NAACP chapter creates endowed scholarship fund

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The leadership of the local chapter of the NAACP presents a check for $1,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for need-based scholarships at McDowell Technical Community College. Pictured (from left) are Don Ramsey, chapter vice-president; John Gossett, MTCC president; Virginia Woody, chapter board member; Phyllis McKesson, chapter treasurer; and Ray McKesson, chapter president.

The McDowell Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently contributed a check for $1,000 to the McDowell Technical Community College Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship for needy students to attend McDowell Technical Community College.

The check was presented to college administrators by Chapter President Ray McKesson, Vice-President Don Ramsey, Treasurer Phyllis McKesson and Board Member Virginia Woody.

“We are delighted that the NAACP has decided to be a partner with us in providing need-based scholarships for our students,” said John Gossett, president of McDowell Technical Community College. “Chapter members have worked hard to raise funds to establish this endowment and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them in the future.”

No separate application will be required for the award. Anyone applying for scholarship assistance through MTCC’s General Scholarship Application will be considered for the award.

The MTCC Financial Aid Office will make all decisions regarding scholarship awards. Preference will be given to students who have unmet financial need after receiving limited funding through federal, state and outside sources. Awards will be given in an amount up to $500 annually.

Unlike some endowed scholarship funds, no additional requirements or conditions have been placed on the choice of scholarship recipients by the NAACP, including degree preference.

“This year, the college will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary with the theme, ‘50 Years of Changing Lives in McDowell County.’ Through this endowment, the McDowell Chapter of the NAACP joins us in committing to changing more lives in McDowell County over the next 50 years and beyond. We are grateful to the NAACP leadership for their self-sacrifice and vision for improving the quality of life in McDowell County, one student at a time,” Gossett said.

Individuals who would like to contribute to the fund may contact the chapter at P.O. Box 1823, Marion, NC 28752.