Tammie Taylor-Graham, Margaret Storck Receive SECU Foundation Scholarships
WINTERVILLE—The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation presented scholarships this month to Pitt Community College students Tammie Taylor-Graham and Margaret Storck.
Taylor-Graham, a Farmville resident, and Storck, who lives in Greenville, will each receive $5,000 ($2,500 per year for two years) through their awards to be used toward tuition and other educational expenses.
A polysomnography student, Taylor-Graham says she wants to work in the medical field and make a positive impact in the lives of others. Already, she is involved with the community through her church and visits local homeless shelters and adult long-term care facilities to show residents her support and offer help.
“I have always had the passion to assist people in any way I possibly can,” Taylor-Graham said. “There are so many people in need, whether it is physically, emotionally or mentally.
“I personally enjoy helping those people that are less fortunate than most, such as the homeless, and those that have difficulties assisting themselves, such as the handicapped and elderly,” she continued. “My heart goes out to these people in a very special way, because they are sometimes overlooked and neglected by others while in need.”
Originally from Durham, Storck is a 2011 graduate of J.H. Rose High School, where she was a member of the swim team for two seasons and excelled academically, despite battling autism.
Storck, who worked as a costume and makeup technician while in high school, says she has a passion for theater and film and is pursuing a career as a film producer. She is enrolled in PCC’s Associate of Fine Arts program and eventually plans to transfer to UNC-Wilmington to complete a bachelor’s degree in film studies.
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 Taylor-Graham and Storck 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.