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ACC Announces Six New Endowed Scholarships for Students

The Alamance Community College Foundation has announced six new scholarship opportunities for students.

The Foundation will award nearly $250,000 from more than 100 named endowed scholarships this year. Including other sources of private funds that flow through the Foundation, up to $500,000 in aid is available to be awarded to students. The aid is primarily need-based. Students must fill out the FAFSA to be eligible. The Foundation endeavors to assist up to 1,000 students annually to attend college. The ACC Scholarship Committee makes decisions on all awarded scholarships.

The six new scholarships are as follows:

Margaret Connors Asher Memorial Scholarship Fund

In Memory of: Marti Asher was a beneficiary of a scholarship from the ACC Foundation in 1996 when, at age 39 with four children at home, she returned to school at Alamance Community College. She received her Associate in Arts degree in Accounting in 1997, which provided her sufficient credit hours to qualify to take the CPA exam. She subsequently started a new career at Gilliam Coble & Moser. She served on ACC’s Accounting Advisory Committee and was named the ACC Distinguished Alumna in 2014. Marti Asher died of breast cancer in March 2019.

Endowment Intent: To provide financial assistance to female students, preference 30 or older, who attend Alamance Community College. Students must find themselves needing a credential to get back in the work force after an extended period of absence, such as to raise children, and / or are seeking education to make a career in non-profit work (501 (c) (3)), either by working directly for a charitable organization or in support of such an organization. The student should have (from high school or college) a 2.5 GPA and a 75% completion rate. Academic records older than five years may be disregarded. The student should also demonstrate need. Support may include tuition, textbook expenses, fees and program-related supplies.

 

Dr. Marla Dunham University Transfer Scholarship

In Honor of: Dr. Marla Dunham came to ACC in 1993 as an English instructor and retired at the end of spring semester in May 2014. In total, she taught for four decades. In her retirement, Dr. Dunham has continued to be a supporter of ACC and an advocate for higher education in her beloved state of North Carolina. Family, friends and colleagues have contributed to this scholarship in her honor.

Endowment Intent: To provide financial assistance to students who attend Alamance Community College. Students must be enrolled in the University Transfer Program. The selected student(s) must have (from high school or college) a 2.5 GPA, a 75% completion rate and demonstrate need. Support may include tuition, textbook expenses, fees and program-related supplies.

 

Donna Rice Scholarship for Office Administration

In Memory of: Donna Rice was the Administrative Secretary to Business, Arts and Sciences and Industrial Technologies divisions at ACC. In 2016 she was named Staff Member of the Year.  Donna graduated from ACC with an A.A.S. degree in Executive Secretarial Science. She passed away in March 2017 after battling cancer. 

Endowment Intent: To provide financial assistance to students enrolled in ACC’s Office Administration programs. The selected student(s) must have a 2.5 GPA, a 75% completion rate and demonstrate financial need. Support may include tuition, textbook expenses, fees and program-related supplies.

 

Shallowford Community Scholarship

In Honor of: The Shallowford Community Development Club, Inc. was formed as a non-profit corporation in July 1963 by a group of civic-minded members of the Shallowford Community in western Alamance County. The Club was established with a mission to promote and foster educational, recreational, physical, and social activities for residents of the Shallowford Community. For 55 years, the Club has fulfilled its mission with funding primarily through the rental of its Shallowford Community Center. At this point in its life cycle, the Board of Trustees believes it can better serve the community and its mission through the establishment of the Shallowford Community Scholarship for students of Western Alamance High School, to be managed by the Alamance Community College Foundation.

Endowment Intent: To provide financial assistance to students who have attended Western Alamance High School. The selected student(s) must have a 2.5 GPA and a 75% completion rate. Support may include tuition, textbook expenses, fees, and program-related supplies.

 

John Sims and Holly Deyo Sims Endowed Scholarship

In Honor of: John and Holly established this scholarship to honor Nikki and Brent Davison who have selflessly loved, cared for, and adopted foster children in addition to their own biological children. They continue to fight for the rights of foster children and educate current and prospective foster parents.

Endowment Intent: To provide financial assistance to ACC students, with a preference for those who have been in the foster care system. The selected student(s) must have a 2.5 GPA, a 75% completion rate and demonstrate financial need. Support may include tuition, fees and program-related supplies.

 

Dorothy Lyn Thompson Scholarship

In Memory of: Dorothy Lyn Thompson was an ACC alumna and, using her degree, worked for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a laboratory technician for 24 years. Ms. Thompson passed away in April 2018. Funds for the scholarship were left to the ACC Foundation in Ms. Thompson’s estate.

Endowment Intent: To provide financial assistance to students who attend Alamance Community College. Students must have (from high school or college) a 2.5 GPA, a 75% completion rate and demonstrate need. Support may include tuition, textbook expenses, fees and program-related supplies.

 

For more information about any of these scholarships, contact Carolyn Rhode, Executive Director of the ACC Foundation at 336-506-4128.

 

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