Halifax CC GED
grad achieves the desire of her heart
Marks is a GED graduate who finished the program in January 2007.
“It was a desire of my heart for about 30 years,” she said. “You
have to have it to progress.”
“I give God the praise,” Marks continued, who held on to scriptures
from the Bible to meet the challenge of going back to school. Marks
completed her GED in five months, taking a test each month and
meeting a personal goal. Her motivation was getting a better job. “I
had to have discipline and needed to stay motivated,” she said.
Balancing personal and professional obligations with school can be
Before earning her GED, Marks worked at a furniture store for 26
years, but wanted a change. She started a cleaning service and at
the same time, decided to increase her education and get a GED.
Currently, she is continuing to work in her business and take
computer classes at HCC.
“HCC is a great place. They have the nicest people there. They
helped me every step of the way and I received a lot of
encouragement,” said Marks.
“I wanted to help those who have families,
are working and still going to school.”
Community College Medical Office Administration Instructor Deborah
Boone has established the Boyce Alston Memorial Scholarship at HCC.
The annual award will recognize and promote academic achievement for
a student enrolled at HCC who is in need of financial assistance.
Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on various criteria.
These include a display of academic promise by maintaining a 2.5
grade point average, enrollment in a degree program at HCC in at
least two classes, demonstrated financial need and two letters of
recommendation recognizing the applicant’s qualities of citizenship
and demonstration of community involvement through volunteer
activities or other leadership roles. Applicants must also work a
minimum of 32 hours per week.
Boone, who resides in Whitakers, is in her third year at HCC. She
established the scholarship in honor of her father, who was
originally from Halifax County. She also wanted to help students who
attend college part-time. “When I was in school, I found that there
was a lot of money for full-time students, but nothing for part-time
students. I wanted to help those who have families, are working and
still going to school,” said Boone.