The Battle Scholarship Foundation trustees and this year's scholarship recipients visited at a recent reception.КFirst row, from left, are Noel Allen, Julia High,Mackenzie Thompson and Matthew Young; second row, from left, are Rocky Mount Academy Head of School Beth Covolo, Anderson O'Brien, Richard Battle,David Warren and Jeffrey Batts.

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The Battle Scholarship Foundation trustees and this year's scholarship recipients visited at a recent reception.КFirst row, from left, are Noel Allen, Julia High,Mackenzie Thompson and Matthew Young; second row, from left, are Rocky Mount Academy Head of School Beth Covolo, Anderson O'Brien, Richard Battle,David Warren and Jeffrey Batts.

RMA honors Battle scholars

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Rocky Mount Academy recently announced this year’s recipients of the Turner Battle Scholarship and sponsored a reception for students, parents and foundation trustees.

The scholarship, given for a student’s outstanding record of scholarship, college potential, leadership, and school spirit, has been awarded for the 2013-14 school year to Noel Allen, Anderson O’Brien, Julia High, Matthew Young, Claire Stanovich and Mackenzie Thompson.

The Turner W. Battle Scholarship was established in 1974 in honor of Rocky Mount Academy’s founding Board Chairman. Battle and a group of local businessmen founded RMA in 1968, and he served as its Chairman for six years. The scholarship was set up by the Board of Directors at the time of Battle’s resignation from the Board in 1974, shortly before his death.

“Mr. Battle probably had no idea of the magnitude and impact of his actions back in 1968. Now, 46 years later, Rocky Mount Academy has educated thousands of the region’s children, and it is so fitting that his legacy lives on with this scholarship,” Turner W. Battle Scholarship Foundation Chair David Warren said. “We are so impressed by this class of Turner Battle Scholarship recipients. Their credentials are outstanding. Of course, they are all academically gifted; however, their leadership on campus and in the community are even more impressive. We take great care in choosing the Battle Scholars. Their character is impeccable.

“If the recipients are representative of their generation, we are in good hands. This is the legacy for which Mr. Battle worked so hard.”

Foundation trustees also include Richard Battle, son of Turner Battle, and Jeffrey A. Batts, local attorney and son of founding Board member, Jeff Batts. All three trustees graduated from Rocky Mount Academy in 1977. The scholarship is awarded annually to current students at RMA.