Community raises $215,000 in scholarships for CFCC students at annual luncheon

Over 600 invited guests packed the Schwartz Center at Cape Fear Community College earlier today for the annual “Gift of Education” fundraising luncheon hosted by the CFCC Foundation.

Major highlights from the program included remarks from three CFCC students – each with a unique and inspiring story of how the decision to attend CFCC had changed their lives.

The lunch was catered by Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits, which donated meals for the event. Bojangles’ President and CEO Randy Kibler was the guest speaker. During his remarks, Kibler emphasized the need to support education and workforce training.

At 1 p.m., CFCC Foundation Executive Director Margaret Robison announced the results to the crowd – participants had contributed $215,000 toward student scholarships.

Foundation officials say that financial needs of Cape Fear students have never been greater and they are incredibly grateful for the generosity of all who attended this year’s event.

According to recent survey, CFCC students revealed that for the third year in a row, financial constraints were the number one reason that students did not complete their degree programs.

According to the Fall 2011 survey, more than 18% of students who did not complete their program of study listed “financial hardship” as their reason for leaving school.

The survey findings are not surprising, considering the majority of CFCC students have financial need. According to the CFCC financial aid office, 65-70% of students are receiving some type of financial aid, including scholarships, loans or Pell grants.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, teachers, programs and mission of the College.