Furches Scholars (at Sandhills Community College)
Doc Furches graduated from Farmington High School when he was 15 years old. He continued his education, graduating from Mars Hill College in 1932 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1934. He became a high school teacher and coach. In 1942, he was drafted into the Army. He served until 1964, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. Ehile in the service, he received his Master’s in Education at Johns Hopkins in 1959. Mildred McDonald Furches graduated High School in 1934, and went on to graduate from East Carolina Teachers College in 1939, being recognized in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. In 1944, Doc and Mildred were married, and during the next twenty years, Mildred traveled with Doc on all of his military assignments, except for the period of his assignment in Korea. During that period, she earned a Master’s Degree in Clothing and Textiles from UNC-Greensboro in 1962.
Retiring from the military in 1964, Doc and Mildred moved to Southern Pines, where he became the first Director of Adult Education at Sandhills Community College. Both felt it a distinct honor to be a part of Sandhills Community College, where they could help others enjoy what they had devoted their lives to?education. The D. L. “Doc” Furches Center for Lifelong Learning in Van Dusen Hall at Sandhills Community College honors Doc’s lifetime devotion to education.
Established by the Furches in 1999, The Furches Scholars Program assists first-year students in University Studies who plan to transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill. Provided they continue to qualify, this scholarship will support the recipient for two years while at Sandhills , and it will carry forward for two years at UNC-Chapel Hill. Mildred and Doc Furches’ work, their dedication, and their generosity have been and will continue to be sources of inspiration and support to generations of Sandhills’ students.