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Ali Earns NSLS Society State of Mind Award

Early Childhood Student and Mother of Four is North Carolina's Lone Recipient

Amira AliWINTERVILLE—Five years after moving from the nation’s capital to Greenville, Amira Ali has been selected as North Carolina’s recipient of the National Society of Leadership and Success’s (NSLS) Society State of Mind Award.

Ali, a second-year student in Pitt Community College’s Early Childhood Education program, will receive $1,000 through the award, which is given to one NSLS member in each state for initiating or participating in a project that positively-impacted their community.

A native Egyptian, Ali earned a bachelor’s degree in Arabic & Islamic Studies in her home country before coming to the United States 15 years ago. She moved to Greenville from Washington, D.C., in 2012 and has become an active member of the community.

Despite her academic responsibilities and duties as a mother of four, Ali volunteers many hours each week at The Oakwood School in Greenville. In addition to helping out with the booster club and assisting the school’s Fine Arts Support Team during concerts, she also tutors Arabic classes.

At PCC, Ali has excelled in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA and is on track to graduate in May. Her early childhood instructors consider her to be a “very conscientious” student. She has been a member of PCC’s NSLS chapter since August.

“It is not uncommon to see Amira several times a week. She regularly checks in to see if there is anything she can do to help the Society,” said Faith Fagan, a PCC administrative assistant who co-advises the college’s NSLS chapter with instructor Lynda Civils. “She is an absolute delight to work with and a natural leader.”

With 594 chapters across the country, including 17 within the N.C. Community College System, NSLS is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. Students are selected for membership at their respective colleges based on either academic standing or leadership potential.