Mayo employees endow PCC scholarship

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There were smiles all around when a group of Progress Energy Mayo Plant employees gathered outside the plant in northern Person County to make the formal presentation of funds to begin a scholarship endowment at Piedmont Community College. The employees watched as Kirk Redman, team leader for the Mayo Plant Scholarship Fund, presented a check for $8,525 towards the $10,000 endowment to Will Carver, PCC Foundation Chairman, and Lin Cates, PCC Board of Trustees Chairman.  

Mayo plant manager Jody Thacker proposed the idea of establishing the Mayo Plant Employee Scholarship Fund, and the idea took hold right away. “Employees of the plant have supported the endowment from the start,” said Redman.  

Employees set to work on fund raising events, starting with a hot dog lunch that yielded $800 and following up with a cake auction, featuring 50 cakes and pies donated by Mayo employees as well as employees of Progress Energy’s Roxboro plant, and others in the community. That event netted $5,225 for the scholarship fund. Progress Energy added $2,500 to the employees’ efforts, bringing the fund to $8,525.  

“We are all proud of how the Mayo plant employees came together and were able to raise the amount of money we have in such a short time,” said Redman. “It was just a great accomplishment, and I thank all my fellow co-workers. We look forward to finishing what we have started and fully funding the endowment with next year’s fund raisers.”  

The scholarship will be awarded to a PCC student based on financial need. The student may be enrolled in any PCC programs of study and must have a 2.3 grade point average (GPA) to qualify and a 2.5 GPA to renew. The scholarship is renewable for two consecutive years.  

“It has been an honor meeting some of the employees who are supporting this scholarship fund,” said Carver. “There is an energy surrounding the group that tells me they really care about education and making a difference in someone’s life. I look forward to meeting the first recipient, knowing that they will be the first of many students to benefit from this team effort.”  

Thacker also gave kudos to the Mayo Plant employees. “It is a pleasure to be associated with a group of employees who are so dedicated to giving back to the community,” said Thacker. “Our employees give generously throughout the year via plant fund raisers to many charities including the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, and American Heart Association. We look forward to establishing an endowment that will provide needy students the opportunity of an education for many generations to come.”  

As a company, Progress Energy has supported Piedmont Community College (PCC) since 1997 through event sponsorships, scholarship funds, student incentive funds, and membership in the President’s Club.        

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Progress Energy Mayo Plant employees raised funds for a scholarship endowment at Piedmont Community College. Pictured with Mayo Plant employees during a ceremonial presentation of the initial donation are, from left, front: Elizabeth Townsend, PCC Foundation Executive Director; Kirk Redman, team leader, Mayo Plant Scholarship Fund; Tanya Evans, Progress Energy, Community Relations Manager; Will Carver, PCC Foundation Chairman; and Lin Cates, PCC Board of Trustees Chairman.