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Bladen Community College Selects Ambassadors

DUBLIN – The Bladen Community College Foundation has selected four scholarship recipients to represent the college as Ambassadors. The new Ambassadors are:  Anthony Milano, Robin McDonald, Nicholas Norris, and Hannah Wheeless.  

According to Linda Burney, Bladen Community College Foundation Director, the scholarships are  provided by gifts to the college through the foundation. To apply for an Ambassador position, a student must have already completed twelve semester hours at BCC, have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, and be enrolled for the upcoming academic year carrying a minimum of twelve semester hours for each semester. The application process requires three letters of recommendation from BCC faculty or staff members and an interview conducted by a multidisciplinary selection committee.   

While on campus, Ambassadors serve the college as official hosts, conducting tours and participating in student-centered activities as leaders and mentors. They represent the college off-campus as well, participating in community events and activities. Due to the pandemic, the Ambassadors have been involved in student engagement by reaching out with phone calls and emails to current and perspective students.  They have been participating in remote leadership development training before the holidays with Stacie Kinlaw, Bladen County 4H agent.  

“Our selected Ambassadors represent the college as college leaders,” remarks Ms. Burney. “They receive specialized training in public speaking, social etiquette, and leadership. It is quite the honor to be a Bladen Community College Ambassador.”  

Anthony Milano is a highly motivated student in the industrial systems technology curriculum at Bladen Community College. Milano is a full-time student, attended Wests Bladen High School where he was very active in ROTC.  Milano said in his application that he hopes to own his own business one day.  His schedule is filled with activity. “I chose industrial systems technology because I am a hands on learning.  I don’t expect the college experience to magically transform me but I realize it will help explore a world of ideas and I know I am working toward a good future.”  

Since beginning at BCC, Milano has been inspired by his instructors.  “They always encourage me to do my best,” remarks Milano. “and that is why I applied to be an ambassador”.   

Robin McDonald is enrolled in the BCC Office Administration Program and is from Tar Heel, NC. In addition to her studies at BCC, she likes cooking, decorating, reading and is active in her church.  “I like helping people in their time of need,” states McDonald, “I bring the experience in leadership roles in my church to my new role as a BCC Ambassador.”       

One of her faculty recommendations stated “I am impressed with Robin’s enthusiasm, communication skills and demeanor.  I believe Robin will be an excellent role model for other students.” 

 Another new ambassador is Nicholas Norris.  Nicholas attended East Bladen High School where be played football, was a member of the golf team and President of FFA. Nicholas is pursuing his associate of arts and science and upon completion, plans to transfer to NCSTATE to major in mechanical engineering.   When asked about being an ambassador, Nicolas said “ I see this as an opportunity for me to develop my leadership skills and serve the college that is providing me with an outstanding education.”   

Rounding out the four new ambassadors is Hannah Wheeless of the White Lake/Garland community. Hannah is familiar face as she also works at Barefoot Brews and Barefoot Sandwich Shoppes in Elizabethtown. Hannah was an honor student at East Bladen High School, student athlete, and she also served as a college ambassador there and as a representative of the schools 2019-20 Peer Group.  Hannah noted that “ the high school positions gave me the opportunity to guide other students in applying to college and simply making it through their freshmen year in high school. I hope to bring that experience to my ambassador’s role at Bladen Community College. “ 

 According to Dr. Amanda Lee, College President “Our campus has personal and helpful faculty members. We are committed to helping students along their journey in life. The ambassadors are enhancing their journey and as part of our BCC family share their experiences to extend a connection to other students and the community.”   

The Ambassadors program showcases strong, focused students. It gives young men and women an opportunity to positively influence and encourage others, while they experience their own personal growth.  

To learn more about the Ambassadors program, contact the foundation office of Bladen Community College.  Also, contributions to the BCC Foundation support student scholarships and the Ambassadors program. For information about contributing to the Foundation, you can reach Linda Burney at 910 879-5519 or lburney@bladencc.ed

Ambassadors pictured left to right: Anthony Milano, Robin McDonald, Nicholas Norris, and Hannah Wheeless



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