Hamlet, N.C. – Current and prospective Poultry Science students at RCC can take advantage of a significant new scholarship from Carolina Farm Credit.
“Agriculture is a vital component of the Richmond County landscape,” said Patrick Chappell, manager of the agricultural credit cooperative’s Ellerbe branch. “This scholarship is another way for us to support the young and beginning farmers in Richmond and surrounding counties.”
The Carolina Farm Credit Poultry Science Scholarship will provide partial tuition reimbursement for one first-year student and one second-year student annually; it is the first of its kind for RCC. A partnership with North Carolina State University, the RCC Partnership in Poultry Science program began in the Fall of 2011. Through specialized course selection and advising, students can graduate from RCC with an Associate’s degree in Pre Poultry Science, then automatically enter N.C. State’s Poultry Science program as a junior equivalent.
“Coordinating with N.C. State’s Poultry Science program gives RCC’s new program instant credibility,” said Chappell. “We are excited because this special program allows young and beginning farmers the option to stay close to home and obtain the required classes at RCC, then transfer to NCSU for the completion of their degree.”
According to RCC Foundation Executive Director Olivia Webb, who manages a portfolio of more than 100 scholarships for the college, Chappell is an exemplary advocate for RCC.
“Patrick stepped up to serve as Secretary of the RCC Foundation Board of Directors in October, and he has hit the ground running,” said Webb.
“As soon as he sees a need he addresses it. As soon as he found out that his company could help our students, he jumped at the chance. It makes me proud to add Carolina Farm Credit to our list of distinguished community donors,” she added.
“Our students need every dime that they can get to go to school, and people like Patrick are making that happen.”
Carolina Farm Credit Poultry Science Scholarship recipients will be selected from Richmond, Montgomery, Moore, Lee, Randolph, Anson and Stanly counties on the basis of both academic achievement and financial need.
“The poultry industry is ripe with jobs,” said RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis. “With the right training and financial assistance, RCC students will have those jobs. It’s that simple. Carolina Farm Credit shares our vision, and for that we are truly thankful.”
Requirements to receive and obtain the scholarship include maintaining a minimum enrollment of 15 hours per semester and a minimum GPA of 2.5; the ideal candidate will go above and beyond these qualifications to exhibit leadership capability, extracurricular involvement and long-term interest in the field of agriculture. Preference will be given to the child or grandchild of a Carolina Farm credit member or employee, or a producer of agricultural products.
“Carolina Farm Credit understands the challenges and dreams of the future farmers of America,” said Chappell.
“We are motivated to help those dreams come true.”
For more information about how to apply for a scholarship at Richmond Community College – or to download a scholarship application – visit www.richmondcc.edu or call the RCC Financial Aid Office at 410-1726. All applications for fall scholarships must be received by March 31. For more information on how to provide a scholarship to deserving RCC students, contact the RCC Foundation at 410-1807.
Cutline: Richmond Community College President Dr. Dale McInnis, RCC Arts & Sciences Department Chair Kevin Parsons, Carolina Farm Credit Regional Manager Chad Puryear and Carolina Farm Credit Ellerbe Branch Manager Patrick Chappell.
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