Scholarship Details

The John R. Kernodle, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established in 1996 by a group of Guilford County citizens to honor the memory of John R. Kernodle, Jr. The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for future teachers to fund their undergraduate studies. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of financial need and merit to graduating seniors of the Guilford County Schools System who are legal residents of North Carolina. Special consideration will be given to students attending North Carolina colleges and universities. Each year, the award will cover (up to a maximum of $10,000) tuition and fees, on-campus room and meals, and books and supplies. This scholarship is renewable.  Kernodle Scholars will be required to serve for a minimum of three years following graduation as a full-time teacher in grades K-12 in North Carolina public schools, with a strong preference for service in Guilford County.

2019 Kernodle Scholar Abby Dailey and her parents, Donald and Sabrina, smile with Walker Sanders at her signing day!

2019 Kernodle Scholar Abby Dailey and her parents, Donald and Sabrina, smile with Walker Sanders at her signing day!

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • A commitment to the field of public education

  • Breadth of interests

  • Potential for success at the college level

  • A commitment to community service

  • Concern for others

  • Extracurricular involvement

  • Financial need will be considered, but is not a mandatory factor

 John R. Kernodle scholars must:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average while in college;

  • Continue in college as a full-time student and pursue studies leading to licensure at graduation to teach in North Carolina public schools.

  • Achieve a degree for employment as a teacher in grades K-12 and

  • Meet the three-year teaching commitment or repay all funds received from the John R. Kernodle, Jr. Scholarship Fund.


JOHN R. KERNODLE, JR.  OCTOBER 28, 1944 - OCTOBER 25, 1996

JOHN R. KERNODLE, JR.

OCTOBER 28, 1944 - OCTOBER 25, 1996

About John r. kernodle, jr

"To be rather than to seem" - the motto of the State of North Carolina that also describes the life and work of one of her finest sons, John R. Kernodle, Jr. John's deepest beliefs and his most strongly held values were the sources of a life of action and service that will continue to influence the children, adults and institutions that he touched.

John was born and raised in Burlington, received his undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University and graduated with honors from Andover-Newton Theological Seminary in Boston. His education reflects the great themes of his life – the justice and equity of the law and God's redeeming love for all people. He taught, he preached, he ministered to those for whom justice and equality were often only mere words. His idealism and courage were fueled by intelligence, compassion and a compelling sense of service.

John was born and raised in Burlington, received his undergraduate and law degrees from Duke University and graduated with honors from Andover-Newton Theological Seminary in Boston. His education reflects the great themes of his life – the justice and equity of the law and God's redeeming love for all people. He taught, he preached, he ministered to those for whom justice and equality were often only mere words. His idealism and courage were fueled by intelligence, compassion and a compelling sense of service.

John also brought a whole-hearted enthusiasm to those things which brought him joy – his family, Duke Basketball, music, his church and a large circle of friends. His wide smile and welcoming personality made him a favorite companion. The gentleness and kindness that so distinguished his public life made him a treasured friend.

John remains with us in the living legacy of his life and work and in the memories that we carry with us. We remember, and we celebrate, John R. Kernodle, Jr.

John R. Kernodle's commitment to developing an outstanding school system for the children of Guilford County will be one of his most enduring legacies. His initial participation in the local school system began with his involvement in the education of his son, John Robert Ill. Personal interest soon grew into interest in helping all children in the public schools get the best possible education. PTA service grew into membership on the school board. John's fairness, inclusiveness and untiring capacity for work led to his being named chairman of the new countywide Board of Education. It is in this role that he made perhaps his most significant contribution to the community he loved.