The North Carolina Educational Scholarship Foundation, Inc. has awarded Wilkes Community College Foundation a gift of $1,500. The gift is unrestricted and is made in recognition of Wilkes Community College’s work in providing degree and certificate education in a rapidly changing labor market. The award will be presented on Wednesday, March 4.
The North Carolina Educational Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit corporation that funds scholarships to participants in the Miss North Carolina Pageant. Each year, the contestants in the Miss North Carolina Pageant are awarded over $150,000 in cash scholarships to further their education. Local contestants also receive scholarships at the preliminary pageant level. This year 40 young women from across the state will compete for the title of Miss North Carolina 2020 in Raleigh. The finals will be televised on June 20 from the Duke Energy Center. NCESF also awards scholarships outside the pageant to deserving institutions.
Miss North Carolina 2019, Alexandra Badgett, will present the scholarship check to the Wilkes Community College Foundation. She is a 23-year-old resident of Denver, N.C., located in Lincoln County. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Actuarial Mathematics and Finance. She was a top 15 finalist in the recent Miss America Pageant. She is now educationally debt-free because of her pageant scholarships and will enter graduate school at the conclusion of her reign with both Miss North Carolina and Miss America Pageant funding. She is an accomplished dancer and has traveled extensively across North Carolina this year promoting her program, N.I.N.E., No Is Not Enough, to educate young people about rape and sexual assault.
Wilkes Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a public, two-year, open-door institution serving the people of Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and beyond. Established in 1965, WCC continues to build on a strong history of meeting the educational needs and cultural interests of our students, community, and workforce. WCC prepares learners for success in a dynamic world.