Golden LEAF Scholarship opportunities

Published 8:56 pm Saturday, September 22, 2012

Beaufort County Community College is one of 51 community colleges statewide whose students are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Golden LEAF Foundation.
The scholarship funds are made available from a grant made by the Golden LEAF Foundation to the North Carolina Community College System.
Curriculum students may apply for up to $750 per semester and occupational education students are eligible for up to $250 per term.
Golden LEAF Scholarships can be used to assist with tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses related to attending classes during the 2012-13 academic year and mid-skills credential testing, upon course completion.
Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and live in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed.
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 Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 4,900 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 1,124 grants totaling more than $496 million since its inception. For more information about the foundation, visit or telephone 888-684-8404.
For information about Golden LEAF scholarships available at BCCC, contact the Financial Aid Office at 252-940-6219 to receive information about the scholarship program and an application. Those interested in occupational extension scholarships may also contact Chet Jarman, dean of Continuing Education, at 252-940-6241.