The Thomas and Bettie O’Briant Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kristina Clifton, 2017 Scholarship Recipient


The Thomas and Bettie O’Briant Memorial scholarship is all about giving back to the young people in our Guilford County community.  Golf tournaments on all levels seek to be involved in community charitable activities.  The Cardinal Amateur has been a leader in this endeavor dating back to 1983 when the first educational scholarship was announced.  The scholarship began as a one-time $1000 award in 1983 and increased over the years to a $2,500 award renewable for 4 years for a total scholarship of $10,000.  The non-profit scholarship is administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and is open to any rising college freshman graduating from a Guilford County high School.  The award is based primarily on the basis of need.  The O’Briant Scholarship is funded by the Cardinal Amateur, Presented by McConnell Golf, as well as corporate and private donations.  To date, 36 students have been awarded $146,500 toward higher education.

The Thomas and Bettie O’Briant Memorial Scholarship selection committee is pleased to announce the 2017 recipient, Kristina Clifton, who is a recent graduate of Northwest Guilford High School. While in high school, Kristina was a member of the Viking marching band, the Viking varsity swim team, the German National Honor Society and was selected to attend the 2016 Tar Heel Girls State Program. In addition, she was an active volunteer with many local charities including Greensboro Urban Ministry, Operation Christmas Child, and the American Red Cross among others. She was selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum in Advanced Medicine and Health Care in Chicago in 2016. In addition, Kristina has worked as a camp counselor the past 2 summers at Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville, NC. She will attend NC State University where she plans to major in biological life sciences in preparation for a career in medicine.

The Thomas and Bettie O’Briant Scholarship selection committee is also pleased to announce the renewal of scholarships to to Sarah Harrell (2014) attending Appalachian State University, to Jeffery Daniel Meadows (2015) attending NC A&T University, and to Jadarius McCoy (2016) attending NC A&T University. Congratulations to all of these outstanding students.

Tax-deductible contributions to the Thomas and Bettie O’Briant Memorial Scholarship can be made at any time throughout the year at Sedgefield Country Club (Ross or Dye course). Anyone wishing to make a donation in honor or memory of family or friends is encouraged to consider the Thomas and Bettie O’Briant Memorial Scholarship.