ALBEMARLE — Stanly County Community students again received scholarships for tuition and expenses through the Golden LEAF Foundation. Every year, students in rural areas of the state which had relied heavily on tobacco production income receive Golden LEAF scholarships to attend North Carolina’s community colleges as part of a settlement with tobacco companies with the state.
This year, students who received Golden LEAF scholarships for use in the summer and fall semesters include: Graci Hudson, accounting; Tanya Harris, business administration; Meagan Thompson, AGE nursing; Erson Bonhomme, AGE nursing; Tanisha Broadnax, human services technology; Kiera Morrison, nursing; Baylee Russell, radiography technology, Laton Burleson, biomedical equipment technology; Lashonta Scarboro, business administration; Meristacia Detlef, infant-toddler care certificate; Vyktoria Iverson, accounting; Pennialisha Lawson, early childhood education; Angela Murphy, respiratory therapy; Hannah Mills, nursing; D’Anya Chance, criminal justice technology; Angelia Wozinsky, science, Avery Owens, electrical lineworker; Bryan Tinco-Reyes in electrical lineworker; and Jalen Long, electrical lineworker.
The students who receive these scholarships can use the money for tuition and expenses, such as books, student fees, supplies, childcare and transportation, as long as it relates to attending classes in the semester for which the money was awarded.
In order to receive the scholarships, students must be from an economically distressed or tobacco-dependent county and must show a financial need.
The Golden LEAF Foundation was created in 1999 using half of the funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies. The foundation works with state and local government, nonprofits and educational institutions to transform the North Carolina economy away from reliance on tobacco production.
Students attending Stanly Community College who want more information about Golden LEAF Scholarships can call the college’s Financial Aid Office at 704-991-0302.