December 9, 2016
Louisburg College, the oldest residential two-year college in the nation, is offering new grants and scholarships for college students in Eastern North Carolina hurt by Hurricane Matthew.
The college, whose mascot became the Hurricanes after Hurricane Hazel devastated the small, idyllic campus in 1954, has served Eastern North Carolina families for almost 230 years.
For the semester that begins Jan. 11, Louisburg College is making available “Helping Hurricane Grants” to those in federal disaster areas who were enrolled in classes when Matthew hit.
“If a student’s community college experience has been disrupted by the loss of their home, we want to help,” said Dr. Mark La Branche, Louisburg College president.
The Louisburg College Hurricanes hope to aid Hurricane Matthew’s victims by offering grants and scholarships equal to or greater than the cost of a room in a residence hall for the spring semester.
“Louisburg College is unique. As the nation’s oldest, and the state’s only, two-year residential college, we feel that it’s our responsibility to come alongside these students and offer them access to a place where they can live and continue their associates degree while their communities rebuild,” La Branche said.
College students in any of the 45 North Carolina counties where homeowners, renters and businesses can apply for federal disaster assistance are eligible.
In addition to the Helping Hurricane Grants, Louisburg College will be waiving the application fee for any student from these counties who applies for the Spring semester.
At Louisburg College, students are given an opportunity to excel in the classroom and on campus. Students are a part of a living-learning community where faculty and staff enthusiastically offer the support they need to discover their path in life and reach their full potential.
Related by faith to The United Methodist Church, Louisburg College has a student body of 700 students. More than 90 percent of Louisburg graduates continue their education at four-year schools.