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Two Students Receive MAC Scholarships

PCC Multicultural Activities Committee Scholarship recipients Alexis Baker, left, and Evie Kelley, center, pose for a photo with PCC President G. Dennis Massey after receiving their awards.

WINTERVILLE—During the 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute Breakfast earlier this month, the Pitt Community College Multicultural Activities Committee (MAC) presented scholarships to students Evie Kelley and Alexis Baker.

Kelley, an Office Administration student, received $500 though her award to help offset the cost of tuition and fees this semester while Baker, and Associate in Arts major, received $250.

This year’s breakfast took place Jan. 14 and featured remarks from U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield. Following his presentation, PCC Marketing Director Jane Power presented the scholarships, after telling attendees that the Multicultural Activities Committee opted to develop the award three years ago as a way to honor students who have unique perspectives about the importance of multiculturalism and acceptance.

MAC presented its first scholarship to Myanmar (formerly Burma) native Tutaw in 2014. Last year, the committee presented scholarships to students Ken Robol and Alyssa Comer.

Kelley, who has already earned a bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from N.C. State University, began working in child care after graduating in 2007. She eventually determined that she would like to either direct or possibly own a daycare center someday and enrolled at PCC to help her accomplish her career goals and excel in her field.

“My story isn’t about the struggles,” she said. “It’s about what I am doing to make myself, my family and my community better.”

Kelley says she is grateful for the many blessings she’s had in life and wants to set a positive example for others. She stressed manners and treating others kindly and noted that her work with children of different ethnicities opened her eyes and mind to the importance of people accepting others.

“We are not respectful and courteous [of others] because we want something in return; we are because it’s right,” she said. “… Strive to consciously and deliberately rise above ignorance, hate and the downright meanness of a person and focus your minds and actions on what’s right.”

Baker, a member of PCC’s Gamma Beta Phi chapter and Circle of Sisters Club, plans to study hospitality management at a four-year institution after completing her associate degree.

She says she wants to learn and understand different cultures, so that when she starts working in the hospitality field, she can make sure all of her customers have great experiences.