‘Peanut Man’ donates $5K toward scholarships for Portsmouth students

Robert “Bob” Triplett, also known as the "Peanut Man," donated he made selling peanuts at a farmers market to new scholarships for students. Image Credit: WAVY Photo/Laura Caso

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The amount of money Robert “Bob” Triplett has raised for Portsmouth schools is definitely not peanuts.

The 79-year-old double-amputee recently donated $5,000 to provide scholarships to high school students. He made all that money by selling peanuts at the Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market.

“You take 50 pounds of peanuts and about 50 pounds [or] 75 pounds worth of salt and let them boil for about 6 or 7 hours and you get the perfect peanut,” said Triplett. “I still feel great most days, so I needed something to do and so I sell peanuts for our youth.”

Portsmouth school officials announced Triplett’s donation in a Feb. 9 news release.

Triplett, who also has a nickname of “Peanut Man,” graduated from I.C. Norcom High School in 1958.

Officials say Triplett’s idea was born out of conversations he had had with friends about the plight of today’s youth. He reportedly wanted to help the next generation, despite his age and health challenges.

Portsmouth officials say two $1,000 scholarships will be given this year to Portsmouth high school students. Triplett stated in the release that he plans on raising $10,000 for more scholarships.

Sabrina Evans, Executive Director of the Portsmouth Schools Foundation, helped Mr. Triplett set up the scholarship fund.

“It seemed like from the time he started until now he raised $5,000 in two months,” said Evans. “Anything is possible if you put your heart to it and some hard work and that he did and two of our students will benefit from it and that alone is a blessing.”