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Three PCC Nurse Aide I Students Receive SECU Continuing Education Scholarships

SECU Senior Vice President Rich Hutson (left) and SECU Advisory Board member Georgia Potter (right) present SECU Continuing Education scholarships to PCC students Daisy Whitworth and Danica King. Not pictured is fellow scholarship recipient Sandra Ebron.

GREENVILLE—Through its member-funded SECU Foundation, State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members awarded $750-SECU Continuing Education Scholarships to three Pitt Community College students on Oct. 8.

All three scholarship recipients – Sandra Ebron, Danica King and Daisy Whitworth – are enrolled in PCC’s Nurse Aide I program. King and Whitworth are Greenville residents while Ebron lives in Winterville.

Launched this year, the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship Program focuses on assisting the needs of North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens, military veterans, and members of the N.C. National Guard seeking short-term job training for new careers or retraining to advance their current job skills. Funding is applied to tuition and other expenses associated with each recipient’s eligible program of study through the N.C. Community College System’s Back-to-Work Program and continuing education courses.

“We are extremely grateful to the generous donors at SECU Foundation for establishing the 2013 Continuing Education Scholarships,” said Sidette Boyce, Director of PCC Health Care Programs for Continuing Education. “The funds are absolutely crucial in attracting students to the field of health care, as well as assisting our students with returning back to the workforce in a swift manner.”

Boyce said the scholarship funding will help her students financially by offsetting the cost of tuition, books, uniforms, course supplies and the state certification exam.

“Allowing the students to utilize the funds to purchase course supplies and state testing is extremely helpful, because those items are often seen as unallowable purchases through other types of grant funding,” she said.

Without scholarship funding through organizations like the SECU Foundation, Boyce says many students miss out on educational opportunities that can have a profound impact on their lives.

“We need many more opportunities for our students, like the ones provided by the SECU Foundation,” she said. “The success of our students is certainly the result of their hard work and desire to achieve, but some students are able to realize their distant dreams of a high-quality education only when financial barriers are alleviated.”

SECU Advisory Board member Georgia Potter says the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship Program provides an excellent opportunity to assist North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens with career training and marketable job skills needed for today’s workplace.

“We look forward to the long-term success of these scholarship recipients as they build a better economic future for themselves, their families and our state,” Potter said.

With a $435,000-commitment to Continuing Education scholarships and SECU Foundation’s annual $580,000 “People Helping People” Community College Scholarships, the organization now provides more than $1 million each year to the N.C. Community College System.

A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing the employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for more than 75 years.

With 1.8 million members, SECU provides services through 250 branches, 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 contact centers and a website, www.secu.org. The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization approved by the Internal Revenue Service, promotes local community development primarily through high-impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.