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.

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Alumni Spotlight

Jessica Blackwell is a Columbus county native, ECU grad, and current Fire and Life Safety Educator and Public Information Officer at Greenville Fire and Rescue.

A farmer’s daughter, Jessica has first-hand experience with NC’s rural landscape. From pre-dental college dreams to Public-Health, Jessica has carved out a career path dedicated to helping others!

Check out Jessica’s story.