Among all of the perceptions of O’Neal, the one that never fades is its focus on academic excellence. Over the years, the School has had the opportunity to offer three consistent scholarships to rising upper school students, were two of them continue to endure.
Helen Pringle Holmberg Scholarship
The Helen Pringle Holmberg Scholarship is given in honor of Helen Holmberg ‘97, an O’Neal graduate and the School’s first John Motley Morehead Scholarship recipient. Helen’s father, the late Centre W. Holmberg, Jr., served as chairman of O’Neal’s Board of Trustees and established the scholarship fund in 1997. The scholarship is awarded to a rising freshman. It is renewable every year as long as the student remains enrolled in the O’Neal Upper School and maintains a certain grade point average. The scholarship covers 75% of the upper school’s yearly tuition. Criteria for this scholarship is based on merit. It is the only scholarship where current O’Neal students are eligible to apply.
Hannah Marie Bradshaw Scholarship
The Hannah Marie Bradshaw Scholarship was established by Stan and Jean Bradshaw in memory of their daughter, Hannah, whose enthusiasm, curiosity, and spirit of friendship enhanced the character of her O’Neal class. She loved The O’Neal School as a positive place that helped her reach her true potential. The Hannah Marie Bradshaw Scholarship is given to a rising ninth grader who is not currently an O’Neal student and whose family demonstrates financial need. The scholarship is renewable every year through grade 12 and helps to cover tuition expenditures over and above what is covered by financial aid.
Tommy Lee Miller ‘10 was the first recipient of the Bradshaw Scholarship beginning the 2006-2007 school year. Tommy provided a quote in 2016, “As a Bradshaw Scholar, I have not only been given the opportunity to obtain a higher education but I was welcomed into a friendly community of scholars and thinkers. The great teachers, enthusiastic students, and strong O’Neal family support really create a fun, diverse learning environment that I haven’t experienced at any other school.” Tommy graduated from Appalachian State University with majors in comparative politics and Spanish. Most recently, Tommy graduated from the Columbia Theological Seminary this past May with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in practical theology and is a chaplain resident at Tampa General Hospital and English Ministry Pastor at the Korean Presbyterian Church of Tampa.
The Nuzzo Scholarship
Sixteen students were given the opportunity to attend O’Neal’s upper school with the Nuzzo Family Foundation Scholarship. Mr. and Mrs. Nuzzo established the scholarship in honor of O’Neal’s legendary Latin teacher and philosopher, Reverend John Nicola. For students with financial needs, The Nuzzo Scholarship was a full four-year scholarship to the O’Neal Upper School. The Nuzzos had lived in Pinehurst and Juno Beach, Florida. Sal Nuzzo himself was a Yale graduate and a very successful businessman. A generous individual made it possible for Sal to receive his education and he was passionate about paying that opportunity forward. The Nuzzo Family Foundation provided scholarships for youth in three other schools outside of the state of North Carolina. The last Nuzzo Scholarship was awarded in 2015. Sal passed away in 2020.
All of the scholarships are selected based upon the students’ demonstration of scholastic ability, leadership potential, and strength of character. The scholarship process includes an extensive application with essays and an interview with members of O’Neal’s Board of Trustees and O’Neal Head of School John Elmore.
Inquiries about applying for the Holmberg or Bradshaw scholarships can be directed to O’Neal’s Admissions Office.
Falcons Fly to 50
O’Neal is excited to share its history with readers as it quickly nears its 50th year in educating and cultivating youth in becoming successful, effective contributors to communities large and small. The official celebration starts school year 2021/2022. This weekly blog will focus on different aspects of the School as it grew through the years. With every entry, there is just as much more information to gather than what is already written. Readers who have been a part of the O’Neal community are encouraged to reach out and share their O’Neal memories. It is with great hope that the efforts of many in contributing information and photography can be published into a book for reflection and reference as the School continues to prosper for the next 50 years.
Please send your memoirs and photos to:
The O’Neal School
c/o Kathy Taylor, Director of Communications
P.O. Box 290
Southern Pines, NC 28388