In 2004, Herman Simon, financial consultant for the Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation, wanted to develop a program to assist high school students needing financial support, educational mentoring and career guidance. Simon’s concept led to a partnership between the Smith Family Foundation, the PCC Foundation, The Greater Greenville Community Foundation and Pitt County Schools that resulted in the VISIONS Career Development & Scholarship program.

Due to the success of the first VISIONS class of 27 students, which graduated in May 2005, funding for the program has been increased over the years to allow more students to participate.

In the first 15 years of its existence, VISIONS provided nearly 1,000 Pitt County high school students with the guidance and support they needed in order to complete high school and move into higher education and/or the workplace.

Program Goals

High School Level

  • Provide summer career development opportunity to help students choose majors wisely.
  • Mentor students through junior and senior year activities and classes.
  • Provide tutors as needed.
  • Provide assistance with the financial aid application and college admissions processes.
  • Prepare students for transition to Pitt Community College.

College Level

  • Provide orientation to college.
  • Advise students in choosing majors, classes and activities.
  • Continue mentoring students.
  • Monitor performance and provide tutors and counseling as needed.
  • Assist with resume preparation and job applications.

The Visions Difference

  • Network of caring VISIONS staff, assisted by PCC Institutional Advancement staff who find answers, assistance and provide a “safety net.”
  • Mentoring.
  • Commitment to student success.
  • Financial support for a college education.

Scholarship Funding

Each student receives a $1,000-scholarship ($500 from The Eddie & Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation and $500 from the PCC Foundation) per year to attend Pitt Community College. If you would like to contribute to this program, please click HERE.