Foundation

About the SCC Foundation

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A group of college administrators stand with Harrah's Cherokee leaders to celebrate a scholarship
SCC leaders stand with Harrah's Cherokee Casinos leaders to celebrate the endowment of a scholarship.

Southwestern Community College Foundation was established in 1973. It exists solely to support the mission of SCC and is governed by a Board of Directors.

The Foundation receives unrestricted gifts through the Southwestern Community College Annual Fund, a yearly campaign to support the work of the foundation and the mission of College. The Foundation also receives restricted gifts to support students through the Student Emergency Fund and New Century Scholars Program

In addition, the Foundation solicits contributions from individuals, foundations and companies to establish endowed Named Scholarships, as well as provide annual scholarships.

The Foundation also works with individuals and their legal counsel in regard to their estate planning and estate gifts as they seek to create a legacy of helping students and support education (see 1964 Society).

Financial gifts to the Foundation allow SCC to maintain a level of excellence beyond that provided by state and local financial support. These gifts help fund many of the “essentials” of education, and allow SCC to keep pace with the ever expanding needs of our community.

Gift opportunities are also available in conjunction with the construction of our new Health Sciences Building, slated for completion in 2021. 

Scholarship Types:

Endowed scholarships are established by individuals wishing to provide long term, multi-generational support to students at SCC. For $15,000 or more, a scholarship is established and awarded based on the donors’ criteria, out of the earnings of their gift.  The entire $15,000 does not have be provided initially.  The commitment may be spread over time.

Some donors prefer to provide a gift every year to assist a student or students. Dogwood Crafters has been providing scholarship monies to the Foundation for close a decade to annually assist students with an interest in the arts and crafts areas of traditional mountain heritage.

The Foundation has an Annual Fund drive to raise money to assure a vibrant and financially strong Foundation. In most years, a portion of these funds is offered to students in the form of scholarships, faculty and staff mini-grants and other programmatic support.

The SCC Foundation is a 501c3 organization.  All gifts to the SCC Foundation are tax deductible as defined by IRS regulations.