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Ennis, Purvis Receive SECU Scholarships

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

PCC students Brian Ennis (second from left) and Jarred Purvis (center) received their SECU Foundation scholarships on campus Thursday. Presenting the awards on SECU's behalf were, left to right: SECU Financial Services Rep. Chris Harrell, PCC instructor and SECU advisory board member Karen Lee, and Kara Holland, vice president and chief executive of SECU's Winterville branch.

WINTERVILLE—Representatives of the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation presented scholarships to Pitt Community College students Brian Ennis and Jarred Purvis on Thursday.

Ennis, of Greenville, and Purvis, an Elm City resident, will each receive $5,000 ($2,500 per year for two years) through the award to be used for tuition and other educational expenses.

A university transfer student, Ennis, 20, is on track to graduate from PCC next year. The 2013 D.H. Conley graduate says he plans to transfer to either UNC-Chapel Hill or East Carolina University to pursue a degree in either pharmacy or chemistry.

The 19-year-old Purvis is in his first year of the nursing program at Pitt, where he is serving as a student ambassador for a second straight year. His goal is to become a flight nurse with either Vidant Health in Greenville or Wake Med in Raleigh.

Each year, SECU members provide two “People Helping People” scholarships to each of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina through the SECU Foundation scholarship program. To date, more than $6 million has been awarded to help the state’s community college students further their educations.

Karen Lee, PCC Radiography program director and a member of SECU’s local advisory board, says the scholarships Ennis and Purvis were awarded this month demonstrate the commitment of SECU members to education and making a difference in North Carolina.

“My fellow SECU members and I are dedicated to helping North Carolina students in their pursuit of higher education,” Lee said.

“The SECU Foundation ‘People Helping People’ scholarship program allows us the opportunity to provide resources for many deserving individuals to attain their educational goals through the state’s excellent community college system,” she continued. “As a representative of SECU’s membership, I am very pleased to award these scholarships to Brian and Jarred.”

On hand to present the scholarships at PCC last week was Chris Harrell, a former SECU Foundation scholarship recipient now working as an SECU financial services representative.

Harrell received a $5,000-scholarship from the SECU Foundation in 2009 to attend Vance-Granville Community College. He went on to graduate from ECU in 2013 and now works in Greenville.

“Receiving the scholarship was a great opportunity and helped me further my education,” said Harrell, adding that the scholarship helped change his life.

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 organization promotes local community development, primarily through high-impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.