With our National theme of “ "listen to the children…enrich their lives", Chums’ Founders’ National Scholarship, established at the October 2001 Conclave at Hilton Head Island, SC. in honor of Chum Founders Mary Ward Barnes, Joyce Tate Brown and Theodora Jackson Cora.

This scholarship benefits young adults attending college for the first time who have a documented financial need.  

The CHUMS Founders’ National Scholarship is a one-time scholarship award for a recipient who is nominated by a local chapter.   The recipient of the award will be voted on and announced at the annual conclave each October. 

Many of our local chapters have fundraisers for the scholarship program offered through Chums Inc.  Although family members/relatives of a Chum are not eligible for this scholarship, we encourage all Chums’ families to help identify eligible and worthy candidates for this wonderful opportunity.

•    A high school senior 
•    A non-family member of a Chum
•    Has completed volunteer services for the last 3 years
•    Has a five (5) year plan of future education/career goals
•    Has obtained awards, distinctions and academic honors in the past 3 years



2020 Scholarship winnerS


cartlie Vincent

2020 Scholarship Recipients

  • 1st Place - Cartlie Vincent - Roanoke Chapter
  • 2nd Place - Kimberly Parris  - Raleigh Chapter

Roanoke Tribune Submission: Chums Scholarship Winner for November 5, 2020 edition:


Cartlie Vincent, a 2020 William Fleming High School graduate, was announced as the first-place winner of the Chums National Founders’ Scholarship during its October 10 Virtual Conclave.  Miss Vincent’s application was submitted by the Roanoke Chapter of Chums, Inc. The scholarship is in the amount of $3000.

Moving from Haiti to Roanoke as an elementary student, Cartlie Vincent had to adapt to her new culture, environment, and language. In addition to these obstacles, her mother died when Miss Vincent was twelve years old. However, she excelled in academics, enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, and graduated high school with honors. She had a 4.2 GPA, ranking her eighth in a class of 333 students.

Miss Vincent is also an accomplished musician. Playing the double bass, she represented her school in regional and statewide competitions beginning when she was 13 years old. In 2020, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Miss Vincent’s volunteer activities include Special Olympics, Pennies for Hope, A Night to Shine, and Operation Christmas Child. She described her work in the community as rewarding and enjoyable. She stated that her mission is to “spread joy and positivity in the world!”

Miss Vincent is attending the University of Virginia with plans to become a pediatric surgeon.

Francine McLauglin is president of the Roanoke Chapter of Chums, Inc. Carolyn Haley, Pamela Edwards, and Betty Jones served on the Scholarship Committee. 

2020 Scholarship Applications

Available from the local Chums Chapter, which services your area.

Chapters: go to the Members section/Forms for the scholarship application and instructions. 

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kimberly parris

Kimberly graduated from and was dually enrolled in Panther Creek High School, and the prestigious North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.   Her parents divorced while she was in middle school, and she helped her mother with her brother who is high functioning autistic. Kimberly learned how much she enjoyed helping others through this experience.


Kimberly gave over 800 volunteer service hours throughout her high school career.  She volunteered with the YMCA Leaders Club and completed mission trips serving the homeless population in Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA.     Kimberly participated in countless community service activities.  She was awarded the 2019 and 2020 Teen Community Service Award by Capital City Chapter Jack and Jill of America. 


Her high school activities included Varsity Girls’ Volleyball, Varsity Girls’ Track team, Girls’ Cross Country, Vice President of the Black Students Organization, Technology Student’s Organization, Key Club, National Honor Society, among other activities. 


Kimberly wants to be an orthodontist, and open clinics so people without money will not have to go without dental care.  Kimberly believes that no one should have to lose their teeth simply because they do not have the money to afford proper dental care.


Kimberly graduated with a 4.1 grade point average and attends North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.