William Vatavuk Scholarship Award

The Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc. a 501 C3 non profit organization, whose mission is to support 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 to a deserving student who is a rising senior of a North Carolina high school. The scholarship will be presented to the award winner the weekend of the Annual Surrender Commemoration events at Bennett Place State Historic Site.


Mr. William “Bill” Vatavuk was the president of the Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc. during the 1980’s and 1990’s. He was a commissioned officer with the U.S. Public Health Service and worked with the Environmental Protection Agency for 30 years. Bill Vatavuk was greatly committed to community service and youth organizations. A 4-H volunteer for over twenty years, he was a tutor, a Kids Vote Durham precinct volunteer, and a member of Durham’s Youth Management Board. He received the honorable President of the US Call to Service Award for his 4,000 plus hours of community service. In addition to his leadership of the Bennett Place Support Fund, Inc. was his contribution of the Bennett Place history guidebook, “Dawn of Peace”, which was nominated in 1990 for the Pulitzer Prize for American History and the North Carolina Mayflower Award.

The $500 monies must be put toward tuition, fees for lab studies, books and notebooks, computers and related media supplies, or other related supplies directly related to the pursuit of the diploma or degree. Any unrelated use of these funds is prohibited. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges, who will determine the recipient of the William Vatavuk Scholarship.

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