RMA awards annual four-year scholarship


Aurora Madison Henderson


From Contributed Reports

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Aurora Madison Henderson, daughter of Christopher Henderson and Dr. Jessica Henderson, has been awarded this year’s Ann MacPherson Weaver Memorial Scholarship at Rocky Mount Academy.

Currently an eighth-grader at Magellan Charter School in Raleigh, Henderson will attend RMA in the fall on a full-tuition scholarship, valued at over $45,000 for four years.

The Weaver Scholarship was established at Rocky Mount Academy in 1986 in memory of a 1984 RMA graduate who had succumbed to cancer earlier that year. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving student who has never attended RMA and who best represents the attributes that Ann Weaver embodied.

“Once again, we had a wonderful and accomplished group of candidates nominated for the Ann Weaver scholarship,” Janie Mac Pittman, part of the Ann Weaver committee said. “And once again, choosing this year's Ann Weaver scholar was very difficult. Ari's impressive academic and extracurricular resume along with her caring personality, make (or made) her an ideal Weaver scholar. We are excited for Ari to join the RMA family in the fall."

Henderson is a straight-A student. Her talents stretch from the tennis court to the canvas. She is a self-motivated artist and athlete. She has designed her school’s yearbook cover, received a teacher-nominated Integrity Award, painted murals on her school campus and won various design competitions.

Ari has served as the Magellan tennis captain and twice been the recipient of the Coaches Award. She also is a competitive swimmer on the Stonebridge Swim Team. She always has a passion for helping others as seen in the variety of community service projects that she has been involved with over the years. Ari has helped with food drives, Backpack Buddy ministry and international nonprofit groups as well.

 “Each year in March, the Ann Weaver Scholarship application process brings us the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the most talented high school students in the area,” Head of School Beth Covolo said. “This year was no exception. Ari has been chosen as this year’s recipient because she is an outstanding young lady. Her commitment to academic excellence, dedication to the arts, athletics and community along with her gleaming optimism are a perfect match for our mission to prepare students for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities they will encounter in life and college.

“We are thrilled to welcome her, and we look forward to her continued success as part of the RMA community. “