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Creech, Matos Receive SECU Scholarships

PCC students Lesley Matos (left) and Raven Creech (third from left) receive SECU scholarships from Karen Lee, Director of PCC's Radiology Program and SECU Foundation Board member, and Andrew Odom, SECU Vice President/City Executive.

WINTERVILLE—The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation presented scholarships this month to Pitt Community College students Raven Creech and Lesley Matos.

Creech, a 2011 Ayden-Grifton High School graduate, and Matos, a 2011 graduate of South Lenoir High School, will each receive $5,000 through their awards to be used toward tuition and other educational expenses.

A resident of Ayden, Raven is the daughter of Durwood and Lynn Creech.  She plans to move on to East Carolina University to pursue a nursing degree once she has completed PCC’s university transfer curriculum.

A Deep Run native, Lesley is the daughter of Chris and Sandy Matos. She plans to study medical sonography at Pitt.

Each year, the SECU Foundation awards $580,000 through its “People Helping People Scholarship Program.” The scholarships presented to students at each of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges are given in recognition of their leadership, character, integrity and community involvement.

Karen Lee, PCC’s Radiography program director and a member of SECU’s local advisory board, said the scholarships presented to Creech and Matos this month demonstrate the commitment of SECU members to education and to making a difference in North Carolina.

“These scholarships are helping North Carolina students obtain an education through the community college system and preparing them for a successful future,” she said.

A charitable organization, the SECU Foundation was chartered to help identify and address community issues beyond the normal scope of the State Employees’ Credit Union. As a result, the Foundation promotes local community development, primarily through high-impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.