Electronics Engineering Scholarship Renamed in Memory of Late Instructor
WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation announced last month that a scholarship for Electronics Engineering Technology students has been renamed to honor the memory of the instructor who established the award nearly a decade ago.
According to PCC Scholarships Coordinator Kim Simpkins, the Electronics Engineering Technology (EET) Program Scholarship will now be known as the Stephen R. Whitlock Memorial Electronic Engineering Scholarship. Whitlock, an EET instructor at Pitt for more than 13 years, passed away Oct. 10 at age 75.
A Virginia native, Whitlock earned an associate degree in Electronics Technology from Danville Community College. He served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps before earning a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Old Dominion University.
Whitlock taught electronics engineering courses at Tidewater and Danville community colleges before pursuing a career as an electronics engineer in the conveyor installation industry. It was a job that took him to all parts of the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Germany and Singapore. He joined PCC’s faculty part-time in August 2010 before becoming a full-time instructor the following year.
“Steve loved electronics and was always excited about teaching,” said Amy Stephenson, chair of PCC’s Engineering and Industrial Technology Department. “He even started a PCC scholarship specifically for the Electronics Engineering Technology program while he was working here, which still helps students today. He retired earlier this year but still visited the department often.”
The scholarship Whitlock created in April 2014 is awarded annually to a second-year EET student with a 3.0 GPA or higher and a passion for electronics engineering. The recipient receives $500 per semester.