Pope Foundation Announces 2014 Class of Eagle Scout Scholars

March 26, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. MARCH. 26, 2014 — The Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council recently announced the 2014 class of Pope Family Eagle Scout scholars. The scholarships, issued by the Occoneechee Council but underwritten with support of the Pope Foundation, are valued at $20,000 for each recipient.

The mission of the Pope Family Eagle Scout Scholarship is to further the course of study for devoted Eagle Scouts who want to become leaders in the free-enterprise system. The Pope family and Pope Foundation have donated over $1 million to the Eagle Scout Scholar program and the Occoneechee Council.

“Helping these Eagle Scouts become the greatest leaders of tomorrow — that’s our goal,” said John Akerman, CEO of the Occoneechee Council. “We’re excited to see where life takes this newest class of young men.”

The Occoneechee Council is the largest scouting council in North Carolina, serving 20,000 youths and covering 12 counties.

The 2014 class of scholars are:

  • Benjamin Cox: Plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering and attend N.C. State University
  • Evan Fritsch: Plans to major in business and pursue a career in music recording
  • Austin Story: Plans to attend Wake Forest University and pursue the medical profession
  • Michael Russell: Plans to pursue a career in civil engineering by earning a degree at either N.C. State University or Clemson University


For more information about the scholarship program, contact the Occoneechee Council by phone at (919) 872-4884.