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. 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.

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

Students who received Golden LEAF Scholarships for the Spring 2021 semester include:


Vyktoria Iverson Accounting and Finance
Pennialisha Lawson Early Childhood Education
Donteana Gibbs Business Administration
Tanaya Harris Business Administration
Earlicia Cobb Early Childhood Education
Misty Bell Cybersecurity
Wendy Miller Human Services Technology
Jordan Quinn Human Services Technology
Stephanie Nowlin




Steven Atkins Electrical Lineworker
Brandon Newlin Electrical Lineworker
Jeremy Chastain Electrical Lineworker
Garret Stoker Electrical Lineworker
Ethen Fesperman Electrical Lineworker