CPCC hosted Opportunity Scholars Recognition Reception on Aug. 14

last modified Aug 15, 2017 12:05 PM

In celebration of the inaugural class of Opportunity Scholars, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) hosted aCPCC Opportunity Scholars recognition reception yesterday in Tate Hall, on CPCC’s Central Campus.

During the event, scholarship recipients and their donors connected, giving students the opportunity to meet the individuals responsible for funding their scholarship; while donors had the chance to learn how their gifts are positively impacting students’ lives. Opportunity Scholarships have been awarded to 42 students who will begin classes at CPCC on August 16.

The Opportunity Scholarship Initiative was created to provide a pathway for low-income, minority students from selected CMS high schools to earn a career-focused degree in two years. The scholarship covers the complete cost of attendance at CPCC, which includes tuition, books and fees. Students also receive a notebook computer to help meet their digital needs. Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of donors in the Charlotte community, including the Howard R. Levine Foundation, the Cato Corporation, the Leon Levine Foundation, Bank of America, and a number of individuals.

“Education beyond high school leads to meaningful, family-supporting employment,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, president of CPCC. “These scholarships are helping lift individuals and families out of poverty, offering a means to greater economic mobility.”

To help students succeed at CPCC, program participants have access to multiple resources before and during their academic journey at CPCC. During the summer before their first semester, students participate in the college’s Summer Bridge Program to prepare them for college-level work; they also receive support from an academic counselor/career coach to help them with their course and career path decisions, internship selections and workplace learning opportunities.

“The scholarship has many benefits,” said Jordyn Outen, an Opportunity Scholars student. “It’s not only helping me financially, but it’s also giving me the opportunity to get involved in the campus community and form lasting friendships, while pursuing my dream of becoming a registered nurse.”

To be eligible for the Opportunity Scholars Initiative, a student’s demonstrated potential for success is considered, this includes their school performance, having a minimum GPA of 2.6 (unweighted) and a letter of recommendation from a teacher/counselor.

To learn more about the Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, visit cpcc.edu/mentoring/opportunity-scholars-program.

The 2017 inaugural Opportunity Scholars class included the following students:

Bank of America SCHOLARS

Kayle Cruz Vance High School

Victoria Cuevas West Mecklenburg High School

Eric Guevara Lopez Harding University High School

Leynus Munos Garinger High School

Raymond Wesley West Charlotte High School

The Cato Corporation SCHOLARS

Joseph Fuentes Vance High School

Jada Gray North Mecklenburg High School

Jazmine Greene Olympic High School

Cindy Morales North Mecklenburg High School

Brayan Penaherrera Harding University High School

Joshua Williams Garinger High School

Pheaith Yang West Mecklenburg High School

Howard and Julie Levine SCHOLARS

Philip Abdulai West Mecklenburg High School

Lynvie Nicole Bonilla West Charlotte High School

Tyra Carter-Williams Vance High School

Margarita Castro Mendoza West Mecklenburg High School

Jazmin Cerna Harding University High School

Casandra Chang West Mecklenburg High School

Aliyah Coutee West Charlotte High School

Aylah Dasilva West Mecklenburg High School

Ja’quasha Holloway Harding University High School

Kailah Murphy Garinger High School

Jarquise Pruitt West Mecklenburg High School

Frank Ruiz West Charlotte High School

Cassandra Sierra Harding University High School

Yonas Tadesse Garinger High School

Paola Velez Upegui West Mecklenburg High School

Leon and Sandra Levine SCHOLARS

Pel Adrong West Mecklenburg High School

Brian Aquino Figueroa Garinger High School

Ajana Blocker West Mecklenburg High School

Lakitheia Brown North Mecklenburg High School

Romaine Crawford West Charlotte High School

Ram Dhimal Garinger High School

Tauja Hairston West Mecklenburg High School

Jabari Lockhart West Mecklenburg High School

Sandra McCauley Harding University High School

Micaiah McDonald Harding University High School

Moeashia Moore Vance High School

Jordyn Outen Harding University High School

Eva Maria Ramirez Barron West Mecklenburg High School

Kevin Sorto West Mecklenburg High School

Sharell Williams West Charlotte High School