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PCMH Volunteers Create Endowment at PCC

On behalf of the PCMH Volunteer Auxiliary, Etsil Mason (fifth from left) presents a $109,768.36-check to the PCC Foundation's Susan Nobles (fourth from right) and Chip Laughinghouse (third from right) to establish an endowed scholarship at the college for students pursuing health care careers. Also representing the volunteer group were, left to right: Maerose Henderson, Denise Goolsby, Dollie Pack, Julianna Cybowski (vice president), Jean Deal and Joann Gaylord.

WINTERVILLE—Members of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) Volunteer Auxiliary were on the Pitt Community College campus June 30 to demonstrate their support for health care education.

The group, which was responsible for various volunteer services at PCMH before recently disbanding, presented the PCC Foundation with a check for just under $110,000 to establish a scholarship endowment for students pursuing health care careers.

Etsil Mason, retired volunteer director at PCMH, said auxiliary members recognized the need for well-trained health care professionals – from nurses to radiologists to respiratory therapists – in eastern North Carolina.

Mason explained that auxiliary members established the endowment with the PCC Foundation because they appreciate the college’s efforts to create a strong health care workforce locally.

Susan Nobles, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and the PCC Foundation’s executive director, accepted the auxiliary’s gift along with PCC Foundation Treasurer Chip Laughinghouse on behalf of the PCC Foundation Board.

Nobles said the PCC Foundation is planning to award the scholarship annually from the newly-established endowment beginning in 2012.

“This is a legacy gift, which will assist PCC health science students for many years,” Nobles said.

To be considered for the scholarship, students must meet several criteria. Nobles said applicants must be pursuing a health care career at PCC with at least a 3.0 grade point average. Applicants must have also completed at least 100 volunteer hours in a health care facility the year in which the scholarship is received, she said.