June 10, 2013
Prestigious Milton Jewell scholarship
goes to Hatteras valedictorian
By SANDY SEMANS ROSS
“Surf, Eat, Sleep, Gotta Love Kinnakeet.” So goes Kermit Farrow Jr.’s Google+ tagline.
But don’t mistake this Cape Hatteras senior for a classic beach bum or surfer dude.
month at the senior awards ceremony for his graduating class, Kermit
was awarded the prestigious Milton A. Jewell scholarship, the Outer
Banks Community Foundation’s most competitive merit-based award.
$5,000 scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains a 3.0 grade
point average. That should present no problem for Kermit, who has a
4.24 GPA and is the valedictorian of his class.
The Milton A.
Jewell scholarship was created by bequest by the late Ruth Medgyes of
Southern Shores in honor of her grandfather. Though typically awarded
to just one graduating senior from Dare County each year, this year the
Outer Banks Community Foundation broke tradition and announced two new
Milton Jewell scholarships.
“You may have heard that this
scholarship was already awarded this year,” announced Community
Foundation board member Scott Leggat at the awards ceremony at the Cape
Hatteras Anglers Club. “However, this year we had a candidate here at
Cape Hatteras who was so amazing the committee decided to award a
second $5,000 Milton Jewell scholarship.”
What was so amazing about Kermit?
young man is our quintessential Milton Jewell scholar,” said Lorelei
Costa, the Community Foundation’s executive director. “He’s not just a
great student, but a true community leader. He logged over 400 hours of
volunteer time last year and spoke passionately about civic engagement
in his interview.”
Kermit will attend North Carolina State University in the fall, where he plans to pursue a degree in ocean engineering.
engineering is about building things in the water such as jetties,”
said Kermit. The young man also plans to enroll in the university’s
Navy ROTC program.
A member of the National Honor Society,
Kermit is a firefighter with the Frisco Volunteer Fire Department and a
first responder with Hatteras Island Rescue. “I’ve belonged to the
departments for almost two years,” said Kermit. “I joined when I was
When it comes to having fun, Kermit heads to the water to
either fish or surf. He also works at Real Water Sports selling
surfboards and kiteboards.
“Sometimes, I commercial fish with my
family,” said Kermit. “My family is one of the oldest on the island.”
Kermit is the son of Kermit and Angela Farrow, and the grandson of
Ervin and Audry Farrow, all of Hatteras Island, and the grandson of
Fred and Elaine Petito of Alexandria, Va.
The second Milton A.
Jewell winner this year was Zachary Owen, the valedictorian of First
Flight High School’s graduating class.
Both Milton Jewell
winners epitomize the diversity of talents, culture, and life styles on
the Outer Banks. While Kermit wants to explore building below the
oceans, Zack wants to explore the sky. Zack will pursue a degree in
aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech in the fall.
Active in the Boy Scouts throughout his high school career, Zack earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a sophomore.
Outer Banks Community Foundation awarded six scholarships to graduating
Cape Hatteras seniors, and $115,000 in scholarships total in 2013 to
high school and college students across Dare and Currituck counties.
The Community Foundation has awarded more than $1.2 million in
scholarships to Outer Banks students since 1984.
The Outer Banks
Community Foundation is open to anyone who wishes to establish a
scholarship endowment or contribute to one of the foundation’s existing
scholarship funds. For information about scholarship funds, call the
Community Foundation at 261-8839, or visit www.obcf.org.