Wake Tech Community College is offering up to $500 per student to help displaced tobacco workers cover the cost of retraining in the auto detailing, HVAC and hospitality fields.
Wake Tech has already awarded the scholarships to nine students to defray the costs of 10-week retraining courses. The community college plans to distribute the rest of the money through November.
At the current rate, more than 50 students could qualify for the scholarships, which have averaged out to $175 per student so far. The courses cost $175 each, but some students may qualify for more, depending on their financial need.
The scholarships come from a $10,000 grant Wake Tech received from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. Information on applying is available from Wake Tech's Continuing Education program.