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Betsy Umstead Undergraduate Scholarship Fund

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

A native of Durham, Betsy Umstead graduated from Woman’s College (now UNC Greensboro) in 1949 with a bachelor of science in physical education.

After completing two years as an instructor at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, Betsy returned to North Carolina in 1952 to complete a master’s degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. Betsy then served as the head of the Department of Physical Education for three years at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina before returning to UNCG as in instructor for two years. In 1957, Betsy went to Iraq as a Fulbright lecturer. She again returned to the faculty at UNCG for one year before spending five years as an associate professor at Boston University. While she was in Boston, she completed a master of education degree at Harvard University. She then returned again to North Carolina where she completed her doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1967. She served as a professor of physical education at Radford College in Virginia for one year before her final return to UNCG, where she has served on the faculty for the last 26 years. Betsy has also owned and directed Camp Riverlea, a day camp for boys and girls ages five to twelve, for the past 24 years.

Despite her commitment to the entire field of physical education, it is her particular interest in undergraduate education for which she is most known. It is with this in mind that Betsy’s friends and colleagues have chosen to honor her with an undergraduate scholarship in her name.

Betsy Umstead passed away November 22, 2001.