Two students at RCCC get People Helping People scholarships

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 8, 2018

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

CONCORD — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has selected two students for the State Employees’ Credit Union People Helping People scholarship.

The SECU Foundation provides two $5,000 scholarships annually to each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges.

Recipients are selected by the college’s scholarship committee. Selections are based on a student’s embodiment of the credit union’s “People Helping People” philosophy demonstrated through leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement, along with an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

“Congratulations to both Destiny James and Ansley Jo Sharum. We are confident that this scholarship will help them continue to achieve and demonstrate the remarkable qualities that earned them this award,” said Janet Spriggs, chief operating officer for the college.

James, of Cabarrus County, is pursuing an associate in arts degree with the goal of transferring to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

“My parents, who are both educators, have inspired me and showed me the importance of helping others and giving back to your community,” said James. “This scholarship will really help me pursue my ambitions and educational goals.”

Sharum, of Rowan County, is pursuing an associate in science degree, with the goal of transferring to a four-year college.

“Receiving this scholarship will make a huge difference for me in completing my academic goals and helping me in my future plans to work with animals,” said Sharum.

Recipients can use the scholarship funds for tuition, books, fees, course supplies and transportation.

“Thank you to the State Employees’ Credit Union for their commitment to Rowan-Cabarrus and our students,” said Carl M. Short, chairman of the Rowan-Cabarrus board of trustees. “The price of education continues to climb across the country, and I am pleased that the State Employees’ Credit Union is committed to helping students achieve their goals.”

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