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Students English Dean and Haley Warren Receive Scholarships from SECU Foundation 

Sharon Alexander (left), chair of the local SECU Advisory Board, and Jeff Nelson (right), vice president and chief officer of SECU's Greenville Medical Park branch, visited the PCC campus Aug. 31 to present SECU Foundation Scholarships to students English Dean (second from left) and Haley Warren.

WINTERVILLE—Representatives of the State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation were on campus Aug. 31 to present scholarships to Pitt Community College students English Dean and Haley Warren.

Dean, a Raleigh native, and Warren, a Goldsboro resident, will each receive $5,000 ($2,500 per year for two years) through the award to be used for tuition and other educational expenses.

A 2015 Broughton High School graduate, Dean is taking general education courses in order to pursue a nursing degree at PCC. The 18-year-old is a pitcher and infielder on the college’s intercollegiate softball team.

Warren, who is a utility player for the Bulldogs softball team, is a 2015 graduate of Southern Wayne High School. She is a university transfer student with plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian.

PCC Athletic Director/Softball Coach Junior Bailey said the SECU scholarships that his players received this month demonstrate the commitment Pitt athletes have to being successful on the field and in the classroom.

“We ask our players to truly embrace the meaning of the term ‘student-athlete,’” Bailey said. “English and Haley have dedicated themselves to that concept, and the SECU scholarships they’ve earned tell me they are working just as hard in the classroom as they are on the softball field.”

On hand to present the scholarships at PCC were Jeff Nelson, vice president and chief officer of SECU’s Greenville Medical Park branch, and Sharon Alexander, chair of the local SECU Advisory Board.

Each year, SECU members provide two “People Helping People” scholarships to each of the 58 community colleges in North Carolina through the SECU Foundation scholarship program. To date, more than $6.5 million has been awarded through the program to help the state’s community college students further their educations.

A charitable organization, the SECU Foundation was chartered to help identify and address community issues beyond the normal scope of the State Employees’ Credit Union. As a result, the organization promotes local community development, primarily through high-impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.