Paul D. Camp Community College’s spring 2017 scholarship cycle opens September 8 for new and continuing students

~Deadline for submissions is Oct. 27, 2016~
Applications for Paul D. Camp Community College scholarships will open Sept. 8, 2016, for the spring 2017 semester. New and continuing students can apply for a number of funding opportunities beginning that day.
“Scholarships offered at PDCCC can mean all the difference for a potential student who lacks resources, which can result in a common obstacle in regard to reaching educational goals,” said Dr. Renee Felts, executive director of the PDCCC Foundation and vice president for institutional advancement. “We are fortunate to have so many donors who place a priority on postsecondary education.”
During the fall 2016 semester, PDCCC awarded students 18 scholarships totaling more than $22,000.
There are 17 scholarships for new and continuing students available for the spring 2017 semester. Students may apply for these regardless if they have applied for scholarships in the fall, as long as they meet the criteria listed for each award. The scholarship acceptance period, begins Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. Scholarship applications must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. and will only be accepted electronically.
Students only need to follow these steps to apply:

  • Submit a PDCCC Scholarship Application with all required supporting documentation. Visit for the application.
  • New students must submit an application for admission to the College with your high school or college transcripts attached.
  • All students must submit two letters of reference with your application.
  • Read the criteria for each scholarship. Some require additional attachments, such as an essay. Applications missing required documents will not be processed.
  • Make sure that all requirements are met by the scholarship cycle deadline.
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid at using our school code: 009159.

For more information, call the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790 or log onto


PDCCC honors donors, students at 2016 Fall Scholarship Reception

Fall 2016 GroupFrom left: Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts, Sarah Giorgi, Charity Thompson, Troy Stubenrauch, Belinda Long, Andrew Stegman, Sara Lyons, PDCCC President Dr. Daniel Lufkin, Karen Haywood-Duck, Olivia Davis, Mary Burgess, Jesse Pruden, Ruth Kent, donor Locke Floyd, Karla Johnson, donor Cathy Floyd, and donors Dr. Douglas Boyce and Grace Boyce.
More than 50 people gathered at the Paul D. Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center recently to celebrate the recipients of 2016 fall scholarships and the generosity of the donors.
Eighteen scholarships totaling $22,000 were awarded for the upcoming semester. Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president, recognized donors, board and foundation board members who were in attendance before presenting certificates to the winners.
“We are fortunate to have present and former members of the community recognize the significant role that Paul D. Camp Community College plays in the lives of our students,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the PDCCC Foundation Dr. Renee Felts. “More often than not, lack of resources stands in the way of potential students wanting to pursue a postsecondary education. These scholarships can make all the difference and that difference can last a lifetime for these students.”
Recipients of the awards are:

  • Vernell Davis of Suffolk -American Association of University Women (AAUW), Suffolk Branch
  • Karla Johnson of Franklin-Bertella C. Westbrook Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Students
  • Troy Stubenrauch of Suffolk-Bobby B. Worrell Scholarship
  • Ruth Kent of Ivor-Camp to Camp Scholarship
  • Sarah Giorgi of Boykins-Hampton Roads Community Foundation Commonwealth Legacy Scholarship
  • Charity Thompson of Suffolk-Cross Realty Career Grant
  • Mary Burgess of Franklin-Dean Nancy Sandberg Scholarship
  • Katelyn Duck of Franklin-Donald C. Boyce Education Scholarship
  • Belinda Long of Franklin-Dr. Alvin C. Rogers Endowed Scholarship
  • Karen Haywood-Duck of Suffolk-40/7 Society Scholarship
  • Olivia Davis of Courtland-Margaret L. Brown Education Scholarship
  • Sara Lyons of Franklin-Nellie White Business Scholarship
  • Jesse Pruden of Suffolk-Perry W. Barnett Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Kyrie McLeod of Courtland-Roy and Eleanor Epps Cornwell Scholarship
  • Andrew Stegman of Sedley-“Service Above Self” Rotary Scholarship
  • Raquel Jones of Courtland-Shirley N. Barnes Scholarship
  • Olivia Goff of Branchville-Smithfield Foods Endowed Scholarship
  • Cathy Riley-Snyder of Suffolk-Suffolk Ruritan Nursing Scholarship

Sara LyonsSara Lyons of Franklin accepts her scholarship certificate from Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president.

Jesse PrudenJesse Pruden of Suffolk is presented his scholarship certificate by Dr. Daniel Lufkin, PDCCC president.
PDCCC awards scholarships each fall and spring semester. For more information, contact the Office for Institutional Advancement at 757-569-6790.


Autumn provides colorful photo opportunities

Sturdy TreeLearn about proper exposure and composition as is evident in this Shirley Whitenack photograph of a tree reflecting the vibrant colors of fall.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Division of Workforce Development is offering the class, “Photography: Focus on Fall,” beginning in October.
“This class is for those who are tired of boring, improperly exposed photos,” said Shirley Whitenack, instructor and award-winning photographer. “We will concentrate on creativity as you learn to take control of your camera.”
The following is the schedule of classes and locations:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., PDCCC at Smithfield, room TBA
  • Saturday, October 15, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Colonial Williamsburg and Kings Gate Resort
  • Wednesday, October 19, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., Windsor Castle Park and PDCCC at Smithfield
  • Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., PDCCC at Smithfield, room TBA

PDCCC at Smithfield is located on the second floor of the Blackwater Regional Library at 253 James Street. The first class will cover camera mechanics. Outdoor sessions will be aimed at obtaining proper exposure, taking advantage of directional light, and composition. The final class will include a critique, question-and-answer session and storage tips.
“Through lecture, demonstration and practice, participants will learn the equipment and techniques professionals use to get outstanding magazine photographs,” Whitenack said.
The cost of the class is $115 and the deadline to register is Friday, October 7. Register at Bring your fully charged camera, instruction manual and film/digital media. For more information, contact the workforce development office, 757-569-6050.
HatsCreativity, as well as technique, are focus areas of the fall photography class. The “hats” photo was taken by instructor Shirley Whitenack.


PDCCC 13th Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser features amateur celebrity guest Ben Hunter

Ben Hunter with clubsThis year, the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation will feature a special guest at its golf fundraiser slated for Thursday, September 15.
The 2006 Sleepy Hole Amateur Champion and first two-time USCAA National Champion Benford “Ben” Hunter, a native of Suffolk, will be a participant at the event. His team will play to help raise money for PDCCC’s student scholarships and educational support for the foundation.
“Our grants coordinator had a connection with Mr. Hunter, and we thought it would be a wonderful draw for participants this year,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation. “We want to raise as much as we can to help our students have the resources they need to pursue their education and to offer them quality programs as well.”
Playing the sport since age 3, Hunter was a four-time First Team All-District and Regional Honoree at Lakeland High School. He received a full-time golf scholarship to Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. He eventually returned home and attended The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding, where he graduated. While serving as captain of the golf team, he set records and contributed to the receipt of prestigious titles that the school had previously not attained. He is currently employed at the Newport News Shipbuilding / Huntington Ingalls as a crane rigger/operator.
“I believe in helping people and creating opportunities for others,” Hunter said about his desire to participate in the tourney.
Although his ultimate goal is to become a PGA Tour player, he wants to use that recognition to give the youth in the community the option to be successful rather than choosing life on the streets. He is currently in the process of creating a youth golf program.
“I envision coaching collegiate golf one day in order to push student athletes in the right direction through college and beyond,” he said. “I want to be an ambassador for the game of golf in Hampton Roads and use that opportunity to be the young face with which the youth can connect.”
The PDCCC Foundation’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament gets underway with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 15, at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. A boxed dinner will be available during the awards announcements at approximately 5:30 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for superlative feats, as well as first place winners in each of three flights. A rain date has been set for Thursday, September 22.
The cost is $75 per person, which includes golf cart rental, dinner and incentives. For more information, visit Sponsorship packages begin at $350.


Students finish nurse aide studies

CNA Summer 2016 group webPaul D. Camp Community College celebrated its students who have completed the summer 2016 certified nurse aide program. A special ceremony was held in the Technology Theater at the college’s regional workforce development center in Franklin on Thursday. Celebrating academic achievements, from left, are: Emily Rushing of Franklin, Kaycie Edwards of Franklin, Carrie Holt of Sedley, Micheal Edwards of Franklin, Heather Turner of Capron, Benjamin Cutchins of Newsoms, Cortney Greene of Carrsville, Tonya Boone of Courtland, Angela Alexander of Franklin, Natasha Dickens of Franklin and Instructor Cheryl Drake. In addition, Alexander and Cutchins received Academic Excellence awards, while Kaycie and Michael were honored with Clinical Excellence awards.


Registered nursing class of 2017 earn caps

Capping Class 2017 Group webHonoring their academic accomplishments, front row from left, are: Assistant Professor of Nursing Courtney Darden, Ashley Maddrey-Boyd of Franklin, Aryntheia Jones-Quash of Hampton, Tanya Little of Suffolk, Caitlin Sawyer of Sunbury, NC, Taylor Felts of Franklin, Alexa Lilley of Suffolk, Samantha Dowd of Boykins, Hakeem Daniels of Newport News, Aubra Walker of Chesapeake and Assistant Professor of Nursing Lucy Little. Back: Siobhan Clark of Suffolk, Patricia Tippins of Portsmouth, Anndrea Wilson of Carrsville , Karla Johnson of Franklin, Taylor Henry of Windsor, Brittany Johnson of Suffolk, Andrea Reese of Franklin, Paige McCall of Ivor, Wanda Lynch of Portsmouth, Shatara Hicks of Boykins and Brittany Marshall of Chesapeake.
Not pictured are: Isabelle Black, Brittany Brooks, Jacqueline Do, Tracy Holloman, Jenny Hughes, Avia Holloway, Adriene Muhammed, Ayla Sherman, Tamimu Thomas, Brittnee Ricks and Karen Younce.
Paul D. Camp Community College students in the registered nursing program celebrated the midway point of the program Thursday, by receiving their caps at a special ceremony at the college’s regional workforce development center.
Dr. Daniel W. Lufkin welcomed attendees to the event and Assistant Professor of Nursing Trudy Kuehn served as speaker.
The students are on schedule to earn nursing pins next and become part of the graduating Class of 2017.


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