Wingate University announces scholarship designated for Anson County residents

Scholarship recipient Jeremy Sikes met Dr. Paul Little, Jr.
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. –The Edna Pearle Little Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at Wingate University by her son, U.S. Army Colonel Dr. Paul Bennett Little. This annual scholarship is in loving memory of Edna, who taught fine arts at Wingate in the late 60s and early 70s. Dr. Little graduated from Wingate in 1968.

He grew up on a farm in Anson County. When his father, Paul Little, Sr. passed away Paul Little, Jr. was only 16 years old. He and his mother took over care of the family farm and he commuted back and forth to Wingate to take classes. He continued his studies becoming a physician assistant and then a medical doctor in family practice.

Currently, he works in Washington, D.C. as a medical editor at the Defense Media Advisory, a part of the Department of Defense. On weekends, he flies back home and tends to the farm, which now grows pine trees.

Because of his and his mother’s deep ties to Anson County preference in granting the scholarship will be given to students who are residents of Anson County. Admitted students who are residents of Anson County and have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 will be part of the application pool for consideration. This year’s recipients are seniors Courtney Morton, of Lilesville, N.C. majoring in education and Jeremy Sikes of Polkton, N.C. majoring in accounting.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 3,000 students on three campuses in Wingate, Charlotte and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education.

With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

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