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Hakeem Suggs Receives STEM Scholarship

Hakeem SuggsWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College student Hakeem Suggs was recently notified that he has been awarded a Community College STEM Scholarship worth $1,000.

Suggs, a freshman with a 3.7 grade point average, plans to transfer to a four-year institution to study astrophysics upon completing PCC’s university transfer program. He would ultimately like to work for NASA.

A South Central High School graduate, Suggs is an executive officer and active member in PCC’s NEXT Level program, which seeks to increase enrollment, graduation and retention rates among minority males on campus.

On May 7, Suggs will be inducted into PCC’s Sigma Alpha Pi Leadership Society. His efforts outside the classroom also include volunteering with the Adopt-A-Street program and serving on NEXT Level’s 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Committee this spring.

The STEM Scholarship Suggs will receive provides a one-year, non-renewable award of $1,000. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must major in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field at a North Carolina community college and be interested in pursuing careers that support NASA's mission, including those in the aerospace sector.

The goal of STEM scholarships is to encourage talented individuals to pursue studies in technical fields, math, engineering and the sciences. It is a competitive scholarship program based on academic merit and is funded by NASA and State of North Carolina.