SCC Students Receive Golden LEAF Scholarships


From left to right, seated, Jahia Cole, Shawanna Long, and Brittany Brooks.
Back row: Matthew Osborne, Uriel Osorio-Carbajal, Matthew Reeder, and Jeffrey Hamilton.


Students at Stanly Community College (SCC) received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

The scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses related to attending classes during the 2018-2019 academic year. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed.

Scholarships are available for both occupational and curriculum students and are awarded during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Students awarded scholarships include: Jahia Cole (Albemarle) Associate Degree Nursing, Matthew Reeder (New London) Basic Law Enforcement Training, Tavion Lipford (Eden) Early Childhood Education, Keshia Dowe (Badin) Human Services Technology, Jeffrey Hamilton (Polkton) Computer Integrated Machining, Uriel Osorio-Carbajal (Albemarle) Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology, Brittany Brooks (Locust) Associate Degree Nursing, Shawanna Long (Albemarle) Associate Degree Nursing, and Matthew Osborne (New London) Computer Engineering Technology.

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. For more information about the foundation, visit or call (888) 684-8404.

Students interested in applying for a Golden LEAF Scholarship should contact SCC’s Financial Aid Office at (704) 991-0302 or visit our website at