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North Carolina Black Caucus Scholarship Event

North Carolina Black Caucus Scholarship Event

Release date: 6/19/2013

North Carolina Black Caucus Scholarship Event features Truliant Speaker

Durham, N.C.: (June 20, 2013) Congresswoman Maxine Walters and Truliant’s Marjorie Rorie were among the featured speakers at the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus (NCLBC) Foundation’s annual event held June 14. The event, held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center in Durham, N.C., focused on increasing fundraising efforts for college scholarships.

According to a recent Credit Union National Association (CUNA) survey, nearly half of high school seniors do not know how much they will need for college costs. The NCBLC Foundation believes this lack of knowledge can translate into higher debts for students after college. The NCLBC Foundation 2013 Education Scholarship event, Continuing Our Investment in Promising Futures: Scholarship-Education-Success, addressed this topic and others that impact students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina.

Marjorie Rorie, director of community services for Truliant, provided advice to students on what they should and could be doing to avoid being strapped with insurmountable debt after graduating from college.

“With college debt at an all-time high and the number of students securing loans increasing, I wanted to send the message that students and their families must be very strategic in their college planning efforts. They must be savvier in their knowledge of how money works to navigate financial aid in this economic climate,” said Rorie.

The event concluded with the annual signature fundraising event, The William L. Wainwright Scholarship Banquet, featuring U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Walters as the keynote speaker. The L.A. Congresswoman recently became the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee.

The NCLBC Foundation has provided support to higher education in North Carolina for more than 27 years by awarding need-based scholarships to students attending one of the 10 participating Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina.