Jim Graham Leadership Scholarship

Every year, CCNC offers a $1,000 Leadership Scholarship to a past Cooperative Leadership Camp attendee in honor of "The Sodfather," Jim Graham.

$1,000 College Scholarship

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All applications are reviewed by a scholarship committee according to an established rubric of criteria.

A scholarship recipient will be selected based on the student's understanding of the cooperative movement, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, community involvement and demonstration of self-motivation.

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2024 applications are now closed. 

Applications for 2025 graduates will open Fall 2024. 

Jim Graham Scholarship Awardees

We're proud of past scholarship recipients! 

Scarlett Votaw

2024 Recipient

Sponsor: Four County EMC 
Rose Hill, NC 

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Karlie Keepfer

2023 Recipient

Sponsor: SkyLine SkyBest
West Jefferson, NC

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Gabriel Butler

2023 Recipient

Sponsor: Carteret-Craven EMC
Havelock, NC

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Melaney Caudill

2022 Recipient

Carolinas Credit Union League Raleigh, NC

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Tyler Gupton

2021 Recipient

Sponsor: Roanoke Electric Cooperative
Ahoskie, NC

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Haley Sears

2020 Recipient

Sponsor: Local Government FCU
Raleigh, NC

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Ty Randleman

2019 Recipient

Sponsor: Star Communications
Clinton, NC

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Autumn Biggie

2018 Recipient

Sponsor: Ag Carolina Farm Credit
Raleigh, NC

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Anna Curry

2017 Recipient

Sponsor: Cooperative Council of NC
Raleigh, NC 

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James Allen Graham


James “Jim” Allen Graham personified North Carolina agriculture for nearly 40 years, serving as the longest agriculture commissioner for the state. This earned him the nickname “The Sodfather,” and induction into the North Carolina Agricultural Hall of Fame. Jim believed in youth education and our Cooperative Leadership Camp. He even visited one summer by way of helicopter!