POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Two lucky members of the Pearl River Community College family recently won the Wildcats Never Quit scholarship contest.
Both Amber Cobb of Hattiesburg and Eric Newsom of Madison were randomly drawn from a pool of Wildcat students to earn half-tuition scholarships. The contest runs in conjunction with PRCC’s “Wildcats Never Quit” campaign, which was launched to help motivate members of the Wildcat Family to continue to work and persevere despite the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Both Cobb and Newsom were entered into the drawing by registering for fall classes.
“The Wildcat Never Quit Scholarship Campaign is just one of the many opportunities PRCC has available to encourage students to keep pursuing their college education and to Neve Quit,” Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications Candace Harper said. " We believe in our students and it's through challenging times like this that we grow to become our best selves. The campaign proved that our students are resilient and ready to persevere."
Cobb is a Forrest County Center student who is double majoring in Accounting Technology and Business Management Technology. She is a member of the National Technical Honors Society and the FCC Phi Theta Kappa Beta Tau Gamma chapter.
Cobb said the motto of Wildcats Never Quit resonates with her because of her recent circumstances. After being diagnosed with cancer last fall semester and undergoing a hysterectomy, Cobb’s spring semester was altered by the chemo treatments she is still currently undergoing. She noted that while this series of events definitely affected her, the only thing that changed on her educational path was that she had already transitioned to online classes at the beginning of the spring.
“The name of this scholarship is so true to my story,” Cobb said. “I won’t stop until I’m done. Giving up is not an option for me. I’ve worked too hard to stop now.”
Her final chemo treatment was May 10 with her first summer class beginning June 1. She doesn't plan on slowing down.
The support Cobb received from her instructors and advisors at PRCC helped her to push forward when times got tough.
“Ms. Debbie Ferrill and Ms. Amy Smith have been my rocks,” Cobb said. “They’ve pushed me and supported me and I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.”
After a summer taking four online classes, Cobb will finish up coursework in the fall to receive her degrees.
Newsom is a Poplarville campus student majoring in Business Sports Management and is a member of the PRCC baseball team.
While COVID-19 cut his baseball season short this year, he still values the connections he has made thus far.
“It means a lot to receive this scholarship,” Newsom said. “The time I have had at PRCC has been awesome. I’ve made great friends in my teammates and found mentors in my coaches. I appreciate everything they’ve done for me and look forward to coming back to them.”
While much of his time is spent on the field, he advised all incoming student athletes to keep their eye on the overall prize.
“It’s important for student athletes to not give up, keep working hard to stay in shape and to excel in our school work,” Newsom said.
HOW TO REGISTER
Returning students wishing to start the registration process for an upcoming semester should click the “Find My Advisor” button in RiverGuide. New Wildcats can begin by applying at prcc.edu.
To learn more about both academic and career technical programs available at The River visit prcc.edu/academics/plans.
Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.