight students to receive $1,500 each from OBAR’s Scholarship Fund.

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The scholarship winners are:

  • Tyler Babcock, JP Knapp Early College
  • Tatum Dermatas, First Flight High School
  • Ella Gardiner, Manteo High School
  • Jeni Hooper, Manteo High School
  • Briana Lee, Manteo High School
  • Dylan Talley, First Flight High School
  • Gavin Thompson, Cape Hatteras Secondary School
  • Rylee Young, First Flight High School

To choose the eight deserving students, the OBAR Scholarship Committee, chaired by Tiffany Moldovan of Beach Realty, reviewed dozens of applications and conducted interviews. Tricia Driscoll, Eddie Twyne, Jennifer Wilson, Tess Harrell, David Roberts, and Christi Bryant make up the committee.

“It is always so hard to choose only a few recipients when so many of them deserve it.  We had some amazing graduates in the Outer Banks, and it was an honor to be part of selecting the recipients this year with my fellow committee members dinosaur,” said Moldovan.  It’s very emotional hearing their stories, and I truly believe that this year’s recipients have very bright futures ahead of them. I wish all of them success.”

At their school’s Awards Night, each student received a scholarship. “I was filled with immense pride as I watched these remarkable young individuals step onto the stage during the scholarship award ceremonies,” said OBAR president Natalie Painter of Howard Hanna. Each recipient’s bright smile attested to their deserving personality. It is a genuine way for our REALTOR® members to give back to our community to be able to award scholarships to these youngsters. I applaud all of the applicants for their bravery in pursuing higher education, and I am confident that they will succeed in their future pursuits.”

OBAR has been awarding scholarships to local students since 1996. To date, OBAR has given over $277,000 in scholarships to 183 students. The scholarships are funded by OBAR’s three annual fundraising events, known as “Surf, Turf, and Roll.” These events include a bowling tournament in March, a golf tournament in June, and a Surf Fishing Tournament in October.

OBAR’s Scholarship Fund is one of the many charitable funds managed by the Outer Banks Community Foundation. The Community Foundation is a public charity that connects people who care about causes that matter. Anyone can contribute to OBAR’s Scholarship Fund by visiting and selecting Outer Banks REALTORS® Scholarship Fund from the drop-down menu.

OBAR congratulates the scholarship recipients and wishes them all the best in their future endeavors.

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