Albemarle, NC – Students from Stanly Community College (SCC) recently received Golden LEAF scholarships through the North Carolina Community College System. The Golden LEAF Scholarship program is designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, and 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 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.

The following students received Golden LEAF scholarships while attending the 2021 summer semester: Vyktoria Iverson/Accounting and Finance, Pennialisha Lawson/Early Childhood Education, Earlicia Cobb/Early Childhood Education, Wendy Miller/Human Services Technology, Tanaya Harris/Business Administration, Noah Kimrey/Electrical Lineworker, and Nicholas Paige/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 the website at