FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 30, 2018
KENANSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – With Hurricane Florence being the “storm of a lifetime” North Carolina legislators in Raleigh have been working overtime trying to help students in the community college system overcome the challenges they are facing.
The State Board of Community Colleges approved allocation of $5 million to help students who have suffered financial hardship caused by damage and destruction by Hurricane Florence.
Of the $5 million, James Sprunt Community College has received $160,969. These funds will cover grants of up to $1250 to each eligible postsecondary student and will cover costs related to transportation, textbooks, tuition and fees, and living expenses. We will begin accepting applications for these grants November 1st.
“We are very thankful for the efforts of our legislators in passing emergency funding and aid for community colleges in the wake of Hurricane Florence,” said Dr. Kenneth Boham, Interim President of James Sprunt. “We thank the general assembly and local delegation for their quick resolve to help ease the burden of our students during this time.”
Dr. Boham added “as a college, we understand that life for many of our students is very difficult right now. We hope that this funding will help to make our students whole again and that our students will continue in their pursuit of their educational goals and dreams.”
Applications for the grant are available in the financial aid office, located in the Strickland Building. Students may also download the form online at: https://tinyurl.com/grants-florence
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James Sprunt Community College is one of the premier institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. Our college serves more than 5,000 students annually from our Kenansville and WestPark campuses and three specialized centers. Learn more at http://www.jamessprunt.edu.