Jada McCain


Today, the Golden LEAF Foundation announced that 215 rural North Carolina students were selected to receive up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Scholarship, including one in Caswell County.

Students will receive a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years of undergraduate study at a participating four-year North Carolina college or university. Recipients from rural and tobacco-dependent or economically distressed North Carolina counties are selected based on career and educational goals, a review of school and community service activities, academic performance, length of residence in the county and expressed intent to contribute to the state’s rural communities upon graduation from college.

The Golden LEAF Foundation established the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program to broaden educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural counties with the goal  that after graduation recipients will return and contribute back to rural communities. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) administers the program and selects students for awards.

“We are proud to award scholarships to hardworking and bright students with deep roots in their rural communities,” said Scott T. Hamilton, Golden LEAF Foundation President, Chief Executive Officer. “These students were selected out of a pool of more than 1,500 applicants. We look forward to the future success of these scholarship recipients as they follow their education pursuits and develop into North Carolina's next generation of rural leaders.”

“Congratulations to this year’s Golden LEAF Scholars,” said Senator Phil Berger. “I wish them much success as they begin their journeys. Education changed my life for the better, and it’s the key to realizing one’s full potential.”

“I am honored to be able to congratulate a student from Caswell County on receiving the Golden LEAF scholarship for their hard work and dedication to their academic career in addition to their extensive involvement in the community,” said Representative Graig Meyer. “This student has a bright future ahead of them as this scholarship will allow them to pursue their passion at a four-year college or university in North Carolina. We will all benefit from the knowledge and skill this student will bring back to rural North Carolina communities.”

The newly selected 2021-22 Golden LEAF Scholarship recipient in Caswell County is as follows:

Jada McCain

Bartlett Yancey High School

Will attend: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

About Golden LEAF Foundation:

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to receive a portion of North Carolina’s funding from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers. For 20 years, Golden LEAF has worked to increase economic opportunity in North Carolina’s rural and tobacco-dependent communities through leadership in grantmaking, collaboration, innovation, and stewardship as an independent and perpetual foundation.

The Foundation has provided lasting impact to tobacco-dependent, economically distressed and rural areas of the state by helping create 65,000 jobs, over half a billion dollars in new payrolls and more than 85,000 workers trained or retrained for higher wages.

For more information about Golden LEAF and our programs, please visit our website at www.goldenleaf.org.