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Stallings Awarded Gurganus Scholarship

Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student Krystal Stallings, center, receives the Faye B. Gurganus OTA Scholarship from Keith Bielby, who created the award in memory of his fiance. Also on hand for the presentation was Wendy Perrini, department chair of PCC’s OTA and Therapeutic Massage programs.

WINTERVILLE—Krystal Stallings, a second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student at Pitt Community College, was awarded the Faye B. Gurganus OTA Scholarship this month.

The daughter of Kinston’s Wayne and Cassie Stallings, Krystal has recorded a 3.6 grade point average at the college. She will receive $300 through her award to help offset the cost of her education.

A 2006 graduate of North Lenoir High School, the 24-year-old Stallings earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences management from East Carolina University in 2010.

Stallings is the second student at PCC to receive the Gurganus Scholarship, which was created by Keith Bielby, the college’s grounds supervisor, in memory of his late fiancé.

Gurganus graduated from the OTA program at PCC in 1994 and had worked in the field for a year when she developed meningococcal meningitis and died shortly thereafter. Bielby said he started the scholarship at PCC to honor her and support students in the OTA program that she loved so dearly.