Carteret CC Board of Trustees seeks nominations for Barwick Volunteer Civic Award

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Morehead City, N.C. (January 4, 2024) – The Carteret Community College Board of Trustees is asking for nominations for the Dr. Joseph T. Barwick Civic Award.  The award, created in honor of former Carteret CC President Joe Barwick, was developed to recognize the accomplishments of a Carteret County community volunteer.

“We are looking for people who have demonstrated community involvement and social responsibility and have helped bring about positive and significant life changes for Carteret County residents,” said Melodie Darden, chair of the Board of Trustees.

The Dr. Joseph T. Barwick Civic Award was created in 2010 to highlight volunteers in the county who exemplify similar dedication to community service that Dr. Barwick demonstrated during his tenure as President of the community college.  Past recipients include Joan E. Lamson (2010); Dr. Thomas L. Steepy (2011); Rodney B. Kemp (2012); John T. Capps, III (2013); Leonard Safrit, Jr. (2014); Bernard Edward Whalley (2015); Gene McLendon (2016); Ann Goellner (2017); John M. Smith (2018); Dr. Mary Katherine Lawrence and Dr. Art Klose (2019); the Big Rock Charity Committee (2020); and Janet Eshleman (2023).

Any resident of Carteret County may submit a nomination for a Carteret County resident who has made a positive difference in the community. The criteria for selection include:

  • Any member of a civic group, volunteer organization, religious group, or individual in Carteret County may nominate a member of their organization to be considered.
  • The application must certify that the nominee is a current volunteer of the organization and lives in Carteret County.
  • The application will describe the volunteer’s activities in the county including positions held within the organization and statements on how the nominee’s activities have contributed to the good of the people of Carteret County.

The deadline to submit a nomination is February 23, 2024.  Nominations can be submitted online at or by mailing a nomination form (also available online). The recipient will be recognized at the College’s awards ceremony in May.

Current members of the Carteret CC Board of Trustees and members of the Board of Directors of the Carteret Community College Foundation are not eligible for the award.

Submit Nomination for the 2024 Barwick Award


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