The Nash Community College Foundation awarded more than $240,000 in scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year at the Scholarship Awards Program held Thursday, November 1, 2018. The forty-third annual event brings together scholarship recipients and their donors as students are awarded scholarship funds, and have an opportunity to express their gratitude.
Second-year nursing student and scholarship recipient Lattisha Boddie shared remarks during the ceremony. “I am a single parent of a 14 year old daughter, and I have wanted to be a nurse all of my life,” she said. “I started school in 2000 but life happened and I had to leave school. My dream of being a nurse stayed forever tucked away in my heart. Fast forward to 2016 and I was in a position to go back to school. With the support of my parents, grant money, and all of you wonderful donors, I am now six months and 15 days away from graduating with my Associate Degree in Nursing.”
Since beginning in 1983, the Nash Community College Foundation has made its mark on the community sending forth skilled employees, and helping graduates launch careers. The local community and the volunteer Foundation Board of Directors have been most supportive in making student scholarships available for deserving students.
“On behalf of the board, I extend our deepest appreciation to the many donors whose generosity is making the scholarship awards day a reality,” Foundation Board President Frank Maynard said. “Thank you to the individuals and organizations who are providing the financial resources for scholarships. Through their hard work and dedication, these students have already proven that they have what it takes to succeed here at Nash Community College.”
“I risked everything to come to nursing school,” Boddie continued. “I left my job. I sold my house. And my daughter and I packed up and moved here to live with my parents so I could go to school.” Over the past two years, Boddie has received four scholarships, and served as a student ambassador during the 2017-18 academic year. As a Nash UNC Health Care Nurse Scholar, she explained her commitment to working at the hospital upon graduating and obtaining her nursing license.
“To finally be fulfilling my dream of becoming a nurse is an amazing feeling, and because of your generous donations you have all helped make this possible for me,” Boddie said.
For more information about the Nash Community College Foundation, please call (252) 451-8329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Nash Community College Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization.