Rawlinson Establishes Scholarship for Vets with PCC Foundation in Honor of Husband
WINTERVILLE—A new scholarship with the Pitt Community College Foundation will help deserving veterans and their dependents pay for educational expenses.
Established during the 2016 Fall Semester, the William Rawlinson Scholarship honors the husband of PCC Human Resources Director Ina Rawlinson. She made an initial $5,500-contribution to the PCC Foundation on Sept. 17—her husband’s birthday—to launch the scholarship and plans to eventually establish an endowment for it.
Raised in Columbia, S.C., William Rawlinson started working at age 13 and learned how to repair heating and air conditioning units before joining the U.S. Air Force five years later. He went on to have a 24-year career as a crew chief on the B-52 bomber, KC-135 tankers, AWACS and other aircraft comprising the Strategic Air and Air Mobility and Pacific Air commands.
Rawlinson’s military service includes tours of duty in the Far East, Hawaii, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. He retired as a senior master sergeant.
Until the William Rawlinson Endowment has been fully established through periodic contributions and a growing endowment fund, the Rawlinson Scholarship will be awarded annually at $500 per semester.
This spring, Quint Flores became the first recipient of the Rawlinson Scholarship. A private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Flores is pursuing an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at PCC with plans to transfer to East Carolina University for a bachelor’s degree in the field.
“I am wanting to pursue mechanical engineering, because with the degree I receive once I transfer over to ECU, I can be helping out the military—either with war fighting in creating new weapons systems or creating new technologies that can save lives, such as new prosthetic limbs that can function and look like the real ones,” Flores said. “… I want to help shape a way for a new tomorrow and be around evolving technology that can shape our lives for a better good.”
To be eligible for the Rawlinson Scholarship, applicants must be enrolled full- or part-time at PCC with a 2.5 GPA or higher. They must be a veteran or a dependent of a military veteran.
The amount of each scholarship award will be determined each year, in accordance with guidelines established by the PCC Foundation's Scholarship Committee. The scholarship can be used to assist recipients with tuition, fees, books and supplies.
The PCC Foundation Scholarship Committee will screen Rawlinson Scholarship applications and help select recipients, along with the Rawlinsons’ son, Gabriel.