WakeEd Partnership Awards Scholarships to Local Student Athletes

$175,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Students from Apex High School and Green Hope High School

RALEIGH, N.C. — WakeEd Partnership (WakeEd), a business-backed nonprofit organization committed to supporting teachers and students in the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS), have awarded $175,000 in college scholarships to 14 students from Apex High School and Green Hope High School. The following students have been named Coach Bob Pittard Scholars and will each receive a $12,500 college scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic school year:

  • Justin Jackson, Green Hope High School
  • Ryan Pegora, Green Hope High School
  • Nathan Herrick, Green Hope High School*
  • Liesl Tran, Green Hope High School
  • Sarah Bess Eskridge, Apex High School
  • Julia McGowan, Apex High School*
  • Sydney Chappell, Apex High School
  • Sydney Morgan, Green Hope High School*
  • Chloe Mayes, Apex High School
  • Eli Smith, Apex High School*
  • Sarah Puertollano, Green Hope High School*
  • Polyna Uzun, Green Hope High School*
  • Cole Yunker, Apex High School*
  • Michael Lu, Green Hope High School*

*denotes Renewal recipient

“Our future is in our public school classrooms and these exceptional students represent some of the very finest graduates from Wake County Public Schools,” said Keith Poston, President, WakeEd Partnership. “We are delighted to honor their athletic and academic achievement with these scholarships,”


The Coach Bob Pittard Scholarship fund was established in 2018, after former Apex High School teacher and coach Robert Ray Pittard left $2.7 million to WakeEd Partnership to establish a sustainable scholarship fund for student athletes at Apex High School and Green Hope High School. In six years, 88 students have been named Coach Bob Pittard Scholars with their awards totaling more than $1,112,500.


Through a rigorous application and interview process, WakeEd has selected six exceptional student athletes from the Class of 2024, as well as eight Pittard Scholars from the Class of 2022, 2021, and 2020, who reapplied for renewal of the scholarship.


About WakeEd Partnership 
WakeEd Partnership is an independent, nonprofit organization composed of business and community leaders committed to improving public education. Since 1983, the Partnership has advocated for excellent educational opportunities for all students in the Wake County Public School System. For more information, please visit www.wakeed.org.

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