The North Carolina Community Foundation has awarded more than $983,368 in scholarships and educational grants in 2010, according to NCCF CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside.

The NCCF has awarded $459,355 in direct scholarship aid to students from across North Carolina, representing 307 scholarships to 280 students. Of these, 97 scholarships were awarded to first-generation college students.

The NCCF also has contributed another $524,013 in grant money to educational institutions for the purpose of awarding scholarships to students attending these schools.

Direct scholarships have been awarded to recent high school graduates and other qualified adults seeking higher education at public and private universities and community colleges. Scholarship endowments are held by the NCCF for most of its 60 affiliate foundations statewide. The scholarships are among 1,731 grants totaling more than $5.8 million that the NCCF has awarded to nonprofits across North Carolina in the past year.

“We salute the generosity of our fund-holders and donors, who are transforming the lives of many North Carolinians through the power of education,” Tolle Whiteside said. 

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