Picayune alumnus funds two PRCC scholarships

Poplarville--Future teachers and nurses can receive assistance with the cost of attending Pearl River Community College through two scholarships funded by a PRCC alumnus.

Craig Griffing established the Zoe McGovern Griffing Teacher’s Scholarship and the Craig Griffing Nursing Scholarship through the PRCC Development Foundation.

Griffing grew up in Picayune and has returned to his hometown. He earned undergraduate degrees from PRCC and the University of Southern Mississippi and the Masters of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans. He lived most of his adult life in New Orleans where he had a successful career in the health care administration field.

“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.”

The teacher’s scholarship is in memory of Griffing’s late mother, who taught in the New Orleans public schools for many years.

“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.

“Craig has also made a commitment to helping students who want to pursue a degree in education. 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.”

To apply for either scholarship, go to the PRCC website and click on prospective students, scholarship opportunities and foundation scholarships.

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