PCI Group, headquartered in Ft. Mill, SC today announced they have awarded a total of seven scholarships to students for the 2023-2024 school year as part of their PCI Group, PACE Leaders Scholarship program. The program is designed to grant scholarships to students who are dependents or affiliated with a current PCI Group employee and are currently enrolled at an accredited learning institution. The total scholarship grants awarded amounted to $14,000 with $2,000 granted to each recipient. Additionally, this year marks the first year that Texas students have applied and been awarded a scholarship.
Applicants were required to meet several criteria for selection including the following:
- Must be a family member of a current PCI Group employee who has been continuously employed for a minimum of 3 years as of September 1st of the current academic year
- Have a GPA of at least 2.5
- Submit a completed application with an official transcript
- Be a High School Senior who has been accepted to, or a current student at, an institution of higher learning (Undergraduate School, Community College, Technical / Trade School)
- Submit a two-page essay on a predetermined topic
Eligible applicants’ essays were anonymously reviewed and scored by a committee of 5 volunteers. They also went through an interview process with members of the PCI Group executive team and members of PACE, a PCI employee group. The interview was designed to mimic the real-life interview process applicants will likely undergo when entering the job market. Award winners will also have the opportunity for a follow-up interview to review their résumé and receive critical feedback and advice on their interview skills. Pictured below are those students who were awarded scholarships and their affiliation with our PCI employee.
Pictured Left to Right: Dylan Kelly – Son of Amy Kelly (Client Implementation Manager), Kristen Nearhood – Daughter of Doug Nearhood (Direct Mail Operations, Dallas), Anthony Galante – Son of Rob Galante (Scheduling Manager) and Sandra Galante (Coordinator), Marisa Montoya – Daughter of erica Montoya (Assistant Manager – Dallas), Hank Lackey – Son of Tim Lackey (Director of Operations), Akiya Byrd – Sister of Atiya Byrd (Systems Administrator), Carlos Enriquez, Jr. – Son of Carlos Enriquez (Mechanic)
This year marks the tenth year PCI Group has awarded scholarships. Since 2014, forty awards, totaling $88,000, have been granted.
About P.A.C.E.P.A.C.E. or People for Action and Community Engagement, is a PCI Group employee initiative to engage and have a positive & sustainable impact on our community where we work and live. Started by, and entirely run, by PCI Group employees with the mission to aid and assist our community needs by reaching out beyond our four walls with support, compassion, and care through innovative projects. Since 2017, P.A.C.E. has sponsored many local events such as Junior Achievers, Toys for Tots, Tools for School, National Association of Mental Illness, Nations Ford High School Color Guard Carolina Winter Ensemble Association, Victorian Senior Care Pen Pal Program and many more. P.A.C.E. also purchased computer lab chairs, held a supply drive and purchased paper to assist in the North Central High School Tornado Relief effort. For more information, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PCIPACEAbout PCI GroupPCI Group is a leading provider of mission critical communications for businesses where security of customer-centric data is paramount, precision and accuracy are crucial and compliance is a must. As a family-owned business since 1970, PCI Group has been providing customers fast, secure, and cost-effective printing and document delivery that is fully compliant with federal regulations including HIPAA, FISMA and SOC I & II and PCI DSS. PCI’s real-time, web-based, customer control center enables customers 24/7 access to updated information and tracking reports about their communications at any point from pre-production through delivery. For over 50 years, PCI Group has been the company customers can rely on to handle every detail—time after time.