A native of Portland, Jamaica, Derval "Dale" Hamilton earned an associate's degree in Information Systems Technology at Catawba Valley Community College in 2008. He is the first CVCC student to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship valued at $30,000 a year for up to three years.
At CVCC, he served as vice president of the Student Government Association, was an active member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society and was president of CVCC's Circle K International Club. During his term, the CVCC chapter competed against many others based at four-year schools and earned many awards.
Dale’s campus achievements escalated after leaving CVCC. He was recognized by the Black Alumni Chapter of the East Carolina Alumni Association for demonstrating exceptional leadership and service to the ECU community. He served as the Coastal Division Lieutenant Governor for Circle K International.
He graduated from ECU in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology and was awarded a second Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship to attend UNC-Chapel Hill’s physical therapy doctorate program where he graduated in 2015.
Where would Dale Hamilton be without CVCC?
Hear Dale's story in his own words how CVCC changed his life