Scholarship for CDL Program established at College of The Albemarle

By on January 10, 2020

The family of the late George P. Armstrong, Jr. assembled for a photo after signing off on the new scholarship on December 28, 2019. (Seated, left to right) Lucretia White, Jordan Williams, Toriano Armstrong, Lavonda “Gale” Johnson and Nakia Armstrong. (Standing, left to right) Torin Armstrong, Terrill Armstrong, Justin Brothers, Joy Armstrong, Timothy Armstrong, Angela Armstrong and Chonbrey Armstrong. Not pictured: Annie Armstrong, Jesse White, Jackie White and Alicia White

As plans move forward for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program at College of The Albemarle (COA), a new annual scholarship has been created through the COA Foundation to assist a student enrolled in the course.

The scholarship, called the “George P. Armstrong, Jr. Memorial Scholarship”, has been established by family members of Mr. Armstrong. The scholarship, with an annual gift of $1,000, will benefit a resident of COA’s seven-county service area enrolled full or part-time in the college’s CDL program. The recipient chosen for the memorial scholarship must maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average and will be asked to compose a brief essay on his or her career goals as a CDL driver during the application process. This is the first scholarship established for students enrolled in the CDL program.

“We, the family of the late George P. Armstrong, Jr., are elated to offer this scholarship that will carry on his legacy of trucking, education and family,” stated members of the family who gathered for the signing of the scholarship. “George P. Armstrong, Jr. drove semi-trucks for over 40 years and was a proponent of education. He lived by these mantras: ‘You can’t make money sitting still’ and ‘It’s better to get somewhere late than to not get there at all’ (meaning drive safely).”

Additional contributions may be made to this new scholarship fund. For more information, contact Amy Alcocer, executive director, COA Foundation at or 252-335-0821, ext. 2263.

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