Fruitland announces scholarship, dedicates new facilities
    September 22 2015 by FBBC Communications

    Fruitland Baptist Bible College (FBBC) in Hendersonville recently announced the establishment of the H.E. Wyatt Scholarship Fund, designed to provide financial assistance to students preparing for ministry. Weldon Wyatt gave a donation Sept. 1 of $100,000 in memory of his father H.E. Wyatt who was a 1955 graduate of Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute. The 1955 yearbook describes H.E. Wyatt in the following manner:
     
    “Brother Wyatt has missed fewer classes than any man that has been here for a long time. He is a good thinker and has a logical mind. He has keen insight into the truth and preaches well. He was a traveling salesman a good while before entering the ministry and learned in this field how to approach and get along with folks.”

     
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    BSC photo by Mike Creswell
    Jimmy R. Jacumin, former North Carolina senator, addresses a group gathered at Fruitland Baptist Bible College to dedicate the family apartments named for Jacumin’s late wife, Nancy Nell Jacumin.

    During his ministry, Wyatt was the pastor of several churches in South Carolina and made a lasting impact on all those he met. The younger Wyatt, owner of Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C., stated that his father “pastored a small church when he came to Fruitland and received a scholarship that made his education possible. In memory of my father, I want to offer a scholarship that will allow other students to experience Fruitland.”

    David Horton, FBBC president, and Jason Speier, director of institutional advancement, received the gift on behalf of the college and affirmed a “cycle of generosity that allows one who has been blessed to be a blessing to others.”
     
    The first recipients of scholarship will be named in the fall quarter, which is anticipated to hold record enrollment for the school. With continued growth in enrollment at FBBC there was a need for more campus living accommodations for married students.
     
    Former state Sen. Jimmy Ray Jacumin, his son Marty and daughter Mitzi gifted the college with funds to purchase building materials for a four-unit apartment complex in memory of their wife and mother, Nancy Nell Jacumin, who passed away unexpectedly June 9, 2014.
     
    Since Nancy Nell Jacumin spent her life teaching in N.C. public schools, working as a literacy instructor with Red Cross and a Sunday School teacher, her family believed it was appropriate to honor her at a place of higher learning. Jacumin worked diligently in various Christian ministries such as the Women’s Auxiliary of Gideons International and the Waldensian Trail of Faith, both in Valdese. She loved sharing her faith in Jesus Christ everywhere she went.
     
    Construction on the apartments began in December 2014 with the help of many volunteers that provided labor and expertise. Because of the vast array of volunteers, the apartments are available for incoming students at the start of the fall 2015 quarter. A dedication and ribbon cutting for the new family apartments was held Sept. 14. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Jacumin family and thank them for choosing to honor Nancy in such a significant way,” Horton said. “Nancy loved her family and loved helping others. It is our prayer that the families that live in the new Nancy Nell Jacumin Apartments will grow in their love of Christ and family as they study to minister to others. We would also like to thank all the many volunteers that have worked tirelessly to make this vision a reality.”
     
    FBBC is a ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Approximately one half of the school’s operating cost is provided through gifts from the Cooperative Program, which enables students to have a rate of tuition that is significantly less than a community college.
     
    Approximately 20-25 percent of the Baptist pastors in N.C. and S.C. have attended FBBC and many graduates serve as missionaries around the world.
     
    (EDITOR’S NOTE – Story compiled from press releases by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor.)

    9/22/2015 12:23:24 PM by FBBC Communications | with 0 comments
    Filed under: BSC, Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, H.E. Wyatt Scholarship




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