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COA Announces 2018 – 2019 Recipients of the Golden LEAF Scholarship

Golden LEAF Scholarship

Eleven curriculum and fourteen Workforce Development and Career Readiness students from College of The Albemarle (COA) received scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

The Golden LEAF Scholarship could be used for tuition, books, fees, supplies, transportation and childcare related to attending classes during the fall, spring and summer semesters for 2018 – 2019. Funds could also be used for industry-recognized credential testing expenses that address skill gaps upon course completion. Eligible students must reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships for both occupational and curriculum students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

COA Students Awarded Curriculum Scholarships

  • Tammy Bowdish, Currituck
  • Heather Burdick, Perquimans
  • Daysha Brumsey, Pasquotank
  • Mark Ross, Dare
  • David McClintock, Pasquotank
  • Jacquelyn Messineo, Chowan
  • Lisa Norman, Pasquotank
  • Vanity Nowell, Pasquotank
  • Bobbi Sison, Pasquotank
  • Allyson Skinner, Pasquotank

COA Nurse Aid Students Awarded Scholarships

COA awarded fourteen students who attended the Certified Nurse Aid program offered through Workforce Development and Career Readiness:

Fall 2018

  • Nikki Blanchard, Pasquotank
  • Susan Fiedler, Pasquotank
  • Bethany Fritts, Perquimans
  • Brandy Green, Pasquotank
  • Jenna Horowitz, Currituck

Spring 2019

  • Rakena Brown, Pasquotank
  • Amber Felton, Pasquotank
  • Tanya King, Dare
  • Holly Schindewolf, Perquimans
  • Destiney Rankins, Chowan
  • Tracy Baxton, Chowan
  • Crystal Spots, Chowan

Summer 2019

  • Charity Kuhn, Pasquotank
  • Veronica Santana, Chowan

“Golden LEAF’s mission is to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grants-making, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.”

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 funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufactures 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. The foundation has awarded 1,557 grants totaling more than $802 million since its inception.

For more information about the foundation, visit or call 888-684-8404.