The recipient of the 2009 Emma L. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship is Audrey Lait from Garner Magnet High School. Audrey will be attending North Carolina State University majoring in Elementary Education in the Fall. The Scholarship was presented to her at the Awards Ceremony on May 18, 2009.  Excerpt from Audrey’s essay:  “…Looking back at who I was during that transitional time, I realized that I have learned and grown. I am now a strong young woman, who knows what I am capable of. Responsibility, integrity and perseverance have gotten me to this point in my life. Education is the most important thing, along with church, friends and family.”  I appreciate everyone’s support in keeping this Scholarship alive and ongoing.



North Carolina State University
Major: Elementary Education

Update on Audrey

Here’s another update we received from a past Emma L. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship winner. Audrey applied for and received the award back in 2009, and I am happy that Emma Cunningham’s passion for education truly lives on through this recipient–she is now a teacher.

Here is an update, in Audrey’s own words: 

”I graduated from NC State in May 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education. I am now teaching 5th grade math and science in Franklin County. I absolutely love it and cannot imagine doing anything else. I survived my first year teaching and learned a lot about myself and my teaching personality. I am now in my 2nd year and am feeling more confident in the classroom. As you saw, I also got married and we just celebrated our 1 year anniversary. We are excited for planning for our future together.  The scholarship helped me in several ways. I always wanted to be a teacher and wanted to attend NC State as long as I could remember. (I come from a huge family of Wolfpack fans!!) The scholarship helped make the dream a reality and I was able to graduate with less debt than other students. I am really appreciative of being chosen for the scholarship!”

Many congratulations to Audrey on her marriage and I wish her continued success and joy as she pursues her teaching career!

Help more students like Audrey.