by Mary Tom Bass

The Dr. Deborah Lane Lamm Endowed Scholarship has been established to honor Dr. Lamm, who retired in May after serving 14 years as president of Edgecombe Community College.

The scholarship was endowed by her husband, W. Carnell Lamm, and her daughter, Laura Ashley Lamm.

A native of Eastern North Carolina, Dr. Lamm devoted her life’s work to the education of students in rural North Carolina.

She was ECC’s first female president, and her role as president was the culmination of her 39-year career in the North Carolina Community College System.

Under her administration, the College kept pace with the evolving needs of the community and provided educational programs to support economic growth.

Dr. Lamm designed and developed the creative EDGE Scholarship program, a three-year pilot program which fully funds the education of qualified students. She expanded the horizons of many individuals through global education initiatives that include an annual symposium, travel abroad, and partnerships with international schools.

She provided leadership for career preparedness initiatives, including the Work Ready Communities Designation, in partnership with Edgecombe County, Edgecombe County Public Schools, and local industries.

Under her direction, the College increased its footprint by adding four new instructional facilities: a Cosmetic Arts Building, a Collision Repair Building, and a historic house that serves as a preservation trades lab on the Tarboro campus; and the Biotechnology and Medical Simulation Center on the Rocky Mount campus.

The Dr. Deborah Lane Lamm Endowed Scholarship will be restricted to full-time students enrolled in the College Transfer program who are residents of Edgecombe, Nash, Wilson, or Halifax counties. Recipients must maintain a 3.0 grade point average. Preference will be given to working mothers, single mothers, or single women.

Like many community college students who have family and job obligations, Dr. Lamm earned both of her graduate degrees while working full time, attending evening and weekend classes, and raising her daughter.

“I am both honored and humbled by this generous gesture and am so grateful to my wonderful family,” Dr. Lamm says. “I can’t think of a more meaningful tribute than a scholarship that will enable future generations of women to attend college and provide a better life for their families.”

About 97 percent of ECC students receive financial aid, which is available through a combination of grants, scholarships, loans, and work.

With an endowed scholarship, the principal is not spent but is invested, and the earnings from the investment are awarded to the scholarship recipient.

To establish a scholarship at ECC, please contact Lynwood Roberson, executive director of the Edgecombe Community College Foundation, at (252) 823-5166, ext. 212, or