Emotional moments of heartfelt thanks and praise to donors who so generously support students whom, until last week, they didn't really know, was the spirit of the annual Scholarship Luncheon at Philips Community College of the University of Arkansas (PCCUA).
Laguenia Simon, a Medical Laboratory Technology major and Helena Health Foundation Scholarship recipient, shared personal struggles in her life, prior to making the decision to further her education at PCCUA.
“My mistakes are there to motivate me to keep going,” she said, “and I want to thank the Helena Health Foundation from the bottom of my heart for helping me advance in my career goals for the future of my children.”
Jessica Tubbs, a PCCUA graduate and former scholarship recipient, who is now completing her accounting degree at Delta State University, credits the guidance and encouragement she received from PCCUA instructor Carolyn Harper along with the financial support from her scholarship donors for helping her succeed.
Tubbs, who commuted to PCCUA daily from Clarksdale, MS, was, at one time, at the point of dropping out of college due to financial reasons, when Harper stepped in to help. Determined to see Tubbs succeed, Harper turned to Rhonda St. Columbia, PCCUA vice chancellor for College Advancement, who awarded Tubbs a scholarship that sustained her through her graduation.
“If it hadn't been for Mrs. Harper and my scholarship, I would not be standing here with you today. And without the financial support of scholarships at Delta State, I would not have been able to complete my bachelor's degree at Delta State,” Tubbs said.
Tubbs asked for a show of hands of recipients who, like her, would not be in college today without the financial support from their scholarships. As recipients raised their hands, Tubbs thanked the contributors to the Phillips Community College Foundation (PCCF) for making a difference in their lives.
PCCUA Chancellor Dr. Steven Murray took a moment to express his appreciation to the attendees, categorizing them as two communities, a community of givers and a community of receivers. He asked the “receivers” to honor the investment made in them by working hard, graduating and getting a good job. Then, he asked them to further honor the investment one day by moving from the “receivers' community” to the “givers' community” and helping other students succeed.
PCCUA would like for you to consider giving a gift – a scholarship endowment – that keeps on giving. Gifts to the PCCF are an educational investment, something that can never be taken away. To make a donation or establish a scholarship, call St. Columbia at (870) 338-6474, ext. 1130.