KENANSVILLE – The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has awarded a two-year “People Helping People” Scholarship for $5,000 to each of two students at James Sprunt Community College.
Carmen Brown, a student in the aAssociate Degree Nursing Program (ADN), and Angela Strickland, a student in the Associate of Arts Program in Business Administration, each received a $5,000 scholarship to be distributed at fall and spring semesters for four consecutive semesters. The scholarships, funded solely by SECU members, were presented by Lisa Johnson, senior financial services officer of the Kenansville branch of the SECU. Also present were Dr. Lawrence L. Rouse, JSCC president, and Melissa Whitman, JSCC interim director of financial aid.
“The college congratulates Carmen Brown and Angela Strickland on receiving this year’s SECU scholarships. Community partners such as the SECU play a vital role in helping us provide educational services for our students. JSCC appreciates the generous scholarships that the SECU awards each year,” said Rouse.
A resident of Wallace, Brown graduated in the top 10 of her class at Wallace-Rose Hill in 2009, and received her two-year Associate in General Education Degree from James Sprunt Community College before entering the ADN Program. Her future plans include attending a four-year educational institution for her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN).
Strickland resides outside of Kenansville with her husband and three sons. After 15 years as a homemaker, she returned to school and is currently enrolled in the Associate in Arts Program in Business Administration at JSCC. Her future plans include pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Health Care Management.
The scholarships are awarded to students who best exemplify the SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” and have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement. There are 116 scholarships valued at up to $5,000 each, with each North Carolina community college receiving two scholarships.