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Van Staalduinen Receives Rotary Scholarship

2011 Warren Scholarship recipient James Van Staalduinen (center) with his parents, Leonard (right) and Jane.

GREENVILLE—James Van Staalduinen, a Pitt Community College Architectural Technology student, was recently named the Greenville Morning Rotary Club’s 2011 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship recipient.

A Greenville resident, Van Staalduinen is in his second year as a PCC Student Ambassador and is currently serving as the group’s president. The son of Len and Jane Van Staalduinen, he is a Dean’s List student with a 3.7 grade point average.

Last month, Van Staalduinen was one of 50 PCC students to receive an Academic Excellence Award from the college in recognition of classroom excellence and volunteerism. 

PCC Architectural Technology Instructor Bill Hofler nominated Van Staalduinen for the Academic Excellence honor, saying he is analytical and pays attention to detail.

“Because of this, he is often sought as a tutor for many of his peers,” Hofler said. “James is patient and positive—with a wry sense of humor tossed in—which are excellent qualities for those willing to mentor and tutor.”

Van Staalduinen’s volunteer efforts include three to five hours each week on the PCC campus as part of his student ambassador responsibilities and participation in a food drive that benefited the Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina. As an ambassador, he has helped raise money for numerous worthy causes, including Habitat for Humanity, the Carolina Pregnancy Center, Pitt County Special OIympics, Rocking Horse Ranch, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

As this year’s Warren Scholarship recipient, the 20-year-old Van Staalduinen will receive $1,000 toward his PCC educational expenses. He plans to transfer to East Carolina University in the fall as a junior in the Construction Management program.

Greenville Morning Rotary established the Warren Scholarship six years ago to honor former club member and N.C. State Sen. Ed N. Warren. The honor is presented annually to a deserving PCC student who embraces the club’s ideals through academic achievement, commitment to hard work, involvement in school activities and service to the community.