• Barbara H. Deverick

    Teachers Scholarship

    The Education Foundation


    Caldwell County Schools

  • Barbara H. Deverick

    A native of Caldwell County, Barbara Deverick was a unique individual who made her mark on the community, business, and nation. Her influence literally reached around the world. Mrs. Deverick was an employee of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation for 43 years. At the time of her death in 1987, she was a strong community leader who made many contributions to Caldwell County. She served on the Board of Directors at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, and over a period of time served as chair of the Red Cross, United Way, and Cancer Crusade. She was elected to the Board of Education in 1968 and served as chair in 1972 when negotiations began which led to the merger of the Lenoir and Caldwell County school systems. Eventually, Mrs. Deverick served as chair of the consolidated board. Mrs. Deverick was named N.C. State Grange Woman of the Year in 1983, and N.C. Career Woman of the Year in 1981 for the N.C. Federation of Business and Professional Women. She served as chair of the National Cooperative Business Association and was inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame in 1989. At the international level, she visited several underdeveloped countries and personally helped them establish cooperatives. Perhaps one of her greatest accomplishments was representing the United States by serving on the Board of Directors of the International Cooperative Alliance, an organization representing 77 countries. Barbara Deverick is a role model to countless people, and like teachers, represents hope for the future. It is therefore appropriate that these scholarships be given in her name.

  • History

    Realizing the importance of staff education and to encourage teachers to seek additional opportunities for learning, the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce established a series of summer scholarships for teachers in 1976 to help promote continued quality education within the county's public school systems. The Education Foundation was established in 1989 by leadership from the Caldwell County school system and the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of enhancing the quality of public education and increasing support for our public schools. At that time, the Education Foundation began administering the Barbara Deverick Scholarship. Beginning in 1993, Blue Ridge Electric became a major corporate sponsor of the scholarship giving three to four of the scholarships along with the Education Foundation's 20 scholarships.

  • What is the Scholarship Program?

    Scholarship monies may be applied to a degree program, educational travel, staff development, or curriculum enrichment. National Board certification is not considered.

    Who is Eligible?

    Any teacher is eligible to apply, including a previous winner, who is actively engaged in the teaching profession within Caldwell County and who plans to teach within the county system the following year. All scholarship applicants shall be considered without regard to race, age, color, sex, national origin, handicap, or school.

    What's Available

    Each applicant may receive a total of $750.00. If funds allow, applicants may receive up to $1,000.00. The Barbara Deverick Scholarship is available during the spring semester of each school year.

    Application Deadline

    This web page contains the application form. Additional forms may be secured from principals, or the Education Foundation. Applications must be completed and received at the Education Foundation office by March 2, 2020.


    Recipients will be selected by a committee appointed by the Education Foundation. Scholarships will be awarded on May, 5, 2020, 12 noon. To receive funding, recipients are required to attend to receive scholarships or have a representative from their schools to recieve scholarship. The committee reserves the right to require interviews.

    Awarding of Scholarship

    The Education Foundation Inc. requires all recipients attend the Education Foundation board meeting as luncheon guests in May.


    The scholarship is to be used within one year of the award. A written evaluation including documentation of expenditure will be required within 30 days of the completion of the project.


    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the Education Foundation at 728-8407 ext. 140162 or 140163 or email ptriplett@caldwellschools.com or kmcateer@caldwellschools.com. The Education Foundation reserves the right to make the initial announcement of scholarship recipients and to render decisions regarding questions which may arise that are not answered in this brochure.

    Scholarship Application Barbara Deverick


    2020 Barbara Deverick Scholarship form