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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina commits $10,000 to supporting SCC Students

Last updated on December 6, 2022

In an effort to make sure financial hardships don’t prevent students from completing their degrees, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has committed a gift of $10,000 to support Southwestern Community College’s Student Emergency Fund and Student Success Scholarship.

The Student Emergency Fund helps students when they encounter unexpected expenses, such as automobile repairs, that might otherwise make it impossible for them to remain in school.

Likewise, the Student Success Scholarship brings a college education within reach for multiple students every year through the SCC Foundation.

“Training the next generation of workers is important to improving health in North Carolina and giving more North Carolinians the opportunity to be healthy, especially in our state’s rural and underserved communities,” said Cheryl Parquet, Director of Community Engagement and Marketing Activation for Blue Cross NC. “Community colleges help strengthen the state’s workforce. With this investment, we’re helping students who face financial burdens that make it difficult to advance their careers.”

Founded in 1964, Southwestern offers training for more than 40 career pathways as well as the most affordable option for starting toward a four-year degree. Southwestern students save thousands of dollars in their first two years, compared to a four-year university.

“On behalf of all our students, we are deeply grateful to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for their generosity,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC President. “Our goal is to be able to offer a hand up to every student who needs one, and every gift like this one brings us closer to making that dream a reality.”

For more info about Blue Cross NC, visit

For more information about Southwestern and the programs it offers, visit, call 828.339.4000 or drop by your nearest SCC location.

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