PCC Trustees award four scholarships

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Piedmont Community College’s Board of Trustees has presented three scholarships to outstanding high school graduates and a fourth to an outstanding GED graduate. The scholarships are awarded to graduates from Roxboro Community School, Person High School, and Bartlett Yancey High School who have the highest grade point average of all PCC-bound graduates from their school and to the GED graduate with the highest score on the GED test.   Recipients for 2011 include: Rachael Oakley, Roxboro Community School; Robert Thomas Jr., Bartlett Yancey High School; Paulina Lopez, Person High School; and Meagan Parrish, GED. The scholarships are valued at $1,500 each and are administered through the PCC Foundation.  

Oakley, who also received a Progress Energy scholarship to PCC, maintained at 3.89 GPA at RCS and participated in volleyball, softball and basketball. She received the Mayor’s Award for volunteering 100 hours during a single summer at Duke University. She is also active in her church.  

Thomas, who also received the Richie Jones Memorial Scholarship, plans to pursue a career in secondary education, mathematics. He was captain of the BYHS wresting team and was a member of the Naval Junior ROTC, where he became the only first-year student to command his platoon and also served as chaplain.  

Lopez maintained a 4.55 grade point average at PHS and a 4.0 in her studies at PCC (Huskins program). She plans to enter the College’s criminal justice program and would like to eventually study law. She has been a member of PHS Brain Game team, Girl Scouts, Teen Court, Student Council, and band.   Parrish competed with 162 other GED graduates to gain her scholarship by scoring 3,470 points out of a possible 4,000 on the standardized GED test. She took advantage of the College’s online GED program. She is enrolled in the Certified Nursing program at PCC and hopes to work towards an Associate Degree in Nursing. 

 The PCC Foundation awards more than 120 scholarships annually. Some scholarships are merit based while others are awarded based on financial need. Awards have already been made for the fall semester, which begins Aug. 19; however, scholarship opportunities for the spring semester remain available with an application deadline of Oct. 14. Applications will be available in September. For more information on applying for or funding a PCC Foundation Scholarship, contact Elizabeth Townsend, Executive Director of the PCC Foundation, at townsee@piedmontcc.edu or (336) 599-1181.