2018 MLK Scholarship Tribute Breakfast
Pitt Community College celebrated the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Thursday with a breakfast program that featured the presentation of a $500-scholarship to student Sandra Argomaniz-Reyes.

Each January, the PCC Multicultural Activities Committee (MAC) organizes a scholarship fundraiser as a tribute to King, whose birthday is Jan. 15. The event generates revenue for the college’s MAC Scholarship, which is presented annually to a student who shares King’s ideals.

Reyes, a 2016 graduate of North Pitt High School, is a second-year college transfer student planning to pursue a four-year degree in communications. The 19-year-old Greenville resident says she wants to explore cultures and share stories of the interesting people she meets.

“I want to be able to travel and educate people from all over …,” she says. “I truly believe that everyone deserves to have an amazing life, and that starts with education. If we help others and make them aware of what is out there, this could be a world filled with extraordinary people.”

This year’s MAC Scholarship was presented in honor of Raymond Reddrick, a champion of education and longtime PCC supporter. A Greenville resident, Reddrick was a PCC Trustee for nearly 30 years and served more time as chairman than any other trustee in the college’s 57-year history.

In addition to the scholarship presentation, the 6th Annual MLK Scholarship Tribute Breakfast included a speech by longtime teacher/administrator Ella Harris, who recounted her life experiences and offered sage advice to future generations.

Harris said people today are keeping King’s dream of racial harmony and equality alive while recognizing there are still challenges ahead. Society, she said, must “go back to basics,” with adults modeling the behaviors expected of today’s youths and the characteristics they want them to develop.

Approximately 120 people attended this year’s MLK program, including newly-elected Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly, Winterville Town Manager Terri Parker and State Sen. Don Davis. Proceeds from the event will fund future MAC Scholarships at PCC.
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