Tickets for 2023 MLK Scholarship Tribute Breakfast on Sale Now

Greg Hedgepeth speaks to students participating in PCC's 2018 MAIN Summit. He'll return to Pitt next month to serve as the keynote speaker for the college's 2023 MLK Scholarship Tribute Breakfast.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s 2023 MLK Scholarship Tribute Breakfast is set for Jan. 12, and tickets for the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s lifetime of civil rights service are on sale now. 

The program, which begins at 9 a.m. and raises funding for the PCC Multicultural Activities Committee (MAC) Scholarship, will take place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room. Halifax County native Greg Hedgepeth, director of Marketing and Communications for N.C. State University’s graduate school, will serve as keynote speaker. 

“Our theme for the 2023 MLK Tribute is ‘empowering voices through advocacy,’” said Jasmin L. Spain, PCC Assistant Vice President of Student Development and Community Standards. “It’s going to be a great program for a great cause, and we’re excited about having Greg Hedgepeth, a first-generation college student and East Carolina University graduate, as our speaker.” 

In addition to Hedgepeth’s remarks, the event will feature the presentation of the 2023 MAC Scholarship. Spain, a MAC member, said the committee established the award several years ago to provide opportunities for Pitt students to “live the dream that Dr. King referenced in many of his speeches.” He added that it is presented each year in honor or memory of an individual from the community who shares King’s ideals. 

Spain says the 2023 scholarship will be presented in honor of Minerva Freeman, president of Freeman Consultant Group and Pitt County Family Development Corp., Inc. Located in Fountain, the organization provides social and educational programs that benefit the lives of families in Pitt County and surrounding communities. 

With more than 65 percent of PCC’s student population receiving some form of financial aid, Spain says the MAC Scholarship and others like it go a long way toward making college accessible to the entire community. 

“For those who cannot attend the tribute but would still like to support it, we hope they’ll consider making a donation or purchasing a ticket and sponsoring a student,” Spain said. “It’ll be an experience they’ll certainly remember.” 

Tickets to the tribute, which will be catered by GK Café, are $15 per person. They’re available for purchase in the Vernon E. White Building (Room 116) or by visiting https://www.pittccfoundation.com/mlk-tribute-breakfast. 

More details are available by contacting Spain at (252) 493-7769 or PCC instructor Regina Garcia, a MAC member, at (252) 493-7568.