Getting to the Finish Line

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Holly Pegram has wanted to be a nurse since she graduated from high school. Yet, life happened and it took her through some difficult times, before she reached Forsyth Tech. As a non-traditional student, now her dream is right around the corner!

Holly knew she would have to pay for school with either loans or scholarships. As a single mom, the bills don’t stop when you’re in school. As she said, it was tougher being in nursing school while trying to support her family.

Last summer, in her 3rd semester, she and her family were still struggling financially. She saw where she  could apply for the Finish Line Grant through NC Works at Goodwill Industries. These funds can be used for anything that deals with “life.”

Holly was able to use the funds to pay for her children to do summer camp while she completed that semester.

This spring, she is preparing to graduate with her Associate Degree in Nursing and she is determined to walk across that stage! Forsyth Tech helped her achieve her dream. Holly hopes to continue to keep moving forward to get her bachelor’s, and hopefully, master’s degree in Nursing.

“Education is something she will have the rest of my life and no one can take it away from me,” said Holly. Now my children and family see I made it through her nursing education to reach her goal and you can, too.”

The Finish Line grant helped Holly take one more step toward graduation and she said she is very grateful.

In partnership with Piedmont Triad Regional Workforce Development Board, Forsyth Tech students who have completed at least 50% of their program of study and are in good academic standing can apply for this grant to help them cross the finish line to graduation. Approval is subject to eligibility and the availability of funds.

The maximum award is $1,000. Please note that Finish Line Grants can help with tuition and fees, but it is not meant to be an ongoing source of tuition funding.

For more information on Finish Line grants, click here.