Rachael Anne Godwin, daughter of Robert and Anne Godwin, has been awarded this year’s Ann MacPherson Weaver Memorial Scholarship at Rocky Mount Academy.

A ninth-grader being homeschooled, Godwin will attend RMA in the fall on a full-tuition scholarship, valued at nearly $40,000 for three 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,” said Janie Mac Pittman, a member of the Ann Weaver committee stated, “And once again, choosing this year’s Ann Weaver scholar was very difficult. Rachael’s impressive academic and extracurricular resume along with her caring personality make her an ideal Weaver scholar. We are excited for Rachael to join the RMA family in the fall.”

Godwin is a straight-A student. Her talents stretch from the soccer field to volunteering. She is a very driven and self-motivated athlete. She plays on an elite soccer club based in Raleigh, which plays all over the country. Her interest in animals encouraged her to incubate and hatch poultry and volunteer with animals for her church’s live nativity.

Her passion to help others has taken her to Boone as a volunteer counselor and also in the streets of Rocky Mount, where she has organized essential supplies for the homeless community. Rachael sees a need and helps create a solution.

Rocky Mount Academy is eager and excited for her to bring her passion and drive to their campus.

“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,” RMA Head of School Beth Covolo said. “This year was no exception. Rachael has been chosen as this year’s recipient because she is an outstanding young lady. Her commitment to academic excellence and dedication to volunteering, athletics and community 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. “

Founded in 1968, Rocky Mount Academy is the largest non-sectarian independent school in the Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties area and serves pre-K to 12th-grade students. The mission of RMA is to prepare its students for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities to be encountered in life and college.