CFCC’s 14th Annual Gift of Education event, held on May 16, 2019 at the Wilson Center, was uniquely moving and motivational. Over 430 guests came to hear the inspirational stories of CFCC Dental Hygiene student Kristen Wilkerson, CFCC College Transfer student James Jones, and CFCC graduate and Women’s Sea Devil Basketball National Semifinalist Champion Tracey Kemp (pictured above).
In fact, we surprised both Kristen and James with scholarships for their final academic year at the event!
The Cape Fear Community College Foundation relies on this event to raise approximately 45% of its annual scholarship budget. A huge thank you to the many donors, volunteers, and staff who made this event possible!
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The Gift of Education event has a tremendous history and is a great investment in the future leaders of our region. Affordable education is one of the best ways to ensure individuals and families a lifetime of financial stability, health, and productivity. The Cape Fear Community College Foundation makes education possible for many who could not afford it any other way by providing scholarships and academic program support.
This year, the 14th Annual Gift of Education event is on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington. We offer two seatings (breakfast and lunch) to accommodate over 800 attendees. Last year we raised $314,981 to benefit CFCC students through the Gift of Education event. From its inception in 2005, more than 1.3 million dollars have been raised and more than 2,200 CFCC students have been assisted with funds from this event. 100% of donations to the Gift of Education event will go to support student scholarships and academic programs.
Almost 80% of CFCC students remain in the southeast NC region after graduation and provide many wonderful services that touch our lives every day. CFCC graduates fuel our local economy and provide skilled labor for all industries – from health care workers, builders, and tradesmen to service personnel and professionals.
This academic year, we hope to be able to fund over 800 students with a total scholarship budget of over $750,000.
Will you join us? Save your seat now – RSVP at cfcc.edu/rsvp-goe.
Save Your Seat
Courtney Kirkham, CFCC Student 2019
Last year, thanks to your generous support, the Foundation raised over $1M and were able to award scholarships to 718 students across 65 different programs.
Scholarships make a huge difference in a student’s life, giving them the ability to remain focused on their education. Today’s estimated cost to attend Cape Fear Community College is approximately $4,000 for tuition, books and fees for an entire year. Most of our students are working one or two jobs and juggling family responsibilities. They are facing mounting costs for living expenses including transportation and housing. There is often very little left to cover educational purposes. Without generous donors like you, many students will have to put their educational dreams on hold. We are asking you to consider making a gift today with immediate impact.
Meet Courtney, a business student, who said it best: “Your generosity has made a significant difference in my education and helped me get on my feet in the most desperate of times”.
Courtney is not one of those students who has always had everything paid for. She is a single mom who had to work a lot harder to accomplish her education after high school. During Hurricane Florence last September, not only did the entire community suffer hardship, but her mom passed away from a sudden illness, making it very hard for her to continue school. She turned to the Cape Fear Community College Foundation who awarded her a scholarship to help her graduate.
“Without the help of donors like you, there would have been no way to accomplish what I did. It is humbling just knowing that there are people out there that care enough to help students like me” says Courtney.
Scholarships are a vote of confidence that motivate our students to keep going despite whatever obstacles may stand in their way.
Please join us in support of CFCC’s talented students by investing in their future.
CFCC Scholarship Recipients were honored at the Wilmington Contractors Association’s Annual “Shrimparoo” event on Tuesday night, March 19, 2019. Pictured from left to right is CFCC President Jim Morton with students Nathan Harrell, Kyle Menke, Bryan Ramos, and Mason McKeithan. Congratulations students, and a big thank you to the Wilmington Contractors Association for their support!
From left: Second-year students, Preston Lee, and Jacob Aceret
Second-year students, Preston Lee and Jacob Aceret, were the highlight of the CFCC Foundation Donor Appreciation Event on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
Preston Lee (left) is in his final semester at CFCC studying marketing and received the Rising Tide Scholarship. Preston and his family experienced a house fire when he was only 12 years old and that made his teen years difficult. He struggled with substance abuse and addiction until he enrolled in the Teen Challenge Recovery Program back in 2014. Since then, he moved to Wilmington and has been clean and sober for 4 years. However, right after he enrolled in CFCC to pursue a degree in marketing, his father lost his job and he could no longer afford to finish school. The Rising Tide Scholarship provided him the opportunity to enroll in all the classes he needed to graduate. Preston claims “It has been such a blessing to be at CFCC. They have done more than enough to help me along my academic journey and allow me to be confidently prepared for my future.”
Jacob Aceret (right) is also in his final semester at CFCC. He received the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation Scholarship. Jacob is a Marine Corps veteran and has been studying the newest technologies in the energy industry and construction management, but his GI bill did not cover all his expenses. “This scholarship has not only validated my hard work in and out of class, but it has lifted my confidence and opened doors to opportunities that would not have existed without it. It has solidified my commitment to the Wilmington community and serving others” says Jacob.
Both of these young men want to encourage other students to apply for scholarships because of the opportunities it afforded them. The scholarship cycle is now open, but only through April 30th.