Spring Golden LEAF Scholarships Awarded

Nineteen Wayne Community College students were selected to receive spring semester scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System.

Curriculum (college credit) recipients and their programs of study are

Elizabeth Audela, Criminal Justice;
Ru Xin Huange, Associate in Arts;
Jason O’Neal, Associate in Arts; and
Pamela While, Medical Laboratory Technology

Paige Morning, Associate in General Education

Devin Best, Automotive Systems Technology;
Bobby Carter, Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration; and
Esther House, Early Childhood Education

Pink Hill
Yesenia Garnica, Dental Assisting

April Izcoa, Associate in Science

Recipients enrolled in Continuing Education Occupational Extension programs are

Jessica Outlaw 

Lottie Darden,
Lauren Davis,
Hannah Ellis,
Susan Lynch,
Kelly McLamb, and
Chelsea Wong

Mount Olive
Margaret Dube

Kelsey Daw

All of the Continuing Education recipients were studying in the Nurse Aid I program.

The scholarships can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses related to attending classes, and industry-recognized credential testing expenses that address skill gaps upon course completion. Recipients demonstrated financial need and resided in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed.

The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, which is 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 program is administered by the N.C. Community College System.

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 6,400 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.”

To find a list of participating community colleges and eligible counties of residence, visit www.nccommunitycolleges.edu or www.goldenleaf.org.

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 1,248 grants totaling more than $548 million and more than $29 million for scholarships to over 12,000 students from rural North Carolina since its inception.

For more information about the foundation, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.

Wayne Community College is a public, two-year college with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, NC. 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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