A group of VGCC students recently received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. The scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.
The scholarship can be used to assist with tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses related to attending classes during the 2016-17 academic year, and industry-recognized credential testing expenses that address skill gaps upon course completion. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships for both occupational (continuing education) and curriculum students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
The VGCC students who were awarded Golden LEAF scholarships for the fall 2016 semester (with their respective programs of study) include:
- Sally Alston of Louisburg (Associate in Arts);
- Jennifer Bauduin of Louisburg (Associate in General Education – General Science);
- Sonia Bishop of Stem (Computer Technology Integration – Networking and Security Technologies);
- Taylor Crisp of Warrenton (Associate Degree Nursing);
- Catherine Demming of Oxford (Criminal Justice);
- Emory Gant-Hawkins of Henderson (Business Administration);
- Latosha Hunt of Oxford (Business Administration);
- Quiana Miller-Fisher of Henderson (Human Services Technology); and
- Kimberly Vargo of Oxford (Associate in Arts)
“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 11,800 Golden LEAF Scholarships to help North Carolinians attend our state’s community colleges,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF president. “Our hope is that these scholarships will help build the talent, knowledge and skills of our current and future workforce, which are in demand by industry, especially in the rural areas of our state.”
The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,346 grants totaling more than $591 million since its inception. For more information about the foundation, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.
Students interested in applying for a Golden LEAF Scholarship should contact the VGCC Financial Aid Office at (252) 738-3280.