The day’s temperature reached 92 degrees, about six degrees about average. So ice cream was a welcomed treat for Craven Community College (CCC) Foundation scholarship donors and recipients. Also welcomed was the chance for donors and students to meet and learn more about one another on a personal level.
CCC Foundation holds this type of event at the college every fall semester after scholarships are first-time awarded. In attendance at the ice cream social were more than 50 students, 15 individual donors, and many representatives from eight donor organizations such as The Harold H. Bate Foundation, Minges Memorial Scholarship and Craven County Scholarship Endowment.
“This is a special moment for both donors and students,” said Jon Segal, president of CCC Foundation board. Segal stated that the Foundation’s goal is to make sure money is not an obstacle for students. He gathered attendees and asked each donor and recipient to introduce themself. The students thanked their donors, shared which scholarships they received, and shared their college education goals. Segal also has a scholarship with CCC. The D.R. Segal Memorial Scholarship is for students who have an interest in journalism (communications).
CCC Student David Pacheco met one of his donors, Sallie Hume Baxter, at the ice cream social. Pacheco received the Hunt Baxter Scholarship and a Craven County Endowment Scholarship. “Meeting Mrs. Baxter and learning about Mr. Baxter motivated me to be the best student I can be,” said Pacheco.
Pacheco is pursuing an associate’s degree in computer integrated machining. He plans on transferring into the North Carolina State engineering program at CCC’s Havelock campus. Pacheco is maintaining a 4.0 grade point average while attending school full-time and working full-time. Pacheco is also a CCC student ambassador. Student ambassadors receive scholarships for assisting the college with events and other activities.
“After meeting David, the scholarship is even more meaningful to me. Education is important to our family and it feels good knowing the scholarship is helping David further his education,” said Baxter, a retired educator, and CCC Foundation board and Scholarship Committee member. The Hunt Baxter Scholarship is named after Baxter’s husband. Hunt Baxter was a lawyer in New Bern and a long-time instructor of business law at the college. Mrs. Baxter was also an educator who taught economics at East Carolina University for 25 years.
According to Judy Eurich, executive director for institutional advancement and CCC Foundation, 330 students received $220,714 in scholarships in the 2013-14 academic year. “The Foundation wants to make education possible by providing as many scholarships as possible,” said Eurich. More information about the Foundation and scholarships can be found on the college’s website at: www.cravencc.edu/foundation/scholarships.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.