2018-08-18 / Education

Former student creates scholarship to honor coach

By Anna Fletcher
Courier-Times Staff Writer


From left, Person County Education Foundation Executive Director Amanda Foushee Morrow, Carl Rogers, Ann Hodge and PCEF Chair Priscilla Thompson. ANNA FLETCHER | courier-times From left, Person County Education Foundation Executive Director Amanda Foushee Morrow, Carl Rogers, Ann Hodge and PCEF Chair Priscilla Thompson. ANNA FLETCHER | courier-times A $5,000 scholarship is now available for a 2019 Person High School or Roxboro Community School graduate planning to attend East Carolina University.

It was established by Person County native Carl Rogers in memory of local educator and mentor, Dave Hodge, and in honor of his wife, Ann.

The scholarship is available through Person County Education Foundation and is connected to ECU’s Access Scholarship program, which offers recipients various perks, including priority registration each semester, priority assignment in Gateway Hall, various enrichment activities and educational trips.

Longtime coach and mentor

Dave Hodge taught at Helena High School for more than a decade, coaching every sport from boy’s and girls’ basketball to football and baseball. He died in February 2011.


Hodge Hodge “He was our coach, period. He was the only one we had,” said Rogers, who graduated from the high school in 1965 and ECU in 1970. “We were a poor school, and we were glad to have him.”

Ann was a longtime teacher’s assistant and bus driver for the local school system. Together, she and Dave served as mentors for young students, including Rogers, who felt particularly close to his coach.

“Dave meant a tremendous amount to me,” Rogers said. “Everybody has somebody – and most of us, many somebody’s – who helped us get where we are today. Wherever that is, we all have them… Dave was certainly one of mine.”

According to Ann, the feeling was mutual.

“My husband always thought quite a bit about [Rogers,] as he did about a lot of his – as I call them – children,” she said. “I stay in touch with [Rogers;] I have since my husband passed away. He’s just a very sharing person.”

Ten students receive $20,000 each

The Dave and Ann Hodge Access Scholarship will award $5,000 to one graduate per year who exhibits financial need, good academic standing, a record of community service, leadership skills and strength of character.

It is renewable for three more years and for a total of $20,000 if the recipient completes the PCEF renewal application.

It’s also accumulative, as another graduate will receive $5,000 the second year; another for the third year; and so on.

“The idea is to educate 10 kids; and, ideally, those 10 kids will all receive $20,000,” Rogers said. “A lot of people feel about Dave and Ann the same as I do, so I hope some of them will step up and put additional money in that fund, so we can continue beyond 10 kids.”

Through the fund, he hopes to keep Dave’s legacy alive – a legacy that includes, above all, love, Ann says.

“He loved his children very much,” she said. “Some of them came to him with their problems. A lot of weddings that he attended – and funerals. He was just a kind person. Very kind. Lovable. Loved to dance. Taught many of his students how to dance, how to waterski, how to fish – whatever came along. Sometimes they would come where we would be and join in. I guess we always felt that we were the same age as they were.”

For more information about the scholarship, contact PCEF Executive Director Amanda Morrow at 336-592-1507 or visit www.personcoeducationfoundation.org.

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