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Fayetteville State create scholarships to honor FTCC President Keen

Fayetteville State University announced Thursday that it is starting a scholarship program in honor of the retiring president of Fayetteville Technical Community College.

A separate scholarship program to help students connected to the military also was announced Thursday.

The FTCC Keen Scholarship in honor of FTCC President J. Larry Keen will benefit hundreds of FTCC graduates in its first four years, according to a statement released by FTCC. The total investment by FSU of $900,000 will make scholarships available to 150 FTCC graduates in 2022-23; 200 in 2023-24; 250 in 2024-25; and 300 in succeeding years, it said.

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FSU Chancellor Darrell T. Allison announced the scholarship program during a ceremony at FTCC. He said in a statement released by FSU that students who have earned an associate’s degree from FTCC and met minimum requirements will get a scholarship of up to $1,000.

“Just think of the major impact we could have in the first four years of this program where nearly 900 FTCC Keen Scholars would have matriculated onto FSU’s campus receiving $900,000 in scholarship funding,” he said. “What a testament to the legacy of such a leader, and what a major opportunity for Fayetteville and Cumberland County to capitalize on.”

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Keen expressed appreciation for the scholarship program, calling it a “tremendous honor” to be connected to an initiative that will be transformative for students and families. He thanked Allison and FSU.

“Our strong partnership will benefit our students, our community and our state,” Keen said. “This means everything to me.”

FSU’s Military Tuition Scholarship will provide tuition to all military-connected students in the fall, according to a separate statement released by FSU. Allison announced the scholarship in a ceremony at Fort Bragg.

Allison said FSU wants to be the premier destination in North Carolina and the nation for the education of military-connected students.

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“FSU is perfectly positioned here in the Sandhills region to change the landscape on how we think about workforce readiness in today’s ever-changing job market and how we, in higher education, can support veterans and their families in their transitions to the civilian workforce, he said.

Local news editor Steve DeVane can be reached at sdevane@fayobserver.com or 910-486-3572.

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