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Spivey Awarded Armstrong Scholarship

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student Joy Spivey, center, receives the Roselyn V. Armstrong OTA Endowed Scholarship from Lee Armstrong (right), widower of the late PCC instructor for whom the award is named. Also on hand for the presentation was Wendy Perrini, department chair of PCC’s OTA and Therapeutic Massage programs.

WINTERVILLE—Five years after Roselyn Armstrong lost her battle with cancer, her memory lives on by means of a scholarship that family and friends created in her name to benefit Pitt Community College students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program that she once chaired.

This month, 31-year-old Joy Spivey became the most recent recipient of the Roselyn V. Armstrong OTA Endowed Scholarship. A Rocky Mount resident, she received $300 to help with her educational expenses.

“I’m very honored to receive this scholarship,” Spivey said. “I’m aware of the qualifications they want students selected for this award to have and I am pleased they feel I have these qualities.”

A member of the PTK International Honor Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success, Spivey completed her general education requirements at Edgecombe Community College before transferring to PCC. She has posted a 3.7 grade point average at Pitt, where she serves as president of the college’s Rotaract Club.

Wendy Perrini, department chair of PCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant and Therapeutic Massage programs, says Spivey “exemplifies the spirit of Roselyn Armstrong” and her dedication to working hard and helping others.

“Joy has demonstrated the leadership ability and professional behavior that Mrs. Armstrong endeavored to cultivate in her students,” Perrini said.

Armstrong, who worked at PCC for more than 15 years, died of cancer at the age of 54. Years prior, she had given up a lucrative private practice in occupational therapy to enter the teaching profession.

“There is something about helping the next generation do their best that makes me feel like I have touched more lives than those I could have as a therapist,” Armstrong would say of her decision to pursue a career in education.

Roselyn Armstrong’s husband, Lee, presented Spivey with her scholarship on Oct. 12.