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Kellen Wilkerson Named Inaugural Recipient of Shaw Respiratory Therapy Scholarship

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

Dr. Robert Shaw, left, congratulates PCC Respiratory Therapy student Kellen Wilkerson on becoming the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Robert Shaw Respiratory Therapy Scholarship this month.

WINTERVILLE—As he prepares to begin the second year of Pitt Community College’s Respiratory Therapy (RT) program, student Kellen Wilkerson just picked up a little momentum to get him to the finish line next spring.

Earlier this month, the 31-year-old Wilkerson was named the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Robert Shaw Respiratory Therapy Scholarship. Through the award, which was established with the PCC Foundation to honor the RT program’s longtime medical director, he will receive $500 to help offset the cost of his educational expenses.

Wilkerson, who is on track to receive an associate degree from PCC in May 2015, has recorded a 3.3 GPA. The Charlotte native is president of the college’s Respiratory Therapy Club and serves as a volunteer at community events and the Brody School of Medicine (BSOM) Clinical Simulation Center.

Wendy Ayscue, PCC Department Chair of Respiratory Therapy and Polysomnography, says Wilkerson is a great student with strong leadership qualities. She said a combination of academic achievement, community involvement and dedication to the respiratory therapy profession made him the ideal selection for the Shaw Scholarship, which primarily considers financial need.

“I feel that Kellen will serve his patients with the best care at all times, and that is one thing Dr. Robert Shaw encouraged the scholarship committee to strongly consider when selecting a recipient,” Ayscue said. “I am very happy the committee chose Kellen to be the first Shaw Scholarship winner.”

Shaw, a clinical associate professor with East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine (BSOM), assumed the medical director’s role at PCC in 1983. In that capacity, he ensures the curriculum’s medical components – informational and clinical – meet current medical practice standards and that there is physician instructional involvement in RT student training.