McLamb receives Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarship

RALEIGH — The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority recently selected Madison McLamb as a recipient of up to a $12,000 Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarship.

McLamb is a senior at West Bladen High School and plans to attend the University of Mount Olive.

McLamb is one of 215 students selected to receive a $3,000 scholarship each year for up to four years of study at a participating NC public university or private non-profit college or university. Recipients are from rural, economically distressed North Carolina counties and are selected based on a number of criteria, including a review of school and community service activities, goals, and expressed intent to contribute to rural communities upon graduation from college.

The Golden LEAF Foundation created the Golden LEAF Scholarship program to broaden educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural counties, with the hope that after graduation, recipients will provide leadership in these communities.

“The Golden LEAF Board of Directors has been pleased to assist more than 13,700 students from families in rural communities attend college since 2000,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF president. “The Golden LEAF Scholarship is one of the many tools we have to help fulfill our purpose of growing North Carolina’s rural economy. Our hope is that through this scholarship opportunity, scholars will be able to gain valuable knowledge and skills and come back to their hometowns or another rural area to help our communities prosper.”

For information, visit or call College Foundation of North Carolina, toll-free, at 866-866-CFNC (2362).