Elijah Dennison, 2016 Haywood Community College and Haywood Early College graduate, recently received a two year North Carolina State Employees Credit Union Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to applicants who best exemplify the membership philosophy of credit unions, “People Helping People,” and have demonstrated leadership, excellence of character, and community involvement.

Dennison finished the Early College program in four years and also received Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. In addition, he completed the Honors Program.

Dennison will continue his education this fall at Western Carolina University where he has been accepted into the Honors College. He will double major in Accounting and Business Administration and Law. He hopes to attend graduate school for a Master’s degree in Accounting and eventually sit for the CPA exam. His ultimate goal is to become a tax attorney.

“At HCC, every single staff member wants to help each student succeed and be the very best person that they can be,” the Haywood County native explains. “Students in the Early College program are a family. No one judges you for who you are. Early College not only saves you money and time in the long run, but it is a great place to get the support you need to advance yourself academically and socially. You are not just a number, you are an individual.”