House of Raeford Scholarship Recipients – Where Are They Now?


Since its launch in 2014, the House of Raeford Farms scholarship fund has helped students
pursue their academic and professional goals by awarding over $187,500 in scholarships to 75
students across six states. We are grateful to be able to offer this benefit to the dependents of
our associates, and it is rewarding to see the impact the program is having on the lives of young
people and their families.

It has been our practice to stay in touch with these awardees and follow their educational and
career steps, often times originally fueled by this scholarship. As one of the 2014 awardees,
José Borja, shared, “The best part about receiving the award letter was the congratulatory hug
my mother gave me upon reading it. There is no greater feeling than when the person you love
the most expresses how proud she is of you”. José graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a
biology degree.

This scholarship program is a part of House of Raeford’s long-held commitment to encourage
and foster our youth, and to thank our employees by investing in their children”, said House of
Raeford Farms CEO & Owner Bob Johnson. “It truly blesses me to see them graduate and move
forward in their careers”.

Teliyah Carr, a third year law student at Howard University School of Law, had this to say about
her House of Raeford scholarship experience. “I will be forever grateful for the generosity and
support shown by House of Raeford Farms. My mom, Grace Carr, has worked for the company
for almost 30 years, and I definitely see why”. The 23-year old looks forward to graduating this
spring and becoming a practicing attorney.

While many of our scholarship recipients are still in school and pursuing their degrees, here is a
partial list of those who have received undergraduate degrees and who are furthering their
education or moving on with their careers:

Kristin Hebbeger – graduated from the University of Georgia and is currently enrolled in
veterinary school at Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee.

Sarah Combs – a recent graduate of UNC-Asheville, she is teaching in a head start
program in Henderson, NC. Her future plans may involve teaching in Spain.

JoAnnah Matthews Escobar – finished school at Cape Fear Community College, majoring
in Pharmacy Technology. She is currently working in a pharmacy making good use of
her education.

Emily Smith – a University of Mississippi graduate in Physics, Emily is now a fourth year
medical student at the University of South Alabama. She is in the top 10% of her class
and planning for a residency in General Surgery.

Rebekah Rush Simmons – graduated from Charleston Southern University with a
Nursing degree.  After three years as a registered nurse at the UNC Cancer Hospital, she and her husband are now serving as missionaries in Southeast Asia as part of his seminary degree requirements.

Neris Soto – received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees with honors at Clemson
University majoring in Accounting. Entering the workplace with a focus on auditing and

Austin McGee – graduated from the University of Georgia majoring in Political Science.
Currently studying at American University to attain a Graduate degree in Public

Jimmitriv Roberson – elected as Miss Grambling State University for the 2017-18 school
year, Jimmitriv completed her undergraduate studies with a B. S. in Biology. Her lifelong
dream is to work as a Family Physician and she is planning to take the medical college
admissions test next August. Jimmitriv is currently working with Special Education
students at her former high school in Arcadia, LA and is “praying and trusting God
through this process”.

Kelsey Jones – finished her two-year degree in Office Administration at James Sprunt
Community College and immediately landed a job with a major food production
company. She loves the work and is doing just what she hoped.

Madison Hammond – achieved a Master’s degree in Special Education from Furman
University. She currently teaches social studies at Pickens High School in South Carolina.
Madison was the first person in her immediate family to graduate from college.

Christy Cochran Grizzle – graduated from the University of North Georgia at Gainesville.
Christy is teaching the first grade at Lavonia, GA elementary school which is exactly what
she envisioned while in college.

Mykaela Liu – a graduate of the Paul Mitchell School with a degree in Cosmetology. She
is currently working as a hair stylist and doing very well as she starts her career.

Christine Mejia – recently received her undergraduate degree from East Carolina
University with a major in Biology.

Chandler Guy – graduated from NC Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in
Criminal Justice. He worked as a parole officer and has completed Basic Law
Enforcement Training at Lenoir Community College. Chandler is currently employed by
the Leland, NC Police Department.

Laken Teachey Murray – Laken earned her two-year Associates degree from Wayne
Community College. She is currently working as an employment recruiter for House of
Raeford’s Wallace and Rose Hill, NC processing plants.

If you are a House of Raeford Farms employee with dependent children and grandchildren who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs, House of Raeford Farms and who have a 2.0 GPA or higher, please encourage them to apply.  The application deadline for our 2019 Scholarship Program is April, 8th at 3pm.


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