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Wilson Earns SECU Foundation Scholarship

PCC student Brian Wilson (center) is presented with an SECU Foundation scholarship by Karen Lee, a PCC instructor and member of SECU’s local advisory board, and Andrew Odum, SECU Vice President/City Executive.

WINTERVILLE—The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation presented a scholarship this month to Pitt Community College student Brian Wilson.

Wilson, an Elizabeth City native, will receive $5,000 ($2,500 per year for two years) through his award to be used toward tuition and other educational expenses.

A criminal justice student, Wilson says he is planning to transfer to UNC-Wilmington after completing his associate degree requirements at PCC. There, the 21-year-old says he will pursue a bachelor’s in criminal justice and minor in psychology.

“Everything today requires a degree,” Wilson said. “Without one, you’ll be nowhere in life.”

Wilson, the son of Elizabeth City’s Charles and Alicia Wilson, says his career goal is to become a special investigator for the U.S. Coast Guard. He already has more than three years of military experience as a member of the Army, having joined the service after graduating from Pasquotank County High School in 2009.

Each year, the SECU Foundation awards $580,000 to North Carolina community college students through its “People Helping People Scholarship Program.” The scholarships are presented to students at each of the state’s 58 community colleges in recognition of leadership, character, integrity and community involvement.

Karen Lee, PCC Radiography program director and a member of SECU’s local advisory board, says the scholarship that Wilson received this month demonstrates the commitment of SECU members to education and 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.