SCC Students Receive Golden LEAF Scholarships


Golden LEAF Oct 2019

Pictured from left to right standing: Shane Cuda (Asheboro), Blake Garner (Seagrove), and Devin Sparks-Steele (Asheboro). 
Seated: Nijah Armstrong (Albemarle), Steve Parker (Albemarle), Brigette Howard (New London), and Elaine Eudy (Locust).


Students from Stanly Community College (SCC) recently received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program through 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 and 2019-2020 academic years. 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 for the summer semester included Tavion Lipford (Early Childhood Education), Keshia Dowe (Human Services Technology), Uriel Osorio-Carbajal (Collision Repair), Matthew Osborne (Computer Engineering Technology), Brandy Almond (Associate Degree Nursing), Candace Hantz (Electrical Lineworker), Morgan Thompson (Electrical Lineworker), and Jonathan Suttle (Electrical Lineworker).

Students awarded scholarships for the fall semester include Steve Parker (Associates in Science), Nijah Armstrong (Basic Law Enforcement Training), Elaine Eudy (Associate Degree Nursing), Brigette Howard (Welding Technology), Sydney Burnette (Associate Degree Nursing), Hannah Ross (Radiography), Conner Mulligan (Associate in Arts), Shane Cuda (Electrical Lineworker), Devin Sparks-Steele (Electrical Lineworker), and William Garner (Electrical Lineworker).

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