RCCC Offers Students Emergency Financial Assistance Through Finish Line Grants
Eva Nicholson knows the value of a Finish Line Grant, the financial assistance program launched in 2018 to help North Carolina community college students complete their studies. As a student at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Nicholson juggled coursework, family responsibilities and the busy role of Student Government Association president. But as medical bills stemming from a cancer diagnoses threatened her ability to finish her AA degree, a Finish Line Grant lightened the financial load. “I was so thankful,” said Nicholson, who was able to graduate in May, as planned. “The grant alleviated some of my stress and made it possible for me to stay on track.” Nicholson is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree. “I had worked hard, and I would have been devastated if I hadn’t been able to make it through to graduation.” Finish Line Grants are available to students at all 58 North Carolina community colleges in partnership with their local workforce development boards. Thus far, more than $1.1 million in support has been awarded, helping over 1,700 students complete their curricula and enter the workforce.
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