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The Golden LEAF Foundation Awards Scholarships Through North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
Raleigh, NC, April 23, 2014 – The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded $210,000 to North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities that was distributed among NCICU’s member colleges for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The Golden LEAF Foundation has partnered with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to provide scholarship support for 12 years. During this time, the Foundation has contributed more than $6 million, helping over 1,200 students attend North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Students are eligible for $3,000 per year. Recipients of the Golden LEAF Scholarships must reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent or economically distressed. The overall goal of the program is that these students will return home after receiving their degree and help their rural communities.
“The Golden LEAF Foundation is committed to building the talent, knowledge and skill of North Carolina students,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF president. “The Golden LEAF Scholarship program assists in providing the vital funds needed for a quality education, and therefore, helps level the playing field for economic success in our rural, tobacco-dependent and economically distressed communities.”
Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities expressed deep appreciation to the Golden LEAF Foundation. “The Golden LEAF Scholarships are critical to providing college access for rural North Carolinians. Most of these scholarship recipients are first-generation college students, so attending college on a small campus with individual attention can play an important role in their overall success and to their graduation from college.”
About the Golden LEAF Foundation:
The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically-distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,248 grants totaling more than $548 million since its inception. The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded more than $29 million for scholarships to over 12,000 students from rural North Carolina, since its inception. Scholarships are available to students attending North Carolina Community Colleges, North Carolina public universities and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. For more information about Golden LEAF visit www.goldenleaf.org.
About North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities:
The mission of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities is to support, represent, and advocate for North Carolina independent higher education. NCICU is comprised of North Carolina’s 36 private, non-profit liberal arts, comprehensive, and research colleges and universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges – including Belmont Abbey College. NCICU represents independent higher education in the areas of state and federal public policy and on education issues with the other sectors of education in the state. We also provide research and information to and about private colleges and universities, conduct staff development opportunities, and coordinate collaborative programs. The Independent College Fund of North Carolina, a subsidiary of NCICU raises scholarship and other funding through state and national philanthropic communities to support students attending independent colleges and universities. To help defray administrative costs, NCICU, in some cases, may receive a modest amount of funds under agreements made with participating companies or may accept sponsorships of meetings or other events. For more information, visit www.ncicu.org.
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to congratulate Luis Lobo, Executive Vice President and Manager of Multicultural Markets at BB &T, on receiving the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s (NSDAR) DAR Americanism Medal. The medal is the NSDAR’s highest honor bestowed upon a foreign born, naturalized U.S. citizen whose career accentuates visionary leadership, unwavering patriotism, and an unbridled spirit of service.
Luis Lobo’s illustrious career, spanning over three decades, includes work in international, commercial, mortgage and retail banking. Mr. Lobo, a seasoned professional within the financial industry, also lectures at numerous universities across the country, sharing his insights on leadership, business culture, and the importance of giving back to local communities.
“Luis is a prime example of the valuable contributions America’s immigrants make to our nation,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “The Dar Americanism Medal is not only a recognition of Luis’ personal and professional achievements, but a testament to the limitless potential America’s immigrants are capable of, both in business and the community. The USHCC is proud of Luis’ continued accomplishments, which serve as an inspiration to America’s Hispanic business entrepreneurs and professionals.”
In 1983, Mr. Lobo earned a degree in economics and business administration from Belmont Abbey College. He also received his MBA from Campbell University, and continued his education at the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware, where he graduated with honors. In 1999, Mr. Lobo graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in the Advanced Management Program.
About the USHCC
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.
Article courtesy of news.money.ca.
Dr. Eugene Thuot, Professor of Government and Political Philosophy and Director of the Honors Institute, has been selected as the winner of the Adrian Award for Teaching Excellence for 2013-2014. Dr. Thuot, who came to the Abbey in 1975, earned his B. A. in Philosophy from Assumption College, then studied Theology at the Abbaye de Brogne in Belgium before earning a Bachelor’s degree in the same subject from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Thuot crowned these impressive achievements by receiving his M. A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
In recommending Dr. Thuot for this honor, the members of the Faculty Development Committee cited not only the many nominations that he received from his students and colleagues, but also the extraordinary quality of the comments that accompanied them. Dr. Thuot’s students describe him as “a wise mentor and advisor,” as well as “a friend.” One wrote, “Dr. Thuot will always have a special place in my heart.” Another said, “Dr. Thuot is generous with his time, solicitous of his students…[and] a deeply humble and pious man.” Another student characterized him as “a devoted teacher” who “genuinely cares about sharing the wonder of philosophy with his students.” Best of all, several students noted, “From him, one can learn not only about philosophy but also how to live a virtuous life.”
The members of the Faculty Development Committee lauded Dr. Thuot for “the outstanding and assiduous work that he does in the classroom,” the many hours he spends with students outside of class, and the customized feedback that he gives them. Dr. Thuot’s colleagues also cited his “love for philosophy,” his “care and thoughtfulness for his students,” the “clarity and thoroughness” of his teaching, and his enthusiasm. In addition, the Committee praised him for “his superlative work as the Director of the Honors Institute for so many years and for his passion to ensure that the Institute ran impeccably and attracted students of the highest quality.”
As many of you know, the Adrian Award for Teaching Excellence was established in 1984 by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Adrian to recognize and reward outstanding teaching by faculty members at Belmont Abbey College. The Faculty Development Committee selects the winner based on faculty and student nominations as well as on a thorough examination of nominees’ course evaluations and syllabi.