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PCC Faculty Senate Presents Scholarships

Two Receive Awards from Organization that Represents Faculty Interests

Representing the PCC Faculty Senate, instructors Charity Valentine (left) and Allison Flowers (right) presented a 2016 PCC Faculty Senate Scholarship to student Leah Edgar on Thursday. Valentine serves as the Faculty Senate's secretary while Flowers is the group's newly-elected president. Not pictured is scholarship recipient Semenya Jordan.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Faculty Senate presented scholarships Thursday to Leah Edgar and Semenya Jordan that will help the students pay for their college textbooks this fall.

Edgar and Jordan received $500 each through the merit-based awards, which the PCC Faculty Senate established with the PCC Foundation in 2013.

A Greenville resident originally from Elizabeth City, Edgar is pursuing an associate degree from Pitt’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She took the curriculum’s general education courses last year and recorded a 3.25 GPA while also spending her time as an administrative assistant in the college’s Student Success Center.

As a member of PCC’s Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society chapter, Edgar served as the group’s assistant marketing director. The experience, she said, gave her an opportunity to represent Pitt at Gamma Beta Phi’s state conference in Raleigh and at the organization’s national event in Mississippi.

“The quality of education and real-world experiences that I’ve been exposed to at Pitt Community College have surpassed my expectations,” Edgar said. “Pitt Community College is helping me achieve my career and academic goals, and my future is beginning to fall into place.”

Don King, an instructor and advisor with PCC’s Associate in General Education program, was one of several faculty members to nominate Edgar for her scholarship, calling her a goal-oriented and self-driven student leader.

“Leah is a very passionate student, and this is evident in her academic grades and commitment to the campus community,” he said.

Jordan, a graduate of Edenton’s John A. Holmes High School now living in Greenville, will begin his second year of Pitt’s entrepreneurship degree program this fall. He plans to eventually transfer to the University of North Carolina-Greensboro for a four-year degree to become a behavioral scientist and someday open a family mentoring business.

An outstanding student, Jordan has a 3.3 GPA and was selected in the spring to serve as a PCC Student Ambassador during the 2016-17 academic year. He is also active with the college’s Student Government Association and Bruiser’s Crew program, and recently took part in a study abroad experience in Ireland as a PCC Scholar of Global Distinction.

“Being at PCC has helped me build a strong resume,” Jordan said. “Serving on many leadership teams and clubs has gotten me more active on my campus and has provided me with leadership skills and a better understanding of the qualities of a leader.”

PCC English/Humanities Instructor Anthony Holsten nominated Jordan for the Faculty Senate Scholarship, along with several other faculty members.

“(Semenya) is a hardworking young man who I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the past two semesters,” Holsten said. “His attitude, work ethic and enthusiasm are reflective of where I’m certain these (scholarship) funds were intended to be placed.”

As part of the Faculty Senate Scholarship application process, Edgar and Jordan were required to seek letters of recommendation from PCC instructors. They were also asked to write an essay describing how the scholarship would help them achieve their academic goals.