CPCC student receives 2013 Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award
Mr. Zaman Rashid, of Charlotte, N.C., and a student at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), will receive the prestigious 2013 Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award. The recognition is the highest honor given for student leadership by the North Carolina Community College System. Rashid will receive the award and a check for $1,000 on May 5, 2013, during a special Academic Excellence Award ceremony at CPCC.
Sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Community College Presidents, the award honors students who demonstrate leadership on a statewide level. Rashid currently serves as president of CPCC’s academic honor society – Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) – and has received accolades for his service work with Solace for the Children, an organization that provides medical care, education and leadership development opportunities for children in war-torn countries.
Rashid was previously a participant in the Solace for the Children program. He came to the U.S. seeking treatment for a tumor that had taken away his ability to talk, eat and drink normally. Following multiple life-saving surgeries, he now volunteers for Solace, bringing groups of children from Afghanistan to the United States so they can receive medical care. Once state-side, he serves as an interpreter, translating between the children and their medical staff to ensure proper treatment.
“Zaman acts as a big brother to many of the children who arrive scared, emotionally and literally scarred, and unsure of what they will encounter in America after growing up in a war-torn country,” said Jennifer Conway, Student Life coordinator and Phi Theta Kappa advisor at CPCC. “He serves with a grateful heart and treasures his education in the U.S. and the life-changing opportunities that have been afforded him.”
In addition to volunteering with Solace, Rashid helps with various CPCC MAN UP events – an organization committed to increasing the population and retention rates among minority males in college – and enjoys getting others involved in CPCC’s community through his leadership role in PTK. “Helping my peers brings me an inner peace that prompts me to serve more and do better,” he explained. “I am passionate about continually motivating others and working diligently to help make the world a better place, beginning in my own community.”
In addition to service, he’s dedicated to excelling inside the classroom as well. He currently has a 3.737 cumulative GPA and hopes to continue his education at High Point University in the fall.
“Zaman embodies the qualities of a great student leader,” adds Dr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC. “He expects the best from himself, he encourages others to be at their best, he works to serve the larger community and he is well-respected among peers and faculty.
About the Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award
The Robert W. Scott Student Leadership Award is named in honor of Robert W. Scott, who served as N.C. State Governor from 1969-1973 and as president of the North Carolina Community College System from 1983-1995. To qualify for the award, nominees must be enrolled at least half-time, be in good academic standing, have a GPA of 2.5 or greater, be active in campus activities and possess traits which will help them become leaders in their communities.
Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering nearly 300 degree, diploma and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies. Established in 1963, CPCC is celebrating 50 years of service to Mecklenburg County residents, business and industry.