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BCCC Foundation announces scholarship recipients, accepting applications

The Beaufort County Community College Foundation is proud to announce the following scholarship recipients for the spring 2019 semester. The BCCC Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships during the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarship applications for the fall semester are due on June 27. Registration is open for summer and fall classes.

Yasmine Corprew, 17, of Washington, received the Ellen Everett & Raymond Gene Schwartz Scholarship. Corprew plans to become a nurse. She is the daughter of Kelly Keys, of Washington. Corprew is part of the emergency medical technician program. She is dual-enrolled in the Beaufort County Ed Tech Center.

This scholarship is awarded to BCCC Continuing Education students who successfully complete an industry-recognized credentialed course. Scholarships are also available to achieve high school equivalency certificate. Qualified students must show academic promise and demonstrated financial need.

Lavikina Grimes, 39, received the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship. Grimes is a Washington resident and part of the nurse aide program. Grimes attended Washington High School and holds an Associate in Applied Science in Human Services Technology and an Associate in General Education. She is the daughter of Glenda Moore. She currently works at the Child Development Center as a cook and plans to become a traveling nurse.

Established in 2015, this scholarship is awarded to Continuing Education students seeking an industry-recognized credential. Students must demonstrate financial need and meet qualifying guidelines.

Stephanie Keel, 21, received the Dorothy & Allen Taylor Scholarship. Keel is working toward an associate degree in nursing. She is the daughter of Greg Keel of Jamesville and Betty Jo Burch of Havana, Florida, and she is expecting her first child. The Jamesville resident attended Riverside High School and plans to work at Vidant Beaufort Hospital.

Sam Taylor established this scholarship in memory of his parents, Dorothy and Allen Taylor. Scholarships are given to second-year nursing RN students who are Beaufort County natives that intend to stay and work in Beaufort County and plan to continue their education at an accredited university towards a BS degree. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Laney Leggett, 17, received the James Franklin & Hannah Bagwell Scholarship. Leggett is part of the nursing program. She is the daughter of Penny and Ernie Coltrain of Jamesville, and she attended Bear Grass Charter School. The Jamesville resident plans to continue her nursing education and currently works at Moore Aquatic and Fitness Center as a lifeguard.

Established in 1997, this endowment funds annual scholarships in memory of William Riley and Rosa Watson Roberson and William “Bill” Roberson Bagwell. The recipients of these awards must be high school or GED graduates enrolled in a degree, diploma or certificate program, must demonstrate financial need and must show academic promise.

Desember Mears, 24, received the Darragh Foundation Scholarship. The Chocowinity resident is part of the nurse aide program. Daughter of Shannon Owens of Chocowinity and Stephen Mears of Edenton, she currently works at Burger King as a cashier. Mears attended Perquimans County High School, and she holds a phlebotomy certification. She plans to work in the medical field.

Renita Peterson, 42, also received a Darragh Foundation Scholarship. Peterson is a nurse aide student and the daughter of Ruth Peterson of Robersonville. The Robersonville resident attended Roanoke High School. She plans to become a certified nurse aide.

Austin Squires, 24, received the Darragh Foundation Scholarship. Squires is a phlebotomy student and a resident of Washington. He is the son of Sandra Brown and attended Washington High School. Father of one, Squires currently works as a sales associate at Sheetz.

Established in 1998 by Richard and Mildred Darragh, the Darragh family focuses on the impact of education in the communities it serves. The Darragh Foundation’s mission is “Helping to Improve the Lives of Others.” Scholarships from the foundation are awarded to Continuing Education students seeking their high school equivalency diploma and students working towards an industry-recognized credential returning to the workforce. Scholarships are awarded biannually and students must show academic promise and demonstrate need.

Austin Squires, 24, received the Darragh Foundation Scholarship. Squires is a phlebotomy student and a resident of Washington. He is the son of Sandra Brown and attended Washington High School. Father of one, Squires currently works as a sales associate at Sheetz.

Diamon Swales, 23, received the BCCC Foundation Board of Directors Scholarship. Swales is a Washington resident who is part of the pharmacy technician program. Swales attended Washington High School and plans to attend pharmacy school. The daughter of Ursula and George Swales of Washington, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.

Established in 2015, this scholarship is awarded to Continuing Education students seeking an industry-recognized credential. Students must demonstrate financial need and meet qualifying guidelines.

For more information, contact Jen Seay at jennifer.seay@beaufortccc.edu or 252-940-6218.