Twenty years after the first cohort of Golden LEAF Scholars received their awards, our community now includes several thousand alumni. These individuals are leaders all over the state of North Carolina, living out the values of the Golden LEAF Scholarship as teachers, bankers, doctors, lawyers, consultants, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and more. They remain a vibrant and committed group of individuals who significantly contribute to North Carolina’s rural communities.

Alumni Spotlight

Scout Schillings is a Dare County native, Meredith College grad, and current Grants Manager for the Outer Banks Community Foundation. 

Born and raised in a community of fishermen and crabbers in Dare County, Scout’s modest upbringing shaped her understanding of rural living. Despite financial constraints, she became the first in her family to venture into higher education. 

Since 2019, Scout has served as the Grants Manager at the Outer Banks Community Foundation, overseeing philanthropic funds. Motivated by an in-depth understanding of her community’s needs, she passionately connects available resources with those in need.

Check out Scout’s story.

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