DCCC Students Awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships

December 14, 2012 - Thirteen students from Davidson County Community College 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 residing in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed to attend the state’s community colleges and universities, 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 certain qualifying classes during the academic year. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in eligible counties as designated by the Golden Leaf Foundation. Scholarships for both occupational and curriculum students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters until the colleges allocation is fully spent.

Students awarded scholarships from DCCC include:

  • Brittany Arnold, of Mocksville, who is in the College Transfer program
  • Hillary Cartner, of Mocksville, who is in the Practical Nurse Education program
  • Miriam Granadero, of Mocksville, who is in the Nursing Assistant 1 program
  • Kendell Lambert, of Mocksville, who is in the College Transfer program
  • Kattie Link, of Cooleemee, who is in the Nursing Assistant 1 program
  • Jessica Martin, of Mocksville, who is in the Pre-Nursing Associate Degree Nursing program
  • Jennifer Myers, of Advance, who is in the Practical Nurse Education program
  • Sharon Robinson, of Albemarle, who is in the Practical Nurse Education program
  • Diana Rogers, of Mocksville, who is in the Nursing Assistant 1 program
  • Shelley Smart, of Advance, who is in the Nursing Assistant 1 program
  • Walter Varona, of Mocksville, who is in the College Transfer program
  • Jayne Walter, of Advance, who is in the Nursing Assistant 1 program
  • Laticia Wooten, of Mocksville, who is in the Nursing Assistant 1 program

“This Golden LEAF scholarship serves as great resource to these students,” said Sandra Porter, Enrollment Services counselor at DCCC. “The assistance the award provides helps alleviate some of the financial burden, allowing students to focus their attention on academics. It also helps fund areas of study not covered by traditional federal financial aid.”

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 4,900 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 1,124 grants totaling more than $496 million since its inception. For more information, about the foundation, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.

To find a list of participating community colleges and eligible counties, visit www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Stu_Dev_Services/goldenLeafScholarsProgram.htm or www.goldenleaf.org . Students interested in applying for a Golden LEAF Scholarship at DCCC should contact Sandra Porter, Enrollment Services Counselor, 336-751-2885, ext. 4853 or slporter@davidsonccc.edu.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.