Scholarships available for High School Equivalency Diploma testing

By Haywood Community College | Apr 07, 2014

The Haywood Community College Foundation now offers scholarships to assist students in the College and Career Readiness Department with the cost of the High School Equivalency Diploma (formerly known as GED) testing fee. Thanks to generous funding from the Charles N. and Eleanor Knight Leigh Foundation, funds in the college’s Foundation Office are now set aside expressly for the use of aiding students with the cost of the High School Equivalency Diploma test.

Mrs. Eleanor Knight Leigh established this fund before her death. She had a home in Waynesville and wanted to support the college and its students through this foundation. The college has received support from this foundation since the late 1980s.

The High School Equivalency credential helps graduates find employment, increase their wages, and attend college. It is accepted by virtually all colleges and employers in the country. High school Equivalency Diploma classes and materials are provided free of charge at HCC. Testing costs are established by Pearson Vue.

“Thanks to the help from the HCC and Leigh Foundations, students do not need to let the testing fee be an obstacle. Students are testing and completing the new GED test. Student feedback has been very positive.”

According to recent High School Equivalency Diploma graduate Shelby Smith, “Coming back to school was very much worth it. I have never been so happy for myself.”

For more information about the Charles N. and Eleanor Knight Leigh Foundation High School Equivalency Diploma Scholarship or to donate funds to help students in need, call 565-4170. To register for orientation for the High School Equivalency credential, call 627-4648.

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