by | Dec 17, 2019

IGNITE DAVIE has sparked a lot of interest and enthusiasm as more and more residents learn
about the tremendous opportunity it provides for students, businesses, and the community at

IGNITE DAVIE is a college promise program that pays tuition and fees for any Davie resident to
attend either campus of DCCC full-time beginning with the Class of 2020! IGNITE DAVIE
includes a stipend for books and is available for students to pursue a Certificate, Associate’s, or
College Transfer Program. IGNITE DAVIE is a place-based last dollar scholarship; which
means students must live in and attend school in Davie County to take advantage of the

The Class of 2020 will be the inaugural class of IGNITE DAVIE and the staff at DHS and DCCC
are doing everything they can to make sure students and parents know about this local
opportunity—ensuring every student can pursue higher education without incurring student loan
debt. Since August, more than 61 students have completed their application!

DCCC staff are attending Smart Lunches at Davie High helping students with applications, and
DHS counselors are meeting with every senior to educate them about the program. The IGNITE
DAVIE team wants each person in Davie to be informed about the opportunity this college
promise program provides.

“We have received tremendous enthusiasm for IGNITE DAVIE as our residents learn about the
program and realize the potential impact for our students and the community. One question we
are frequently asked is how are we going to make sure there is enough money available when
the time comes for their young child to take advantage of IGNITE DAVIE,” said Carolyn
McManamy, director of Davie Connect. “I tell them this is why we are working so hard to raise
$3 million because we will use the interest earned from the IGNITE DAVIE endowment to pay
for the program well into the future. We currently have the money to pay for several years, but if
we want the program to be around when our Kindergarten children are Seniors, we need raise
to endowment dollars. It will take donations of all sizes to get this done.”

IGNITE DAVIE was launched thanks to the commitment of several organizations and
individuals. Working together, the IGNITE DAVIE Partners created the college promise
program and made significant donations to get the fund established. They are now meeting
with members of the business community, residents and civic organizations seeking financial
support. “We are receiving donations large and small from global companies to individuals who
want to help us reach our goal. IGNITE DAVIE is a true community collaboration, and it is going
to take all of us contributing over the next several years to reach that $3 Million dollar goal.”
McManamy said.

A couple of the comments from those making commitments to IGNITE DAVIE really get to the
heart of why folks are getting involved. “I’m excited about IGNITE for three reasons, said
Mariam Wright, contributor. “1) it’s an opportunity to solve a much-needed problem on a local
level; 2) the program doesn’t require federal intervention, oversight, bureaucracy & costs; AND,
3) IGNITE strengthens our community to attract much-needed industry.”

“I think IGNITE DAVIE is the best thing that has happened in Davie County ever!” said Peggy
Wallace, contributor. “Fourteen of my eighteen great-grandchildren will ultimately benefit from
this program, and I am using some of my savings to support it.”

In total, nearly 1.5 million dollars has been raised for the endowment— putting IGNITE DAVIE
almost halfway to the goal. A variety of fundraising opportunities are, and will continue to be,
available for IGNITE DAVIE.

Ignite Your Appetite will be hosted by area restaurants with a portion of the proceeds sent to
IGNITE DAVIE; you can donate your change from admissions at Davie High School Basketball
games and other sporting events during the year; you can Text-2-Give at any time by texting
IGNITE to 243725; you can make a credit card gift online at the Davie Community Foundation
website at www.daviefoundation.org; or you can mail a check in any amount payable to the
Davie Community Foundation with IGNITE DAVIE in the memo to 135 S. Salisbury St.,
Mocksville, NC 27028. Be sure to watch the IGNITE DAVIE website and social media for new
events and opportunities to get involved!

IGNITE DAVIE is an extraordinary promise and it will only continue to develop, strengthen and
make a difference in our community in the years to come. “We’ve had a great response from
the community and we encourage everyone to join us by making a donation to the
program. Consider yourself asked! Today it is benefiting our high school students but we are
looking ahead to ensure it will benefit today’s elementary students too!” said McManamy.

IGNITE DAVIE is a college promise program, but it is also a promise for the future of Davie
County. For information or to make a donation, go to www.ignitedavie.com or call 336.753.6670