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OTA's Purvis Receives Gurganus Scholarship

Occupational Therapy Assistant student Dawn Purvis receives the Faye B. Gurganus OTA Scholarship from Keith Bielby, who created the award in memory of his late fiance.

WINTERVILLE—Dawn Purvis, a second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student at Pitt Community College, was recently awarded the Faye B. Gurganus OTA Scholarship.

A Greenville resident and 1995 graduate of D.H. Conley High School, the 35-year-old Purvis has recorded a 2.98 grade point average at the college. She will receive $300 through her award to help offset the cost of her education.

“I feel very blessed for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to give back to others in ways that have been given to me,” Purvis said.

Purvis is the third PCC student 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 Pitt 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 enrolled in the OTA program that she loved so dearly.