About the SCC Foundation

A $10,000 contribution made by Jackson Savings Bank to the Southwestern Community College Student Success Campaign brings smiles all around to, left to right: Dr. Don Thomas, SCC president; Phyllis Morgan, JSB bank manager; Beth Maennle, SCC nursing student and Jackson County resident; Charles Wolfe, Campaign Chair; and Mary Otto Selzer, SCC Foundation director.

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.

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

At present, the Foundation is spearheading a challenge campaign entitled the Student Success Campaign. The U.S. Department of Education has provided SCC with a Title III challenge grant that will match the first $300,000 raised to establish an unrestricted endowment. The foundation has established a goal of raising at least $1.0 million to initially fund this important endowment.

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.

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. We have three endowments in progress at the moment where family and friends are working to fully endow scholarships in memory of loved ones. 

Bill Hambling of the Andy Shaw Ford team tees off at the SCC Foundation’s Fall Foursome last year. This year’s event, which raises money for scholarships, will be held at the Balsam Mountain Preserve.

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 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. A golf tournament is held each year to raise money for the Annual Fund.

Currently, the Foundation is establishing an unrestricted endowment called the Student Success Endowment. The goal is to raise over $1 million with the help of a challenge grant from the US Department of Education for $300,000 and support from the community. The earnings from this endowment will almost double the amount of money currently available for scholarships.