Tribute will reach college music students

Jun. 24, 2014 @ 08:03 PM

Vance-Granville Community College musicians have new scholarship opportunities next year.

The Dale W. Ramsey Music Scholars Memorial Presidential Merit Award is the first fully endowed scholarship as part of the college’s Music Scholars program.

The startup funding goal is $15,000, which will be awarded in packages.

Wills Hancock of Oxford started the fund in honor of Ramsey, a native of Henderson who passed away in May.

Hancock said the scholarship would mean a lot to Ramsey, who had been his office manager at Century 21 Hancock Properties for more than 25 years.

“I sat down and thought, ‘What can I do in honor of Dale that would mean something to her?’” He said. “It only took a half a second to know I needed to give back and start this fund.”

He said Ramsey had an overwhelming passion for music. Her son was one owner of a well-known local music group called The Konnection Band.

Hancock said he shared the passion. His daughter was a professional musician in Nashville, Tennessee.

Both Hancock and Ramsey also had daughters graduate from Vance-Granville’s medical program.

Hancock said he hopes the scholarship opens doors for the music scholars to perfect their craft and further their careers in teaching and performing.

He also said he plans to share his music industry insights, gained by supporting his daughter, with some of the award recipients.

The scholarship will start next year through the college’s Endowment Fund.

Stelfanie Williams, president of the college, said she looks forward to Vance-Granville students enriching their artistry.

“We appreciate the leadership of Wills Hancock in establishing this beautiful tribute to Dale Ramsey,” she said in a statement released by the college. “Her legacy will live on in the form of a scholarship that supports our creative, talented students.”

Music scholars can apply for an award package by calling (252) 738-3409.

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.