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Friend Creates Scholarship with Foundation in Memory of Former Student Zach Russian

WINTERVILLE—Zach Russian loved to build things, and he loved cars. He especially loved working on muscle cars with his friend and neighbor, Dr. James Zemanek Jr.

As a result of that friendship and shared interest, Pitt Community College Automotive Systems Technology (AST) students will have a new opportunity to earn a scholarship as they pursue their educational goals.

Following the recent death of the 20-year-old Russian, a PCC alumnus, Zemanek initiated a scholarship with the PCC Foundation in memory of his friend. The $500-scholarship he established will be awarded to a second-year AST student for the 2014 Fall Semester.

Zemanek said he created the scholarship in the hope that Russian’s friends and family would help him continue Zach’s legacy by contributing to it for many years.

“PCC Automotive Systems Technology students must pay for tuition, fees, uniforms and tools,” said Susan Nobles, PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Those students will greatly appreciate the support that the Zach Russian Memorial Scholarship will provide.”

Nobles said anyone wanting to contribute to the Zach Russian Memorial Scholarship may contact the PCC Foundation at (252) 493-7287 or send contributions to: PCC Foundation, P.O. Drawer 7007, Greenville, N.C. 27835.