VGCC students awarded Golden LEAF scholarships

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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A group of students from Vance-Granville Community College recently received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. The 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 to assist with tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses 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 (continuing education) and curriculum students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

The VGCC students who were awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships for the fall 2017 semester (with their respective programs of study) included:

• Angela Bullock of Warrenton (Associate in General Education - General Science);
• Whitney Cox of Oxford (Radiography);
• Brittney Darnell of Henderson (Business Administration);
• Catherine Demming of Oxford (Criminal Justice);
• Ethel Fogg of Warrenton (Culinary Arts);
• Coleen Green of Creedmoor (Associate in General Education - General Science);
• Holly Heston of Louisburg (Medical Office Administration);
• Latosha Hunt of Oxford (Business Administration);
• Jan Maniace of Henderson (Radiography);
• Tracy Matthews of Oxford (Medical Office Administration);
• Tyvoria Richardson of Warrenton (Associate Degree Nursing);
• Crystal Satterfield of Oxford (Associate Degree Nursing);
• Ashley Sawyer of Franklinton (Associate Degree Nursing); and
• Shalinda White of Louisburg (Medical Office Administration).

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 11,800 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, which are in demand by industry, 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 1,558 grants totaling more than $802 million since its inception. For more information about the foundation, visit or call (888) 684-8404.

Students interested in applying for a Golden LEAF Scholarship should contact the VGCC Financial Aid Office at (252) 738-3280.