Spartanburg, S.C. – The Spartanburg Community College Foundation awarded $20,150 in academic scholarships to 29 deserving SCC students for the 2010-2011 school year. Donors and students were recently honored at the Foundation’s annual scholarship awards brunch at the Marriott at Renaissance Park in Spartanburg.
“This event truly is the mission of the SCC Foundation in action. We are thrilled to be the stewards of these funds, which have been so generously donated to the College by individuals, families and businesses,” said SCC Foundation Chair Steve Querin as he opened the ceremony. “We are extremely grateful for the donations, and we congratulate the students for their hard work.”
Matthew Varner, from Chesnee, S.C., who began SCC’s Electronics Engineering Technology Program last fall, received the Todd Reynolds Memorial Scholarship. “My guidance counselor at Chesnee High School told me about the scholarship, and I’m glad she did because it has helped me pay for my books and class materials.”
Steven and Debbie Reynolds are the benefactors of the Todd Reynolds Memorial Scholarship established in honor of their late son who was an electronics engineering student at SCC. “Todd thought a lot of the program and the College,” said Debbie Reynolds. “We’re very happy that we can honor his life by helping other students interested in electronics engineering.”
“Our benevolent donors are community members, non-profits and local businesses,” said Sam S. Hook, executive director of the SCC Foundation. “We commemorate their generosity and the impact they make on our students’ lives who will, in return, make a difference in our community. It’s outstanding to see how even a modest contribution can make a long lasting impression.”
The following scholarships were awarded for the 2010-2011 school year:
Vic Bailey Ford Asset Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time automotive technology student in the Ford Asset Program with a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
RECIPIENT: David Ledford
Foster & Ruth Chapman Single Parent Achievement Scholarship
The Chapman’s established this award in 2001 as a special fund devoted towards annual scholarship assistance to students who are single parents, working and attending SCC in order to improve their lives and the lives of their children.
RECIPIENTS: Tiffany Davidson
Extended Stay Hotels Scholarship
Established in 2010, this scholarship provides financial assistance to an incoming freshman majoring in business or information technology with a 3.0 cumulative high school grade point average.
RECIPIENTS: Brook Henderson
John S. Featherston, MD Achievement Award
This scholarship is awarded to a second year radiologic technology student(s) for the purpose of assisting the student(s) financially while promoting a professional attitude, motivation and technical skills.
RECIPIENTS: Stephanie Delloso
Richard and Shirley Gage Brazilian Friends Scholarship
Established in 1992, the Richard and Shirley Gage Brazilian Friendship scholarship gives recognition and assistance to outstanding students enrolled in the horticulture program. This scholarship was endowed because of the relationship between Jimmy Painter, former department chair of the SCC horticulture program, and the Dick Gage Company.
RECIPIENT: James Wooten
HVAC Technology Scholarship
This award was established to provide recognition and assistance to outstanding and deserving individuals who desire to learn air conditioning and refrigeration. The award grew from the support of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning program’s advisory group in 1990.
RECIPIENT: Jonathan Payne
JM Smith Foundation
Established in 2006, the JM Smith Foundation scholarship reflects the support this Spartanburg – based, international company provides to the Spartanburg community, SCC and the industry the company serves. The JM Smith Foundation scholarship is awarded to students enrolled in the pharmaceutical program. JM Smith Foundation annually contributes to the growth of this scholarship.
RECIPIENT: Kaleisha Bobo
John C. Johnson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is not specific to a particular program or major, rather it is designed to help any student with financial need attending college full-time or taking evening classes working toward an associate’s degree. The scholarship is intended to help an adult student who will truly appreciate and understand the significance of this award. The family of Mr. Johnson, who was an employee of SCC, and the devoted friends and SCC associates who worked with Mr. Johnson established the scholarship in his honor and memory.
RECIPIENT: McKinley Anderson
Debra Ann Kay Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a returning, full-time student in either the associate of science or associate of arts degree program within the Arts and Sciences Division with a minimum 3.25 grade point average. It is in memory of Debra Kay, director of the SCC library from 1983 to 1994.
RECIPIENT: Lindsay Steadman
Wil Myers Memorial Scholarship
The Wil Myers Memorial Scholarship was established as a tribute to the life of Wil Myers by his parents, Dudley and Ann K. Myers. This scholarship was created to financially assist students enrolled in a course of study associated with the building and construction industries.
RECIPIENTS: Jack Linder
Jimmy Painter Horticulture Scholarship
Established in 2007, this scholarship honors the career and work of retired SCC Horticulture Department Chair, Jimmy Painter, whose talent, skill, expertise, passion and dedication developed the high quality and local, state, regional and national recognition of the SCC Horticulture Department and the graduates of the program. The award supports the enrollment of out-of-state and out-of-county applicants to the program.
RECIPIENT: Joe Poulton
Piedmont Interstate Fair Scholarship
Funds received from the Great American Ducky Splash, which was held at the 1997 Piedmont Interstate Fair, established this scholarship. This fund is designed to assist the students entering the horticulture program.
RECIPIENT: Katie Elder
Todd Reynolds Scholarship
Endowed in 1998, this scholarship honors Todd Reynolds, an SCC student pursuing an associate of science degree in industrial electronics who was tragically killed in an automobile accident two weeks before receiving his SCC degree. He was 20 years old. The award gives priority to Chesnee High School, which is Todd’s high school alma mater. If a student from Chesnee is not eligible for the scholarship, a Spartanburg County high school student will be selected.
RECIPIENT: Matthew Varner
Spartanburg County Foundation Scholars Program
This scholarship is awarded to a Spartanburg County student graduating from a Spartanburg County secondary school that shows academic promise and financial need.
RECIPIENTS: Ronnie Danner
Spartanburg Lions Club Scholarship
Established in 1996 by the Spartanburg Lions Club, this scholarship is devoted to assisting blind students who are graduates of the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind.
RECIPIENT: Kenneth D. Brown
Spartanburg Rotary Club Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded each year to a student in need of financial assistance.
RECIPIENTS: Ross Shinkar
Shirley Tillotson Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the Office Systems Technology Program and honors Shirley Tillotson, who was a beloved SCC faculty member from 1971 until her death in 1997. The scholarship was established to honor Ms. Tillotson and the contribution she made as department head of the Office System Technology Program.
RECIPIENT: Kimberly Smith-Hyatt
John B. White Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time student enrolled in the Business Technology Division and is named in honor of legendary Spartanburg businessman, John B. White, founder and former owner of the world famous Beacon Drive-In Restaurant. This scholarship was created with an initial gift from U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond.
RECIPIENT: Anthony Cancer
James Wood Scholarship
This award is named in memory of James Wood, a prominent Spartanburg businessman and owner of Your Travel Agent. Mr. Wood served on the Spartanburg County Commission for Technical Education from 1986 to 1990.
RECIPIENT: Tammy Warr
For additional information on the SCC Foundation and Foundation scholarships, call (864) 592-4624.
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About the Spartanburg Community College Foundation:
The SCC Foundation exists to provide assistance to Spartanburg Community College through the provisions of scholarships, curriculum resources, equipment, facilities and grants that help students, faculty and the community achieve educational excellence thereby contributing to a vibrant, local economy. For more information, visit http://www.sccsc.edu/foundation/default.aspx.
About Spartanburg Community College.
Recently named one of the fastest-growing colleges in the nation according to Community College Week, SCC offers more than 80 academic programs of study including associate degrees, diplomas and certificates, plus University Transfer opportunities to four-year colleges and universities. SCC provides flexible class scheduling including day, evening, weekend and FlexStart classes in addition to more than 100 online classes through SCCOnline. Offering the lowest tuition in the region, convenient locations, and regional/national accreditations, SCC offers educational opportunities leading to high-growth, high-demand jobs. The SCC Corporate & Community Education Division provides job and career enhancement, workforce development and personal enrichment courses and training programs. For more information, visit www.sccsc.edu.