Progress Energy Mayo Plant employees award PCC scholarship

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Employees at Progress Energy’s Mayo Plant facility who have been working hard to raise funds to endow a scholarship at Piedmont Community College (PCC) had the opportunity to meet their first scholarship recipient recently. PCC student Johnnetta Hamlett was introduced to the Mayo Plant employees at a barbeque fundraiser held at the plant to benefit the scholarship fund.  

Hamlett is a Person County resident who earned her GED® credential from PCC in 1995. She began taking curriculum classes in the late 1990s but left before earning a degree. Returning to PCC in 2005, she continued to work in manufacturing, take classes and raise her children as a single mother. She is currently studying Medical Office Administration and recently lost her financial aid. Hamlett only has a few classes remaining to complete her degree so that she can obtain a more secure position in the medical field.  

“I am honored to be the recipient of the Progress Energy Mayo Plant Scholarship,” said Hamlett. “Thanks to their generous support, I am able to continue working on my Medical Office Administration degree. I really want to thank the employees at Progress Energy for allowing me to have this opportunity. This scholarship means a lot to me. Without it I would not have been able to return to school. I can’t thank them enough.”  

“The employees were really excited to meet Johnnetta, the first scholarship recipient," Elizabeth Townsend, Executive Director, PCC Foundation. "Someone who is dedicated to her education and her family, Johnnetta represents the type of student the employees as a group would like to support. She currently has a 3.3 GPA and has worked at PCC in an effort to create a better, more stable future for herself and her family.”

The barbeque luncheon, one of three fundraising events sponsored by Mayo Plant employees this year, raised $850 for the scholarship endowment funds. Organizers expressed special thanks to Billy Wooding for his donation of food and to the employees who helped prepare and serve the meal.  

The employees have raised $8,875 towards their $10,000 scholarship endowment goal. In addition, they separately funded Hamlett’s $500 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year.  

For additional information on scholarship opportunities or to support this scholarship, please contact Elizabeth Townsend at (336) 599-1181, ext. 2102 or        

Photo info: Front Row, from left: Dr. Bartlett, Johnetta Hamlett, Kirk Redman Second Row: Tanya Evans, Dulcie Phillips, Tina Long, Jackie Thorpe, Johnnetta’s Aunt, Walter McGhee Third Row: Chuck Ayers, Larry Schukraft, Jody Thacker