The I. Beverly Lake Scholarship Endowment was created by the Confederate Heritage Society in 1998 with an agreement between the North Carolina Community Foundation, Inc. and the Lewis R. Holding Fund who made the initial donation.
Persons eligible to receive the scholarship from the Endowment shall be North Carolina high school graduates who are eligible for membership in either the Sons of Confederate Veterans or the United Daughters of the Confederacy and who are pursuing a degree at an institution of higher learning.
The Bennett Place Chapter 2241 of the UDC administers the scholarship established by this Endowment in honor of Dr. Lake. The Endowment is a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation.
Applications are accepted each year in April. Selection of a scholarship recipient is made each year in May by a Scholarship committee. The scholarship is awarded for one year of $1,030.00
2017 Recipient - Rebecca West attending Clemson University - Great Great Great Great Granddaughter of Larkin Creech, Co. K, 66th Regiment, NC Troops
2016 Recipient - Sierra Fortenberry attending Western Carolina University - Great Great Great Granddaughter of W.A. Hildebrand, Co. E, 16th Regiment, NC Troops
2015 Recipient - Brittany Elliott of Moyock, NC graduating from Currituck County High School to attend Western Carolina University - Great Great Great Great Granddaugher of Thomas Jefferson Elliott, Co. G, 17th Regiment, VA Troops
2014 Recipient - Rain Tiller of Garner, NC graduating from Garner High School to attend UNC-Chapel Hill - Great Great Great Granddaughter of Pleasant Jacob Cope, Private, 10th Cavalry Regiment, VA Troops
2013 Recipient - Taylor Moore of Williamston, NC graduating from South Creek High School to attend Meredith College - Great Great Great Great Granddaughter of Joseph A. Moore, Private, Co. E, 17th Regiment, NC Troops
2012 Recipient - Sarah Izzell of Garner, NC graduating from Garner High School to attend UNC-Chapel Hill - Great Great Great Great Granddaughter of Henry J. Williford, Private, Co. C, 3rd Regiment, NC Troops
2011 Recipient - Erin Clark of Knightdale, NC graduating from Broughton High School to attend Salem College - Great Great Great Granddaughter of Lucian Bonaparte Williams, 1st Sgt., Co. I, 62nd GA Calvary
2010 Recipient - Blakely Faulk of Salemburg, NC graduated from Lakewood High School to attend UNC-Wilmington - Great Great Great Granddaughter of Bennett Brewer, Private, Co. C, 5th Calvary, 63rd Regiment, NC Troops
2009 Recipient - Jake Thornton of Elizabeth City, NC graduated from Northeastern High School to attend Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC - Great Great Great Grandson of William Murdoch Parsley, Lt. Col, 3rd Regiment, NC Troops
Dr. I. Beverly Lake was a most noble and preeminent Southerner of the 20th Century. Dr. Lake steadfastly affirmed his faith and devotion to God, family and country and to the traditions that have sustained our people for generations. His efforts knew no bounds in supporting Southern ideals of honor, integrity, chivalry, courage, and discipline which are timeless virtues, unchanged by the decadence of modern age. He respected freedom of conscience, yet staunchly maintained that this nation was founded upon Christian principles and institutions.
Dr. Lake was an eminent scholar in the laws of God and man, and a teacher of both by word and deed. He received his B.S. degree from Wake Forest University, his law degree from Harvard University and his Master and Doctor of Laws Degrees from Columbia University. As a Professor of Law at Wake Forest University, he taught all courses offered and twice served as Dean. He was Deputy Attorney General of North Carolina and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Throughout his life, Dr. Lake faithfully defended our constitutions, our Southern traditions which produced them, and our individual liberties.
The Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc., a 501-C(3) non profit organization, whose mission is to support the Bennett Place State Historic Site, is honoring one of its late members and contributors of Bennett Place with an academic scholarship award. This scholarship of $500 will be awarded for one year to deserving student who is a rising senior of a North Carolina High School.
Applications are accepted in April of each year and will be reviewed by a panel of judges. Selection will be made in April with presentation of the award to the recipient at the Surrender Commemoration events at Bennett Place State Historic Site.