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RT's White Receives 2015 Shaw Scholarship

Greenville's Travis White received a scholarship last week that will help cover the cost of his tuition during the final year of the Respiratory Therapy program.

WINTERVILLE—Travis White’s dedication to his studies paid off this summer, as the Pitt Community College Respiratory Therapy (RT) student was named this year’s recipient of the Dr. Robert Shaw Respiratory Therapy Scholarship.

Through the award, which was established with the PCC Foundation to honor the RT program’s longtime medical director, White will receive $500 to help offset the cost of his educational expenses.

White, a native of Richmond, Va., who has lived in Greenville for the past 10 years, is in the second year of the RT program. Despite holding down a part-time job while attending college, he’s recorded a 3.53 GPA with perfect class and clinical attendance.

“Travis is one of those students who always thinks about the topic and then asks very good questions; he really thinks things through before moving on to another subject,” said Wendy Ayscue, PCC Department Chair of Respiratory Therapy and Polysomnography. “He is very witty and has a great rapport with his classmates and a great comfort level with the patients he interacts with during his clinical coursework.”

The 28-year-old White earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Studies from East Carolina University (ECU) in 2009 but eventually became interested in respiratory care after learning about it from a graduate of Pitt’s RT program.

Since enrolling at PCC, White has joined the American Association for Respiratory Care, N.C. Society for Respiratory Care and PCC Association of Respiratory Therapy Students. He also serves as a tutor for new RT students and was chosen as the N.C. Society for Respiratory Care PCC Student Mentee for the 2015-16 academic year.

“Travis has proven to be a very good student and is very excited about the profession of respiratory care,” Ayscue said. “I have no doubt he will serve his patients and community with the best care and attitude, which was important to the committee that chose him as this year’s Shaw Scholarship recipient.”

Shaw, a clinical associate professor with ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, assumed the medical director’s role at PCC in 1983. In that capacity, he ensures the curriculum’s medical components – informational and clinical – meet current medical practice standards and that there is physician instructional involvement in RT student training.