RETIRED EDUCATION PROFESSOR CAPPS                                                                                                
ENDOWS SCHOLARSHIP TO HONOR PARENTS
Dougherty, Capps and Henderson
Barbara H. Capps (center), retired faculty member from the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western, and Michael Dougherty (left), dean of the college, congratulate Holly Henderson of Cullowhee, first recipient of the newly established Capps Family Memorial Scholarship for deserving students from Western North Carolina who have declared middle grades education as their major.

CULLOWHEE – Barbara H. Capps, retired faculty member from the College of Education and Allied Professions at Western Carolina University, has contributed gifts totaling $10,500 to establish an endowed scholarship fund in memory of her parents.

The Capps Family Memorial Scholarship Fund is designed to provide scholarship support for deserving students from Western North Carolina who have declared middle grades education as their major. The first recipient of the scholarship is senior Holly Henderson, daughter of Bruce and Judy Henderson of Cullowhee.

A native of Buncombe County, Capps earned an associate degree at Asheville-Biltmore College and a bachelor's degree in education at Florida State University. She taught for several years at Belvedere Elementary School in West Palm Beach, Fla., before returning to WNC to teach at the Oakley School in Asheville. She also taught at Piedmont Junior High School in Charlotte.

She accepted a position as a supervising teacher at the Camp Laboratory School in Cullowhee, and earned a master's degree in education at Western in 1961. She accepted a faculty position at Western in 1968, later earning her doctoral degree in education at Indiana University in 1973. She returned to Western's department of early childhood and middle grades education, retiring from the university in 1994 with 25 years of service.

A resident of Sylva, Capps established the scholarship fund in memory of her late parents – Robert Fletcher Capps and Helen Stroupe Capps – in recognition of their impact on her life as an educator. “Although they were not able financially to further their own educations after graduating from high school, they valued education very highly,” she said. “They instilled a love of learning, especially reading, in me, and supported me in all my educational endeavors.”

For information on the fund, contact Jim Manring, Western's director of planned giving, at (828) 227-7124.


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