Nearly 700 people packed into the Schwartz Center today at Cape Fear Community College for the eighth annual Gift of Education luncheon. The event broke all previous records and raised an estimated $500,000 for the college, most of which will be used to support student scholarships.
Business administration student Michelle Ridgeway earned a standing ovation following her emotional story of how she endured domestic violence and homelessness before relocating to Wilmington and enrolling at CFCC.
“I came to Wilmington looking for a fresh start. What I found was so much more that that. I found a place to call home,” Ridgeway stated.
In addition, she expressed her gratitude to the donors who helped fund two scholarships which enabled her to continue her education.
“Without scholarships, my college dreams would have ended after my first semester. In addition to the much needed financial support, those scholarships told me that someone out there believed in me and my future,” Ridgeway said.
“My reality is sometimes being faced with the decision of buying textbooks or buying groceries for my children,” Jumoke said.
“Itâ€™s very comforting to know that the scholarship I receive will help ease some of the financial pressure off my household and allow me the peace of mind that is needed to be a focused productive student,” Jumoke added.
The mission of the Cape Fear Community College Foundation is to support the students, faculty, academic programs and mission of the College.