NFC Foundation Congratulates 2021 Last Mile Scholars

North Florida College Last Mile Scholarships Help More Students Complete Degrees

NFC Last Mile Scholars at Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremony December 2021Madison, FL (January 20, 2022) – The North Florida College Foundation is pleased to announce a new graduating class of Last Mile Scholars. NFC’s Last Mile Scholarship assists students who are less than 12 credit hours away from completing their first college program and were not enrolled for at least one semester.

“In just two years, we have had the pleasure of assisting 31 students who overcame their challenges, returned to college, and now hold their diploma in their hands,” says Director of Resource Development Judy Lundell. “Don’t let an interruption in your education stop you from pursuing your goals. We are here to help!”

The NFC Foundation congratulates the following nine Last Mile Scholars who completed their degrees at the conclusion of NFC’s Fall Term 2021 and graduated in December.

Laverne Smith, Madison County resident, graduated with her Associate in Arts degree. Laverne is grateful to the Last Mile program for helping her graduate and advance in her career, “The scholarship has provided the means for me to complete what I have started. I have been able to go to work and go to school without worrying about how I was supposed to come up with the money.”

Allysia McFarland, Madison County Resident, graduated with her Associate in Arts degree. Allysia is grateful for the support of the Last Mile scholarship and plans to continue her education in the culinary arts.

Monica Poucher, a Suwannee County resident, graduated with her Associate in Arts degree. She plans to continue working on her family farm in Live Oak and pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture studies from the University of Florida. “Thank you to the Last Mile scholarship! Completing this after all these years is a great accomplishment,” said Poucher.

Tanisha Johnson, Taylor County resident, graduated with her Associate Arts degree. Tanisha hopes to continue her education at NFC and eventually receive her bachelor’s degree in nursing. “There is so much going on in the world today, especially with COVID on the rise,” said Johnson. “This scholarship was a great relief to me and has really helped me financially.”

C’Mone Crowell, Taylor County resident, graduated with her Associate in Arts degree. C’Mone plans to pursue a degree in psychology at Valdosta State University. She is grateful for the chance to complete this part of her education at NFC. “The [Last Mile] scholarship made it possible to reach one of my education goals,” said Crowell. “I look forward to my future at Valdosta State University but will always be thankful for this scholarship and opportunity.”

Clayton Bush, Taylor County resident, graduated with his Associate in Arts degree. He is grateful for the help of the Last Mile Scholarship saying, “It has helped my family a great deal.” Clayton hopes to continue his education in the history field with a goal to teach or work in a museum.

Taylor County residents Ethan Johnson and Carlotta Washington, as well as Jefferson County resident Anna Morgan also graduated with their Associate in Arts degree.

If you are on the Last Mile of your degree at NFC or know someone who is, the NFC Foundation can help! Visit or contact the NFC Foundation at 850-973-9414 or for more information.


Group Photo Above: NFC 2021 Last Mile Scholar graduates pictured at NFC’s December commencement, left to right, are Clayton Bush, C’Mone Crowell, Laverne Smith, Kayla Watson (Summer 2021), Tameria Reaves (Summer 2021), Carlotta Washington, Monica Poucher and Tanisha Johnson.

Laverne Smith, NFC Last Mile Scholar 2021 Photo

Laverne Smith

Allysia McFarland, NFC Last Mile Scholar 2021 Photo

Allysia McFarland

Monica Poucher, NFC Last Mile Scholar 2021 Photo

Monica Poucher

Tanisha Johnson, NFC Last Mile Scholar 2021 Photo

Tanisha Johnson

C'Mone Crowell, NFC Last Mile Scholar 2021 Photo

C'Mone Crowell

Clayton Bush, NFC Last Mile Scholar 2021 Photo

Clayton Bush