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11.20.2012College & CommunityCollege GeneralFoundation

SANFORD - Megan Danner's smile widened as she spoke of what receiving the Sue Gibson Nursing Scholarship has meant to her as a Central Carolina Community College student.

"It means everything," the Lee County resident said. "I couldn't have gotten to school without it, even though I'm also working."

Danner has set a high goal for herself: earning her practical nurse diploma and Associate Degree Nursing, then going on to earn a bachelor's in nursing and become an emergency room nurse. Her dreams require being able to afford to attend college - and the scholarship has been essential.

Bill and Jinger Gibson, donors of the Sue Gibson Nursing Scholarship that Danner received, also smiled as they listened to her.

"My mother [Sue Gibson] was a nurse for 37 years," Bill said. "To know that somebody's following in her footsteps, that's what we wanted when we established the scholarship."

Danner and the Gibsons were among the almost 300 scholarship donors and recipients attending the Central Carolina Community College Foundation's Nov. 15 Scholarship Luncheon. For the recipients, it meant being able to personally thank those who are helping to make their education possible. For the recipients, it gave a human face and story to their generosity.

CCCC President Bud Marchant and CCCC Foundation President Bill Milholen, of Chatham County, thanked all the donors for their generosity, noting that many of the scholarship recipients would be unable to continue their education without that assistance. Milholen and his wife, Sallie, have established a nursing scholarship, named after Sallie, who was a nurse until her retirement. LaCrecia Reives, of Lee County, is the 2012 recipient.

For the 2012-13 school year, the Foundation awarded $175,000 in scholarships to 223 students.

"Our donors represent individuals, families, corporations, foundations, and civic groups," Milholen said. "Thank you for being part of CCCC."

Stevie Messer, of Harnett County, an Industrial Systems Technology student, was among the scholarship recipients. He became unemployed when his job of 19 years disappeared in the recession. He finally found a job for eight dollars an hour, far below the $19 an hour he had been making.

His son suggested he go back to school and learn a new job skill, but there was no money to pay for education. Messer came to CCCC, applied for a scholarship, and was awarded the Donald N. Buie Memorial Scholarship. That made all the difference. Messer shared his story with the gathering.

"You don't know how much it touches people's lives when they receive a scholarship," he told the audience. "This is not a city college, not a state college, not a federal college - it's a community college. With hard work, the graduates get out and give back to the community."

His scholarship is named for Don Buie, who helped lay the foundation for what the college has become. In 1975, he was named the college's first coordinator of Continuing Education for Harnett County. He later served as the dean of Continuing Education. Buie retired in 2002 and passed away in 2007.

"I know my husband would be pleased," said Jeannie Buie, Don's widow. Then she expressed what so many of the scholarship donors have said as they gather each year for the luncheon:

"Meeting the recipient makes the scholarship more real," Buie said, "It lets us know that we have students who want to better their lives and we see them using the funds to improve their lives and have a great future."

The CCCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with, but independent of, the college. It receives donations of money and equipment on behalf of CCCC and uses them to promote the educational mission of the college and assist students through scholarships and grants.

For information on establishing scholarships or endowments, contact Foundation Executive Director Diane Glover at 919-718-7231 or or Associate Director Emily Hare, at 919-718-7230 or To apply for a scholarship, contact the CCCC Financial Aid Office at or 919-718-7229.