Three high-achieving students are Alamance Community College’s recipients of state excellence awards sponsored by the NC Community College System.


2024 Academic Excellence Award Recipient

Quincie Loy of Mebane is a senior at Eastern Alamance High school with 4.0 grade point average. While simultaneously earning her high school diploma later this spring, she will also be awarded an Associate in Arts degree from Alamance Community College by earning sufficient credits through the free Career & College Promise program. Quincie is a recipient of ACC’s Academic Excellence in Sociology Award and English Department Award. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Scholars Honor Society. At Eastern Alamance, she serves as captain of the golf team and swim team. At the college, she is president of Sigma Psi, ACC’s Social and Behavioral Science club. Quincie has already received her acceptance to Wake Forest University, where she aspires to attend law school.


The Academic Excellence Award is sponsored by the NC Community College System (NCCCS). One student is selected from each community college by faculty nomination and must complete an application process that includes obtaining references and writing a personal statement. The student must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at ACC, and must demonstrate exceptional academic performance.


Lillia Diez

2024 Dallas Herring Achievement Award

Lillia Diez of Greensboro enrolled at ACC while homeless but persevered to earn her GED. Despite extreme personal struggles, she excelled in the college’s Automotive Systems Technology program. Even before completing her studies, Lillia was hired by Cox Dodge in Burlington, becoming the dealership’s company’s first female automotive technician. Lillia is currently working toward her Associate in Applied Science degree, including the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and Master Technician status. Lillia’s interests are not limited only to automotive technology. While at ACC, she is simultaneously working on a degree in Fire Protection as a second career option. Lillia credits Alamance Community College with providing her with “a new lease on life and a very bright future.”


The Dallas Herring Achievement Award was established by the North Carolina Community College System and honors the late Dr. Dallas Herring, whose philosophy of “taking people where they are and carrying them as far as they can go” is the guiding principle of the community college system.


Anika Carr

2024 Governor Robert Scott Leadership Award

Anika Carr of Mebane earned an Associate in Arts degree with High Honors from ACC in spring 2023. She is currently continuing her education there while applying for transfer to a university nursing program. Anika has been recognized by ACC as the recipient of the Academic Excellence in English and Academic Excellence in Chemistry awards. As an Officer of the Martial Arts Society, Anika organized and taught a Women’s Self Defense Class in collaboration with ACC’s Women in Industrial Science, Design, Engineering, and Manufacturing (WisDEM) club. Her community involvement has continued with organizing and leading the creation of The Clothesline Project at ACC, displaying 30 t-shirts that spotlight domestic abuse awareness.

Anika is also a community volunteer for the NC Collegiate Hunger Challenge. Her commitment to that organization has led her to organize the Feeding Hungry Minds AmeriCorps VISTA initiative, ACC Food Pantry, and EZ Meals and Fresh Produce Bags projects for students in need.


The NC Association of Community College Presidents created the Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award in 2004 as a way to recognize student leadership on a statewide level. The award is named in honor of former Governor and NC Community College System President Robert Scott. Each NC community college may nominate one student for the award.