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 HCC hosts 21st Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony
Scholarship donors and recipients recognized

Five new scholarships have been established at HCC and were recognized during the Scholarship Awards Ceremony, Oct. 23. Pictured are donors/presenters from left: Charles McElheney, Deborah Boone, Frank Avent, III and Shaun Stokes, advisor for PTK. Not pictured: presenter Kim Terpening of WEZU Community Radio.

The Halifax Community College (HCC) Foundation hosted its 21st Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 23, in The Centre on the college’s campus. A luncheon for donors and scholarship recipients followed, and staff officially kicked off the annual Campus Fund Drive to benefit scholarships.

This year, 127 scholarships were awarded to 78 HCC students, totaling nearly $90,000 in scholarship awards. Individuals, businesses, civic and professional groups make scholarship awards possible. The scholarships vary widely in amount and selection criteria.

Dr. Griffin addresses donors and recipients

“We appreciate you taking time from your busy schedules to offer support for our students and appreciation for their accomplishments. …We sincerely appreciate your unfailing support to the scholarship program and to HCC,” said HCC President, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. to donors and supporters. “We acknowledge that there are many options available for your generosity, and we appreciate you choosing to support Halifax Community College and the HCC Foundation.”

To the students, Griffin said, “We are proud of you and promise to continue doing everything we can to ensure that you have the best this college has to offer.”

“I offer my sincere appreciation to the donors who choose to invest in Halifax Community College and our students,” said HCC Board of Trustees Chairman, Dr. Stanley Edwards. “Your presence today is a testament to the loyalty you have for this institution, and your gifts are proof of your commitment and belief in the power of the educational process.”

Campus Fund Drive Sheriff Ruby Ward

HCC Foundation Board Chairman, Charles McElheney announced five new scholarships. Frank V. Avent, III established the Frank V. Avent, III Veterans/Business Administration Scholarship,
WEZU Community Radio established the WEZU Community Radio Scholarship, Deborah Boone established the Boyce Alston Memorial Scholarship, HCC Alpha Eta Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa established the PTK Honors Scholarship, and Mr. & Mrs. Charles McElheney established the Bernice Hatchell Hobday Memorial Nursing Scholarship.

Student speaker Rebecca Simmons Student speaker Qiana Mann

HCC students Qiana Mann and Rebecca Simmons described how scholarships have impacted their lives. “I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the many academic accomplishments that I have here at HCC if it had not been for the generous financial contributions of the scholarship donors. Their many investments in Halifax Community College have afforded many students like me the opportunity to pursue educational and career goals,” said Mann.