The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority recently selected Hannah Taylor Grigg and Michaela Roland as recipients of Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarships. Grigg graduated from West Lincoln High School and Roland went to North Lincoln High School. Both plan to attend Gardner-Webb University this fall.
They are among the 215 students selected to receive an annual Golden LEAF $3,000 scholarship for up to four years of study at a participating N.C. public university or private non-profit college or university. Recipients are from rural, economically distressed N.C. counties and are selected based on a number of criteria, including a review of school and community service activities, goals, and expressed intent to contribute to rural communities upon graduation from college.
The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically-distressed rural communities across the state. The foundation has awarded 1,094 grants totaling more than $484 million since its inception.