College foundation salutes donors, scholarship winners

The Johnston Community College Foundation celebrated its donors and scholarship winners during a luncheon on campus.

Some 300 donors and scholarship recipients attended the celebration in the lobby of of the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium. In 2015-16, the JCC Foundation awarded nearly $350,000 in scholarships to 200 students.

Pamela Earp, a JCC alumna and dean of foundational studies and academic support at the college, was the speaker. The epitome of a lifelong learner, Earp most recently earned a doctorate after receiving her associate, bachelor and master’s degrees.

Earp thanked the donors for their invaluable gifts and encouraged the student scholars to follow their example of giving to others.

“You (donors) are shaping lives, building futures and making things possible these students never felt possible,” she said. “Students, be mindful of the opportunity you have been given and remember to return the support when you have the opportunity.”

During the event, the foundation announced the following new funds: Brannon Worth Brady, Crystal Lee Higgins and Skylar Mark Brady Memorial Special Purpose Fund; Melva Daughtry Casey Memorial Special Purpose Fund; Caroline Casey Wells Memorial Endowment; Brannon Worth Brady, Crystal Lee Higgins and Skylar Mary Brady Scholarship Endowment; Harold Thomas Keen and Barbara Allen Keen JCC Alumni Endowment; Diana Douglas Memorial Annual Scholarship; Dr. Donnie H. Jones Jr. Annual Scholarship; and Five Touch Annual Scholarship.

The foundation also recognized Steven Penny, recipient of the 2015 Earl C. and Doris F. Helms Excellence in Teaching Endowment, and Carrol Warren, recipient of the 2015 Rudolph A. Howell and Son Outstanding Staff Person of the Year Award. Penny is a medical sonography instructor and Warren is the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) project administrator at the college.