WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College awarded Golden LEAF Scolarships to 30 students – 23 curriculum and seven continuing education – during the Spring 2015 semester. 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.
Golden Leaf recipients who were enrolled in curriculum programs for spring 2015 were: Megan Gerth, Ashe County; Marissa, Goodman, Ashe County; Virginia Hamilton, Ashe County; Amy Lee, Ashe County; Francisco Ledezma, Ashe County; Carmelina Mahaffey, Ashe County; Terry Mahaffey, Ashe County; Angela Miller, Ashe County; Betty Miller, Ashe County; Robert Osborne, Ashe County; Jakolia Parsons, Ashe County; Eva Petty, Ashe County; Pamela Phillips, Ashe County; Barbara Ritchie, Ashe County; Sandra Roten, Ashe County; Donna Sexton, Ashe County; Garry Sexton, Ashe County; Ringo Ravares, Ashe County; Justin Weaver, Ashe County; Mistilina Borders, Wilkes County; Ellen Holland, Wilkes County; Derek Patterson, Wilkes County; and Teodora Velasquez, Wilkes County.
Golden Leaf recipients who were enrolled in continuing education programs for spring 2015 were: Patricia Church, Ashe County; Sara Hughes, Ashe County; Elizabeth Miller, Ashe County; Cynthia Price, Ashe County; Tiffany Sawyer, Ashe County; Britnie Woods, Ashe County; and Desma Shaw, Wilkes County.
Curriculum students may apply for up to $750 per semester, including summer term, and occupational education students are eligible for up to $250 per term. Awards may be applied toward tuition, fees, books and supplies at the community college where enrolled; transportation; childcare expenses related to attending classes; and industry-recognized credential testing upon course completion.
Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships are awarded during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
Students interested in applying for a Golden LEAF Scholarship should contact the Wilkes Community College Financial Aid Office at 336-838-6146 or toll free at 866-222-1548 (ask for financial aid).
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. Currently Golden LEAF has funded 1,280 grants, totaling more than $563 million. For more information about the foundation, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.