PRCC alumnus funds two scholarships

PRCC alumnus funds two scholarships

Two Pearl River Community College students will be the recipients of a scholarship funded by Craig Griffing--- a PRCC alumnus. The Zoe McGovern Griffing Teacher's Scholarship and the Craig Griffing Nursing Scholarship through the PRCC Development Foundation will assist future nursing and education students with the cost of attendance.

Griffing, of Picayune, studied at PRCC and the University of Southern Mississippi before moving onto Loyola University at New Orleans to complete his Masters of Business Administration. He says it was his career in health care that led him to give back.

"That's when I realized how important nurses are to the health care industry," he said. "There always seems to be a shortage of nurses, so I thought I would do my little part to help with that.

"I've always admired PRCC's nursing school, so I wanted to do my small part to help local people become nurses and hopefully work in the area."

Officials with the college say Griffing's desire to support students through the scholarships benefits not only students, but also PRCC.

"The College Foundation Board of Directors and staff are very appreciative of Craig Griffing's desire to support Pearl River Community College students through the establishment of these two scholarship endowments," said Ernie Lovell, foundation director. "Craig has a long time involvement as an administrator in the health care field and is giving back to help those students in our nursing program be successful in their field.

The Zoe McGovern Griffing Teacher's Scholarship is in memory of his mother, who was an educator in New Orleans public schools for years.

"Craig has also made a commitment to helping students who want to pursue a degree in education." Lovell said. "He has recognized the need to support our school systems with qualified and energetic teachers. We are so proud of this investment that he has made in our young people."

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