About Us

A Dream Fulfilled

The Ferree Foundation was established in 1953 through the vision of Idyl Ferree, a well-known local attorney, and his wife, Mabel. Mr. Ferree was a native and life-long resident of Randolph County, North Carolina.

Although childless themselves, Mr. and Mrs. Ferree helped provide a college education for several local students and the idea of an educational foundation was born. The Ferrees seeded the Foundation with a parcel of land which was sold to provide funds for student loans. They took great pleasure in the Foundation, and remained active in its affairs until Mr. Ferree’s death in 1965. Mrs. Ferree continued to be involved as her health allowed until her death in 1982. The Ferrees bequeathed a large portion of their estate to the Foundation, increasing its resources and allowing hundreds of students to benefit from their generosity.

For over fifty years, The Ferree Foundation has fulfilled Mr. and Mrs. Ferree’s dream of helping Randolph County citizens attain their higher education goals.