NCWU Partners with First Carolina Bank

ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – On Thursday, June 23, leaders from North Carolina Wesleyan University (NCWU) and First Carolina Bank (FCB) met to establish a formal relationship between the two to expand educational opportunities for FCB employees. This partnership will allow employees to develop practical skills that they can apply to their careers through certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

(L to R): Ron Day, President/CEO of First Carolina Bank and Dr. Evan D. Duff, President of NCWU

“The partnership between First Carolina Bank and North Carolina Wesleyan University is unique in that both were founded in Nash County. This agreement enhances the ability of both institutions by continuing to provide services to our community and beyond,” stated Michael Drew, Vice President of Enrollment. “North Carolina Wesleyan University is proud to serve our region and welcomes First Carolina Bank as our newest partner in carrying out our mission of offering professional advancement at the certificate, undergraduate and graduate level.”

Mutually benefitting both organizations, this partnership allows FCB employees to receive financial aid awards to attend NCWU. In return, FCB will market this opportunity and NC Wesleyan’s programs to all of their employees. Each employee is offered a one-time $250 award from the University to be used towards a certificate program. Receipt of the award is provided during the last semester of enrollment. They can also receive a $1000 award at the end of their first semester of enrollment in undergraduate classes, as well as an additional $1000 award at the end of the last semester, for a total University award of $2,000. In addition, those who pursue a graduate degree at NCWU are offered a $500 award at the end of their first semester of enrollment and a second $500 award at the end of the last semester, for a total University award of $1,000.

About North Carolina Wesleyan University

North Carolina Wesleyan University (NCWU) is a small, private Methodist-affiliated institution with a liberal arts-based core curriculum that prepares students for professional advancement, life-long learning and responsible participation in their communities. NCWU offers liberal arts, professional and graduate degree programs for traditional, transfer and working-adult students. The skills cultivated by faculty and built into the curriculum include critical thinking and reflection, communication, collaboration, and information technology. North Carolina Wesleyan University delivers education that is personal, practical and purpose-driven. Personal…through mentoring and the connections that are provided. Practical…by helping students develop lifelong skills. Purpose-driven…by helping them fulfill their purpose in life. With students from all over the United States and more than 40 different countries, the University has immense cultural diversity. To learn more, visit and follow on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, TikTok and Instagram.