Erin Nolan has been a force for good for nearly two decades on our outskirts.
She was an accomplished journalist and newspaper editor, an early board member of the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation, an ardent volunteer for other causes, and a friend of many islanders.
The Erin Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund was recently established by Erin’s longtime business partner and Island Free Press co-founder, Donna Barnett. The IRENE Renewable Undergraduate Scholarships will be awarded to students on the islands of Hatteras and Okrakuki, with preference given to students pursuing English-related degrees.
Erin moved to the Outer Banks of the South in 1991 after a successful career at the Louisville, KY Courier-Journal. She moved to Hatteras in 1991 and married CA Boxley of Frisco. She became an editor at Island Breeze, a Southern Outer Banks publication. 16 years later, Erin and Donna launched the Island Free Press (IFP), the first and only online newspaper covering the South Outer Banks. This post has quickly become an important community resource for visitors and residents.
“This has been my dream since Erin’s sudden death in 2017,” Barnett said. “Irene was so many things to me. A second mother, mentor, friend and icon. She was also so many things to this community, and was considered the voice of our islands. It was only fitting that she start a scholarship in her name. I am so excited about this scholarship that it will come to fruition, and I look forward to Watching it grow and helping more and more students over the coming years.”
“As one of the many writers who have been fortunate to work with Erin on Island Breeze and Island Free Press, I can’t think of a better tribute to her legacy than helping the next wave of Outer Banks writers pursue their own love,” said Joy Krist, current editor at Island Free Press. “Irene remains the soul and backbone of IFP, and I am so grateful to Donna and the community founder for finding a beautiful way to highlight a wonderful journalist, editor and friend.”
This fund, like most other Community Foundation scholarship funds, will provide up to four years of scholarship funding to each recipient student. In addition, the fund is endowed, which means that the bulk of its assets will remain invested and only 5% of its profits will be spent each year. In this way, the fund will be a permanent source of scholarships for students in the Hatteras and Okrakuki Islands.
Anyone can contribute to the Erin Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund by sending a check to the community institution with the fund’s name on the note line, or by making a contribution online at obcf.org/donate-now, selecting the fund from the searchable funds list.
The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care about important causes. Based in a historic flat country house in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages more than $25 million across more than 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, provides grants to local nonprofits, operates 60 scholarship programs, and provides customized services to help donors pursue their businesses. charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $12 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.
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