The Board of Directors of the Kitty Powell Scholarship Fund recently presented $3,600 in scholarships to members of the local bowling community.
The Kitty Powell Scholarship was established in 1989 to provide educational assistance to members of the Rocky Mount bowling community. The scholarship is named for Kitty Powell, longtime general manager of the Bowling Center in Rocky Mount, who has given so much to the sport of bowling.
The six scholarship recipients for 2020 are:
- David Dickens, who is the son of Shari and Sam Dickens, a board member for the Nash Edgecombe Wilson Tri-County Bowling Association (NEW-TCBA). David is a longtime youth bowler in the NEW-TCBA. He will study mechanical engineering at East Carolina University and aspires to become a professional bowler.
- Donovan Dickens, who is also the son of Shari and Sam Dickens. Donovan will study mechanical engineering at East Carolina University. He is a seasoned youth bowler in the NEW-TCBA and strives to become an engineer with a bowling company.
- Zakia Pollard, who is the daughter of bowler Requita Pollard and granddaughter of bowlers Lorraine and the late Ezzard Pollard. Zakia attends N.C. Central University where she is studying criminal justice with a concentration in juvenile justice.
- Hunter Lee, who is the grandson of Kitty and Larry Powell, members of the Rocky Mount Bowling Hall of Fame. Larry is also a member of the N.C. State Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Hunter is the son of Laura and Don Lee of Smithfield. He attends N.C. State University, where he is studying crop and soil science. Hunter plans to return home to work as a tenth-generation farmer.
- Thomas Battle, who was a youth bowler in the NEW-TCBA. He attends Fayetteville State University, majoring in business management. Thomas is the son of Velar Battle of Rocky Mount.
- Chet “CJ” Christman Jr., who plans to study business at Nash Community College and then at N.C. Wesleyan University. CJ is the son of Amanda and Chet Christman Sr. and comes from a family of longtime Rocky Mount bowlers. CJ’s great-grandparents, Carolyn and the late Russell Langley, are members of the Rocky Mount Bowling Association Hall of Fame and are former board members of the Rocky Mount Bowling Association. It is tradition for multi-generations of the Langley family to bowl each summer in the Adult-Junior Bowling League.