Two Alamance Community College students have received “People Helping People” scholarships from the NC State Employees Credit Union (SECU). The students were presented with scholarships worth $5,000 each over a two-year period.
Both scholarship recipients have a history of service within their individual communities, striving to break down socioeconomic barriers. They are proven leaders, patient mentors, and robust organizers, representing the best of Alamance Community College. Although they come from very different walks of life, each student has represented a mission of service to others.
Maribeth Hyness of Graham is pursuing an Associate in Arts degree with an emphasis in Spanish translation. Sidelined by disability in recent years, she has returned to school to enhance skills she learned while working as a registered nurse and during a chaplain residency program.
Allan Jaimes of Chapel Hill is a university transfer student pursuing an Associate in Arts degree. While in high school, this son of Mexican immigrants joined the El Centro Hispano youth program to help guide Latino teens toward involvement in school and community. Allan also founded a Habitat for Humanity club at his high school.
Qualifications for the SECU scholarship include documented need, grade point average, community service, and commitment to ACC for two years. The $5,000 scholarships are given to two students from each of the state’s 58 community colleges to support two years of schooling. The funding comes from SECU members who contribute a $1 service fee per month on their checking accounts.