Since its inception, the Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded scholarships to help students from rural North Carolina attend the state’s colleges, community colleges and universities. Almost 20 years later, these scholarships have provided over $38 million in grants to aid more than 16,000 students in qualifying counties, helping educate hundreds of North Carolinians who may not have otherwise had the resources to earn degrees needed for jobs in the state’s expanding and modernizing economy.
Dail Berry, a 2011 graduate of Mattamuskeet High School and Golden LEAF Scholarship recipient, earned her degree in elementary education at East Carolina University in 2015. Berry has returned to her hometown and works for her former middle school as a science teacher. In her role, she also works with a team at Hyde County Schools implementing a Golden LEAF Foundation grant to provide each middle and high school student and faculty member in the county with a Google Chromebook.
The grant also funds professional development for faculty members – giving this rural school district much-needed access to technology that they would not otherwise have. Having a former scholar give back to her community is an example of coming full-circle – fulfilling Golden LEAF’s mission to support both human and physical infrastructure.
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