Marva Jeanne Pitt Riley, a lifelong teacher and an alumna of North Carolina Central University, died on Sunday, June 5, 2016. Marva taught elementary school in New York City, until failing health ended her formal career. But she continued to teach not only her children, but neighborhood children on the front porch or in the living room of her family home in Tarboro, N.C. Her daughter, Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley, has established the Marva Jeanne Pitt Riley Endowed Scholarship in her honor to train future teachers. Donations are being accepted on NCCU’s Foundation site at Marva Pitt Riley Endowed Scholarship (Please scroll down to OTHER and designate that the donation is for the Marva Riley Endowed Scholarship/ Account E01466.) Checks may be sent (with Marva Riley Scholarship/ Account E01466 in the memo line) to:

Marva Pitt Riley Endowed Scholarship
NCCU Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 19363
1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC 27707