RCC celebrates scholarship recipients

April 25 gala funds Working Scholarship

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HAMLET — Richmond Community College Foundation recognized the recipients of 220 scholarships during its annual academic awards banquet on March 26 at Cole Auditorium. The recipients were also given the opportunity to meet donors to thank them for their generosity in helping defray the cost of tuition and textbooks.

RCC Foundation President Lee Howell opened the program by thanking donors for the role they play in improving the lives of others.

An RCC photo Richmond Community College hosted its annual scholarship banquet March 26 at the Cole Auditorium, recognizing the recipients of 220 scholarships. Pictured above from left is RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis with Rockingham Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship recipients Jeremee Sweatt, Angela Williams, Sally Ingram and Ryanne McEachin, as well as RCC Foundation President Lee Howell. Not pictured is Rockingham Rotary scholarship recipient Deborah Mabe.

An RCC photo
Richmond Community College hosted its annual scholarship banquet March 26 at the Cole Auditorium, recognizing the recipients of 220 scholarships. Pictured above from left is RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis with Rockingham Rotary Club Endowed Scholarship recipients Jeremee Sweatt, Angela Williams, Sally Ingram and Ryanne McEachin, as well as RCC Foundation President Lee Howell. Not pictured is Rockingham Rotary scholarship recipient Deborah Mabe.

“You make an incredible impact on this college,” Howell said of the donors. “Your generosity helps students stay in school, graduate and get jobs.”

RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis also spoke during the ceremony, recognizing members of the Board of Trustees and the RCC Foundation Board of Directors, as well as applauding faculty and staff for their efforts to help RCC’s students achieve success.

“Tonight we celebrate the success of our great students, tremendous faculty and a generous community willing to give back,” McInnis said.

A highlight of the evening was recognition of one of the college’s newest bursaries, The Working Scholarship, which was created last year to assist students who did not qualify for full state or federal assistance due to the fact they were maintaining steady jobs.

“As you can see from the number of Working Scholarship recipients in attendance tonight, the establishment of this fund has addressed a unique and pressing need,” said RCC Foundation Executive Director Olivia Webb. “It is an honor to add this fund to our high-impact portfolio of endowed and annual scholarships, given to RCC students by individuals, families and businesses from throughout this community.”

Around 50 students benefited from the Working Scholarship last year, which is funded primarily through money raised at RCC’s Anniversary Gala.

“Last year’s Gala brought in a large portion of the funds required to operate the Working Scholarship for an entire year,” said Webb, who added this year’s ball would follow the same format, with entertainment provided by The Boomers. The Virgina-based band’s lead singer has opened for or shared the stage with national artists such as Hootie and the Blowfish, Melissa Etheridge, Alison Krauss, Edwin McCain and Emmylou Harris.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $1,000, which includes two tickets to the event, as well as recognition on all marketing materials. Individual tickets are being sold for $50.

“Having seen the impact the Working Scholarship has had on our students in its first year, we’re hopeful this coming year we’ll be able to expand it,” said Webb. “Our hope is to be able to assist all qualified students who are in need.”

For more information or to purchase tickets to RCC’s Anniversary Gala, contact the RCC Foundation Office at 910-410-1807 or bowebb@richmondcc.edu.

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