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SECU awards scholarships at Rowan-Cabarrus

SALISBURY — Rowan-Cabarrus Community College students Moriah White and Madison Patton are recipients of the State Employees’ Credit Union “People Helping People” scholarship.

The SECU Foundation provides two $5,000 scholarships each year to each of the 58 North Carolina community colleges. Recipients are selected by the individual colleges based on students’ embodiment of the credit union’s “People Helping People” philosophy demonstrated through leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement.

Students also must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

“Congratulations to Moriah White and Madison Patton. It is my sincere hope that this scholarship helps them continue to achieve and demonstrate the remarkable qualities that earned them this award,” said college President Carol S. Spalding. “I am excited to have these two exceptional students at Rowan-Cabarrus, serving as daily examples of the character traits we all should try to exhibit.”

White, a graduate of East Rowan High School, is pursuing an associate in applied science degree in cybersecurity. She has participated in mission trips in underprivileged parts of the world and, locally, has assisted high school students with special needs and taught children to swim at the YMCA.

Patton, who graduated from Robinson High School, is pursuing an associate in science degree. She has volunteered at Rowan Helping Ministries, where she bagged food to give to people in need. When her neighbor was diagnosed with cancer, she stepped in to assist by keeping the neighbor’s special-needs child and creating a fundraiser to help the family with medical bills.

“These two students truly understand how to make a difference in the lives of others by embodying a servant’s heart,” said Allison Scott, RCCC director of financial aid, who was a member of the scholarship committee.

Six Rowan-Cabarrus continuing education students received $500 scholarships from the SECU. Derek Howell, Kevin Killough, Patrick Salcedo, Christopher Scott and Glenn Stough are all enrolled in Class A truck driver training, and Makeda Tesemma is taking the PC Repair/A+ course.

 SECU scholarship recipients can use the money for tuition, books, fees, course supplies and transportation.

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