Most scholarships available today to CPCC students are based on financial need, according to Brenda Lea, executive director of development at CPCC.
Officials say several thousand students drop out of classes each year because they can't afford to continue their education.
While the scholarships provided by individuals and groups like the Mint Hill Women's Club
have brought the number of students dropping out due to financial need down there still is a large need, she
"Even though we have a number of groups who do this, we have thousands of students who cannot attend because they have financial need," Lea
CPCC sophomore Shaneé Colon, 29, never expected to be contacted for the scholarship, even after filling out her
information on the school's scholarship database.
While Colon didn't know anything about the club, she
did research and is honored to be a scholarship recipient this year, she
"When I sat down with them I was just amazed and thankful that I was able to meet them," she
Colon, an Army veteran who served in South Korea, needed additional money for tuition in order to continue her
hopes to make the women who gave her
the scholarship proud in all that she
is doing at CPCC
hasn't yet chosen a major.
"I really have the highest gratitude toward them for sitting down with me.
They were very nice to me and very in tune with what I was talking about," she