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Changing lives in Bladen County

Bladen Community College is in the business of changing lives through higher education. Over 55 scholarships were given to local students this past week.

The Bladen Community College Scholarship Foundation Scholarship Luncheon was held on Thursday, March 16th, 2017 joining the scholarship donors and recipients together. 

The keynote speaker, Matthew Batten, a local nurse and graduate of Bladen Community College gave a moving testimony of how the school assisted in changing his life. 

“I was a refugee from life and hard choices,” Batten said.

In 2007 he said he decided to change the direction of his life and enrolled in BCC.

He received scholarship the 2012 Bladen We Care Scholarship and graduated in 2013.

Now Batten is a successful, award winning nurse for Cape Fear Valley – Bladen County Hospital.

Batten ended saying, “I thank the scholarship foundation and Bladen Community College.” 

President of BCC, Dr. William Findt, Foundation Chair, Barbara Knight, and Foundation Director, Linda Burney also made remarks to the students and the donors. 

Donors for the scholarships awarded were the BCC Foundation Ambassadors, BCC Faculty Senate, BCC Foundation Merit, Bladen County, Bladen We Care, Cecil W. McClure, Clark Brothers, David Yarborough, Edward J. Cox, Elizabethtown Rotary, Four County Electric, Gene Anderson, Harold Ingram Sr., Houston & Irene Brisson, Invest in Bladen, Iris & Lynn King, James & Gladys Powell, James B. Collins, Louis & Louis Parker, Mike Merritt, Mary Scoggins, Robert C. Clark, Sam & Helen Parker, Star Telephone, State Employees Credit Union, and Wells Fargo. 

Some donors give more than one scholarship. 

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