The Super Sawyers

Connie and Bonnie Sawyer of Camden County, N.C., have nine children. They should get a medal just for raising them all. But wait – all nine won full scholarships to college, including seven for Carolina. That’s got to be some kind of a world record.

Here’s the Carolina tally first:

  • Connie Sawyer III is the oldest son at age 30. He was the family’s first Morehead Scholar at UNC. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in economics. He earned a law degree from Columbia University in 2003 and became an attorney in Charlotte.
  • Joshua, 29, was a Pogue Scholar at UNC. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in biostatistics.
  • Quinton, 27, was the second Sawyer to win a Pogue. (Are you still with me?) Did we mention he also was a finalist for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship? He got two degrees from UNC — B.A. and M.A. degrees in Exercise and Sport Science.
  • Crystal, 23, and Kellie, 22, both attended Carolina on full scholarships and graduated with degrees in Exercise and Sport Science. And both are now working on master’s degrees.
  • Anthony, 21, was accepted into Harvard but, of course, he came to Chapel Hill when he was offered the Robertson Scholarship. That entitled him to attend both UNC and Duke University. He’s studying in UNC’s School of Public Health, with his sights on medical school.
  • Raymond, the “baby,” just graduated from Camden County H.S. as the class salutatorian. He’s the second member of the family to receive a Morehead-Cain Scholarship to UNC.

Two Sawyers got full scholarships at other schools: Portia, 25, went to Elizabeth City State and Bonney, 20, is studying at East Carolina.

— Thanks to The Daily Advance in Albemarle.

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4 Responses to The Super Sawyers

  1. garyalanmiller says:

    What a great story and a great family! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Jeannie Satterfield says:

    I have to say that I come from Camden also and have never heard such an amazing story! God bless the Sawyer family and their future! Great story!!

  3. Q Sawyer says:

    Thanks for this story. As one of the nine, we are definitely proud of these accomplishments, humbled by the attention, but most importantly thankful for the favor that God has placed on this family. And I think I speak for my brothers and sisters by saying we hope our story can become an inspiration to kids out there that goals are achievable, and that sports are not the only way to college scholarships.

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