Five Richmond County students will have a little help paying for college thanks to the Golden LEAF Foundation.
The scholarship awards were presented earlier this month to Coleman Berry and Alexis Bittle of Richmond Early College, and Latasha Baker, Kyler Sweatt and Kris Terry of Richmond Senior High School.
Berry will attend N.C. State University to study agriculture, and Bittle, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte to earn a degree in biology. She hopes to become a doctor.
Baker intends to study art at East Carolina University, Sweatt will study science at Appalachian State University for science and Terry will attend N.C. A&T State University to pursue studies in computer engineering.
Golden LEAF is a nonprofit foundation established after North Carolina successfully sued cigarette manufacturers two decades ago. The foundation works to increase economic opportunity in rural and formerly tobacco-dependent communities.
It provided significant financing for the county’s AGInnovation Center in Ellerbe.