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Agricultural lending cooperative awards $20K in scholarships

Students with connections to agricultural operations in seven counties were awarded a scholarship from Cape Fear Farm Credit. (Port City Daily/File)

WILMINGTON —Over $22,000 will be awarded to area students to continue their educational careers.

Cape Fear Farm Credit — part of the national Farm Credit System, a network of financial cooperatives established in 1916 to provide a dependable source of credit to farmers and rural America — gave a dozen scholarships away to students in Scotland, Robeson, Bladen, Duplin, Harnett, Brunswick, and Sampson counties. According to a release, students had to be connected to an agricultural operation in a county served by Cape Fear Farm Credit to qualify.

“Additional scholarships support academic excellence, community involvement and leadership for students committed to southeastern North Carolina agriculture and rural communities include N.C. 4-H, N.C. FFA, AgYouth Leadership, and diversity,” the release added.

Cape Fear Farm Credit awarded five different scholarships, including a College At-Large Scholarship, FFA & 4-H Scholarship, High School At-Large Scholarship, Diversity Scholarship, and AgYouth Leadership Scholarship.

2022 Cape Fear Farm Credit Scholarship recipients include:

Adriana Rodriguez of Scotland County, high school scholarship recipient

Belle Merlo of Robeson County, AgYouth scholarship recipient

Caroline Barnhill of Bladen County, high school scholarship recipient

Dessa Houston of Duplin County, college scholarship recipient

Elizabeth Blackburn of Duplin County, high school scholarship recipient

Garrett Bullard of Harnett County, high school scholarship recipient

Haleigh Fields of Bladen County, N.C. 4-H and high school scholarship recipient

Hannah Pelton of Brunswick County, high school and diversity scholarship recipient

Katherine Carmichael of Scotland County, college scholarship recipient

Kayley Bass of Sampson County, high school scholarship recipient

Olivia Allen of Bladen County, N.C. FFA and high school scholarship recipient

Robert Pope of Harnett County, high school scholarship recipient


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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