The Housing Authority of the City of Goldsboro awarded two scholarships to recent graduates of Goldsboro High School.
Shadaya Aycock and Shateanu Bryant each received $4,000 for the 2019-20 school year to cover the costs of tuition, fees, room and board, and books and $500 in essential supplies determined by the awardees and Housing Authority staff.
Aycock plans to attend N.C. Central University and Bryant will be going to UNC-Greensboro.
Open to all eligible HACG residents, the students were chosen based on academic records, demonstration of leadership and participation in school and community activities, their goals and aspirations and unusual personal or family circumstances.
Both said they would benefit from the financial aid to attend college.
“This HACG scholarship will help me reach my goal of becoming a registered nurse, helping to relieve my stress about money, will help me focus more on striving for all As and graduating at the top of my class,” Aycock said.
Bryant said she intends to “continue to uphold positive spirits and encourage young boys and girls to follow their dreams” and hopes to show her peers that despite environmental and circumstantial setbacks, one can still succeed in life.
The support makes a difference, officials said.
“I get to see firsthand the challenges some of our residents face living in public housing, and these (students) desire to pursue higher education will not only improve their lives but the lives of their entire family,” said Sharita Oates, director of the Jobs Plus program.
Anthony Goodson Jr., CEO of the Housing Authority of Goldsboro, said it is exciting to be in a position to offer monetary support for students who have worked hard toward continuing their education.
“We hope this scholarship will give our awardees a boost for the next stage in their educational journey,” he said. “We plan to keep track of their progress and offer additional support, if needed.”
The annual funding began in 2017 to encourage students to pursue a college education after graduating from GHS. Four students received awards in 2018.