Scholarship Spotlight: Nick Snedeker

Rob Goldberg | May 28th, 2024

Nicholas Snedeker portrait

Nicholas Snedeker, a member of Southwest High School’s Class of 2024, dreams of starting his own construction business someday and he’s banking on the education he receives at Pitt Community College to help him reach that goal.

Snedeker, a team captain in several sports and vice president of the Future Farmers of America student club at Southwest, will enroll in Pitt’s Building Construction Technology program this fall, and he has already been awarded a PCC Foundation General Scholarship to help offset the cost of his educational and living expenses.

“I am very grateful for this money and knowing that the [PCC Foundation’s] donors support me and believe in me,” he said. “… This will really help, as I am also a first-generation college student, and I have been working hard and doing the financial numbers every day to come out of college debt-free. My goal is to come out of college debt-free, learn as much as I can in my field of work, and get a good job after graduation.”

With graduation scheduled for June 13 at Southwest Onslow, Snedeker answered a few questions about himself and his decision to enroll at PCC:

1. Why did you choose PCC?

“Because it has a good carpentry program that is very hands-on and has a good relationship with ECU next door. I liked their open house and how helpful their staff were and also how hands-on the degree program was itself. It was a very good pick for me — not far from home and keeps my opportunities open and allows me to further my education if I want.”

2. What are your educational and/or career goals?

“My educational goals are to receive dual degrees at PCC in building construction and electrical trades. I then plan to participate in the Pirate Promise program and transfer to ECU for construction management. I would like to get a job in this field while attending PCC. My career goal is to own my own business after school.”

3. What influenced your area of study?

“I love construction, I always have since I was little watching “Bob the Builder” and “Handy Mandy.” I have always wanted to be in the construction industry. My favorite teacher/mentor Tommy Tucker (Southwest Onslow High) helped me see that I could have a real career in construction. He taught the carpentry classes at my high school and didn’t try to make a carpenter out of anybody; he just wanted to teach kids some skills to save money in their future. He helped me a lot after I showed sincere interest. He helped me network with other people and companies, so that I could learn more, as well as working with him after school. I enjoy working with my hands building things.”

4. What is your “super power”?

“To be able to visualize a completed project and plan out what is needed to create it.”

5. Is there a PCC faculty or staff member that has made a positive impact on your life that you would like to recognize?

“I am new to PCC. However, at the Open House in April, I met with (PCC Building Construction Instructor) Austin Bowden in the construction workshop and he really inspired me to commit to PCC. He was very knowledgeable and happy to share everything he knew and answer all of my questions.”

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