CFCC Merit Scholarships Awarded

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation recently awarded merit scholarships to nine local students who will begin their first year of college at CFCC this semester.

The recipients demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in their high school careers. Academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service were all considered in the selection process.

The 2014 CFCC Merit Scholars are Vaughn Rizzo from Ashley High School; Kylie Purvis and Connor Belk from Coastal Christian High School; Aaliyah MacAlpine from E.A. Laney High School; Cassidi Williamson from New Hanover High School; Katelyn Andreassen and Mayra Chavez from Heide Trask High School; Jordan Spillers from Topsail High School; and Abby Thorley from Wilmington Christian Academy.

Each student received $900 toward their first semester at CFCC, and will receive an additional $900 for the spring semester if they maintain a 3.0 GPA while completing 12 credit hours this fall.

The Merit Scholars will also benefit from support provided by the CFCC Foundation Board of Directors throughout the academic year. “Our board members are very interested in making sure our merit scholars have all the resources they need to succeed at CFCC,” said Dana McKoy, Director of Annual Giving at CFCC. “They look forward to sharing their own academic experiences and offering guidance to these promising students.”

The CFCC Foundation’s merit scholarships are awarded each year. To be considered, a student must be a current high school senior within New Hanover or Pender County and must have applied or been approved to enroll at Cape Fear Community College. For more information, please visit

2014 merit scholars

Photo, left to right: Aaliyah MacAlpine, Cassidi Williamson, Abby Thorley, Kylie Purvis, Connor Belk, Jordan Spillers, Katelyn Andreassen, Mayra Chavez, Vaughn Rizzo.