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Asante Parkins "Cardinal Spirit"


The Parkins Family has graciously provided a brief yet powerful description of Asante Parkins:

  • Asante Parkins was an Engineering student at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology who graduated in 2015. During his time at POB, he was on the swim team, student government, a Student Ambassador, a member of JROTC, American Institute of Architecture Student, BioClub, and POB SMART team. He was honored to be crowned the 2014-2015 Mister POB.


  • Asante earned his Eagle Scout Award by creating a prayer garden for his church.

  • Asante loved his school and loved to help others. In December of 2014, he presented the concept of caring at a school board meeting. To know Asante was to know someone who not only loved his school but loved to help others.

  • Asante attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University and majored in Mechanical Engineering as a Dowdy Scholarship recipient. 

  • Asante passed away in 2016, but his spirit lives on.


His senior quote embodied who he was and what he believed in:


“Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse





For 2023, the Asante Parkins “Cardinal Spirit” Scholarship Fund will award one (1) scholarship in the amount of $500. The award will be issued as a personal check to the recipient, to be used at the recipient’s personal discretion. Suggestions for award use include but are not limited to books, tuition, transportation, supplies, etc.

Criteria and Eligibility 

  1. Applicant must be a current senior at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology.

General Instructions

  1. DEADLINE for the scholarship application is June 9th, 2023 at 5:00pm.

  2. Refer to the application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  3. Type and print legibly. Illegible applications will not be considered.

  4. You will be notified via email by June 12th, 2023 regarding the status of your application.

  5. If you have any questions about the application, please email The Scholarship Committee at Questions will not be accepted after May 26th, 2023.


Application Process

Applicant must submit the following items to be considered:

  1. Completed application form

  2. Short Essay. Essay must be 250 words max, double-spaced, 12 pt / Arial font.

Essay shall contain no grammatical errors. Answer the following prompt:


“What does school spirit mean to you?”

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