Wayne Community College students recently received scholarships from the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation.
The SECU “Bridge to Career” Program awarded scholarships for $500 each to 24 students enrolled in short-term training through WCC’s Workforce Continuing Education division.www.ncsecu.org and a mobile app. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare, and human services. Since 2004, SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of over $235 million for initiatives to benefit North Carolinians statewide.The scholarship recipients and their programs of study are: Cristian Cevallos of Goldsboro, EMS; Emily Chamberlain of Goldsboro, EMS; Alanna Dawson of Goldsboro, EMS; Karly Denning of Mount Olive, EMS; Reagan Ingram of Goldsboro, EMS; Felicia Kelly of Lucama, EMS; Ernesto Pineda-Ruiz of Dudley, EMS; Tyler Rose of La Grange, EMS; Summer Wiggins of Seven Springs, EMS; Delano Blaizes of Dunn, Truck Driver Training; Alonza Barnes of Goldsboro, Truck Driver Training; Stephanie Cannon of Snow Hill, Truck Driver Training; Victor Herrera of Goldsboro, Truck Driver Training; Stevie Mitts of Goldsboro, Truck Driver Training; Carlton Sutton of Goldsboro, Truck Driver Training; Malik Williams of Goldsboro, Truck Driver Training; Hilario Aguilar of Snow Hill, Truck Driver Training; Melinda Cradle of Goldsboro, Nurse Aide 1; Markiesha Kamoh of Goldsboro, Nurse Aide 1; Kimberly Martin of Goldsboro, Nurse Aide 1; Vanna Reid of Goldsboro, Nurse Aide 1; Nakesha Washington of Goldsboro, Nurse Aide 1; Mollie Cooper of Goldsboro; Nurse Aide 1; and Robert Voissem, Jr. of Goldsboro, Pharmacy Tech. The SECU “Bridge to Career” Program helps remove financial barriers for students seeking to obtain state-regulated or industry-recognized credentials through the Workforce Continuing Education division. The program has supported community college workforce development and continuing education students across North Carolina since 2018. Additionally, two full-time curriculum students received “People Helping People” Scholarships from the SECU Foundation valued at $5,000 each, to be used across four consecutive semesters. The scholarship recipients and their programs of study are: Hannah Gay of Goldsboro, Associate in General Education – Nursing; and William Jones of Goldsboro, Accounting and Finance. Two “People Helping People” scholarships are awarded annually to each of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina through the SECU Foundation scholarship program. Students are selected based on scholastic achievement, community involvement, and the demonstration of leadership, the pursuit of excellence, and integrity. “WCC is grateful for the support we have from the SECU Foundation and our local branch,” said WCC Vice President of Workforce Continuing Education Services and Community Engagement Renita Dawson. “Their continued support over the last few years has provided opportunities for students to follow their dreams by having access to programs and courses without the financial burden.” About SECU and SECU Foundation A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the state of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 85 years. SECU is the second largest credit union in the United States with $53 billion in assets and serves over 2.7 million members through 273 branch offices, over 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 member services via phone,