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CFCC Student Veterans Receive $5,000 from MOAA


From left to right are Shane Fernando, CFCC vice president of advancement and the arts; CFCC President Jim Morton; four scholarship recipients; and Joe Irrera, SENCLAD chapter president.

WILMINGTON, NC – Eight Cape Fear Community College veteran students received scholarships from the Southeastern Chapter (SENCLAD) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the nation’s largest military officers association.

A total of $5,000 was awarded to these students to help with tuition, cost of living, books, and equipment needed for school due to COVID-related hardships.

The recipients of the MOAA scholarship awards were Caroline Burten, U.S. Marine Corps veteran; Coleman George, U.S. Navy veteran; Jacob Ashley, U.S. Marine Corps veteran; Kyle Bish, U.S. Marine Corps veteran; Perry Richards, U.S. Marine Corps veteran; Henry Wyley, U.S. Army veteran; Todd Matthews, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army veteran; and Taylor Christman, U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

“We are grateful to SENCLAD for their continued support of our student veterans,” said CFCC Veteran Services Coordinator Jason Bocchino. “This level of support for CFCC veteran students will make a lasting impact on their lives.”

“I am so honored to have been chosen as a recipient for the MOAA scholarship,” shared CFCC student veteran Taylor Christman. “This scholarship will allow me to continue pursuing my dream of becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician.”

“The members of SENCLAD MOAA are pleased and proud to be able to help assist our student veterans in completing a milestone in their life. It is veterans helping veterans, and we will continue to do so,” said Joe Irrera, SENCLAD Chapter President.

“The transition from military to civilian life is not without its challenges,” said CFCC President Jim Morton. “But through the generosity of organizations like the Military Officers Association of America, the challenges that come are less complicated and the hurdles, easier to surmount.

The mission of the SENCLAD Chapter is to benefit members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors and to advocate for a strong national defense while providing needed support to the community and its members.

Veterans make up a large portion of CFCC’s student body. To learn more about veterans at CFCC, visit cfcc.edu/veterans .

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