JSCC Foundation celebrates 40 years of helping students succeed

September 19, 2013

KENANSVILLE – The James Sprunt Community College Foundation hosted a reception on campus, Monday, Sept. 9 to mark 40 years of helping students succeed by providing scholarships established through contributions by individuals, business and industry and the community.

The event brought together faculty, staff, and Foundation board members as it also launched its on-campus fund drive for the upcoming year. Members of the JSCC male mentoring academy, The Scholarly Men of Success, served as greeters for the event.

Since the establishment of the scholarship program, over $900,000 has been awarded to deserving students pursuing their educational dreams. Approximately $50,000 has been provided for faculty and staff mini-grants along with other funding support for many other projects.

The Foundation’s golf tournament, which began in 1986, is its primary fundraising event, and has raised over $192,000 in support of student scholarships and other programs.

The James Sprunt Community College Foundation was officially chartered on Sept. 6, 1973 by the Board of Trustees of the then James Sprunt Technical College. This establishment was a formal acknowledgement of the need for private support to supplement limited public funds in education. The Trustees recognized that private funds were needed in order to allow the college to better serve students and the college community with financial aid, scholarships and other advancement programs.

James Sprunt Community College Foundation is a vital partner with James Sprunt Community College, school officials said. It is a partnership that extends far beyond the walls of the classrooms and borders of the college grounds. The foundation’s on-going commitment to assist the college in increasing its quality of programs and services, to provide additional financial assistance to deserving students, and to continue building a solid endowment for future needs, extends this partnership throughout Duplin County and communities across southeastern North Carolina.

Today the Foundation is able to distribute monies through an endowment of nearly $1 million. These distributions are made available to support student scholarships, programs supporting innovative teaching techniques, and other special institutional projects.

Although Sprunt is a state-assisted institution, educational funds provided by the state come with strict guidelines for their use. Many areas are in need of increased support such as student scholarships, special programs, equipment acquisition, and facilities development receive insufficient or no funding.

The range of opportunities and the quality of programs and services James Sprunt Community College can offer to students does not depend solely upon the amount of tax support it receives. Rather, it increasingly depends upon the level of private support generated from the community it serves. To assist JSCC with the development and maintenance of quality in education, the James Sprunt Community College Foundation must continue to seek an increased level of private support.

Support comes from community members like you. Your generous contributions will help provide an education to students with a thirst for knowledge and an ambition to contribute professionally to our communities.