Purpose of the Foundation

The purpose of the Horner Foundation is to honor the legacy of Paul Horner (Sanderson High School ’87) by encouraging young people to pursue the road less taken.   Paul’s generous but self-directed life was exemplary to many and reminds us of the lines of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”:


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference


The Foundation wishes to further the spirit of Paul by identifying and nurturing a Wake County public school student  each year who wishes to engage in an unusual endeavor which might not necessarily be encouraged by his peers or the society around him.  The Foundation believes it important to support young people who pursue uncommon goals in a spirit of kindness and individuality.  The Foundation will fund a full scholarship to allow this young person, via a summer experience, to pursue an uncommon dream and thereby inspire those around him.