SPCC students win health career scholarship

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 05:43 PM

Nikki Jackson, 23, of Monroe and Jeremy Pitt, 33, of Marshville received a N.C. Community College Foundation Scholarship for Health Careers for the 2012-2013 academic year. 

South Piedmont Community College was the only school with more than one winner. The scholarship pays up to $500 per semester. 

Pitt is a freshman and Jackson is a senior. Pitt is the president of his freshman class and Jackson is the secretary/treasurer of her class. 

"They are leaders," Joyce Long, associate dean of nursing at SPCC, said. "Both of these students are leaders within their respective classes." 

Long was not surprised that these students earned scholarships. 

"They're both very worthy of this scholarship...both of these students work outside of the classroom and it will definitely benefit them as they continue their education," Long said. 

Jackson and Pitt are in the associate's degree nursing program. Nursing is a second career for both of the students. 

"They've been in the workforce and realized they wanted to fulfill their lifelong goal of being in the health field," Long said. 

The N.C. Community College Foundation Scholarships for Health Careers were created to assist students interested in attaining associate degrees in fields of high demand in the health-care profession. The scholarships are available to full-time students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 enrolled in the second year of an Allied Health program of high demand at a community college.

"Both of these students are worthy, not only academically, but clinically," Long said. She added that they both excel in the classroom and clinical settings. 

The recipients are selected by a committee of N.C. community college representatives. The committee selects candidates based financial need, merit and personal commitment to the health-care profession.

The N.C. Community Colleges Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the work of the North Carolina Community College System and its 58 institutions, has endowed the scholarships with funds contributed to the capital campaign by a coalition of health industry partners.

Nursing and other health care fields continue to be in high demand across the nation. 

"We continue to have a need for nurses, not just in our community, but nationwide," Long said. "South Piedmont is glad to be able to help with the need for nursing in our community."