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Arpha Burrell Biology Scholarship Fund

The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:

Arpha Burrell was born in Tryon in Polk County, North Carolina on November 28, 1917. She graduated as valedictorian of Tryon High School and was encouraged to go to college. One of 11 children, she was the first in her family to attend college. Miss Coit, after whom the residence hall is named, met her at the train station when she was a freshman at just 16 years old. She worked hard at Woman’s College (now UNCG), both in her studies and in the dining room, which helped pay for her education.

After graduation, Arpha worked for five years teaching physical education and biology at Lowell High School in Lowell, North Carolina (near Gastonia). In 1946, she moved to Rutherfordton and taught biology at RS Central High School for almost 30 years. One of her additional roles was advisor of the yearbook. She retired in 1975. Arpha frequently saw former students in and about town and was regularly greeted with hugs.

Arpha understood the value of education and wanted to support future biology students who have financial need.

Arpha Burrell passed away on November 26, 2008.