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Financial Assistance

There are three scholarship opportunities available for students seeking funds for Continuing Education programs at Beaufort County Community College: State Employees Credit Union Foundation, Golden Leaf Foundation, and the BCCC Continuing Education Foundation Scholarship.

1. BCCC Continuing Education Foundation Scholarships

BCCC Foundation Board of Directors Continuing Education Scholarship
The BCCC Foundation Board of Directors Continuing Education Scholarship is available to any qualifying continuing education student enrolling in a course leading to an industry recognized credential or a College and Career Readiness student completing their high school equivalency exam. To be eligible for this $500 scholarship, a student must be in good standing with the Beaufort County Community College Business Office, demonstrate financial need, be enrolled in a short-term training program that leads to a state recognized or industry-recognized credential that is offered through Continuing Education. The scholarship is provided on a reimbursement basis and provides reimbursement for registration fees, course fees, and textbooks. For College and Career Readiness students, the scholarship pays up-front for the cost of high school equivalency testing fees. The scholarship awards up to 5 scholarships for College and Career Readiness students each academic year.All scholarships awarded based on fund availability.

Gene and Ellen Schwartz Scholarship
The Gene and Ellen Schwartz Scholarship is available to any qualifying continuing education student enrolling in a course leading to an industry recognized credential. To be eligible for this scholarship, a student must be in good standing with the Beaufort County Community College Business Office, demonstrate financial need, be enrolled in a short-term training program that leads to a state recognized or industry-recognized credential that is offered through Continuing Education. The scholarship is provided on a reimbursement basis and provides reimbursement for registration fees, course fees, and textbooks based on fund availability.

Frances Morgan Roberson Culinary Arts Scholarship
One (1) Frances Morgan Roberson Culinary Arts Scholarship is available to any qualifying continuing education student enrolling in a Culinary Arts course offered through Continuing Education. To be eligible for this $281.25 scholarship, a student must be in good standing with the Beaufort County Community College Business Office, demonstrate financial need, and be enrolled in a Culinary Arts workforce program class offered through Continuing Education. The scholarship funds are awarded prior to the beginning of class and funds credited directly to the student’s account by the Business Office. The student will not receive a check for these funds.All scholarships awarded based on fund availability.

The Reid Sasnett Endowment Scholarship
Established in 2015 by Paul and Amy Sasnett in memory of their son Reid, this endowment funds annual scholarships to provide educational opportunities for students demonstrating financial need. Reid was a sophomore at Pungo Christian Academy of Belhaven where he was a member of their FFA Chapter.  He was also a member of Pinetown Volunteer Fire Department, BoCo Archery and the Carolina Truck Game. He was proud to be a member of the "Sasnett farming team.” The Sasnett family wants to keep Reid’s memory alive and foster the growth of several programs that were special to him.  Scholarships are made available to students in the agricultural program, fire & rescue training and emergency medical services.   

2. State Employees Credit Union Scholarship

Up to ten $750.00 scholarships per academic year, funded by the State Employees Credit Union, are available for qualifying Beaufort County Community College students enrolled in qualifying programs. Qualifying applicants must meet the following criteria:

A U.S. citizen and a North Carolina Resident living in the Beaufort County Community College service area (Beaufort, Hyde, Tyrrell, or Washington Counties) and are unemployed or under-employed, or a member of the N.C. National Guard, a military veteran, or the spouse of a military veteran, and enrolled in a training program, with 96 or more hours, that leads to a state-regulated or industry-recognized credential offered through the Division of Continuing Education, and not be a director, employee, or family member of an employee of the State Employees Credit Union or SECU Foundation.
SECU Scholarship Checklist
SECU Application
SECU Income Levels

3. Golden Leaf Scholars Program

The Golden LEAF Board recognized the challenge North Carolinians face in these tough economic times to attend college to retool and prepare for emerging job opportunities. The additional $250,000 will insure more scholarship funds are available for citizens seeking to enhance their employability skills.

The scholarship will provide up to $250.00. This scholarship can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, transportation and childcare expenses related to attending classes during the academic year. Eligible students must demonstrate financial need and reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent and/or economically distressed. Scholarships are available for both occupational and curriculum students and are awarded during the fall, spring and summer semesters.

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is proud to have awarded over 4,900 Golden LEAF Scholarships to help North Carolinian's attend our state’s community colleges,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF President. “Our hope is that these scholarships will help build the talent, knowledge and skills of our current and future workforce, especially in the rural areas of our state.”

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and/or rural communities across the state.

The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,094 grants totaling more than $484 million since its inception. Applications and all supporting documentation are required for your scholarship application to be considered.
Golden Leaf Student Application
Golden Leaf Waiver Form
TRIO Low Income Chart

Before pursuing either the SECU or Golden Leaf Scholarships, please make sure you have gathered the following information:

  • Application Form is Complete with all requested information
  • Tax information: a copy of the previous year's Federal Income Tax Return OR a certification of non-filing status
  • Waiver Forms Signed and included in packet (Golden Leaf only)
  • Consent for Release of Information Form (Golden Leaf only)
  • Biographical Statement (SECU only)
  • Bring photograph to BCCC and sign a consent for release of photo (SECU only)

If you have questions or to submit your application(s), please contact Sara Watson, Director of NCWorks Customized Training at 252-940-6311.