Vance-Granville Community College recently nominated Frank D. Allison of Louisburg, a student in the College Transfer program, for the North Carolina Community College System’s Governor Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The award was established in 2004 in honor of Scott, who served as Governor of North Carolina from 1969-1973, and as President of the N.C. Community College System from 1983-1995. Each year, the N.C. Association of Community College Presidents bestows the honor on one community college student in recognition of his or her academic and leadership achievements.
“My father was a Colonel in the Air Force and he instilled in me a desire to be a leader from an early age,” Allison said. As a Boy Scout, he learned leadership skills that served him well as an adult in the business world. “One of my greatest achievements in life was as a Senior Patrol leader of a Boy Scout Troop of mentally handicapped kids one summer,” he recalled. “That summer was the first time I helped someone that truly needed my help. The joy I experienced watching these scouts try a fire-roasted marshmallow for the first time, or sitting up with two of them who were afraid because of the noises they heard planted a seed in my soul.” Years later, Allison said, “after life’s vicissitudes and the Great Recession left me jobless, the memory of that camping trip helped me to decide that a career in mental health is what I was destined to do after all.”
He enrolled at VGCC in order to take the first step toward his new goal. He has taken classes at both the college’s Main Campus and the Franklin County Campus. Allison is set to graduate with an Associate in Arts degree from VGCC in May. He then plans to transfer to a four-year university to study Psychology, followed by graduate school for a Master’s in Social Work. “The seed planted one summer 30 some years ago is coming to fruition in my life,” Allison said.
At VGCC, Allison has excelled academically. He has been named to the Dean’s List, received two endowed VGCC scholarships in recognition of his academic record, and was the only student at the college nominated for a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship in 2012. Allison is a member of the VGCC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Outside of class, he has taken a leading role on the board of directors of the Wake Forest Alano Club, part of a national network of independent non-profit organizations that facilitate 12-step meetings and provide a safe, sober environment for members and families. He has served as Vice President and as Treasurer of the local organization.