Triton grad selected for $12,000 Golden Leaf scholarship

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Posted 6/15/21

A Harnett County student is among 215 rural North Carolina students selected for a Golden LEAF Scholarship.

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Triton grad selected for $12,000 Golden Leaf scholarship


ROCKY MOUNT — On Tuesday, the Golden LEAF Foundation announced that 215 rural North Carolina students were selected to receive up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Scholarship, including one in Harnett County.

Triton High School 2021 graduate Caleb Spengel, son of Ashley and Jarrod McNeill, was among those selected. Caleb plans to attend North Carolina State University.

Students will receive a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years of undergraduate study at a participating four-year North Carolina college or university. Recipients from rural and tobacco-dependent or economically distressed North Carolina counties are selected based on career and educational goals, a review of school and community service activities, academic performance, length of residence in the county and expressed intent to contribute to the state’s rural communities upon graduation from college.

The Golden LEAF Foundation established the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program to broaden educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural counties with the goal that after graduation recipients will return and contribute back to rural communities. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) administers the program and selects students for awards.


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