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PCC grad dedicated to serving vets receives William Rawlinson Scholarship


PCC graduate Dawn Fletcher, second from left, has received the William Rawlinson Scholarship. On hand for the presentation are, left to right: PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Susan Nobles, PCC Veterans Affairs Coordinator Sonji Rowsom and PCC President Lawrence Rouse.


PCC News Service

Sunday, November 25, 2018

WINTERVILLE — A scholarship established two years ago by Pitt Community College Human Resources Director Ina Rawlinson has been awarded to a member of the college’s 2018 graduating class.

According to an announcement from the PCC Foundation, Dawn Fletcher received the William Rawlinson Scholarship worth $500. A Hampstead native now living in Hyde County, Fletcher earned associate degrees in Medical Assisting and Occupational Therapy Assistant in May.

A member of the U.S. Navy prior to enrolling at PCC, Fletcher excelled academically as a Pitt student, recording a 3.5 GPA and earning Dean’s List honors. She was also an officer with the PCC Student Veterans Association and played a key role in the club’s development and overall success.

PCC Veterans Affairs Coordinator Sonji Rowsom said Fletcher is still dedicated to her alma mater and SVA, in particular.

“Even though she graduated in the spring, Dawn still comes back to assist with Student Veterans Association activities and keep the club running smoothly,” Rowsom said. “She’s always been very dependable and extremely dedicated to SVA, and I wish there were more people just like her on campus.

“Dawn is a vet and has a passion for serving veterans,” Rowsom continued. “In fact, she did an internship with the VA in Durham as a student, despite the long distance from home. She found a way to make it happen, because she really wanted to work with veterans.”

Though her immediate plan is to earn a medical assistant license, Fletcher says her long-term career goal is to work with veterans as an OTA.

Rawlinson, who served in the U.S. Air Force, says she created the William Rawlinson Scholarship to help military veterans and their dependents pay for educational expenses and to honor her husband, William, who served 24 years in the Air Force before retiring as a senior master sergeant. She made a $5,500-contribution to the PCC Foundation shortly after joining the HR Department in 2016 and is working to establish an endowment for the award through periodic contributions and a growing endowment fund.

To be eligible for the Rawlinson Scholarship, students must be enrolled at PCC (full- or part-time) with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Applicants must be veterans or dependents of a military veteran.

The amount of each scholarship is determined annually, in accordance with guidelines established by the PCC Foundation's Scholarship Committee, which assists the Rawlinsons’ son, Gabriel, with screening applicants and selecting recipients. The award can be used toward tuition, fees, books and/or supplies.

Quint Flores, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, became the first recipient of the Rawlinson Scholarship in the spring of 2017.

College seeks Bulldog Run 5K, Family Fun Run participants

The PCC Center for Student Activities is seeking runners to participate in the 2018 Bulldog Run 5K and Family Fun Run, which will generate revenue for PCC student clubs and organizations.

Originally scheduled for September but delayed by Hurricane Florence, the race will take place on the college’s main campus Dec. 1. It will feature both a competitive 5K race and one-mile fun run/walk.

PCC Student Activities and Recruitment Coordinator Katelynn Speas says race day sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m. The 5K race, she said, will start at 9 a.m., and the fun run will get underway shortly thereafter. An awards ceremony is set for 10:15 a.m.

The 5K route through PCC’s campus is a USATF-certified course that begins and ends at the baseball program’s Lewis Field House. Both the 5K and run/walk will take place on flat pavement.

Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female 5K runners in seven different age categories, as well as the top overall finishers.

Those planning to participate in the Bulldog Run may pre-register online or sign up on race day, starting at 8 a.m.

The 5K/one-mile fun run entry fee is $25 for those who sign up now through race day.

Speas said runners can learn more about the Bulldog Run online at https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Winterville/PCCBulldogRun. She said the site features race details, a map of the 5K course, and online registration.

Adult One-Stop Day to help adult learners get started

PCC will hold an admission and registration event Dec. 1 specifically designed for adult learners wanting to take classes during the spring semester that begins Jan. 7.

According to PCC Recruitment and Orientation Specialist John Carrere, Adult One-Stop Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 120 of the Craig F. Goess Student Center. The program, he said, offers adult learners a chance to complete multiple admission requirements – including placement testing, applying for financial aid, and New Student Orientation – in a single day.

“It’s aptly named ‘Adult One-Stop Day,’ because they can get it all done in one stop at the college, from admission application to registration for classes,” Carrere said. “We understand that adult learners have really hectic schedules, especially if they are working and balancing family life as well.”

Carrere noted that PCC is offering a number of hybrid courses this spring that make it easier for adult learners to balance their work schedules with completing college coursework. He explained that “hybrid” courses combine traditional classroom instruction with online assignments to reduce the number of times students are required to meet on campus.

To make it easier for students to pay for courses, Carrere pointed out that PCC offers payment plans. Instead of paying for tuition and fees up front and all at once, he said students can opt to pay in installments.

For more details on Adult One-Stop Day, contact Carrere at (252) 493-7380 or jcarrere@email.pittcc.edu.