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Four PCC Health Sciences Students Receive Scholarships from NCCC Foundation

Respiratory Therapy students Kellen Wilkerson, Bailey Hattem and Ming Fan (left to right) joined Barbara Kelly (not pictured) as PCC recipients of the N.C. Community Colleges Foundation Scholarship for Health Careers.

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

WINTERVILLE—Four Pitt Community College health sciences students have been selected to receive the N.C. Community Colleges (NCCC) Foundation Scholarship for Health Careers.

Through the scholarship, students Ming Fan, Bailey Hattem, Barbara Kelly and Kellen Wilkerson will receive a $500-tuition reimbursement for fall semester. Fan, Hattem and Wilkerson will receive another $500 upon successful completion of their spring semester courses.

Fan, Hattem and Wilkerson are all in the second year of the Respiratory Therapy program while Kelly recently completed the Health Information Technology (HIT) curriculum.

PCC Health Sciences Dean Donna Neal said all four Pitt students who applied for the scholarship received it.

“PCC is a leader in health care education for North Carolina,” Neal said. “These outstanding students are learning the skills they need for success in their careers, and it is encouraging to know they are representative of a promising future for our health care industry.”

Fan, a Greenville resident, has a 3.89 GPA and received the Kenny Blanks Memorial Scholarship in August. A 2014 PCC Academic Excellence Award recipient and Dean’s List student, he was inducted into the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in February 2013.

Hattem, also of Greenville, is a presidential status member of PCC’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success and vice president of the PCC Association of Respiratory Therapy students. She has a 3.86 GPA and has received the Joan Warren Health Sciences, Tom Morris and Kenny Blanks Memorial scholarships.

Kelly, a resident of Laurel Springs, graduated from the HIT program in December. She recorded a 3.4 GPA as a PCC student.

Wilkerson, a second-year RT student from Charlotte, has a 3.1 GPA. Last year, he became the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Robert Shaw Respiratory Therapy Scholarship.

The NCCCS Foundation Scholarship for Health Careers was created to assist students interested in attaining associate degrees in specific health care fields. The scholarships are available to full-time community college students enrolled in the second year of an allied health program of high demand with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Scholarship recipients are selected by a committee of N.C. Community Colleges representatives who consider financial need, academic performance, and personal commitment to the health care profession.

The NCCC Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the work of the state’s community college system and its 58 institutions. It has endowed the health careers scholarships with funds contributed by a coalition of health industry partners.