Hursts donate $1 million to Craven Community College Ambassador program

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NEW BERN, Craven County - The Craven Community College Foundation received "the largest single bequest in school history" after Dr. David and Mrs. Anna Hurt donated a $1 million scholarship endowment.

The endowment is set to provide scholarships for students in Craven Community College's school ambassador program, as well as those pursuing careers in education and nursing.

"The Hursts have developed a sincere, personal relationship with our students and this endowment extends that connection to a permanent legacy," Dr. Ray Staats, Craven CC president, said. "Generosity of this magnitude changes lives and will certainly have a tremendous impact on our students for years to come."

Student ambassadors play a vital role in the college's outreach efforts, student engagement, overall retention and serve as the official representatives for on-campus and off-campus community events, officials from the school confirm.

The Dr. David M. and Mrs. Anna R. Hurst Scholarship Endowment is intended to create opportunities for students in the form of funding everything from the cost of tuition, fees and books to team building and enrichment opportunities.

"The Hursts have taken our ambassador program to the next level," said Emily Stewart, Craven CC campus life coordinator. "They provide our students with opportunities to enhance their team building skills and cultural enrichment activities that our students would not have access to otherwise."

The Craven CC Board of Trustees learned about the Hurst endowment during a regular board meeting Tuesday October 24. In a unanimous vote, school officials opted to rename the ambassador program the Craven Community College Hurst Student Ambassador program.

Craven CC Foundation President Lloyd Griffith, who was in attendance, announced the news to the Foundation board during its board meeting Wednesday, October 25.

"We are very excited that Anna and David have grown to appreciate the impact of this college on significantly changing lives," Griffith said. "They have been willing to provide such an extraordinary level of commitment to ensure the college's mission continues."

The Hurst endowment will also provide funding for the Student Support Fund. This fund provides financial assistance for unexpected student emergencies, and as well as 50-percent scholarships for qualifying students pursuing degrees in educational instruction or nursing.

The number of those scholarships will be determined annually by capital growth and investment returns on the endowment, school officials said.

"The Hursts have helped make our student ambassador program exciting, rewarding, and a program that students want to be involved in," Stewart said.