Turner Westray Battle, RMA Founding Chairman

Rocky Mount Academy was born under the guidance of Turner Westray Battle.  He along with a group of local businessmen founded Rocky Mount Academy in 1968.  Battle served as Chairman of the Board for six years, ending his membership shortly before his death.    Under his leadership, RMA was fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1973.  Battle’s loyalty and love for young people and a strong belief in sound educational practices led Rocky Mount Academy to a position of educational prominence and has provided the Rocky Mount community with a quality college preparatory school.   

The 1974 Eyrie yearbook was dedicated to Turner Battle for his unselfish dedication to the ideals and high purposes of Rocky Mount Academy to provide academic excellence in insuring its students a quality college preparatory education.  Mr. Battle’s dedication to the success of RMA provided the path we continue to follow today. Because of his endless commitment, he left the school strong and vibrant.  We continue to be grateful to him for his commitment and loyalty to Rocky Mount Academy. 

Mr. Battle attended school at Stauton Military Academy in Virginia, Severn Preparatory School in Maryland, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.  He served his nation as a Naval Officer during World War II, and earned five battle stars in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre.  He was the Executive Director of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation from 1959 until his death in July, 1974. 

Turner Battle’s passion and dedication to Rocky Mount Academy has continued after his death by providing scholarships to Rocky Mount Academy students.  Fellow board members established the Turner W. Battle Scholarship in his honor after his death. This is the oldest and largest Scholarship Fund at Rocky Mount Academy. To date, 202 students have recieved Scholarship funds. The current trustees appointed to oversee the scholarship trust are Battle’s son, Richard Battle, along with David Warren, and Jeffrey Batts, all from the 1977 graduating class.

The criteria for receiving the Turner W. Battle Scholarship are leadership, scholarship, college potential, and school spirit.
 

2016-2017 Turner W. Battle Recipients

Turner W. Battle Scholarship Recipients

2017-2018
Colby Freeman, Georgia Morris, Elias Moore, Alexis Reams 
 
2016-2017
Emily Cheston, Colby Freeman, Julia High, Paul King, Elias Moore, Anna Scott Wingfield
 
2015-2016
Emily Cheston, Julia High, Kyle Holland, Paul King, Mackenzie Thompson, Anna Scott Wingfield
 
2014-2015
Emily Cheston, Julia High, Kyle Holland, Claire Stanovich, Mackenzie Thompson, Anna Scott Wingfield
 
2013-2014
Noel Allen, Anderson O’Brien, Julia High, Matthew Young, Claire Stanovich, Mackenzie Thompson
 
2012-2013
Noel Allen, Allison Barnes, Seth Penwell, Emma Grace Sprinkle, LcLean Warren, Anderson O’Brien
 
2011-2012
Lee Arnold, Ashley Bissette, Meg Deyton, Megan Griffin, Raven Norton, Nicholas Place, AnnClaire Roberson, Oliva Roberson
 
2010-2011
Michael Bissette, Chris Jenkins, Ashlyn Jackson, Nicholas Place, Lee Arnold, Erin Sherk, Ayat Soufan, Emily Williams, Olivia Roberson
 
2009-2010
Amanda Daniels, Megan Griffin, Nicholas Place, Olivia Roberson, Isabel Rommel, Erin Sherk, Emily Williams
 
2008-2009
Amanda Daniels, Megan Griffin, Nicholas Place, Erin Sherk, Emily Williams, Chris Yenney
 
2007-2008
Megan Griffin, Emily Williams, Amanda Daniels, Chris Koszelak, Peyton McDaniel, Nicholas Place, Stuart Sanderson, Erin Sherk
 
2006-2007
Harrison Mitchell, Brittany Tharrington, Amanda Daniels, Chris Koszelak, Peyton McDaniel
 
2005-2006
Harrison Mitchell, Brittany Tharrington, Chris Koszelak, Peyton McDaniel
 
2004-2005
Brittany Tharrington, Harrison Mitchell, Kristina Scarbel
 
2002-2003
Brittany Tharrington, Bailey Lumley, Jay Tilley, Jenny Kornegay
 
2001-2002
John Sheffield, Jay Tilley, Brittany Tharrington, Bailey Lumley, Jonathon Heacox
 
2000-2001
Jared Hurwitz, Bailey Lumley, Jonathan Heacox, John Sheffield, Jay Tilley
 
1999-2000
Jared Hurwitz, John Sheffield, Daniel Collins, Marquita DeBerry, William Geanes, Jennifer Hall, Valoree Hill, Jay Tilley, Will Thorne
 
1998-1999
Casey Bell, Jared Hurwitz, John Sheffield, Brandi White
 
1997-1998
Casey Bell, Wesley Mangum, Brandi White
 
1996-1997
Casey Bell, Ben Hurwitz, Kellie Hammel, Kristen Handley, Katie Bunting, Brandi White
 
1995-1996
Kellie Hammel, Marshall Boykin, Casey Bell, Ben Hurwitz
 
1994-1995
Kellie Hammel, Jennifer Locke, Rebecca Pettit, Marshall Boykin, Tommy Jenkins
 
1993-1994
Rebecca Pettit, Jennifer Locke, Tommy Jenkins, Kellie Hammel, Marshall Boykin
 
1992-1993
Marshall Boykin, Jennifer Locke, Tim Foster, Will Bailey, Tommy Jenkins, Worth Joyner, Rebecca Petit
 
1991-1992
Kevin Geanes, Tim Foster, Worth Joyner, Will Bailey, Carrie Burrows, Marshall Boykin
 
1990-1991
Carrie Burrows, Justin Blayock, Kevin Geanes, Tim Foster
 
1989-1990
Kevin Geanes, Bill Roeder, Tabitha Harrison, Mary Lytton
 
1988-1989
Donna Woodruff, Mary Lytton, Tabitha Harrison, Al Lytton
 
1987-1988
Al Lytton, Mary Lytton, Tabitha Harrison, Donna Woodruff
 
1986-1987
Donna Woodruff, Al Lytton, Tabitha Harrison
 
1985-1986
Paul Mehle, Donna Woodruff
 
1984-1985
Kyle Hudson, Paul Mehle, Donna Woodruff

1983-1984
Kyle Hutson, Paule Mehle, David Sears, Tina Sears, Donna Woodruff
 
1982-1983
Kyle Hudson, Paul Mehle, Donna Woodruff

1981-1982
Christian Holland, Paul Mehle, Jeff Mosley, Billy Williams
 
1980-1981
Christian Holland, Jeff Mosley, Kimber Price, Billy Williams

1979-1980
Tommy Whatley

1978-1979
Christian Holland, Russell Ward, Tommy Whatley
 
1977-1978
Jerry Allsbrook, Bobby, Freuler, Christian Holland, Hannah Holland, Laura Holland, Andrew Hong, Jeremy Johnson, David Tye, Barbara Weatherly
 
1976-1977
Jerry Allsbrook, Bobby Freuler, David Tye, Barbara Weatherly, Jimmy Whatley, Billy Williams
 
1975-1976
Jerry Allsbrook

We welcome donations to the Turner W. Battle Scholarship. For additonal information, please contact Katherine Bryant, Director of Development, at (252) 443-4126 or kbryant@rmacademy.com.