The daughter of state Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield also received a scholarship from a nonprofit affiliated with the N.C. Legislative Black Caucus.
The Wilson Democrat said her daughter, Lenai Butterfield, got a scholarship to go to N.C. Central University, where she studied early childhood education, graduating in 2006, Mark Johnson of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Farmer-Butterfield said that there was no rule against it.
"The key thing is that if the foundation had criteria that families of legislators couldn't apply, we would have abided by that," she said.
Rep. Alma Adams, head of the Black Caucus, said she intends to release a statement on the scholarships tomorrow. The son of Winston-Salem Democratic Rep. Larry Womble also received a scholarship from the foundation in 2006.