WAKE COUNTY – Lillian Dawson, a senior at Broughton High School, is the 2006 recipient of the Susan Ellis Roberts Scholarship. The scholarship is named in honor of a former Wake County public school teacher and administrator who sought throughout her life and career to encourage creativity and leadership, particularly in those students she described as “diamonds in the rough.”

Dawson, whose creative talent is filmmaking, will use the one-time award of $5,000 to cover educational expenses at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Dawson, a resident of Rolesville, studied video production at Broughton, taking video classes, working with the school’s news crew, serving as a teacher’s assistant, and participating in the Movie Makers club. She was recognized as Broughton’s Producer of the Year as a junior and served as head videographer and editor with

Michael Kennedy at Hot Summer Night’s five theatrical productions. “Lillian’s commitment to video production programs and theater arts will take her far in life,” said Brian Martin, video production instructor at Broughton High School. “She is dedicated in whatever task she is assigned to do – from setting up lights for a theater production, to editing for hours after school, to simply helping out with moving equipment. She truly is a dependable, creative student.”

Lillian Dawson, shown above second from right with the Roberts family, is the recipient of the 2006 Susan Ellis Roberts Scholarship.
Members of the Roberts family are (from left) Sarah, John, David and Ellis.

The Susan Ellis Roberts Scholarship was established to reward a graduating senior from a Wake County public high school who has demonstrated a creative gift and is planning to pursue post-secondary education. The scholarship fund is administered by Wake Education Partnership. To make a contribution to the Susan Ellis Roberts Scholarship, please send a check to: The Susan Ellis Roberts Scholarship Fund, c/o Wake Education Partnership, 706 Hillsborough Street, Suite A, Raleigh, NC 27603.

Wake Education Partnership has been making a difference for public education in Wake County since 1983. As an independent local education advocate, Wake Education Partnership unites resources and relationships for educational excellence and works to ensure that Wake County achieves and is recognized for world-class leadership in public education. For more information, please visit www.WakeEdPartnership.org.