Scholarship is Established in Honor of Frances Weller and Margaret Weller Stargell

The “Wellership” is a new scholarship established at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) for students who are twins and have another family member in college at the same time.  Ame Lozano, a twin completing the college transfer program, is the first recipient of the $500 scholarship.  She was selected because of her academic success and community involvement.  The scholarship was created in honor of Frances Weller and Margaret Weller-Stargell as a gift from friends on a recent birthday.

The Wellers are twins and understand the hardship of families who have two students in college; this scholarship is a way to make that struggle easier for another family.  

Frances Weller explains, “Margaret and I are deeply honored that a twin at Cape Fear Community College will receive this scholarship.  It is our hope that this student will be able to realize the dream of a college education with financial assistance from this scholarship.  We are dedicating this scholarship to our late father, Fritz Weller.  He would be so proud to know that this scholarship will be awarded to a student who shares something in common with his girls.”

Frances and Margaret are natives of Wilmington, NC who have had an amazing impact on the community with their unselfish service to this area. Frances has worked at WECT, a local NBC affiliate, for 28 years, starting as a reporter and moving up to a news anchor. In 2009 Frances was awarded “Best Newscaster” by Encore Magazine. Frances’s sister, Margaret Weller, married Willie Stargell, former Major League baseball player for the Pittsburg Pirates. Margaret is the President of the Willie Stargell Foundation, which raises funding for kidney disease research and treatment in honor of her husband. Margaret is also President and CEO of Coastal Horizons Center, a non-profit organization that promotes healthy choices and development for children, adults, and families in Eastern North Carolina and Durham.

The Wellers actively contribute to the advancement and well-being of the Wilmington area, and both know that providing a scholarship to CFCC is another way to help better our local economy by aiding students in pursuing an education.

The CFCC Foundation supports the people, programs, and mission of the college by securing and managing gifts that include cash contributions used for scholarships and other contributions aimed at helping the college meet its goals. To learn more about the college or scholarship opportunities please contact the CFCC Foundation at (910) 362-7331 or visit