Piedmont Community College is pleased to announce scholarships are available for the fall, spring and summer terms through a grant made by the Golden LEAF Foundation to the North Carolina Community College System. Curriculum students may apply for up to $750 per semester and occupational education students are eligible for up to $250 per term.

Golden LEAF Scholarships can be used to assist with tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses related to attending classes during the 2015-16 academic year and industry-recognized credential testing expenses that address skill gaps, upon course completion. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships for both occupational and curriculum students are available during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

The deadline for applications for the fall term is Friday, October 2. Please contact the financial aid office at (336) 322-2170 to receive information about the scholarship program and an application.

The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation.

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 9,600 Golden LEAF Scholarships to help North Carolinians attend our state’s community colleges,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF President. “Our hope is that these scholarships will help build the talent, knowledge and skills of our current and future workforce, which are in demand by industry, especially in the rural areas of our state.”

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,346 grants totaling more than $591million since its inception. For more information about the foundation, visit www.goldenleaf.org or call (888) 684-8404.

To find a list of participating community colleges and eligible counties, visit or www.goldenleaf.org. Students interested in applying for a Golden LEAF Scholarship should contact the Piedmont Community College Financial Aid Office or visit www.piedmontcc.edu/scholarships for the application.

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