Khalil Abdul McMillan has been selected as the first Robert R. Mauldin Scholar at North Carolina Wesleyan College in the $5,000-a-year scholarship program that honors the late chairman of the Board of Directors of Rocky Mount Preparatory School.
The scholarship is awarded annually to a student from Rocky Mount Preparatory School who enters Wesleyan as a freshman. Students who remain in good standing may continue to receive the award.
Doug Haynes, Headmaster of Rocky Mount Prep, said, “Kahlil participated in all areas of student life, from playing basketball to performing service work on campus to help his classmates. He challenged himself with some of the most demanding courses in our curriculum and still made time to help others as an integral part of our peer tutoring program. Khalil graduated in the top 20 percent of his class, as a member of the German Honor Society, and as an Honor Graduate. He seemed to fit the profile of the type of student Bob Mauldin worked so hard to help in this community – a very capable student who is consistently involved in the school community and who wants very much to pursue a collegiate education, but feels limited by financial circumstances. Khalil McMillan is a bright young man, a gentleman, and an individual with a promising future.”
Robert Mauldin served as chairman of Rocky Mount Prep’s Board of Directors for 15 years and was a Wesleyan trustee for 12 years, including four years as Chairman of the Board. He was a driving force in business and economic development in North Carolina and was named to the North Carolina Banking Hall of Fame. He served the local community in many ways, including through charitable work of the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation, which bears his name.
Wesleyan President Jim Gray said, “Bob Mauldin was one of our college’s and Prep’s greatest champions over many years. This annual scholarship is one way we can both thank him and honor him by helping provide a transformational college education to Prep students in the coming years.”