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Margaret Anagnos

Originally published: 2012-08-01 18:48:45
Last modified: 2012-08-01 18:48:45

Blowing Rock student awarded Blue Scholarship

The board of advisors of the Watauga County Community Foundation   announces that Margaret Anagnos is the 2012 recipient of the John and Ruth Blue Scholarship Endowment.

Anagnos, the top 2012 academic student at Watauga High School, is the daughter of Dr. Damon Anagnos and Madge Anagnos, J.D., of Blowing Rock.

Anagnos will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she plans to study chemistry or physics on an engineering track.

She is an Advanced Placement scholar with distinction and a Morehead-Cain scholarship semifinalist.
Anagnos was captain of the varsity tennis team and a captain of the varsity outdoor track team.

She was a Senate page in the N.C. General Assembly and a summer intern at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

She has started a nonprofit summer camp for adults with intellectual disabilities called “Up With Downs.” She has also initiated the founding of the Scholars with Diverse Abilities program at Appalachian State University for her campers and other adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Blue Scholarship
This is the sixth year that the Blue Scholarship has been awarded. Recipients receive a $5,000 scholarship to the university of their choice, renewable for four years. Selection is based on academic excellence, physical vigor and activity and leadership in school, community and places of worship.

The Blue Scholarship was established in 2001 by John and Ruth Blue with provisions for additional funds after their passing.

The Blues retired to Watauga County more than 20 years ago and wanted to do something for the community that had meant so much to them. John was a member of the Blue family that organized the Aberdeen and Rockfish Railroad more than 100 years ago, which operated as one of the most successful short-line railroads in the country. The railroad serves the Aberdeen, Raeford and Fayetteville area, and during World War II the system carried more than 1 million troops in and out of the Fort Bragg area.

John Blue passed away in 2003, and Ruth died in 2005.

Following their deaths, a significant estate gift was added to the original fund to support scholarships for graduates of a high school in Watauga County or Watauga County residents graduating from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, the North Carolina School of the Arts or any other school for academically gifted students.

The Blue Scholarship is currently the largest single local scholarship that is available to Watauga County residents.

Contributions by the Blue family will ensure the perpetuity of the scholarship as it grows in the future. Recipients are known as Blue scholars.

About the WCCF
The Blue Scholarship Endowment is one of 28 funds held by WCCF, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. The local affiliate was organized in 1993 with the establishment of a Legacy Fund and now includes assets of more than $2.4 million. In 2011, endowment and scholarship grants totaled $93,925.

About NCCF
The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $63 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $145 million in assets, the NCCF sustains 1,000-plus funds and endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships.

The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state.

An important component of the NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels.

For more information, visit and Facebook and follow them on Twitter @NCCF.
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