Having Their Say:
Community College of Philadelphia Announces Student Winner of the Speak Up for Pell Video Contest

Harrisburg, Oct. 12, 2012—Guitar-strumming Kerrie Trube’s impassioned video testimonial to the Pell Grant Program that is helping her to pay college tuition captured first place in Community College of Philadelphia’s Speak Up for Pell Video Contest.

“I literally owe my entire education and my current career path to the Pell grant,” says Trube, in her video. "I'm hoping that funding for the Pell grant will continue because I want to go all the way with my education and, eventually, earn a doctorate so that I can help people the best way possible."

Trube, who aspires one day to work as an addiction counselor to celebrities and stars, says without the Pell grant she would not have her current job in an area treatment center. The College provided her with an internship and the facility then hired her as a part-time staff member.

That job, coupled with weekend gigs as a singer with a local band, do not cover tuition and books, says Trube, who is on track to graduate in December. A senior who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average, Trube, 33, is pursuing an Associate’s of Science in Behavioral Health/Human Services. As the contest’s first-place winner, she will receive an iPod touch©. Andrea Marant, aka Iyani Afi, 21, a first-term student who wants to become a nurse, received honorable mention from the judges. The two top videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vZS5alzmwzE.

Trube’s video was among 52 submitted by students and faculty in the Speak Up For Pell Video Contest launched on Sept. 25 as part of a student-led drive to focus attention on recent efforts to cut Pell grants and reduce eligibility requirements. The Pell Grant Program provides financial aid for more than nine million college students nationally. Approximately 50 percent of degree- and certificate-seeking students at the College currently rely on the grants to pay at least a portion of their tuition and fees.

In addition to the video contest, 241 students signed an online petition during the event that generated more than 1,000 emails in support of Pell to Pennsylvania’s congressional delegates. There is still time to add your voice to the mix by clicking http://path.ccp.edu/site/savepell/.

Three student judges, Charles Phy, president of the Student Government Association; Laura Melizyaev, a member of Rho Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; and Justin Clarke, web content