EDITORIAL: Donors make dreams come true for deserving students

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

College can make a tremendous difference in the success one may achieve in life. Yet for some, higher education is not always affordable.

It’s fortunate that our own local college, Central Carolina Community College, has a foundation that helps to match those generous individuals who donate scholarships for those who face such needs.

The foundation recently held a scholarship luncheon to allow the donors and recipients to visit with one another.

The stories from the beneficiaries are heartwarming.

Consider Seth Tom, a former dishwasher who is looking to transfer to St. John’s University in New York to work toward his bachelor’s degree.

“All of the things I accomplished would not have been possible without the Central Carolina Community College Foundation and its scholarship donors,” he said.

Consider Melissa Buchanan, who is a student in the Medical Assisting program, who said. “The scholarship means I’ll be able to come back for the spring semester.”

Consider Dawn Gregory, who is studying nursing. She said, “I see going into nursing as my opportunity to give back,” she said. “I received the Mary Lois Harris Hayes Memorial Scholarship. Without that, it would be difficult to come up with the money for college.”

Consider Lisa Buxton, who is studying Dental Hygiene. “I am very appreciative of this scholarship,” she said. “Someday, I hope to establish a scholarship to help others.”

That’s exactly what these scholarships are all about — helping others to reach their potential.

How wonderful that so many giving people live in this area and are willing to support deserving students — allowing them to get an education on their pathway to a bright future.

If you’re interested in contributing to this effort, contact Emily Hare, CCCC Foundation and Development director, at (919) 718-7230 or ehare@cccc.edu.