Cape Fear Community College today announced that PPD, Inc., has established a new Blue Ribbon Commission Youth Enrichment Zone Scholarship Fund with an initial contribution of $2,500 made by PPD’s Employee Charitable Affairs Committee. The contribution will be followed by a corporate contribution of $10,000 from PPD.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Youth Violence (BRC) was formed in 2008 by Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo as a way to respond to community concerns about increasing youth violence in New Hanover County. A major initiative of the BRC is the formation of the Youth Enrichment Zone (YEZ). Modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone, the YEZ is a targeted area of crime, poverty and violence within the community. Through coordinated efforts, this long-term project is aimed at increasing the availability of afterschool, summer, educational, life skills, parenting and violence prevention programs.
The BRC YEZ Scholarship is available to students who live in the YEZ, have a minimum grade point average of 2.0, and wish to pursue a college education at CFCC. Preference will be given to students currently serving on the Youth Council of the YEZ. The BRC YEZ scholarship is an open scholarship to which any individual, business or community organization can make donations.
The scholarship fund supports PPD’s commitment to advancing the health and well-being of people and communities where it has offices.
“The Blue Ribbon Commission has made great strides toward addressing youth violence by providing positive educational and life-changing programs for our youth and their families,” said Meg Davenport, executive director of corporate administration for PPD. “PPD wants to play a part in creating a better future for our children and a better quality of life for our community, and this new CFCC scholarship is an important way for PPD to continue to embrace the responsibility of corporate citizenship.”
For more information about the College, Foundation, endowments, or scholarship opportunities, please contact the CFCC Foundation at (910) 362-7207.