College scholarships still available

Published 10:19 pm Wednesday, June 8, 2011

By Dr. Patsy Joyner

There is still time to meet the June 24 deadline for fall semester 2011 scholarships. Following are a few examples of scholarships available:

Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students

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This $750 annual scholarship (offered both fall and spring semesters) was established in memory of Bertella C. Westbrook, RN, who was a staunch advocate of education and the nursing profession.

Criteria for selection includes a letter of acceptance into the RN Program at PDCCC, residency in the college’s service area (Franklin, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Suffolk), three letters of recommendation (referencing character, potential for leadership in school activities, community work and financial need), and a short essay on choosing the nursing profession.

Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship

Criteria for this $500 scholarship include age 25 years or older; high school diploma or GED; enrollment in a certificate or degree program at PDCCC; two letters of reference; and a 300- to 500-word essay explaining why you consider attending PDCCC to be a “second chance” at education and why you have financial need.

Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established by his friend, Nancy Pindur, and several family members, colleagues and longtime friends, this memorial scholarship honors Perry W. Barnett, welding instructor at PDCCC from 2004 to 2007.

This larger than life “welding guy” (aka “D-Max” to his students) found special purpose and meaning in life through his students, for whom he wished to instill more than welding skills. This scholarship was endowed so that Perry’s wishes would continue in his memory.

The $500 scholarship must be used for courses at the PDCCC, and applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria: high school students taking dual-credit welding courses at PDCCC; other students enrolled in the welding program at PDCCC; or worthy/needy students.

Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship

Established by former PDCCC President, Dr. Edwin Barnes, to honor his wife Shirley, selection criteria for this $250 scholarship include financial need and a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The Jim Lassiter PDCCC Faculty Association Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded fall semester and renewable for spring semester. It pays tuition costs for six credit hours. Criteria for selection include a 3.25 cumulative GPA or higher and maintaining a 3.25 GPA to continue the scholarship an additional semester and a 400- to 500-word essay explaining what changes in education you foresee in the first 10 to 20 years of the new millennium.

For details on other fall scholarships and application forms, visit the PDCCC website at Fall classes start Aug. 22.