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Rev. John Alford (center), with his son and BCCC instructor Joseph Alford, accepts a donation from Gamma Beta Phi in memory Dr. Nancy Alford.

Fundraiser Honors the Memory of Dr. Nancy Alford

Gamma Beta Phi, the honor society at Beaufort County Community College, far exceeded its goals as it raised $1379 for the Dr. Nancy Alford Memorial Scholarship through its jambalaya fundraiser. On May 4, Rev. John Alford Jr. visited with students as the group donated the collected funds to the BCCC Foundation.

“We met as a group to talk about our spring fundraiser, and the idea of raising money for this cause was brought up,” recalled Dr. Keith Lyon, faculty advisor for Gamma Beta Phi. “We had full agreement that this was what we wanted to do. At moments when see friends face such tragedy, we want to do something that will restore our belief in the goodness of people.”

Gamma Beta Phi students rolled up their sleeves and cooked Creole-style New Orleans jambalaya, after spending a week selling tickets. The group sold close to 300 meals on campus.

“The initiative and compassion that this group has shown gives me hope that our society is moving in the right direction,” praised President Dave Loope.

Established this year by the BCCC community in memory of instructor Joseph Alford’s mother, Dr. Nancy Alford, this scholarship provides educational opportunities for students demonstrating financial need. Dr. Nancy Boylan Alford was the owner and operator of Carriage House Psychological Associates in Roanoke Rapids. Dr. Alford and her husband Reverend John B. Alford Jr. spent 57 years together.

The Alfords want to keep her memory alive and foster the students who feel a sense of purpose by helping others. Scholarships are made available, but not limited, to students in the fields such as psychology, sociology, human services technology, and nursing.

Rev. John Alford told the crowd that his wife worked all her life to extend prescription rights to psychologists, believing they could better help their patients if they were so enabled.

In the fall of 2017, Gamma Beta Phi raised over $500 to support the Pamlico Rose Institute for Sustainable Culture. The honor societydoubled its number of new inductees this spring.

Activities of the BCCC Foundation are overseen by a 24-member board of directors comprised of civic and business leaders from BCCC’s four-county service area. The BCCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all contributions are tax deductible. In 2017, the foundation distributed $137,000 in scholarships, a 65% increase over the previous year.