Local student earns Golden LEAF scholarship

Staff Report

DOBSON — A Surry Community College student is receiving a $3,000 scholarship to matriculate to Gardner-Webb University.

The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority recently selected Leslie Watts as a recipient of a Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarship for students transferring from community colleges.

Watts is one of 215 students selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship each year to study at a participating North Carolina public university or private non-profit college or university.

As a community college transfer, Watts will receive up to three years of support.

Recipients from rural, economically distressed North Carolina counties are selected based on a number of criteria, including review of school and community service activities, goals and expressed intent to contribute to 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 provide leadership in their home areas.

“The Golden LEAF Board of Directors has been pleased to assist more than 15,800 students from families in rural communities attend college since 2000,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF president.

“The Golden LEAF Scholarship is one of the many tools we have to help fulfill our purpose of growing North Carolina’s rural economy. Our hope is that through this scholarship, scholars will be able to gain valuable knowledge and skills and come back to their hometowns or another rural area to help our communities prosper.”

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