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Dec. 5, 2014
Halifax Community College Students Awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships
WELDON, N.C. – Seven students from Halifax Community College (HCC) will receive scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. The Golden LEAF 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 for tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation and childcare related to attending classes during the 2014-15 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 and curriculum students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

HCC recipients include:
  • Billie Duncan
  • Brenda Gary
  • Andrew High
  • Desmond Johnson
  • Samuel Lawrence
  • Ernest Medley
  • Loretta Parker
"The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 8,000 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, 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 1,275 grants totaling more than $561 million since its inception. For more information about the foundation, visit www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Stu_Dev_Services/goldenLeafScholarsProgram.htm or www.goldenleaf.org. Students interested in applying for a Golden LEAF Scholarship should contact the HCC Financial Aid Office at (252) 538-4334.
Golden LEAF Scholars Program's Two Year Colleges Participating Campuses:
Alamance CC
Asheville-Buncombe CC
Beaufort County CC
Bladen CC
Blue Ridge CC
Brunswick CC
Caldwell CC & Tech. Inst.
Cape Fear CC
Carteret CC
Catawba Valley CC
Central Carolina CC
Central Piedmont CC
Cleveland CC
Coastal Carolina CC
College of the Albemarle
Craven CC
Davidson County CC
Edgecombe CC
Fayetteville Tech. CC
Forsyth Tech. CC
Guilford Tech. CC
Halifax CC
Haywood CC
Isothermal CC
James Sprunt CC
Johnston CC
Lenoir CC
Martin CC
Mayland CC
McDowell Tech. CC
Montgomery CC
Nash CC
Pamlico CC
Piedmont CC
Pitt CC
Randolph CC
Richmond CC
Roanoke-Chowan CC
Robeson CC
Rockingham CC
Sampson CC
Sandhills CC
South Piedmont CC
Southeastern CC
Southwestern CC
Stanly CC
Surry CC
Tri-County CC
Vance-Granville CC
Wake Tech. CC
Wayne CC
Western Piedmont CC
Wilkes CC
Wilson CC
Applicants must reside in one of the following counties to be eligible:

Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Avery, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Burke, Caldwell, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Cherokee, Chowan, Clay, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Davie, Duplin, Edgecombe, Franklin, Gates, Graham, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Jackson, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, Martin, McDowell, Mitchell, Montgomery, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rutherford, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Watauga, Wayne, Wilkes, Wilson, Yadkin or Yancey
Halifax Community College's Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

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