North Carolina Central University receives endowment fund

Posted October 6, 2009 6:12 p.m. EDT

— A North Carolina Central University graduate, who wishes to remain anonymous, has presented the school's Department of Criminal Justice with a gift of $25,000 in honor of her late fiancé, Averner Blue Jr.

Blue, who passed away last year, graduated from Newton High School in 1982. He attended Roanoke-Chowan College in Murfreesboro, N.C., until he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After serving four years in the military, he returned to college and subsequently received his Warrant Officer Certification from Sussex County Community College in Newton, N.J.

“This is a tribute to Averner who was a professional in criminal justice; specifically with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Butner, North Carolina. I am assured he would be proud of this scholarship and would want his memory to remain alive in this act of developing a scholarship in his name. I look forward to continuing to support North Carolina Central University and Averner’s memory," the donor said in a statement.

The endowment will support men from underserved, socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. They must be enrolled in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences majoring in Criminal Justice and need financial assistance.