Helping students at local Community Colleges

Assistance League of Greater Wilmington launched the Operation Scholar Support program in the Fall of 2015 to benefit students at Brunswick Community College (Brunswick County) and Cape Fear Community College (New Hanover County).




Helping Students




Operation Scholar Support was started by Assistance League of Greater Wilmington in 2015 to provide scholarships for underserved students who attend Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College.  The criteria for scholarships are maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5, be a second-year student with documented financial need, be a resident of New Hanover, Brunswick or Pender counties, and preferably be a student who is returning to school to obtain skills and employability.  In 2022, we started a scholarship at the College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for students who want to become teachers.

To date, each community college has received $81,000 from our local chapter.

Our chapter has reached the benefactor level of giving for Brunswick Community College and was inducted into the McKeithan Society by Cape Fear Community College this past February. The McKeithan Society is a recognition given to those whose cumulative giving to CFCC has exceeded $50,000.

Nancy Scott-Finan accepts the McKeithan Society Award on behalf of our chapter. CFCC students crafted the award.

Suzann Ankrom making the check presentation to CFCC.

“This is amazing news! We really appreciate the incredible continuous support for our students especially in these difficult times. As you can imagine, the Coronavirus has severely impacted many students who were already struggling financially.  Support by you and the Assistance League are incredibly important to the success of our students.    Thank you again!”

Jim Morton, President

$15,000 in scholarships was awarded to Brunswick Community College (BCC).
(Left to right) Betsy Suman, Teresa McLamb, Elizabeth Wassum, Cheryl DeVincentis, Dr. Gene Smith
Teresa is BCC Foundation President, Elizabeth is Assistant Director of Resource Development and Dr. Smith is President of BCC.

“This is the best news in the world!  THANK YOU so much!  I was on a Zoom call and got visibly choked up when I read your message.  It makes my heart full to know we have the support of thoughtful community organizations like ALGW.  Your gift is so important to our students and will make a great impact!  The barriers to completing their education may be more daunting in the fall, but at least they know scholarship support is available.   Thank you so many times over!”

Elizabeth Wassum, Executive Director

Serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties since 2008