Three area youths were among 215 statewide who received Golden LEAF Foundation scholarships of up to $12,000 each from the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, that agency recently announced.
Each of these students was selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years of study at a participating North Carolina college or university. Recipients from rural, economically-distressed North Carolina counties are selected based on career and educational goals, a review of school and community service activities, length of residence in the county and expressed intent to contribute to the state’s rural communities upon graduation from college.
Locally, students received the awards were Greta East of North Surry, who plans to student at Gardner-Webb University; Sarah Fulk of Surry Central, who plans to attend Forsyth Technical Community College; and German Munoz-Lopez of Surry Early College, who will be attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
The Golden LEAF Foundation created the Golden LEAF Scholarship program to broaden educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural counties hoping that after graduation recipients will provide leadership in these communities.
“Golden LEAF is pleased to announce that 215 new Golden LEAF scholars from rural North Carolina have been chosen, out of more than 2,400 applicants,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF president. “These hardworking and bright scholars have deep roots in their rural communities, and we are proud to support their education pursuits as they develop into North Carolina’s next generation of rural economic and community leaders.”
Students receiving Golden LEAF Scholarships are also eligible to participate in the Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program. The optional program provides leadership training at the Center for Creative Leadership, paid internship opportunities in rural North Carolina communities, and stipends up to $8,830 over four years of participation, in addition to Golden LEAF Scholarship funding.