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Pair of Students Awarded MAC Scholarships

PCC President G. Dennis Massey (left) and Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas (right) pose for a photo with this year's MAC Scholarship recipients, Alex Robol (second from left) and Alyssa Comer, at the conclusion of Thursday's MLK Scholarship Breakfast. Thomas served as the event's featured speaker.

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By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

WINTERVILLE—During the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast on Thursday, the Pitt Community College Multicultural Activities Committee (MAC) presented scholarships to students Alex Robol and Alyssa Comer.

Funding for the scholarships was generated by events held at PCC in 2013 and 2014 to honor the life and legacy of the late civil rights pioneer along with this year’s program.

During the breakfast, which took place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center on the 86th anniversary of King’s birth, PCC Marketing Director Jane Power told attendees, “It is through your generosity and support that we are able to award, not one, but two scholarships this year ….”

Power, a Multicultural Activities Committee member, said the group first decided to pursue development of a student scholarship two years ago.

“When we started talking about the criteria for the scholarship, we wanted it to be awarded to someone with a unique perspective about the importance of multiculturalism and acceptance,” she said. “Through the scholarship review process, we have come to the conclusion that there are so many varied perspectives of acceptance and the need for greater understanding of others. And it is very fitting that we award this scholarship at (the MLK Scholarship Breakfast).”

Robol, a university transfer student from Greenville, said he was grateful for the financial assistance the MAC Scholarship will provide as he pursues an education to become a licensed psychologist. He said overcoming bullying and other obstacles as a youngster inspired him to pursue a career in which he could help others.

Already, Robol says he has created a Twitter page (@PeaceLoveJoy68) to offer support to those in need of love and acceptance. He says the account has attracted more than 5,000 followers from around the world.

A nursing student, Comer says a serious automobile accident in 2010 helped her identify a new career pathway. The Winterville resident says interactions with medical personnel following her wreck sparked the change.

Currently a registered veterinary technician, Comer says she wants to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing once she has completed her associate degree at PCC. She ultimately wants to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

During last year’s MLK Scholarship Breakfast, MAC presented its very first scholarship to Myanmar (formerly Burma) native Tutaw, who came to the United States as a political refugee in 2007. Still working toward a degree in Automotive Systems Technology at Pitt, Tutaw was on hand for last week’s scholarship breakfast.


01/20/2015