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Scholarship endowment established in memory of College graduate Paul McCarthy


Margaret and Michael McCarthy of Lumberton (foreground) sign an agreement creating an endowment in the College that will fund scholarships in memory of their son, Paul McCarthy. Standing (from left) are Dr. Ken Esbenshade, director of Academic Programs in the College; Angela Palermo, Paul's girlfriend; friends and N.C. State alumni Mark West, Clark Hammock, Barner Jones and Jeffrey Holland; and Dean Johnny Wynne.
Photo by Daniel Kim

The family and friends of the late Paul Elam McCarthy of Lumberton have established an endowment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that will fund scholarships for students who plan to pursue careers in dentistry or medicine.

McCarthy was killed in an auto accident in the summer of 2003. A 2002 N.C. State graduate with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences, McCarthy was studying dentistry at Boston College at the time of his death. Proceeds from a golf tournament held in his memory in the summer of 2004 as well as donations from his parents, D. Michael and Margaret Elam McCarthy of Lumberton, and other family members and friends were used to establish the endowment, said Dean Johnny Wynne of the College.

Gifts from friends and family were also used to create a memorial to McCarthy on the N.C. State campus in March 2004. A white oak tree was donated by one of McCarthy's N.C. State roommates and planted near Bostian Hall, and a bench was dedicated in his memory. The memorial was organized by Angela Palermo, an N.C. State student and McCarthy's girlfriend.

Dean Wynne said the endowment will provide scholarships to students who personify the values that Paul McCarthy stood for: humility, compassion and a desire to learn. Scholarship recipients must be graduates of North Carolina public high schools, be at least a junior and on track to graduate within two years and have a grade point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale. The first scholarship will be awarded in the fall of 2006.

- Dave Caldwell