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NCC Foundation Awards 2020-21 Scholarships


Jacqueline Ceja-Avila

The Nash Community College Foundation recently awarded approximately $200,000 in scholarships to 216 students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual scholarship awards event is not being held in 2020.

“This year would have been the forty-fourth annual event bringing together scholarship recipients and their donors,” Pam Ballew, NCC Vice President of Advancement and Foundation Executive Director said. “Although we will miss gathering and celebrating in person, we are most thankful for the community’s longstanding support and especially during this year’s campaign when many individuals have faced such a trying time.”

The Nash Community College Foundation Board of Directors completed a successful community campaign in June raising more than $411,000. Led by the NCC Foundation’s volunteer board, the annual campaign supports instructional needs and deserving students seeking financial assistance with their college expenses.

“Thank you to the donors for your generosity,” NCC student Jacqueline Ceja-Avila said. “As a first-generation college student, I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as a recipient. I will be the first in my family to graduate from both high school and college. Any scholarship and financial aid help my family tremendously as I seek to pursue a career in pediatric nursing.”

Ceja-Avila, of Zebulon, graduated from Southern Nash High School. She is the 2020-2021 recipient of the Dale and Genia Bone Scholarship and the Kendall Cooper Memorial Scholarship. “I love working with kids and the medical field interests me so much,” she said. “Thanks to the generosity of this community, I am one step closer to achieving that goal. Their generosity has inspired me to help others and to give back. One day, I hope to help other students achieve their goals, especially those who may not be able to afford college.”

For more information about the Nash Community College Foundation, please call (252) 451-8329 or email The Nash Community College Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt, nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization.

Click to view the full list of 2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients.