Local Students Selected for $12,000 Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarships

Forty-five Triangle-area students win Golden LEAF scholarships
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Area students receive scholarships from the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority

North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) recently selected 215 rural North Carolina students to receive up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF (Long-Term Economic Advancement Foundation) Scholarship. Forty-five Triangle-area students received these awards.

Each winner was selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years of study at a participating four-year North Carolina college or university. Recipients from rural, tobacco-dependent or economically distressed North Carolina counties are selected based on career and educational goals, a review of school and community service activities, academic performance, length of residence in the county and expressed intent to contribute to the state’s rural communities upon graduation from college.

The Golden LEAF Foundation created the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program to broaden educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural counties with the hope that after graduation recipients will contribute back to these communities.

“Golden LEAF is pleased to announce the 215 Golden LEAF Scholarship recipients,” said Scott T. Hamilton, Golden LEAF Foundation President, Chief Executive Officer. "These students were selected out of a pool of more than 2,200 applicants. We are proud to award scholarships to hardworking and bright students with deep roots in their rural communities. We support our scholarship recipients as they follow their education pursuits and develop into North Carolina's next generation of rural leaders.”

Triangle-area winners are:

  • Lance Adams, South Johnston High School, Benson, N.C.;
  • Gabriel Asbell, Rocky Mount High School, Rocky Mount, N.C.;
  • Brandon Barnes, Wilson Preparatory Academy, Wilson, N.C.;
  • Jala Battle, Northern Nash High School, Whitakers, N.C.;
  • Margaret Bobbitt, Vance Charter School, Henderson, N.C.;
  • Renee Boone, South Granville High School, Creedmoor, N.C.;
  • Amber Bowser, Rocky Mount High School, Rocky Mount, N.C.;
  • Kelsey Boyd, Roanoke Valley Early College, Enfield, N.C.;
  • Ruth Brock, Clinton High School, Clinton, N.C.;
  • Austin Chavis, Purnell Swett High School, Red Springs, N.C.;
  • Eden Curtiss, Rocky Mount High School, Rocky Mount, N.C.;
  • Cara Davis, Cleveland High School, Angier, N.C.;
  • Hannah Evington, Purnell Swett High School, Red Springs, N.C.;
  • Elijah Foley, Hoke County High School, Raeford, N.C.;
  • Tristian Foster, Southern Nash High School, Middlesex, N.C.;
  • Courtney Gentry, Person High, Roxboro, N.C.;
  • Chantel Gillus, Roanoke Valley Early College, Weldon, N.C.;
  • Sonaya Goode, Warren County High School, Warrenton, N.C.;
  • C'Asia Hamm, Wayne School of Engineering, Goldsboro, N.C.;
  • Ricardo Hernandez-Lopez, Edgecombe Early College High School, Rocky Mount, N.C.;
  • Jalen Hicks, KIPP Pride High School, Littleton, N.C.;
  • Tania Hunter, Vance County Early College High School, Henderson, N.C.;
  • Aftan Kidd, Charles B.Aycock High School, Goldsboro, N.C.;
  • Heidy Labra Franco, Warren Early College High, Warrenton, N.C.;
  • Riley Lancaster, Wayne Early/Middle College High School, Pikeville, N.C.;
  • Christopher Lipscomb, Person High School, Roxboro, N.C.;
  • Brendon McConney, Beddingfield High School, Wilson, N.C.;
  • Rebecca McDermott, Northeast Academy, Woodland, N.C.;
  • Allana Mercer, Northern Nash High School, Rocky Mount, N.C.;
  • Liam Miller, Hoke County High School, Raeford, N.C.;
  • Lydia Pearson, Princeton High School, Princeton, N.C.;
  • Scarlett Rackley, Southern Lee High School, Sanford, N.C.;
  • Colby Rainey, Hoke County High School, Raeford, N.C.;
  • Casey Riley, Union High School, Harrells, N.C.;
  • Kendall Royster, Vance County Early College High School, Middleburg, N.C.;
  • Ramon Sanchez, Sampson Early College High School, Clinton, N.C.;
  • Nadia Simmons, Vance Charter School, Henderson, N.C.;
  • Raven Slade, Nash Rocky Mount Early College High School, Rocky Mount, N.C.;
  • Avery Sorie, The Oakwood School, Scotland Neck, N.C.;
  • Zoie Starling, Triton High School, Dunn, N.C.;
  • Anna Sutton, Hobbton High School, Newton Grove, N.C.;
  • Danielle Tew, Midway High School, Godwin, N.C.;
  • Jonathan Tippette, Edgecombe Early College High School, Rocky Mount, N.C.;
  • Abrianna Vann, Clinton High School, Clinton, N.C.;
  • Emma White, Mintz Christian Academy, Clinton, N.C.

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding received from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For 20 years, Golden LEAF has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.

The Foundation has provided lasting impact to tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and rural areas of the state by helping create 65,000 jobs, over half a billion dollars in new payrolls and more than 84,000 workers trained or retrained for higher wages.

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