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Two Bladen County students were named by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority as recipients of scholarships valued at up to $12,000 from the Golden LEAF Foundation.  The students selected for the honor were Anna Long and Alanna Ludlum.

According to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, Anna Long and Alanna Ludlum, each received a $3,000 scholarship. The scholarship may be used for up to four years of study at a North Carolina college or university. They are two of 215 students who were selected for these scholarships.

The purpose of the Golden LEAF scholarship program is to increase educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural areas to further their education hoping following graduation, the recipients will provide leadership in their communities.

Both Long and Ludlum will be eligible to participate in the Golden LEAF Scholars program, as well. The Golden LEAF Scholars program provides leadership training at the Center for Creative Leadership. This also provides internship opportunities and stipends of up to $8,830.