A-B Tech Students Awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships
Seven students from A-B Tech 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 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 2017-18 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.
Students from Madison County who were awarded scholarships and their programs of study are Alisha Cody, Nursing; Jessica Harwood, Nursing; Ryan Little, GOT-Nursing; Amber Paris, Criminal Justice; Shelly Proffitt, Business Administration; Haylee Shelton; Dental Hygiene and Amy Whitaker, Early Childhood Education. The total amount awarded to curriculum students for the year is $6,666.
Students must be residents of the following western regional counties to be eligible: Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, or Yancey.
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.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.
Pictured is recipient Shelly Proffitt.