04/24/05 — WCC student wins scholarship for essay

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WCC student wins scholarship for essay

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Published in News on April 24, 2005 2:00 AM

Wayne Community Col-lege student Michael Spriggs is the winner of a statewide essay contest sponsored by Sallie Mae, the nation's leading provider of education funding.

In his essay he wrote how participation in Wayne Community College's Minority Male Mentoring Group affected his life and helped him focus and stay in school.

This week he will receive a $500 scholarship from Sallie Mae to help him attain his goal.

The presentation takes place at the Minority Male Mentoring Project Best Practices Conference at the Radisson Hotel in High Point. The conference was held Thursday through Saturday.

"In order to be successful, one must be disciplined," says Spriggs. "Sometimes you find yourself way off track, especially when you are away from home, out of high school thinking you can handle the pressures of the world on your own."

This is the second year of the Minority Male Mentoring Group project, which is funded by the Governor's Crime Commission. Program participants attend retreats, community service activities, personal growth workshops, drug and substance abuse education, and spend quality time with faculty mentors. They serve as role models for other students and in the community.

For information about the conference or the Minority Male Mentoring Project, contact Pam Little at littlep@nccommunitycolleges.edu. 919- 807-7106 office, 919- 349-4861 cell.