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Rusty Carter Scholarship for CFCC, 2018

Rusty Carter Scholarship for CFCC, 2018

We are proud to support hard-working students as they pursue higher education to create better opportunities for themselves, their families, and our community.  See how your donation makes a difference.

*In the comments section of the form, add “Atlantic Packaging Scholarship”

Or checks can be made payable to CFCC with“Atlantic Packaging Scholarship” in the memo line & sent to Mitzi Rodgers by December 14th.

Erick is a professional firefighter in Jacksonville, NC. But he wasn’t always a first responder. Growing up in Illinois, Erick started in retail right out of high school because he couldn’t afford college tuition. He worked hard and started a family, but he did not have the job he really wanted.

Erick’s dad and uncle were firefighters in Chicago and he grew up in the firehouse and riding on the fire engine. When his stepdaughter expressed a desire to pursue educational opportunities in North Carolina, Erick and his family moved to Jacksonville and he immediately joined a volunteer fire squad. He then was able to get a job with the Jacksonville Fire Department, and immersed himself in his new career.

To move up the ranks in most modern fire departments, a firefighter needs more than the hands on training typically associated with the position. They need college courses tailored to management, public relations, and doing much of the administrative work of today’s fire departments. This includes duties like building inspections, understanding alarm and sprinkler systems, and personnel management.

The Firefighter Training program at Cape Fear Community College offers comprehensive training for candidates looking to move up through the ranks. The education is critical to many career firefighters. But many, like Erick, need some help to make attending these classes possible.

This year, Erick is a proud recipient of the Rusty Carter Scholarship at CFCC. The award helps him afford the classes and buy the books and materials he needs to complete his degree.

Whether fighting fires hands on or focusing on more of the administrative work of a fire department, Erick’s training is growing comprehensively. And thanks in part to the generosity of Atlantic Packaging employee donations, he has been able to pursue a career that helps keep the community safe.

*In the comments section of the form, add “Atlantic Packaging Scholarship”

Or checks can be made payable to CFCC with“Atlantic Packaging Scholarship” in the memo line & sent to Mitzi Rodgers by December 14th.

Thank you for your contribution and your investment in students who seek to make a difference.

*In the comments section of the form, add “Atlantic Packaging Scholarship”

Rusty Carter Scholarship for CFCC, 2017

Rusty Carter Scholarship for CFCC, 2017

We encourage you to donate to the Rusty Carter Scholarship today in support of higher education for hardworking students.  See how your contribution makes a difference:

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In the comments section of the form, add “Atlantic Packaging Scholarship”

Meet Michelle, a scholarship recipient and full-time student in the Marine Technology Program at Cape Fear Community College:

Michelle graduated from college in Denver, CO with a double major, earning a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Chemistry.  Even with this level of education, she struggled to find work.

Seeking a fresh start, Michelle made her way to Wilmington and discovered the Marine Technology Program at Cape Fear Community College, a program that united her love of biology and chemistry with her passion for marine conservation. In addition to those special qualities, this program is also engineered to give students the hands-on, experience-based training they need to successfully find employment upon graduation.

As an adult student going to school full-time, working a restaurant job in town, and about to embark on a new mission to find a job she loves, Michelle was faced with the challenges of how to make ends meet while juggling all these roles.  Because of her need, because of her passion and her drive, Michelle was a perfect candidate for the Rusty Carter Scholarship at CFCC.

This scholarship was set up by Atlantic’s senior managers in 2010 as a way to honor Rusty and support local students. The amount raised in our yearly fundraiser is donated to the scholarship in his name as a gift from the managers and employees.

Consider donating to support hardworking students and to honor Rusty’s spirit of generosity.

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In the comments section, add “Atlantic Packaging Scholarship”

Or checks can be made payable to CFCC with“Atlantic Packaging Scholarship” in the memo line & sent to Mitzi Rodgers by December 9th.

Thank you for your contribution and your investment in students who seek to make a difference.

Rusty Carter Scholarship for CFCC, 2016

Rusty Carter Scholarship for CFCC, 2016

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Courtney is a first-year student at Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) in downtown Wilmington, NC. She’s paying for college on her own, living on her own, working, and attending classes so she can pursue a dream she’s had since she was a young teenager.

When she was 13 years old, Courtney finally got the braces she needed to fix her smile and her world transformed.  She was so excited to get these braces and was fascinated by how they worked and in tracking the movement of her teeth.  She knew then that she wanted a career in the dental field so she could help make such a difference for other people.

Courtney is one of so many CFCC students who depend on financial help to pursue higher education and give themselves a better chance for a fulfilling career.  Many students qualify for Pell Grants but that doesn’t always cover all of their needs.  Most have no financial help from their families.  They need to work while taking classes and they have to seek financial help from other sources to bridge the gaps.

This is where the Rusty Carter Scholarship comes in.  Made up of donations from Atlantic Packaging employees and senior managers in honor of company owner, Rusty Carter, this scholarship fund is used by the college to help bridge those gaps for students and propel them to graduation.

Since 2010, over $24,000 has been donated to the fund, helping a total of 53 students and counting.

Courtney is a determined, resourceful student who took the reins of her own education.  Her willingness to work hard and to think strategically about her future made her an ideal candidate for the Rusty Carter Scholarship. We are proud to support her and we wish her all the best.

To donate online, visit cfcc.edu/foundation/donate/ and and in the comments section, add “Atlantic Packaging Scholarship.”

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The Atlantic – Rusty Carter Scholarship Fund for CFCC

The Atlantic – Rusty Carter Scholarship Fund for CFCC

Meet Anna Vancina, a Cape Fear Community College Student and a recipient of the Atlantic Packaging – Rusty Carter Scholarship.

Cape Fear Community College is located in downtown Wilmington, NC, just a few miles from the Wilmington office of Atlantic Packaging.  The college has grown exponentially over the last decade and is an invaluable resource for returning students, for students pursuing technical training and a variety of degrees, or for those looking to save money before moving on to a bigger university.  The programs at CFCC are well-regarded and serve our community by producing motivated and educated graduates who seek jobs and business opportunities right here at home.

For years, we have supported students at CFCC through the Atlantic Packaging – Rusty Carter Scholarship.  These are funds contributed by employees with a company match and are set aside to be used for students in need of financial assistance.  It can be used to help with books, to help a student pay for a program or to cover tuition costs.  It is especially helpful for students who don’t otherwise qualify for loans or financial aid and who may not receive money from family.

Since 2010, this scholarship has supported more than 40 CFCC students with over $19,000 in contributions.

It is so amazing to meet the motivated, and purpose-driven students – like Anna – who are scholarship recipients.  These are students who will make a real difference in our community and we are so excited to be able to help support them.

To make a donation to this scholarship fund online, visit cfcc.edu/foundation/donate/ and in the comments section, add “Atlantic Packaging Scholarship.”