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

Pamlico County native Allayna N. Dail is the Assistant Director of Community Relations for the City of Southport. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from UNC-Wilmington. 

⁠When asked what rural means to her, Allayna shared, “Rural is the building blocks of North Carolina. My rural community is where I grew up and have some of my fondest memories. I used to think rural meant slow-paced and quiet, but now I know it means growth and opportunity.”

Check out Allayna’s full spotlight.

Alumni Regional Events

In the next year, Golden LEAF will host three regional events to connect, engage, and inspire alumni. Check this page for event updates!

Western Alumni Event: October 2, 2022

Central Alumni Event: February 2023

Eastern Alumni Event: April 2023

Registration is now open for the Golden LEAF Western Alumni Regional Event!

Submit the registration form below by Friday, September 16th.