The Arc of Person County endows scholarship for PCC students

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The Arc of Person County, Inc., an organization that is committed to advocacy and education for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and service providers, recently created a scholarship endowment for Piedmont Community College (PCC) students.

Nancy Garrett, Executive Director of The Arc of Person County, along with President Phyllis Gentry, presented Piedmont Community College President, Dr. Walter Bartlett with a check for $10,000 at their board meeting on Thursday, June 16.

The earnings from this scholarship endowment will support second year PCC students who are enrolled in one of the following programs:
• Early Childhood Associate
• Human Services Technology
• Associate Degree Nursing
• Medical Assisting
• Criminal Justice Technology or
• College Transfer program with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the field of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

These programs of study were selected knowing that their future occupations will cause them to have direct contact with children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Members of The Arc of Person County with Dr. Walter Bartlett
The award will be made by the Scholarship Committee of the Piedmont Community College Foundation.

In addition to the new scholarship endowment at Piedmont Community College, The Arc of Person County will continue to award individual scholarships to those who need assistance with continuing education classes or classes outside of PCC. The original scholarship fund was established in honor of Roy Carver. Mr. Carver offered his warehouse to The Arc of Person County for various fundraisers, including an annual fish fry.

The Arc of Person County, Inc.
This organization has been working with and for people with disabilities in Person County since 1973. The ARC of Person County, Inc. is a local chapter of The ARC of the United States and is committed to securing opportunities for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work and play.

Current board members include Phyllis Gentry, President; Keitha Mast, Vice President; David Forsythe, Secretary; Barbara Jones, Treasurer; Benita Purcell, Radford Garrett, Dorothy Clayton.

To find out more about this and other PCC Foundation scholarship endowments, contact Patti Clayton at (336) 322-2105 or

Photo: Radford Garrett, David Forsyth, Carl Garrett, Dr. Bartlett, Phyllis Gentry, Nancy Garrett, and Keitha Mast.