Both donors and scholars benefit from the Sampson Community College Foundation. For the donors, giving brings great reward and for the scholars, receiving brightens their educational opportunities.
According to Lisa Turlington, Sampson Community College's Foundation director, the primary function of the foundation is to raise funds for students' scholarships.
“This is an exciting time for us to be able to help people get an education,” Turlington asserted.
The foundation has awarded $70,000 in scholarship funds this year to various recipients. There were a total of 52 different scholarships available for the 2014-15 school year, with a total of 98 scholarship recipients.
Those recipients have expressed how very thankful and appreciative they are for the opportunities afforded to them through the giving of the donors.
“Every day our office receives notes of thanks and visits from students expressing appreciation for scholarships,” Turlington said.
To help celebrate giving by donors and the receiving by scholars, the Scholar-Donor Cookout will be held Sept. 9, a now annual event.
“The Scholar-Donor Cookout is a wonderful way for us to celebrate the achievements of our students and the generosity of our donors,” Turlington stressed.
One of the long-time donors to the foundation is GO Automotive. That company has been a supporter of the scholarship program since the formation of the SCC Foundation.
“We recognize the importance of an educated society and workforce,” GO owner Steve Stefanovich said. “It is my feeling that SCC is a vital part of our community and we all must support its efforts.”
Amanda James, recipient of the 2014-15 Swanton Newton Scholarship, is more than thrilled. James is a single mother, raising three school-aged children. Her goal is to become a registered nurse.
“I was very excited and fortunate to receive this scholarship,” James said. “This financial help has helped me a lot with my own dreams of becoming an RN.”
SCC president Dr. Paul Hutchins is a firm believer in the foundation and its efforts, too.
“I believe that the Sampson Community College Foundation Scholarship Program provides the means for many students the opportunity to achieve their educational goals,” Hutchins said. “I am grateful for the SCC Foundation's Board of Directors tireless efforts to raise scholarship funds to support our students.”