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Full Belly Project Lives on in New Economic and Workforce Development Scholarship at CFCC

Fully Belly Project TISA Scholarship Donation

Photo caption: From left to right are Shane Fernando, CFCC Vice President for Advancement and the Arts; Logan Thompson, CFCC Director of Advancement; and Dr. Lesley Daspit, Board Chair of the Full Belly Project.

The Cape Fear Community College Foundation is among the five organizations to receive funds from the Full Belly Project after the local nonprofit, dedicated to developing simple tools to improve lives around the world, announced its dissolution this past December.

Fully Belly Project’s gift to CFCC of $10,000 established the Full Belly Project Technology, Innovation, Service and Agriculture (TISA) Scholarship for CFCC Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) students. The scholarship is now available to students in CFCC’s EWD programs who live in Wilmington’s Youth Enrichment Zone (YEZ) and/or are a participant in or graduate of the Voyage program (formerly known as the Blue Ribbon Commission). This scholarship will reimburse students for registration fees and up to $500 annually in books and supply fees ($250 per semester). CFCC Career Readiness Coordinator, Buc Brownlie proposed the idea of a scholarship to the Board at Full Belly Project, providing the opportunity for a unique and long-lasting way to support the community and honor the legacy of this important community organization.

CFCC’s Economic and Workforce Development division provides job training and career readiness opportunities for Cape Fear region citizens. With program offerings such as diesel mechanics, truck driver training, welding, and more, CFCC’s EWD division offers over 730 classes to thousands of students annually to assist those looking to improve their lives through education and training. The Full Belly TISA Scholarship will support students in these short-term, high-impact programs, ensuring that more under-supported students are given full access to these life-changing programs.

“The Full Belly Project wanted to leave a lasting legacy of local impact. Fortunately, in working with the CFCC Foundation, we could do that through the TISA scholarship’s creation and initial funding. The empowerment of local communities has been key to the Full Belly mission. We understand just how important continuing education is to building resilient communities with relevant skills in today’s economy. We hope that our longtime supporters, and the community in general, will help to continue this scholarship program in perpetuity through future giving,” says Dr. Lesley Daspit, Board Chair of the Full Belly Project.

“We are honored that the Fully Belly Project has chosen CFCC as a recipient of these proceeds and are delighted to be able to build upon the legacy that it began in Wilmington,” said Shane Fernando, CFCC Vice President of Advancement and the Arts.

The Full Belly TISA Scholarship was created with a single $10,000 gift from the Full Belly Project, but with the community’s support, the scholarship can live on forever. The public is invited to support the Full Belly TISA Scholarship – especially those members of the community who so strongly supported the good work of the Full Belly Project in the past. Donors may contribute to the CFCC Foundation, honoring the Full Belly Project’s incredible legacy by visiting cfcc.edu/give.

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