Scholarships Available for Continuing Education Certification Programs

Students seeking to gain new or upgrade current job-related skills through Wayne Community College Continuing Education have a new option for financial assistance.

The college will award five $750 scholarships provided by the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation in the fall semester and another five in the spring. The scholarships will pay for short-term training programs that lead to state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials offered through Continuing Education.

The scholarships are to be used for registration fees, books, certification fees, and course supplies, and if possibly childcare, transportation and living expenses if the student demonstrates satisfactory progress towards course completion.

The target groups for the program are unemployment insurance claimants, unemployed and underemployed adults, military veterans and their spouses, and members of the N.C. National Guard.

The scholarships are need based but do not require completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Students already enrolled in a qualified program as well as those preparing to enter one may apply for this scholarship.

For more details and an application, go to or contact Maxine Cooper at (919) 739-6938 or Application deadline is Oct. 10.

Since 2004, SECU Foundation has supplied scholarships to each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges, with an annual commitment of more than $1,000,000.

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 75 years. With 1.8 million members, SECU provides services through 248 branch offices, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website,

The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services.

Wayne Community College is a public, two-year college with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, it serves 15,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 100 college credit programs.

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