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NC Community Foundation awards $829,000 in scholarships

JAN. 5, 2012 – The North Carolina Community Foundation has awarded nearly $829,000 in scholarships and educational grants for academic year 2011-2012, according to NCCF CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside.

The NCCF has awarded $610,929 in direct scholarship aid to students from across North Carolina, representing 332 scholarships to 291 students. Of these, 105 scholarships were awarded to first-generation college students.

The NCCF also has contributed another $217,779 in grant money to educational institutions for the purpose of awarding scholarships to students attending these schools.

Direct scholarships have been awarded to recent high school graduates and other qualified adults seeking higher education at public and private universities and community colleges. Scholarship endowments are held by the NCCF for most of its 60 affiliate foundations statewide.

“These scholarship grants are changing and improving the lives of many North Carolinians – now and for generations to come,” Tolle Whiteside said.

The scholarships are among 1,965 grants totaling more than $6.8 million that the NCCF awarded last fiscal year, a record amount for the foundation.

About the North Carolina Community Foundation:

The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $63 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $145 million in assets, the NCCF sustains 1,000 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships.

The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state. An important component of the NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels.

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Those interested in investigating scholarship opportunities offered through the NCCF should check the NCCF website in February 2012. To establish a scholarship endowment, please contact Beth Boney Jenkins, NCCF’s vice president of development, at 919-256-6932.

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