Generous community members fund PDCCC scholarships

Published 8:33 am Friday, March 4, 2011

by Patsy Joyner

Through the generosity of local individuals and organizations, a number of scholarships and grants are available at Paul D. Camp Community College.

These scholarships provide access to the college for many students who do not qualify for financial aid, but have limited resources to pursue their education.

The following are three new scholarships:


This scholarship was established by the Elms Foundation to honor the former executive director of the Elms Foundation, which administers grants and scholarships for the Camp Foundation, Ruth Camp Campbell Foundation and the Camp-Younts Foundation.

Retiring after 44 years in the banking industry, Worrell served as executive director of the foundations from 1996 through 2010. He is a U.S. Army veteran, the father of three and an advocate for the education.

Worrell served on the board at PDCCC and is its past chairman. He has been an ardent supporter of the college and its mission for many years; the annual scholarship honors his dedication to the ideals of the college.

Available for graduating high school seniors, this $5,000 scholarship includes $2,500 the first year and $2,500 the second year contingent upon earning at least a 2.5 grade-point average as a freshman. It requires residency in Franklin, Southampton or Isle of Wight; enrollment in a degree or certificate program at PDCCC; a letter of reference from a school official and another from a resident; and an essay on how attending PDCCC will help the applicant reach educational goals. The application deadline is April 11.


This $500 scholarship was funded by the Boyce family and friends in memory of Donald C. Boyce, who was a dedicated elementary school teacher.

Boyce was also a married student, who had been in the Army before completing his bachelor’s degree.

Criteria includes a 2.5 GPA, two letters of reference, enrollment in a certificate or degree program at PDCCC as an education major and preferably, a married student, single parent, or student with a dependent. The application deadline is June 24.

Dr. Douglas W. and Grace Boyce Scholarship

This $500 scholarship was established by the PDCCC Foundation Board in honor of Dr. Douglas W. Boyce, president of PDCCC from November 2002 through June 2010.

Criteria for selection include a 3.0 GPA; two letters of reference; enrollment in a certificate or degree program at PDCCC with plans to use education or training to contribute to the local economy of Franklin, Suffolk, Isle of Wight and Suffolk; and a brief essay describing volunteer time to the community and career plans to contribute to the local economy upon program completion. The application deadline is June 24.


Application information on all fall scholarships for high school students in Franklin, Isle of Wight and Suffolk will be posted on the college website, They include the Worrell Scholarship, “Camp to Camp” Scholarships, Presidential Scholarship and The Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship.

Application information on all general fall scholarships will be posted on April 8.

In addition to the two Boyce scholarships, the following general awards are available: the American Association of University Women/Suffolk Branch Scholarship, the Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students, the Career Preparation Grant, the Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship, the Dr. Alvin C. Rogers Endowed Scholarship, the Kiwanis Club of Suffolk Scholarship, the PDCCC Classified Personnel Association Scholarship, the Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship, the REMAX Career Grant for Suffolk Residents, the Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship, The Suffolk Ruritan Nursing Scholarship, the Jim Lassiter PDCCC Faculty Association Scholarship and the Wal-Mart Community Involvement Scholarship.

For details on how to establish a scholarship, call 569-6791.

DR. PATSY JOYNER is the vice president for institutional advancement at Paul D. Camp Community College. Her email address is