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Rogers Becomes 2nd PCC Student to Win Gov. Robert W. Scott Leadership Award

PCC student La'Quon Rogers, right, receives the 2015 Gov. Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award from PCC President G. Dennis Massey during the college's annual Academic Excellence Awards program.

WINTERVILLE—When noted motivational speaker Steve Gilliland met Pitt Community College student La’Quon Rogers at PCC’s convocation program in 2013, he was very impressed by the young man and predicted he’d have a successful future.

In the nearly two years since that encounter, Rogers has done his best to make Gilliland appear clairvoyant. As the awards and accolades continue to pile up for the 21-year-old Ayden native, it is increasingly clear that his time as a Pitt student has been nothing short of remarkable.

Last month, the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) presented Rogers with its prestigious Gov. Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award – the second time a PCC student has received the award. He was selected from a group of nominees representing nearly all of the state’s 58 community colleges.

“What a great thing for PCC and La’Quon,” said PCC President G. Dennis Massey.

Ever humble, Rogers, a devout Christian who serves as associate minister at Little Creek Free Will Baptist Church in his hometown, said he was honored to win the Scott Award and gave all the glory to God.

“Being the recipient of this award caused me to think of all the people that have been instrumental in my life,” Rogers said. “I can see how I have developed as a leader during my time here at PCC, and I am aware that I didn't get here by myself.”

Seeing Rogers win an award for leadership probably came as no surprise to PCC instructor Lora Clark, who had him as a student in her course on American government. Clark nominated Rogers for an NCCCS academic excellence award in 2014, calling him a “leader in the classroom” and inspiration to his classmates.

Around the same time, Rogers inspired members of the N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA) to elect him as their president. Along with the title came ex-officio membership on the State Board of Community Colleges, which Rogers said has been a tremendous learning experience.

“Any opportunity to be surrounded by wisdom and knowledge is a great one,” he said. “I have enjoyed representing the 800,000 students of the N.C. Community College System and working with my fellow N4CSGA executive board members. We sowed a lot of seeds this year, but the harvest has been bountiful.”

The son of Tremayne Rogers and Alisa Barrett and grandson of Frankie and Julia Rogers, La’Quon’s career as a Pitt student began with the VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program and includes service as a PCC Student Ambassador in each of the past two years and SGA president during the 2013-14 academic year. He was a marshal during the college’s 2014 graduation ceremony and will serve as commencement speaker at his own graduation next month.

As SGA president, Rogers coordinated an effort to provide PCC students with details on a $19.9 million-bond referendum the college was seeking to construct a science building and purchase a facility for law enforcement training. The bond ultimately passed with support from 62 percent of the vote.

“My experience here at PCC has been one I'll forever treasure,” Rogers says. “This place has definitely prepared and propelled me toward a bright future. The faculty and staff here have become my family, and campus has been my home away from home.”

In addition to the Scott Award, Rogers’ list of accomplishments includes academic excellence awards from the N.C. Community College System and PCC. He has also received the PCC President’s Scholarship worth $1,000 and N4CSGA’s Daryl Mitchell Outstanding Student Award (Eastern Division) and Ray Jeffries Award for outstanding leadership and support of the organization.

Rogers says the honors have served as a push forward rather than a pat on the back. “There is still work to be done,” he said. “I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve had and the ones that lie ahead, and I am always humbled to serve.”

A university transfer student, Rogers is planning to transfer to East Carolina University and ultimately pursue an MBA and law degree.