Donors Establish New Scholarship Opportunities to Close out 2023

Rob Goldberg | February 1st, 2024

A smiling Herman Simon talks with PCC administrators in the Davenport Multipurpose Room.

WINTERVILLE—As 2023 drew to a close, Pitt Community College Foundation donors stepped up their support for the charitable organization in a big way by establishing a number of new scholarship opportunities for PCC students.

In November alone, four new awards were established. They were:

  • The Brandt Thomas Allen Memorial Endowed Scholarship by Walter Perkins III and The Hammock Source for a PCC baseball player with a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • The Michelle Brathwaite Nursing Scholarship by Angela Davis for an Associate Degree Nursing student;
  • The Hunter Lancaster Memorial Endowed Scholarship by Louann Lancaster for an automotive student; and
  • The Steve & Susan Jarrell Endowed Scholarship by Steve and Susan Jarrell for a student enrolled in a Construction and Industrial Technology Division program.

Shortly after the new year began, Mary Langston created the Tommy Langston Jr. Endowed Scholarship. It will be awarded to students with GPAs of 3.5 or higher.

Sandwiched in between those new awards was the Herman Simon Endowed Accounting Scholarship. In December, friends of the dedicated PCC supporter established the scholarship to honor his lifelong commitment to education and training young people to become productive citizens. Starting with the 2024-25 academic year, the new Herman Simon Endowed Accounting Scholarship will be awarded annually to a second-year PCC accounting student with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The recipient must have also demonstrated an ongoing commitment to community service.

Simon, a New Jersey native, grew up during the Great Depression Era and worked his way through New York University. He became a Certified Public Accountant and has served many years as a financial consultant with Greenville’s Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation.

Along with Grady-White Boats owner Eddie Smith, Simon played an integral role in the creation of Pitt’s VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program in 2004. The two men pictured VISIONS as a way to help Pitt County teens complete high school diplomas and transition into PCC curricula through special mentoring and academic and career advising throughout their senior year of high school.

Through his role with the Smith Family Foundation, Simon has been a true supporter, encourager and friend of PCC. For many years, he’s worked diligently—and without fanfare—to allocate financial resources to PCC programs and students. In 2007, PCC administrators honored Simon with a Distinguished Service Award during graduation – the same night Matt Brown became the first VISIONS student to receive an associate degree from Pitt.

One year later, PCC broke ground on the Herman Simon Building, a 35,765-square-foot-addition to the college’s health sciences training facility. The $5 million-structure opened to students in 2010.

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