The Haywood Community College Foundation now has scholarships available for female students interested in completing the High School Equivalency (formerly known as GED®) exam. Thanks to generous funding from Womansong’s New Start Program, monies are set aside expressly for use of aiding with the cost of the test.    

In 1988, Womansong, under the leadership of founding director Linda Metzner, created the New Start Program - a program designed to provide financial assistance to women in need in Western North Carolina. These grants are intended to ‘fill in the gap’ when other short-term funding options are not available.

Erica Reid, HCC medical assisting student, obtained her High School Equivalency credential in May 2017 and was a recipient of the Womansong scholarship. 

“Without the money from Womansong, I would not have been able to get my GED®, and would not have been able to go on to the medical assisting program,” Reid explains. “Thank you to Womansong for the support.”

The High School Equivalency credential helps graduates find employment, increase their wages and attend college. It is accepted by virtually all colleges and employers in the country. Classes and materials are provided free of charge at HCC. Testing costs are established by Pearson Vue.

 “Thanks to the help from Womansong, these students do not need to let the testing fee be an obstacle,” says Patricia Smith, HCC dean of college & career readiness. “We are so pleased to receive this support for our students.”

For more information about Womansong New Start Scholarship funds, High School Equivalency classes or to register for orientation, please call 828-627-4648 or visit www.haywood.edu.

Donated photo. Haywood Community College’s foundation office now has scholarships available for female students interested in completing the High School Equivalency (formerly known as GED®) exam thanks to generous funding from Womansong’s New Start Program. Pictured is Erica Reid, current HCC medical assisting student and recipient of a Womansong’s New Start scholarship.