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PCC receives $50,000 gift to endow Jacqueline Hall Moore scholarships

Published Thursday, June 19, 2014
by Bonnie Davis

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For 38 years, Jacqueline Hall Moore gave her life to public education, teaching generations of elementary school students in Person and Durham counties. Her husband, Jimmy M. Moore has honored his late wife with a generous gift to Piedmont Community College (PCC) Alumni Partnership that will allow her commitment to education to continue. His gift of $50,000 will endow two scholarships for PCC students in perpetuity. The endowments establish the Jacqueline Hall Moore Student Ambassador award and the Jacqueline Hall Moore Student Incentive Endowment.

“My dad has bestowed the ultimate gift that could be given—the gift that will continue to give for years to come,” said his daughter Mindy Moore Satterfield, an active member of the PCC Alumni Partnership. “If my mother were able to express her feelings about this honor, she would say, ‘Don’t cry because I am not there with you all, but live, love, and learn in my memory.’”

Mrs. Moore started her teaching career in the Person County Schools in September 1953. She also taught one year in the Oxford City Schools and finished her public teaching career in the Durham County Public Schools in March 1991.

“Two things stand out in my mind that set my mom apart from other teachers--her personal involvement and her commitment,” recalled Satterfield. “For many summers the child who read the most books in her class got to come home and spend the night with us—something that would not be allowed this day and time. I also remember the times she would have an adult at our kitchen table teaching them how to read and how to do simple math.”

Her daughter said that when her mother would often introduce her to her former students she would always say, “I taught them the first year that I taught school,” no matter how old the person was, as if she were ageless. “She always told her first graders that she was 100 years old, and they believed her,” said Satterfield.

After her retirement, Mrs. Moore became an avid traveler, worked as a hospice volunteer, was active in Bethany Baptist Church, and helped many people in her community. “She was an educator of not only learning but as a leader, follower and friend in all life’s ways. She gave of herself physically, emotionally, and financially in so many ways that were often unspoken or unseen,” her daughter recalled. “She saw the best in everyone, but she had the spirit about her to tell the truth if needed.”

Mrs. Moore passed away in October 2013, but she will live on through the two PCC endowments named for her.

The Jacqueline Hall Moore Student Ambassador endowment in the amount of $40,000 will establish an award to be presented to a student who has been selected to serve as a PCC Ambassador, offering public relations support and assisting with College events and functions. Each year, the PCC Foundation selects up to three Ambassadors. Each receives a $2,000 scholarship. Prospective Ambassadors must have completed 12 credit hours or more at PCC, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, and be nominated by a PCC staff or faculty member. The applicants appear before the selection committee to be interviewed and to make a presentation about PCC.

The Jacqueline Hall Moore Student Incentive Endowment in the amount of $10,000 will fully support one student while providing additional funds for a second student each year. These funds will pay for a three credit course, as well as $50 towards the purchase of a textbook during the students’ first semester at PCC. The endowment supports the efforts of the PCC Foundation’s Student Incentive program, encouraging those graduating with a high school equivalency degree from PCC to continue their education by enrolling in a curriculum program at the College.

Both these awards will be administered through the PCC Foundation.

“The PCC Alumni Partnership is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, and the gift is a wonderful way to celebrate the relationships created between our alumni and the College,” said Patti Clayton, PCC Alumni Partnership coordinator. “We are most appreciative for this wonderful gift to the Foundation through the Alumni Partnership and also for the support the Moore family gives to PCC. Many students will benefit from these endowments, and Mrs. Moore’s commitment to education will live on.”

For more information about the endowments, contact Elizabeth Townsend, Executive Director, PCC Foundation at (336) 322-2102 or Elizabeth.Townsend@piedmontcc.edu.