OTA Students Earn Armstrong Scholarships
WINTERVILLE—A pair of Pitt Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) students received scholarships this fall in recognition of their academic success.
Last month, Michelle Mann and Alexandra Briley were presented with the Roselyn V. Armstrong OTA Endowed Scholarship, an award established six years ago to honor the memory of a former OTA department chair at PCC who died of cancer.
The students will receive $300 each to help with their educational expenses.
Mann, a second-year student from Morehead City, has recorded a 3.34 GPA at the college. “I love OTA, and I am very grateful for this scholarship,” she said.
A Goldsboro native, Briley is in her first year of the OTA program. The 2001 graduate of Eastern Wayne High School has posted a 3.28 GPA at Pitt.
“I am excited to move forward in the program, and I am looking forward to new OTA fieldwork experiences,” Briley said.
Wendy Perrini, department chair of PCC’s OTA and Therapeutic Massage programs, says Mann and Briley exemplify Roselyn Armstrong’s spirit and dedication to work hard and help others.
“Michelle and Alexandra have demonstrated the leadership ability and professional behavior that Mrs. Armstrong endeavored to cultivate in her students,” Perrini said.
Armstrong, who worked at PCC for more than 15 years, died of cancer at the age of 54. Years prior, she had given up a lucrative private practice in occupational therapy to enter the teaching profession.
“There is something about helping the next generation do their best that makes me feel like I have touched more lives than those I could have as a therapist,” Armstrong would say of her decision to pursue a career in education.