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Foundation Honors Scholarship Recipients

Reception Also Serves as a Chance for Organization to Thank Donors

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation held a reception Oct. 18 to recognize student scholarship recipients and thank the individuals and organizations responsible for establishing and supporting the awards.

Each year, the PCC Foundation provides students with more than $250,000 in scholarships. This fall alone, the organization has awarded $136,000.

While many scholarships are given to students in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, others are presented to individuals with financial need. The PCC Foundation also provides a limited number of grants-in-aid as well as special funding for educational supplies.

“Today, we are here to celebrate scholarships,” Susan Nobles, executive director of the PCC Foundation, said during Tuesday’s event in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. “Scholarships are the important resources that support student access and achievement in our college. Aside from the federal financial aid program, scholarships are the extra measure of support for our students’ success.”

Nobles, who is also PCC’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, shared a note she received from student William Evans III thanking the PCC Foundation for his scholarship award.

“This scholarship is the reason that I am able to attend PCC, and it has meant a great deal to me,” Evans wrote. “I greatly appreciate the opportunity this has given me to further my education.

“Thanks for giving me an opportunity when it seemed as if all my doors were closing. Thank you so much for giving me a chance. You believed in me and really helped me to turn myself around.”

Don Brown, chair of the PCC Foundation Scholarship Committee, spoke during the reception and assured students that scholarship donors, the PCC Foundation Board, college administrators, and PCC faculty and staff were investing in their futures.

“We all want you to succeed in your academic programs and in your future careers,” he said. “So, while you go to your classes and complete your assignments necessary for graduation, please know that we all are interested in you.”

Brown thanked donors in attendance, telling them, “I believe strongly that you will receive an excellent return on your investment.”

In addition to scholarships and endowments established and supported by donors, much of the PCC Foundation’s funding is raised through a variety of activities, including the Annual Community Fund Drive, the PCC Foundation Fall Golf Classic, the Bulldog Run and next month’s Down East Holiday Show at the Greenville Convention Center.

“(The community’s) support for these activities has allowed us to increase our scholarship opportunities each year,” Nobles said.