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). In 2022, we created a scholarship for students, who are planning to become teachers and are attending the Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.





Cape Fear Community College and Brunswick Community College have each received


University North Carolina Wilmington

Our Scholarships at work!

Michael King, an ALGW scholarship recipient from Cape Fear Community College, stopped by the Thrift Shop on May 17 to show his acceptance letter from Columbia University to Nancy Fiedler and Marsha Olender, incoming and current ALGW presidents.  Michael is very appreciative of the support of his ALGW scholarship in taking him from community college to the Ivy League.

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 $105,500 and University of North Carolina Wilmington received $10,000 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.

“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

“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