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Posted on June 12, 2022

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ROCKY MOUNT — The Golden Leaf Foundation announced that 215 rural North Carolina students were selected to receive up to a $14,000 Golden Leaf Scholarship — including eight in Nash County — who graduated this school year.

High school seniors entering college as first-year students are eligible for a $3,500 scholarship each year for up to four years of undergraduate study at a participating four-year North Carolina college or university. Community college transfer students are eligible for $3,500 a year for up to three years of undergraduate study.

Recipients from rural, 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. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority administers the program and selects students for awards.

“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 and CEO. “These students were selected out of a pool of more than 1,600 applicants. We look forward to the future success of these scholarship recipients as they follow their education pursuits and develop into North Carolina’s next generation of rural leaders.” 

State Rep. Matthew Winslow, R-Nash, said he appreciates Golden Leaf for giving back to Nash County.

“Thank you to Golden Leaf for giving back to our district and helping our young people succeed,” Winslow said. “I’m so proud of the winners and wish them the best in their future endeavors.”  

The newly selected 2022-23 Golden Leaf Scholarship recipients include the following:

• Samantha Clagg at Nash Community College.

• Terrance Dickens at Rocky Mount High School.

• Charlize Evans at Northern Nash High School.

• Meixing Liu-Nash at Rocky Mount Early College High School.

• Leleah Maher at Nash Rocky Mount Early College High School.

• Nyanna Sherrod at Nash Rocky Mount Early College High School.

• Darcy Tyndall at Rocky Mount High School.

• Alexis Winborne at James B. Hunt High School.

State Sen. Lisa Barnes, R-Nash, congratulated the recipients.

“My sincerest congratulations to Samantha, Terrance, Charlize, Meixing, Leleah, Nyanna, Darcy and Alexis for earning this award,” Barnes said. “Iʼm sure you will work hard to accomplish your goals. We need students like you to help our rural communities thrive.”

The Golden Leaf Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For more than 20 years, Golden Leaf has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolinaʼs rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.

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