Fayetteville State Creates Scholarships to Honor FTCC President Keen

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

A separate scholarship program to help military-related students was also announced on 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 the FTCC. FSU’s total investment 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 the following years, he says.

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FSU Chancellor Darrell T. Allison announced the scholarship program during a ceremony at the FTCC. He said in a statement released by FSU that students who have earned an associate degree from the FTCC and meet the minimum requirements will receive 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 enrolled on the FSU campus and received $900,000 in scholarships,” did he declare. “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 his appreciation for the scholarship program, calling it a “great 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. “It means everything to me.”

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

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

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

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