Local Students Receive Scholarships - TribPapers

Local Students Receive Scholarships

Scott Hamilton. Photo courtesy of goldenleaf.org.

Madison County – Sometimes it’s hard to find the money for college, but three local students received a big boost to help pay for their higher education.

The Golden LEAF Foundation selected 215 rural North Carolina students to receive up to $12,000 scholarship, including three in Madison County.

The foundation selected Joseph Ammons of Madison Early College High, Raegan Metcalf of North Buncombe High School and Kenan Wood of Boyd Cove Christian Academy as recipients of the scholarship fund. Ammons plans on attending North Carolina State University, Metcalf will stay in Madison County to attend Mars Hill University and Wood will attend Davidson College.

“The students will receive a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years of undergraduate study at a participating four-year North Carolina college or university,” said a press release from the Golden LEAF Foundation. “Recipients from rural and tobacco-dependent or economically distressed North Carolina counties are selected based on career and educational goals, a review of school and community service activities, academic performance, length of residence in the county and expressed intent to contribute to the state’s rural communities upon graduation from college.”

“The Golden LEAF Foundation established the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program to broaden educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural counties with the goal that after graduation, recipients will return and contribute back to rural communities. 

“We are proud to award scholarships to hardworking and bright students with deep roots in their rural communities,” said Scott T. Hamilton, Golden LEAF Foundation President, Chief Executive Officer. “These students were selected out of a pool of more than 1,500 applicants. We look forward to the future success of these scholarship recipients as they follow their educational pursuits and develop into North Carolina’s next generation of rural leaders.”

“I am incredibly honored to represent the next generation of leaders from rural, Western North Carolina,” said Representative Mark Pless. “These students have proven their dedication to our state and its future, and their ambition deserves to be rewarded.”

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