Roy Maness Imprint on Local Government Continues
Raising Scholarship Funds to Support Future Leaders
This Friday, May 5th, over 120 local government professionals, consultants, and community members will gather in Troy, North Carolina for the Roy Maness Scholarship Golf Tournament. Established in 2006, the Roy Maness Local Government Endowment Scholarship, at Appalachian State University (App State), has financially assisted students following their passion for public service. The golf tournament provides a continued avenue to raise funds for the scholarship to support students in the Masters of Public Administration program at App State. McGill is honored to be a presenting sponsor of the tournament.
How the Roy Maness Local Government Endowment Scholarship Began
Roy Maness served as the mayor of Troy for 38 years. During his tenure as mayor, he was instrumental in rejuvenating Troy’s downtown, protecting water quality, assuring the success of the Town’s golf course, and expanding the greenway system. As a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Maness is recognized across North Carolina as a person of exemplary service. In 1981, early in his term as mayor, Maness made a cold call to Dr. Williamson at App State requesting an intern which began this invaluable partnership that continues today. Maness shared his knowledge and wisdom, advising over 60 student interns and graduates of App State pursuing a career in public service. Many current local government professionals attribute their career success to the roots of serving in the Town of Troy.
“For the Town of Troy, this relationship is invaluable. We hope the interns leave here with more knowledge than they came with. It has always been the goal of Roy Maness to financially help those who are furthering their education,” states Greg Zephir, Town Manager of Troy.
The Roy J. Maness Scholarship Golf Tournament
This year marks the 16th anniversary of the tournament. Over its history, the tournament has grown from 35 to over 120 golfers. Donations and proceeds from the tournament go directly to the scholarship fund, which now is funded at over $150,000. The tournament price includes a boxed lunch, range balls, 18 holes of golf, carts, beverages, dinner, and various door prizes.
Following the golf tournament participants have an opportunity to hear a Fleetwood Mac experience band, Tell Me Lies, at the TownStage starting at 7:00 pm.