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Aug.  7, 2013
SECU Foundation Continuing Education Scholarship Program established, applications due Aug. 21
WELDON, N.C. – In 2012, the State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) Foundation established a Continuing Education Scholarship Program to help remove financial barriers for students seeking to gain new and/or upgrade current job-related skills. Annually, the program provides a total of 580 scholarships—10 scholarships at $750 each to all 58 community colleges. Target groups for the program are unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed and underemployed adults, military veterans, and members of the North Carolina National Guard.

The SECU Foundation has provided ten $750 scholarships to students at each of the state's community colleges. With the addition of the Continuing Education Scholarship Program, this brings the Foundation's commitment to the N.C. Community College System to more than $1 million. The funding cycle for the scholarships will be by fiscal year—July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

To be considered for the scholarship program, a student must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a North Carolina resident living in the college’s service area, and present a valid Social Security card and N.C. driver’s license.
  • Be in one of the following target groups: unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed and underemployed adults, member of the N.C. National Guard, or military veterans and spouses. (Note: Underemployed will be defined as individuals earning 200 percent below the federal poverty level. Preference will be given to students with limited or no access to financial aid from other programs.
  • Be enrolled in a short-term training program that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential that is offered through Continuing Education.
  • Not be a director, employee or family member of an employee of the SECU or SECU Foundation.
The scholarship program will be administered through the college’s Continuing Education Department in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office. Scholarships are need-based. Students must submit an application to the college’s designee. Applications will be reviewed by a scholarship selection committee.

Applications are due by Aug. 21. Contact Donna Sellers, coordinator, at 252-536-7216 for more information.
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Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239