WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships to 21 students — 17 curriculum and four continuing education — during the fall 2016 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 fall 2016 were: Dawn Cliborne-Eskey, Ashe County; Boyd Greene, Ashe County; Tonya Greer, Ashe County; Michelle Hinrichs, Ashe County; Sara Hughes, Ashe County; Brittney Hurley, Ashe County; Jennifer Murphy, Ashe County; Nohemi Padilla, Ashe County; Mercedes Shepherd, Ashe County; Kayla Townsend, Ashe County; Sabrina Walton, Ashe County; Dana Blankley, Wilkes County; Samantha Church, Wilkes County; Melanie Ellison, Wilkes County; Samantha Laws, Wilkes County; Heather Robinson, Wilkes County; and Amy Rodriguez, Wilkes County.
Golden Leaf recipients who were enrolled in continuing education programs for fall 2016 were: Jenna Livingston, Ashe County; Leah McCoy, Ashe County; Rikki Safrit, Ashe County; and Jacob Frankis, Ashe 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 or economically distressed. Scholarships are awarded during the fall, spring and summer semesters.
The deadline for applications for the spring 2017 semester is Feb. 17. 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 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.
Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe and Alleghany counties and beyond.