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Ken and Phyllis Ross Endow Scholarship

Kenneth Ross (second from left) and his wife, Phyllis (third from left), were on the PCC campus to establish an endowed scholarship with the PCC Foundation. Accepting on behalf of the college were President G. Dennis Massey and Susan Nobles, VP of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the PCC Foundation.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation announced this month that Kenneth R. Ross and his wife, Phyllis, have created an endowed scholarship with the organization.

According to Susan Nobles, executive director of the PCC Foundation, the Rosses established the Kenneth R. and Phyllis P. Ross Endowed Scholarship with an initial contribution of $25,000. It is the intention of the Rosses to continue building the endowment with additional contributions to the endowment fund and the scholarship fund, she said.

"Kenneth and Phyllis Ross have been long-time supporters of the Pitt Community College Foundation and its scholarship program,” said Nobles, who is also PCC’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “They have provided leadership, financial support, and volunteered for many PCC Foundation activities.

“Their generous contribution and establishment of this endowed scholarship will provide support for many generations of PCC students."

Kenneth and Phyllis Ross are Ayden residents. They have three children and six grandchildren.

A lifelong resident of Pitt County, Kenneth Ross has been involved in public service for more than 45 years, having served as a Pitt County Commissioner and manager of the Pitt County Shrine Club. He retired from the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1990 with more than 26 years of service and currently manages the Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair.

Phyllis Ross is a retired special education teacher. Like her husband, she, too, has given her time and efforts to support numerous worthy causes, including Pitt County Special Olympics, the Salvation Army and the Ayden Boys & Girls Club.

Nobles said the Rosses created an endowed scholarship to assist students attending PCC, with preference given to Pitt County residents who demonstrate financial need. Recipients, she said, must demonstrate academic progress and maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average.

The scholarship may be awarded annually by the PCC Foundation, Nobles said.