The Blockade Runner Project organization recently donated $5,000 to Cape Fear Community College’s Foundation to be used for student scholarships in the college’s Boat Building Program.
Founded five years ago, The Blockade Runner Project was started in hopes of building a full-scale replica of Civil War-era blockade runner ship in downtown Wilmington. However initial funding for construction of the project was not available and the group has since abandoned the effort.
However, the group’s members decided to donate the contributions they collected to support local boat building students. Several members involved in the project were former students in Cape Fear Community College’s Boat Building Program and remember their time at CFCC fondly.
Dick Hitchcock, a member of The Blockade Runner Project says that the officers of the Blockade Runner Project just want to see all the contributions we had given to the effort were used in a way that will ensure the educational aspect of our mission is carried on.
“We hope that this donation will truly benefit the students of the boat building program at Cape Fear,” Hitchcock said.
CFCC Marine Technology Department Chair, Jason Rogers, said that the donation will help ensure that CFCC’s boat building students have the financial means to continue their education.
“Many of our students work full time in addition to carrying a full class load. Merit based scholarships provide critical aid to students who deserve the time to focus on their class work,” Rogers said.
Thanks to the generous contributions from members of The Blockade Runner Project, a secondary education has been made possible for CFCC students that otherwise may not have been able to explore their interests in boat building.
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, estate gifts, securities, donated services, and equipment and supplies for educational purposes. For more information about CFCC, or about scholarship opportunities, please contact the Cape Fear Community College Foundation at (910).362.7207
or visit www.cfcc.edu/foundation