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Joseph Warner Receives STEM Scholarship

Joseph Warner, right, receives an Academic Excellence Award from PCC President G. Dennis Massey in March. Warner was one of 50 PCC students to receive the prestigious award this year.

WINTERVILLE—For the second straight year, a Pitt Community College Associate in Science (Pre-Engineering) student has been awarded a Community College STEM Scholarship through the North Carolina Space Grant program.

Joseph Warner, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., was notified this spring that he had become the most recent Pitt student to receive a $1,000-scholarship through the program. Greenville’s Hakeem Suggs, who graduated from PCC in May, received the award last year.

The 28-year-old Warner, who has a 3.7 grade point average, says he plans to major in biochemistry at N.C. State University and pursue a career in genetic engineering upon completion of his studies at PCC.

“The Community College STEM Scholarship means a great deal to me,” Warner said. “It’s not just the money; it’s the educational opportunities that await me and the possibility of additional scholarships as well.”

Warner, who enrolled at Pitt in the fall of 2010, says he has enjoyed his experience at the college and is grateful for his instructors. He said he learned about the scholarship from PCC chemistry instructor Rob McIntyre and was nominated for the award by biology instructor Tammy Atchison.

According to the N.C. Space Grant website, Community College STEM scholarships were created to encourage talented individuals to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It is a competitive scholarship program that is based on academic merit and is funded by NASA and the State of North Carolina.


06/04/2012