Natta of Burlington, N.C. Photo by Carla Kucinski.

Kayla Natta. Photo by Carla Kucinski.

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College student Kayla Natta has received the fall 2014 Health Careers Scholarship in the amount of $500 from the North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation, Inc.

Natta of Burlington, N.C. is pursuing an associate degree in pharmacy technology. Her anticipated graduation is May 2015. She has been working as a certified pharmacy technician at Rite Aid Pharmacy in Burlington since March 2014. Two months later, she graduated with a diploma in pharmacy technology from GTCC and wanted to do more. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree and eventually a doctorate degree in pharmacy. The Health Careers Scholarship, she says, will help her achieve that.

“I’m going to further my education,” said Natta, who is transferring to Campbell University in the fall. “I would love to challenge myself to be the best that I can be and make my dreams come true.”

Natta has been around the health care field her entire life, she says. Her mother served in the Air Force as a radiologic technologist and sonographer for 12 years and inspired Natta to pursue a career in the pharmacy field.

“I love it,” Natta said. “I like the patients. You get to talk to them and know what they’re going through.”

The North Carolina Community Colleges Foundation Scholarships for Health Careers were created to assist students interested in attaining associate degrees in fields of high demand that will allow them to join the health care profession. The scholarships are available to full-time students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 enrolled in the second year of an Allied Health program of high demand at a community college. Recipients are selected by a committee of N.C. Community College representatives.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at


— Carla Kucinski/GTCC

Published February 3, 2015