IGNITE DAVIE Student Profile: Nathan Andrews

by | Sep 20, 2021

Nathan Andrews graduated from Davie High in 2020 and is currently earning his Associate’s degree in criminal justice at Davidson-Davie Community College through IGNITE DAVIE. He is pictured with his parents Heidi and Brian Andrews.  

Nathan Andrews wants to be a law enforcement officer. 

The 2020 Davie High graduate is pursuing an Associates’s degree in criminal justice at Davidson-Davie Community College and plans to complete the college’s Basic Law Enforcement Training program as soon as he meets the age requirement. 

Thanks to IGNITE DAVIE, Andrews will be able to complete his Associate’s degree free of charge. 

IGNITE DAVIE is a college promise program that pays tuition and fees with a stipend for books for graduates to attend Davidson-Davie Community College full time in a certificate, diploma, or associate/transfer program at either campus. 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 program. The funds kick in after any other scholarships or federal student aid have been applied.

All eligible high school graduates, regardless of financial need or academic ability, can continue their education and training to open the door to better career opportunities and increased earning potential.

Andrews learned about IGNITE DAVIE through an informational meeting with Davidson-Davie Community College during his senior year. “I  was already planning on taking classes at DCCC, and after hearing about IGNITE DAVIE and all it had to offer, I knew I had to apply. It’s been a huge help to me and my family. I’ve only  had to pay for a couple of books that exceeded the allowance for the semester.” 

He says he has always thought that being in law enforcement would be a very humbling and noble career. “It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I truly decided to take criminal justice and pursue a law enforcement career. I would love to be able to be a part of the Davie County Sheriff’s Office upon finishing my Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and turning 21. I have to be 20 years old to attend BLET and 21 years old to become a deputy sheriff. I would love to eventually become a wildlife resource officer.” 

A high-achiever, Andrews earned the rank of Eagle Scout at 14 and was the youngest in his Boy Scout Troop ever to do so. An honor roll student at Davie, he graduated a year early due to extra credits earned through JROTC and taking a 5th-period class for a semester. Last year he was invited to join the National Society of Leadership and Success. Now, at only 18 years old, he is halfway through his Associate’s degree. 

Andrews has completed one year of DDCC through IGNITE DAVIE and has taken a combination of general education and criminal justice classes. “It was a really good school year and very different from high school which made it enjoyable. Most of my classes so far have been online which works out great for me.” 

“This year will be a little more difficult as far as homework and classwork. I am still taking some general education classes but also a lot more criminal justice classes.” 

He works for BeauBuilt Construction in addition to being a full-time student. “I work every day and half a day on days I have class.” 

How You Can Participate

Andrews would encourage all students to take advantage of the IGNITE DAVIE program. “I absolutely love everything that IGNITE DAVIE has done for my parents and me.  It’s truly helped me make it through my first and now my second year of college without having to worry about paying for anything. I know my parents enjoy it very much. If anyone is thinking about doing IGNITE DAVIE, I’d tell them to do it and they won’t regret it because it’s two years of college you don’t have to worry about.” 

“IGNITE DAVIE is an extraordinary promise and we invite you to join us,” said Carolyn McManamy, director of Davie CONNECT and one of the driving forces behind IGNITE DAVIE. “We currently have commitments for $2 million of the $3 million needed to endow the program for our students and our community, but we need YOUR help to make the promise permanent! Together, we can create a bright and prosperous future for everyone! Please join us and others with a vision for a vibrant Davie County by making a gift that will truly spark our community.” 

This article was published with the permission of the author and the original publisher, the Davie County Blog.