Wilkes Community College awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships to 18 students – 15 curriculum and three occupational education – during the spring 2019 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. The following is a list of recipients of the golden leaf scholarship for spring 2019.

Golden Leaf recipients who were enrolled in curriculum and/or continuing education programs for spring 2019 were: Benjamin Brown, Alleghany County; Elizabeth Goodman, Ashe County; Alexus Hamm, Ashe County; Mary Hannewald, Ashe County; Brandy Hardin-O’Neal, Ashe County; Zachary Holman, Ashe County; Devin Honeycutt, Alexander County; Santana Horton, Surry County; Ashley Kerr, Wilkes County; Eric Lunsford, Wilkes County; Nhung Nguyen, Wilkes County; Kara Parker, Ashe County; Amy Patrick, Ashe County; Benjamin Pluche, Wilkes County; Jasmine Snider, Wilkes County; Elva Swibold, Ashe County; Susan Trull, Wilkes County; and Bailey Witherspoon, 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 and/or economically distressed. Scholarships are awarded during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

The deadline for applications for the summer 2019 semester is June 7, 2019. 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 1,557 grants, totaling more than $802 million. For more information about the foundation, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call 888-684-8404.