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Bean Receives Sen. Ed Warren Scholarship

Michael Bean (second from right) receives the 2015 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship. On hand for the presentation were, left to right: PCC President G. Dennis Massey, Greenville Morning Rotary Scholarship Committee Chair John Hutchens and PCC Science Instructor Charles Goodman.

GREENVILLE—Michael Bean, a Pitt Community College university transfer student, recently received the Greenville Morning Rotary Club’s 2015 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship.

The son of Tonia Bean, Michael is nearing completion of the Associate in Science Engineering program with a 3.88 GPA. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native will receive $1,000 through the Warren Scholarship to help with educational expenses.

Bean, who says he hopes to eventually work as an electrical engineer and actor, is planning to transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in theater and master’s in electrical engineering.

A 2001 graduate of George Westinghouse Vocational and Technical High School in Brooklyn, Bean has been a Dean’s List student in each semester he has been enrolled at PCC. He is the secretary of the PCC Drama Club and has starred in several performances at the college, including “The Last 24 Hours of Lincoln,” “All in the Timing,” and “The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut and the Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree.”

Last month, Bean was one of 52 students to receive an Academic Excellence Award from Pitt in recognition of classroom excellence and volunteerism. But celebrating scholastic achievement hasn’t always been something Bean has embraced.

"I came from a time when the smart, nerdy kid was usually beat up in school,” he explained. “By the time I reached high school—though I did not deal with bullying in high school—the damage had already been done and I resented my intelligence. I did not wish to attend any more schools, and I hid myself behind a life of mediocrity. I often quit what I was good at as a desperate attempt to be average.”

Now 31 years old, Bean says that with support from family and friends, he has come to realize that his talents shouldn’t be wasted.

“College has been the best, most fun, and most challenging experience for me,” he said. “It has compounded the notion instilled in me that life is full of high points and there is a world of people who want nothing but to see you reach that high point.”

Greenville Morning Rotary established the Warren Scholarship in 2005 to honor former club member and North Carolina State Sen. Ed N. Warren, a former PCC employee. The award is presented annually to a Pitt student, like Bean, who embodies the club’s ideals through academic achievement, commitment to hard work, involvement in school activities and service to the community.