Riverfest donates $11,000 to CFCC Marine Technology scholarships

Riverfest recently donated $11,000 to fund student scholarships for Cape Fear Community College Marine Technology Students.

“Our hope is, with these scholarships, students who might not otherwise be able to afford their classes will be able to stay in school and complete their coursework,” said Donna Worrell, Riverfest President.  “We support the Marine Technology program because students are learning how to work on the water, and how to become good stewards of this precious natural resource. It’s a great fit for Riverfest.”

Since 1995, Riverfest has donated more than $141,000 to the CFCC Foundation.  Funds have been used for scholarships, equipment, and special projects.   In 2008, an endowed scholarship was established.  So far, $36,000 of the donated funds has been designated for the Riverfest/Ava M. Hobbs Endowed Scholarship.

Kelly Bryant, a second-year student in the program, is the recipient for a 2012-2013 Riverfest scholarship.  Bryant is pleased to have been awarded the scholarship.  “Receiving this scholarship will help motivate me to continue to do well and it will allow me to become even more focused on the Marine Technology program.  Instead of having to pick up an extra shift at work, I’ll be able to spend more time on school and will be able to become more involved with the CFCC Marine Technology Club and attend those functions,” said Bryant.  “I’m also a tutor in the program,” Bryant said, “so this scholarship will allow me to have more hours available for students who need help.”

Bryant says that CFCC Marine Technology students are excited about the support the program and students have received from Riverfest. “All the Marine Tech students know how Riverfest supports us, and we’re so excited about their contributions and the exposure that Riverfest helps bring to the program.”

Worrell says Riverfest is proud to support CFCC Marine Technology students.  “The appreciation from scholarship recipients has been overwhelming,” said Worrell.  “We’re so happy to be able to help.”

Riverfest will be held October 5-7 on the Wilmington riverfront.  This year, the festival plans to offer new events and to extend the length of the festival on Water Street.   Riverfest is a non-profit organization and is planned each year by a completely volunteer staff.  Riverfest is seeking volunteers for this year’s event.  For more information about opportunities to volunteer with Riverfest, call 910-452-6862, visit www.wilmingtonriverfest.com or email wilmingtonriverfest2012@gmail.com.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation exists solely to support the students, instructors, programs and mission of the College. The Foundation secures and manages gifts and grants, including cash contributions, deferred gifts, securities, donated services, and equipment and supplies for educational purposes.  For more information about CFCC or scholarship opportunities, please contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at 910-362-7207 or visit www.cfcc.edu/foundation.