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ECC Celebrates New Students on Signing Day

From left, attending Edgecombe Community College Signing Day at North East Carolina Preparatory School are Tammy Winstead, mother of Samantha Winstead; student Samantha Winstead; ECC officials Dr. Greg McLeod, Michael Jordan, and Melissa Drake; and NECP officials Amy Robinette and Phillip Lampron.

Forty Edgecombe County high school seniors recently declared their intention to attend Edgecombe Community College in the fall.

The College honored the students at ECC Signing Day held at high schools in May. Signing Day is a national initiative to celebrate students for making a commitment to higher education.

ECC Signing Day participants at North Edgecombe High School were (from left) Caroline Joyce, NEHS; Sherlock McDougald, ECC; student Marquez Daniels; Donnell Cannon, NEHS; student Bryshia Brown; Michael Jordan, ECC; student Ty’Qusia Gunter; Dr. Greg McLeod, ECC; and Quishun Jenkins, NEHS.

Because of the pandemic and the need to be socially distant, the events were limited to several students, ECC leaders, and high school officials. Signing Day events were held at North Edgecombe, SouthWest Edgecombe, and Tarboro high schools, and North East Carolina Preparatory School.

“We are delighted to have these Edgecombe high school students join the ranks of our students who will enter Edgecombe Community College in the fall,” says ECC President Dr. Greg McLeod. “Whether students plan to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year school, we believe that ECC is the best place to begin to prepare for a bright future ahead.”

Attending the ECC Signing Day event at SouthWest Edgecombe HS were (from left) ECC leaders Michael Jordan, Sylvia Cobb, and Cindy Harrell; seniors Abby Christenberry and Jovan Mendoza-Macias; SouthWest administrators Dr. Lauren Lampron and Anna Gay; and ECC President Dr. Greg McLeod.

Among the students were 18 EDGE Scholarship recipients. Through the EDGE Scholarship, students who qualify receive full funding to attend ECC, including tuition, fees, and books.

Other scholarship programs make attending ECC the most cost-effective choice for students and their families.

Tarboro High School Class of 2021 graduates who will attend ECC in the fall include (from left) Taylor Williams and Ty’Lasia Jacobs. With them (from left) are ECC and Tarboro High School officials Dr. Greg McLeod, Terry Hopkins, Michael Jordan, Sherlock McDougald, and William Ellis.

The new North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant program will cover in-state tuition and fees for qualified 2021 NC high school graduates who enroll in any of the state’s community colleges beginning in the fall semester.

In addition, Edgecombe Community College has announced that it will cover in-state tuition and fees for all qualifying students beginning in the fall semester through the Edgecombe Pledge.

To learn more about these and other financial aid programs at ECC, please contact