The Coach Bob Pittard

Scholarship Fund

The Coach Bob Pittard Scholarship Fund invests in Apex, North Carolina high school athletes who are pursuing a fulltime undergraduate education leading to a Baccalaureate Degree. This investment is made possible through a Trust Agreement between former Apex High School teacher and coach, Robert Ray Pittard, and WakeEd Partnership.

Robert “Bobby’ Ray Pittard was born October 21, 1934, in the Carpenter community of Wake County. He was a graduate of Apex High School and NC State University and was a veteran of the NC Army National Guard. He started his education career at Moncure High School and eventually retired from Apex High School in 1976 where he was a math and science teacher and a basketball coach.

When he passed away in November 2016, Mr. Pittard left in his will the financial capability and direction to establish a sustainable college scholarship fund for student athletes in Apex, North Carolina. He entrusted WakeEd Partnership with $2.7 million from his estate to establish and facilitate this program. The first eleven scholarships were awarded to students in 2018.

The Coach Bob Pittard Scholarship Fund is available to those graduating seniors from Apex High School and Green Hope High School, located in Wake County who, during their high school years, earned a varsity letter for participation in a full season in a varsity sport. The value of the scholarship(s), which may be renewable for an additional three years, will be for a maximum of $12,500 per academic year.

Congratulations to our 2020 Coach Bob Pittard Scholars!

Class of 2020

Adam Kaakati

Duke University
Track and Field
Green Hope High School

Reeva Kandel

Duke University
Soccer
Green Hope High School

Demaree Persson

NC State University
Swimming
Apex High School

Jesse Ssengonzi

University of Chicago
Swimming
Green Hope High School

Nikhita Tsambasis

UNC Chapel Hill
Stunt
Green Hope High School

Abby Welch

UNC Charlotte
Lacrosse
Apex High School

Class of 2019

Erin McIndoe

UNC Chapel Hill
Volleyball
Green Hope High School

Jenna Pedersen

NC State University
Track, Lacrosse
Apex High School

Ashley Rager

East Carolina University
Softball
Green Hope High School

Mary Wasilak

NC State University
Volleyball
Green Hope High School

Class of 2018

Morgan Johnson

UNC Chapel Hill
Volleyball, Track
Apex High School

Ryan Kemper

NC Chapel Hill
Cross Country, Track
Green Hope High School

Watch: Former Teacher Leaves $2.7 Million for Scholarship Program

(3:24) Eleven students from the Wake County Public School System were honored in 2018 as the first recipients of the Coach Bob Pittard Scholarship, a fund established by a former WCPSS coach and educator Bob Pittard.

To learn more about the Coach Bob Pittard Scholarship program, contact:

Carol Allen

Program Coordinator

(919) 780-5207 | callen@wakeed.org

 WakeEd Partnership

  3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 100

  Raleigh, NC 27609 | (919) 821-7609

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