Five SW seniors named Golden LEAF recipients


ROCKY MOUNT - Five Southern Wayne seniors have been selected to receive a Golden LEAF Scholarship.

The quintet of Mark Anderson, Noah Barrett, Georgia Fulghum, Katelyn Gregory and Evelyn Trejo are each eligible for a $3,500 annual scholarship for up to four years of undergraduate study at a participating four-year North Carolina college or university.

Anderson, Gregory and Trejo plan to attend the University of Mount Olive. Fulghum is headed to Meredith College, while Barrett will study at NC State.

“Congratulations to the students from Wayne County for receiving this award,” said Sen. Jim Perry (R-Lenoir, Wayne). “Mark, Noah, Georgia, Katelyn, [Charles B. Aycock’s] Makayla [Kidd] and Evelyn have already demonstrated leadership and strong academic performance. Receiving a Golden LEAF Scholarship is a great honor and these students should be proud of their accomplishment. 

“I look forward to hearing of their future success.”

The Golden LEAF Foundation plans to distribute $14,000 to 215 rural North Carolina students. The scholarship program was created to broaden educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural counties with the goal that after graduation recipients will return and contribute back to rural communities.

The N.C. State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) administers the program and selects students for awards.


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