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Montgomery Community College Foundation

2018-19 Scholarship Recipients

The Montgomery Community College Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to monetarily support the College's students and educational programs by providing resources above and beyond the minimal basic operating funds. The Foundation is organized to receive gifts of money and/or property through contributions from individuals, businesses, industries, civic organizations, and fundraising events.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of community leaders from across Montgomery County. These Directors review and plan the Foundation's operations; manage the gifts and funds, including investments; and approve the disbursement of all Foundation monies.

Donors

2018

Humanitarian of the Year 

FirstHealth Montgomery Foundation and FirstHealth of the Carolinas

 Fundraiser of the Year 

Mary Eileen Smitherman

  Pictured from L-R are: Jim Bulthuis (FirstHealth Foundation Board), Nancy Jenkins (FirstHealth Foundation Board), Beth Walker (FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial), Claudia Bulthuis (Montgomery CC Foundation Board), Chad Bledsoe (Montgomery CC President), Kerry Hensley (FirstHealth Foundation Board), Judy Stevens (FirstHealth Foundation Board), Craig Jones (FirstHealth Foundation Board), Dave Kilarski (FirstHealth of the Carolinas President), Kat McRae (FirstHealth Foundation Board), Bryan Hawkins (FirstHealth Foundation Board), Jamie Lariviere (FirstHealth Foundation Board), Carie O’Quinn (FirstHealth Foundation Board), Jean Abbott (MCC Foundation Board President), and Korrie Ervin (MCC Foundation Director). MCC Foundation Board member Claudia Bulthuis (L) presents the Fundraiser of the Year Award to Mary Aileen Smitherman Willis (R).

Montgomery Community College Foundation recognized FirstHealth Montgomery Foundation and FirstHealth of the Carolinas with the 2018 Humanitarian Award for their ongoing efforts to promote wellness in our community. The Humanitarian Award is presented to the individual or group which most exemplifies a spirit of goodwill and generosity not only to the benefit of Montgomery Community College, but the community at large.

Last year, through the Montgomery Active Recreation through Community Healthcare Engagements (MARCHES) program, FirstHealth Montgomery Foundation raised funds to build a walking trail on the campus of the Biscoe Community Center. MARCHES also provided a variety of activities including sports, games, cooking classes, gardening and more. MARCHES is a free, community-oriented project to promote healthier lifestyles for rural youth and their families to help fight childhood obesity and diabetes. The MCC Foundation 2018 Humanitarian Award was presented to FirstHealth Montgomery Foundation and FirstHealth of the Carolinas in recognition of their work in our community and their quest to make wellness available to everyone.

Montgomery Community College Foundation recognized Mary Eileen Smitherman Willis as its 2018 Fundraiser of the Year. The Willis family have been a generous supporter of the Foundation by establishing the Willis Endowed Scholarship and the Better Burger Endowed Scholarship. The Willises were always enthusiastic participants in MCC Foundation fundraising events. While their past support is recognized, this award was prompted by a unique fundraising opportunity provided last year by the Willis family. For the first time in the Foundation’s history, a matching grant up to $15,000 was created to encourage giving to the Foundation’s Annual Fund Drive. Funds donated by a certain date would be matched by the Willis family. Response to this was immediate and generous, therefore doubling the amount donated to the Foundation. The MCC Foundation 2018 Fundraiser of the Year Award was presented to Mary Aileen Smitherman Willis and family in recognition of this innovative and successful fundraising effort.

 

 

Annual Giving

2018 Annual Gifts 

Founder ($49,999+)

The Cannon Foundation, INC.


Leader ($10,000 - $15,999)

American Firearms and Shooting Foundation
Randolph Electric Membership Corp
Smitherman-Willis Endowment


Chairman's Club ($5,000 - $9,999)

NRA Foundation, Inc.
Sanders, Theodore


President's Club ($1,000 - $4,999)

Bledsoe, Chad
Bramch & Associates, Inc.
Brownells, Inc.
Bulthuis, Jim and Claudia
Capel, Gelynda T. and Arron W. E.
Dunlap, Katherine
First Bank
FirstHealth of the Carolinas
H.W. Culp Lumber Company, Inc.
Harris, Rick and Ivy
Hollers, Anna and Russell
Hussey, Paul and Donna
Jacob, John
Jordan Lumber & Supply, Inc.
Earl Leake (Friends In Focus)
Love Joy UMC
Love Joy United Methodist Women
McRae Industries, Inc.
Montgomery County Partnership for Children
North Carolina Community Foundation
Proctor, Richard and Jean
Smith, Beth and Dennis
Speer, Andy and Lesa
State of North Carolina
Troy Lumber Company, Inc.
Troy Ready Mix, Inc.
Wallace, Wade and Shelia
Whitesell, David and Leslie


Dean's Club ($500 - $999) 

Allen Brothers Timber Company
Boomerang Design
Carolina Farm Credit, ACA
Credle, Eric and Susan
Cupples, Clyde and Sharon
Dickson, Brady W. and Joan
Eggleston, Tom and Susan
Ellis, Betty F.
Ellis, James and June
Ellison, Cindy and Dwight
Erickson, Delbert and Myra
Friendly Chevrolet/Buick
Gardner, Andrew
Harris, Kathy
Haywood, Michele and David
Hunters Helping Kids
Johnson, Harriet and Michael
JR Mechanical (Richard Cody)
Knowles, Gordon and Susan
Martin, Samuel
Matheny, Jim and Sharon
McBride Lumber Company, LLC
Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Inc
Montgomery Motors
NC Forest Service
North Carolina Custom Knifemakers Guild
Saunders, Mike and Carolyn
Sechrest, Keith
Society of American Foresters, North Carolina Division
Troy Rotary Club
Uwharrie Lumber Company
Uwharrie Mercantile
Van Sinderen, Adrian and Jane
Wallace, Becky


Faculty Club ($100 - $499)

Abbott, Deyous and Jean
Absher, Phil
Alexi, Molly
Allen, James and Sissie
Allen, Jerry
Alt, Thomas
Anderson, Roy and Doris
Andy's Taxidermy
Ashby, Deborah
Asheboro Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center
Athay, Billy
Auman, Wade and Aimee
Bailey, Morgan
Barden, Deborah
Beaman, Riley and Amanda
Bear Insurance Service
Bennett, Larry
Bennett, Lesley and Janet
Better Burger
Bhutani, Shanta
BlackBoard
Blair, Jay
Blair, Karen and Friedman George
Blake, Tommy
Bond, Melisa and Anthony
Branch, Jeff
Brantley, Kayren
Britt's BBQ
Britt, Sandra
Brower, Jessica
Brown, Darlene
Bufmeyer's Art Restoration
Burns, Allison
Burris, Jessica
Byrd & Son, Inc.
Byrum, Jeff
Capel, Richard
Carrick, Jonathan
Central Lumber & Supply
Cesaro's Electric
Chesson, Mary and Boon
Chi Sigma Club
Cobb, Ryan and Deanna
Coley, Wayne
Collins, Mike
Conley, Charles
Covington, Paula
Criscoe, Mike
Dawson, Raymond and Dana
Deberry Land & Timber Inc.
Deberry, Steven and Brenda
Desco, Inc.
DeVita & Associates
Division of Eastern Star
Douglas, Debby
Dye, Mark
Edward's Wood Products
Ellis, Dale and Alisha
Epps, Donny and Lynn
Ervin, Korrie
Farrell, B.A.
Fidelity Bank
Fidelity Bank-Star/Biscoe
Fidler, James and Sandra
Flores, Edwin
Frick, Wanda
Frieary, Edward and Amy
Frye, Karen
Fuller, Ernest and Joyce
Garner & Williamson
Garner Smith, Kathy
Gibson, Robin
Gilbreath, George and Judith
Gilkey Lumber Company, Inc
Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council
Grant, Harry and Dail
Hamilton, Jessica
Hamilton, Kent and Susan
Hampton, Bryant
Hancox, Jordan
Hardin, Lance
Harris, Larry
Harris, Robert
Harvell, Opal
Harwood, Donna
Hatchel, Doni and Jeff
Hendley, Jean
Hensley, Kerry
Herron, Peter and Nancy
Hershberger, Susan and Kevin
Hinson, Edwin and Kathryn
Holton, Carol
Hudson, James
Hudson, Teresa and Wendell
Huneycutt, Matthew
Huntley, Rosemary and Joe
Hurley, Dylan
Jahns, Kenneth
Jeffrey Webb Construction, Inc
Jones, Renee
Jordan's Distribuing Company
Jordan, Jeff
Kennedy, Larry and Donna
Kerney, James
Kevin Thompson Logging
Kilby, Jane
King, Dennis
Kirk, Mary and Charles
Lamonds, Charles and Leigh
Lancaster, Kevin and Beth
Lassiter, Larry and Deloris
Lemonds, Joyce
Lemonds, Lewis
Lemons Backhoe & Loader Service
Little, Brian
Little, Mark
Little, Shandia
Luck, Tonya
Mabry, Marsha
Maness, Carl
Maness, Mamie and James
Marshall, Andrea
Martin, Ashlie
Mason, Shavier
McAllister, Lori
McBride Accounting Services
McBride, Jeanette and Ronald
McCaskill, Harlan
McDowell, Maxton
McKenzie, Peggy
McLean, Elizabeth
McLeod, Michael
McNeill, Billie
McNeill, Bruce and Linda
McRae, Gary and Kat
Miller, Chip and Sandra
Miller, Judy
Monroe, Fred
Montgomery County Ducks Unlimited, Chapter #134
Montgomery County Friends of NRA Committee
Montgomery County Schools
Montgomery Foods, Inc./Food King
Montgomery, County of
Moore Pines, LLC
Morgan, Ernest and Kelly
Morris, Donald and Ileine
Morris, Jackie and Ruth
Mt. Gilead Lions Club
Mudrick, Stephen and Joan
Munoz, Maria
Musika, Debbi
Mutarelli, Matthew
Nance, Alexis
New South Realty, Inc.
Newport Landowner Service
Niederhofer, Jamin
Norris, Mike
Optima Engineering
Owens, Tammy
Palmer, Wayne
Parsons, Brenda
Parsons, Connie and John
Parsons, Phyllis
Patillo, Marvin and Emily
Pearce, Ashleigh
Piehl, Don and Ann
Pierce Group Benefits, LLC
Pigford, Inc.
Poole, Carol
Price, Bill and Sarah
Pro Pallet South
Raffaldt, Pam
Ratcliff, Willie
Reitterer, Mary
Reynolds, Ray
Ritter, Brenda
River Wild
Roatch, Gay
Roberts Samsel, Anne
Ross, Ron
Ruffin, James and Lorre
Ruppert, Nancy
Russell, Aaron and Candace
Russell, David and Lynne
Sanchez, Diana
Scott, Amber
Seawell, Heather
Seven Oaks Supply Company, Inc.
Sharpe, Jim
Sheffield, Timothy
Sir Pizza
Slayton, John and Judith
Spencer, Wayne
Spivey, Cletus and Deborah
Spivey, James and Hazel
Stanly Interiors, Inc.
Starnes, Tommy
Steve's Auto Repair
Stewart, Benny and Carol
Strong, Russell and Sherry
Sweeney, Oliver and Wanda
Sydalack, Kavin
Taylor, Bud
Taylor, Marianne
Thomas, Crystal
Thompson, Michael
Thompson, Timothy and Tina
Tingen, Patricia
Tommy's BBQ
Town of Biscoe
Town of Troy
Troy Flower & Gift Shop
Uwharrie Builders
Vann, George and Stephanie
Vaughn, Wendy
Walker, Beth and John
Wallace-Dunn Heating & A/C, Inc.
Watkins, Christopher and Susan
Webb, Steven and Patricia
White Star Discount Pharmacy of Troy, Inc.
Whitener, Jim
Wilkes, Dot
Williams R. Huneycutt, CPA
Williams, Alexander
Wilson, Danna
Winfree, Natalie
Winn, Charles and Rosemary
Wyrick, Tracey
Yadkin Christian Ministries
Z.V. Pate, Inc.
Zeno's Italian Restaurant


Friends of the College ($1 - $99)

Andres, David and Renate
Atkinson, Will and Faye
Blake, Delores
Bowers, Gloria and John
Branch, Bruce and Virginia
Britt, David and April
Brown, Darin
Bunting, Rebekah
Day, Austin
Dozier, Win and Elizabeth
Fagan, Len
Floyd, Josh
Furr, Arthur
Goodwin, Rodney
Greene, Barney
Harris, Connie
Hattersley, Larry and Iris
Heath, Savannah
Hendrix, David
Holt, Cynthia
Housley, Tavia
Hussey, Paul and Thelma
Ingold, Vickie
Ingram, Russell
Inman, Maria
Johnson, Danny
Joyner, Mindy
Kern, Ann
Klass, David
Little, Shaquille
Maness, Robin
McDaniel, Jessica
Mesick, Dawn
Neal, Brittany
Nelson, Robert and Dana
Norton, Nancy and Michael
Peak, Bill and Karen
Phillips, Margie and Lanny
Poole, Lane
Richardson, Phillip and Susan
Russell, Kay
Sarks, Taylor
Schamu, Carl
Scott, Aaron
Shore, Ted
Smith, Bill
Smith, Brennan
South Piedmont Community College
Thomas, Claudette
Turner, Bruce and Ellen
Whippoorwill Enterprises
Wilder, Alice
Williams, David and Teresa


In Kind Donations

Asheville Arboretum
Batson, James
Campbell, Theresa
Carolina Panthers
Charlotte Ballet
Charlotte Hornets
Charlotte Knights
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Chrisco Pottery
Crystal King Pottery
Ferree, Mike and Beth
Flowers on Main
FN America, LLC
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Latham, Jessica
Martin, Hugh and Cindy
Montgomery Farm and Garden
Museum of Life and Science
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Owens, Mark
Pachmayer
Phil Morgan Pottery (Phil Morgan)
ProShots (Joshua Wilson)
STARworks (Nancy Gottovi)
Studio Elite
Sunbelt Service Pros (Charles Ferrell)
Turn & Burn
Tweetsie Railroad
US National Whitewater Center
Uwharrie Crystalline Pottery
Whynot Pottery
Winterfire Craft Gallery


Legacy Gifts

Dr. Chad Bledsoe
AirServe - Kenneth Cagle
In Memory of Kameron Kellam - Kimberly DeBerry
Pandora Dumas
Seagrove Lumber - Keith Seachrest & Phillip Seachrest
Troy Ready Mix, Inc. - James Macon
Midway Frame Shop - Candace Russell, Larry Seachrest & Tom Seachrest
McBride Lumber Company - Ronald McBride


Tributes

In Honor of

Mr. and Mrs. James Allen
Mr. Morgan Bailey
Mr. and Mrs. John Beard
Dr. Chad Bledsoe
Mrs. Paul Boone
Mr. and Mrs. Neilson Brown
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Chandley
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Christian
Glenda and Chuck Cook
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dickson
Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Duckworth
Mr. and Mrs. Carey Durham
Mr. and Mrs. George Hensley
Mrs. Charles Highsmith
Mrs. Herbert Holt, Jr.
Mary and Charles Kirk
Mrs. Carol Neilson
Mrs. John Norris
Dr. and Mrs. Dave Pittman
Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Reggie Ponder
Ms. Gay Russell
Mr. Grady G. Thomas, III
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Turner
Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Workman
Mr. and Mrs. Arron W.E. Capel
Dr. and Mrs. John Nichols Beard
Mr. and Mrs. Grady G. Thomas, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Arron W.E. Capel
Mr. Richard Capel
Grady G. Thomas III
Richard Capel
Mrs. Joyce Brown
B.A. Farrell
Mrs. Korrie Ervin
Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Van Sinderen

 

In memory of

Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Allen
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bulthuis
Muriel Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hussey
Susan McLeod
Ms. Kathy Harris
Dakota Snavely
Mr. and Mrs. Arron W.E. Capel
Christopher Wallace
Wayne Palmer
South Piedmont Community College
Ms. Becky Wallace
Alice Wilder
Mr. and Mrs. Arron W.E. Capel
Mr. and Mrs. Rick and Ivy Harris
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hattersley
Jean Hendley
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Morris
Mr. and Mrs. Nancy Norton
Mr. Harold Sharpe

 

Scholarships

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

Endowed scholarships are awarded each year based on the number of donors who have generously contributed at least $10,000 to the MCC Foundation. Scholarship Qualifications for endowed scholarships vary, based on the criteria set forth by the donor.

All Endowed Scholarships must:
• Complete a MCC Application
• Complete FAFSA
• Official transcripts and verification items complete with the FA office.
• Those eligible will be mailed an on-line scholarship application to complete.

NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS

Named scholarships are awarded each year based on the number of donors who have generously contributed at least $1,000 to the MCC Foundation. Scholarship qualifications for named scholarships vary, based on the criteria set forth by the donor.

All Named Scholarships must:
•    Complete a MCC Application
•    Complete FAFSA
•    Official transcripts and verification items complete with the FA office.
•    Those eligible will be mailed an on-line scholarship application to complete.

MONTGOMERY SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP 

The Montgomery Scholars Program was established to ensure that high school graduates in Montgomery County have access to financial assistance to attend Montgomery Community College. This is a two-year scholarship that is designed to follow the student through to a diploma and/or and associate degree.

Scholarships will include:
• In State tuition and fees for both Fall and Spring Semester (Summer if funding available).
• $250 credit towards books for both Fall and Spring Semester (as funding is available) 

To be eligible for the Montgomery Scholars Program:
• Student must be a resident of Montgomery County and achieved a high school diploma.
• Student must begin studies at MCC the calendar year of high school graduation.
• Student must complete FAFSA and be ineligible for Federal Financial Aid.
• Student must re-apply (listed below) for the second year of the scholarship.
• Student must be a full-time student (or on track to complete degree within two years).
• Student must meet Satisfactory Academic Policy guidelines (see financial aid handbook).

To apply:
• Student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 30 at www.fafsa.gov (Potentially eligible students will be awarded at High School Award Ceremony) (Instructions on how to receive the award will be included with the Certificate).

• Student must submit their official transcripts from high school, complete RDS and Admission requirements and complete their financial aid file with Tammy Owens (ext 614) in the MCC financial aid department between April 30- July 1.

• All potentially eligible students that have completed the first two steps by July 1 will receive a Montgomery Community College Foundation Scholarship Application to complete in their college student email. Students will be required to attend the MCC Scholarship Ceremony. All awards are based on a first come, first serve basis with the Priority Deadline of July 1 or until money has been expended. Apply early and meet all deadlines before funds are expended to other students!

To maintain Montgomery Scholars eligibility:
• Student must attend the Scholarship Awards Ceremony held in the Fall semester.
• Student must maintain a 2.0 Term GPA and must complete at least 67% of the courses attempted each term.
• Student must follow the Satisfactory Academic Policy (see financial aid handbook).
• Student must complete FAFSA each year of eligibility and follow application procedures each year as noted above.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Merit Scholarships are based solely on performance in the classes and are not based on income.  Merit Scholarship are given out in the Fall of your second year.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS AND RESOURCES

Other Scholarships & Resources
To apply:
•    Complete a MCC Application
•    Complete FAFSA
•    Official transcripts and verification items complete with the FA office.
•    Contact Financial Aid with questions regarding these awards.

MCC FOUNDATION GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS

General scholarships are awarded each year based on the earnings of the Foundation’s endowment. Currently, the MCC Foundation endowment is over $1 million. A typical MCC Foundation General Scholarship is $500 - $1,000. The award does not exceed the cost of tuition, books, and fees for any academic year.

Scholarship Qualifications:

Recipients must be North Carolina residents for tuition purposes as set forth by the North Carolina General Assembly. Priority will be given to Montgomery County residents first. Second priority will be given to residents of contiguous counties and then to all other state residents.

Applicants must have applied for the Federal Pell Grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and results received by the Financial Aid Office. Priority will be given to students ineligible for the Pell Grant and to those students requiring financial assistance to attend college.

The student must be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in a curriculum program and must maintain a G.P.A. at or above the level required for graduation.

Scholarship Information

ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIPS

Madeline and James B. Allen Endowed Scholarship: The Madeline and James B. Allen Endowed Scholarship has been awarded to a West Montgomery High School senior since the 2000-2001 academic year. This scholarship was established as a memorial to Madeline and James B. Allen, Sr. by their two children. Mrs. Madeline Allen was a dedicated and highly respected educator in the Montgomery County school system, and Mr. James B. Allen, Sr. was a successful local businessman and wholesaler. Their commitment to education and to the economic prosperity of the community lives on through the kind works and generous contributions of their children and their daughter-in-law.

American Custom Gunmakers Guild Education Endowment: Established by the American Custom Gunmakers Guild Education Foundation in 2015 this scholarship was set up specifically for students enrolled in the Gunsmithing Program.

American Firearms and Shooting Foundation Scholarships: These scholarships are merit-based and awarded to second-year Gunsmithing students that have successfully completed the application process and are recommended by their instructors.

Better Burger Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded with priority given to employees of Better Burger and the immediate family of employees. If no one from the priority category is available, the scholarship shall be awarded to a Montgomery County student. After the scholarship is awarded, the recipient must maintain scholarship grade requirements and attendance requirements.

Friedman Blair Endowed Scholarship: Ms. A. Karen Blair and husband George S. Friedman established this endowment for a Montgomery County student who is pursuing a degree or diploma in the Early Childhood Education Program. If no student is identified from the above program, the scholarship may be awarded to a student in the Associate in Arts program.

Drs. Joseph Reese Blair and Claudia B. Blair Endowed Scholarship: This memorial scholarship remembers the significant contributions made by Dr. Joseph Reese Blair II and his wife, Dr. Claudia Barton Blair. Together, the Drs. Blair dedicated their lives to advancing the medical profession and to using their resources for the betterment of humankind. In their careers, Dr. Joseph Blair was a U.S. Army Colonel and respected medical researcher. Dr. Claudia Blair was a pioneering pediatrician who served as chief of the pediatric clinic at Kirk Army Hospital in Aberdeen, Maryland. Outside of their livelihoods, the Blairs gave freely of their resources to fund educational endowments, donated land for construction of schools, hospitals, parks and churches, and volunteered their time to helping others.

Bulthuis Endowed Scholarship: Claudia Blair Bulthuis is a third generation patron of Montgomery Community College. After living and working in various parts of the country, Mrs. Bulthuis returned home to Troy. With her husband Jim, she has been a positive influence on the efforts to renovate and preserve downtown Troy. Their restorations of historic homes and business establishments in Troy have brought new vitality and beautification to the town.

Pat and Howard Burkart Endowed Scholarship: Pat and Howard Burkart were the owner/operators of the Troy McDonald’s Restaurant from its opening on May 3, 1990, to September 30, 2000, when “Mr. B” retired. They have always felt strongly about the value of education and the need to give back to the community. Establishing this scholarship was one way of acting in a positive manner on both of these beliefs.

Capel, Capel, and Hric Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarship: The Capel family has strong ties with Montgomery Community College. From leading the campaign to establish a college in the county, to providing financial support to the foundation, to volunteering their time and talents to fill many leadership roles on campus, the Capel family values education and strives to provide equal learning opportunities for all residents. Continuing this rich familial legacy of support, Richard and Arron W.E. Capel III, along with another longtime supporter of the college, Bruce Hric, founded the Capel, Capel, and Hric Endowment to provide scholarship assistance to Montgomery Community College students pursuing curriculum studies.

Capel Incorporated Endowed Scholarships: Founded in 1917 by A. Leon Capel Sr., Capel Inc. remains a family-owned and operated business that is America’s oldest and largest importer and manufacturer of area rugs. The company began when industrialization and machine power replaced horse-driven farm production. Mr. Capel transformed his Gee-Haw plow line company into a braided rug business. Still headquartered in Troy, the company operates facilities and sales offices around the world.

Gelynda T. Capel Scholarship Endowment: The endowment had its beginnings as a Christmas gift. In support of the newly-formed Montgomery County chapter of the North Carolina Community Foundation, Mrs. Gelynda Capel asked for a contribution to the charitable organization as a gift from her husband, Arron. This act of Christmas generosity, and subsequent contributions led to an endowed account with the Community Foundation. This scholarship is funded from that endowment.

Gelynda T. and Arron W.E. Capel Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarship: Mr. and Mrs. Arron Capel have long been charitable contributors and faithful supporters of Montgomery Community College. Their shared belief in the necessity and value of a quality education has been demonstrated repeatedly by their constant, and always kind, support of this college. Mrs. Capel served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1994-2014. She and Arron have two grown sons, Ron and Richard, and two grandchildren, Britton and Eli.

Chris Deaton, Jodie Noah, Brandon Simmons and Austin Williams Memorial Endowed Scholarship: This endowment fund, named in memory of Chris Deaton, Jodie Noah, Brandon Simmons, and Austin Williams was established by Pugh Funeral Home to provide scholarship assistance to students studying at Montgomery Community College. As the result of this generous gift, Sherrill Bumgarner and the staff of Pugh Funeral Home are creating a memorial scholarship to honor the lives of Chris Deaton, Jodie Noah, Brandon Simmons, and Austin Williams. This scholarship will continue the legacy of the college as a place of discovery, critical thinking, and educational excellence and a centerpiece for life-long learning for its students.

CommunityOne Bank Endowed Scholarship: Now known as CommunityOne Bank, this local area bank was chartered in 1907 as the First National Bank of Asheboro. In the 1980s, First National grew by expansion into Randolph’s contiguous counties and in 1990 changed its name to First National Bank and Trust Company to recognize its new trust and investment services. Since then CommunityOne has continued to grow and prosper, operating branch bank offices in communities from the Sandhills to the Triad and out to the western NC foothills. In addition, CommunityOne’s subsidiary partner provides mortgage services in the coastal areas of the state.

Earle and Jean Connelly Scholarship Endowment: This scholarship is awarded to a curriculum student at MCC with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher; priority is given to Montgomery County residents, and then to other legal North Carolina residents. This scholarship was established by a gift from the Connellys during the initial MCC Foundation fund drive. Since the passing of Mr. Connelly in 2015, monetary gifts continue to be received by family and friends to the Earle and Jean Connelly Endowment, one of the Montgomery County funds of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

Brady and Joan Dickson Endowed Scholarship: Brady and Joan Dickson are well respected for the economic, political and charitable contributions they have made to Montgomery County. As former owners and operators of Standard Packaging, the Dicksons built one of the area’s largest and most successful companies. Mr. Dickson also served with distinction on the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, the Montgomery County Fund, the MCC Foundation Board, and the boards of private firms. Both Joan and Brady remain active in fund raising events, such as the FirstHealth Montgomery Foundation.

*Win & Elizabeth Dozier Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was established as to provide scholarship assistance to students studying at Montgomery Community College.

DTE Energy Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship will enable students that meet the financial need criteria to be able to pursue an education in Montgomery Community College’s Electrical Systems Technology Program.

*The James L. Dunlap, Sr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship: James L. Dunlap, Sr., born in Star, was the first in his family to attend college. After graduating from Clemson, he rose to vice president of engineering at Sonoco Products Company in Hartsville SC. Some of the machines Mr. Dunlap designed are still in use. In retirement, Mr. Dunlap loved woodworking, growing vegetables, hunting, fishing, and family activities. He believed that people who try can get ahead.

Matt Ellis Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was created in memory of Matt Ellis by friends and family. Matt graduated in 2004 from Montgomery Community College with a degree in Forest Management Technology. He served as member of the Laurel Hill Volunteer Fire Department, the Stewartsville Volunteer Fire Department, the Laurinburg Fire Department and the Southern Pines Fire Department. He also served our country as a contract fireman in Iraq.

Blanche Bray Farlowe Endowed Scholarship: Born in Robbins in 1911, Blanche Bray Farlowe exemplifies the virtues of perseverance, strong faith, determination, and resourcefulness. It is the intent of this scholarship to provide opportunities to students that were not available in her day and to encourage students to appreciate a country made strong, not by entitlement, but by democracy and hard work.

Fidelity Bank Endowed Scholarships: Created and capitalized with an initial outlay of $7,500 in the summer of 1909, Fidelity Bank has grown into a 1.3 billion dollar financial institution. Fidelity Bank owns and operates 69 branch offices in 26 counties in North Carolina and Virginia. The bank has a long history of serving the needs of its customers and protecting their money. A fine example is the leadership of J. Edgar Maness, who served Montgomery County for 36 years. Twice, Mr. Maness risked personal safety by chasing would-be bank robbers. Likewise, Mr. Maness’ dedication to his customers did not stop at the bank’s door. Though officially closed on New Year’s Day, Mr. Maness was renowned for accepting deposits at his home from superstitious customers who believed that good luck for the year was dependent on making a New Year’s Day deposit. The Fidelity Bank endowment at Montgomery Community College currently funds four merit-based curriculum scholarships.

First Bank Endowed Scholarships: Since 1935, First Bank has provided the residents and businesses of Montgomery County with helpful financial solutions. That first car. A college loan. A new home. A business venture. They’ve enjoyed helping dreams come true for thousands of friends and neighbors for over 70 years, and our long-standing commitment to providing exceptional community service will remain at the heart of their business practice for generations to come. So, it’s with great pride that they award these special scholarships to deserving students from our community.

First Bank Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarships: This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of a Montgomery County High School. The student must begin studies the year of high school graduation and must maintain full-time status with degree or diploma objectives.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas Endowed Scholarships: FirstHealth of the Carolinas is a private, not-for-profit health care provider that serves fifteen counties in the mid-Carolinas and includes three hospitals: Montgomery Memorial, Richmond Memorial and the flagship Moore Regional. FirstHealth offers a multi-disciplined continuum of care while providing one of the region’s most comprehensive health care networks. The core purpose at FirstHealth is to care for people while also working toward the 2020 Vision of Working Together, First in Quality, First in Health. The core purpose and 2020 Vision are operationalized through FirstHealth’s comprehensive range of services in Montgomery County including inpatient, outpatient and emergency services at Montgomery Memorial as well as a Center for Rehabilitation, Breast Health Program, Sleep Disorders Center, Wound Care Center, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Senior Life Solutions and Billing Adviser Program. Other FirstHealth services in Montgomery County include a Center for Health and Fitness, EMS, Family and Internal Medicine Clinic, Montgomery Surgical Center, Dental Care Clinic, Home Care, Hospice and Palliative Care, Smoking Cessation Program, Medication Assistance Program and the FirstHealth Montgomery Foundation.

Growler Group Endowed Scholarship: The Growler Group Scholarship was established to provide scholarship assistance to students studying at Montgomery Community College with particular attention to studies in technical/vocational training for employees or children of employees within the Growler Family of Companies. Carolina Growler is located in Star and American Growler in Robbins, North Carolina and it is the hope of the company that the recipient of the scholarship will be afforded the opportunity to achieve their educational dream.

Grady and Alvis Goforth Boy Scouts and Venture Crew Endowed Scholarship: The Goforths’ passion for community involvement, education and scouting was the impetus for their legacy gift to the MCCF. Through this scholarship, the Goforth family seeks to promote the virtues of hard work, commitment and friendship. This scholarship is awarded to an active member of either Boy Scouts of America or the Venture Crew and a recent graduate from a Montgomery County high school. Recipient is chosen based on involvement in the Scouts or Venture Crew, high school grade point average and community involvement. Recipients must maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0 and full time status with degree or diploma objectives.

Margaret and Herbert C. Green Forestry Endowment: This endowment is named in memory of Margaret & Herbert C. Green by Patricia G. Fish and Gustaff V. Fish Jr. The Greens were educators in Montgomery County for many years. They were both dedicated to their teaching careers and enjoyed working with young people. Margaret taught 4th grade in the Troy schools and Herbert taught agriculture and horticulture at Troy High School and West Montgomery High School. He enjoyed his work as he shared his love of farming, animals and plants with hundreds of students throughout the years. As he believed strongly in reforestation of land, he and his students planted thousands of pine trees throughout Montgomery County during the 1950s and 1960s.

Alan Gutschmit Early Childhood Endowed Scholarship: Student must be a graduate of East or West Montgomery High School and plan on majoring in Early Childhood Education. Student must maintain full-time status with degree or diploma objectives. Student must begin studies the year of high school graduation. Student will agree to accept other scholarship funding if available. Student must complete appropriate applications following college guidelines and timelines.

Steve Hamilton Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Steve Hamilton was a long-time employee at Montgomery Community College. He was well-loved by all who worked with him. Steve is fondly remembered and deeply missed by the MCC family of faculty and staff. The Steve Hamilton scholarship was started by the MCC Staff Senate and the scholarship fund has been embraced and financially supported by Steve’s family. Steve loved the outdoors, was especially fond of fishing and will be remembered for his willingness to always help others and for his ever-present sense of humor.

Wanda and Michael Hamilton Memorial Nursing Scholarship Endowment: This memorial fund was endowed to provide scholarship assistance to students studying in the Montgomery Community College nursing curriculum. The Hamilton family supports a health sciences program that emphasizes the personal as well as the professional aspects of nurse education. Respecting the dignity of the individual while providing state-of-the-art medical care, is the shared vision of Montgomery Community College and the Hamilton family. Through this endowment, nursing students graciously benefit from the lives of and the love for Wanda and Michael Hamilton.

Hartley and West Memorial Endowment: Adrian and Jane Van VanSinderen established this endowment in honor and memory of Elton K. and Lucille M. Hartley and Helen West.

Dr. Charles Highsmith Nurses Scholarship Endowment: This scholarship supports average or above average students of Montgomery County who are pursuing higher education leading to a Practical Nurse diploma at Montgomery Community College.

Anna Hollers Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of a Montgomery County High School. The student must begin studies the year of high school graduation and must maintain full-time status with degree or diploma objectives.

Gilbert A. “Sonny” Holt Memorial Nursing Scholarship Endowment: This memorial fund was endowed to provide scholarship assistance to students studying in the Montgomery Community College nursing curriculum. The Holt family supports a health sciences program that emphasizes the personal as well as the professional aspects of nurse education. Respecting the dignity of the individual while providing state-of-the-art medical care is the shared vision of Montgomery Community College and the Holt family. Through this endowment, nursing students graciously benefit from the life of and the love for Gilbert “Sonny” A. Holt.

Samantha B. Hussey Memorial Endowed Scholarship: This endowment fund, named in memory of Samantha B. Hussey, was established by her parents, friends and classmates to honor her life and provide scholarship assistance a to student studying at Montgomery Community College. The Husseys are truly a part of the MCC family as both parents, Paul and Marie, their son, Patrick, and daughter, Sam, have attended here.

*William “Billy” Johnson Jr. Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is established in memory of William H. Johnson, Jr., or Billy as he was known to so many people that loved him and is awarded to a student in the Gunsmithing, Forestry, or Criminal Justice program.

Jordan Lumber Endowed Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to a curriculum student enrolled at least half-time. The student must maintain a G.P.A. required for graduation.

Jordan Lumber Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of a Montgomery County High School. The student must begin studies the year of high school graduation and must maintain full-time status with degree or diploma objectives.

Joan and Frank Kersey Endowed Scholarship: For two decades, Mr. Frank Kersey dedicated his time and talents to the honorable position as mayor of the town of Star. During those years he also worked as vice president of manufacturing with Clayson Knitting Company. Under the Kersey administration, Star was able to build and pay for a new town municipal building to house town offices, the fire, and police departments, and to serve as conference space for use by local clubs and civic organizations. Mr. Kersey was also a member of the MCC Board of Trustees in the 1980s and 90s. Mrs. Joan Kersey was an active leader in the Star community, the Methodist church, and the Star/Biscoe Woman’s Club. Her untimely death left a deep void in the hearts of the community.

Mary P. and Charles T. Kirk Endowed Scholarship: First awarded during the 2001-02 academic year, this scholarship was established by the president of Montgomery Community College, Mary P. Kirk, as a gesture of commitment to the college faculty and staff. As 100% of all MCC employees contribute to the annual fund drive, President Kirk’s desire was to say thank you for all the support and hard work put forth by the MCC family.

Gordon and Susan Knowles Endowed Scholarship: Preference given to a student enrolled in programs that support skills trades, i.e. Electrical Systems Technology, Industrial Systems Technology or new programs as developed by Montgomery Community College.

Hilda Lee Endowed Scholarship: This endowment fund was established to provide scholarship assistance to Montgomery Community College students studying for a career in education or health care fields. Ms. Lee supports programs that help provide students “the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise,” and shares the vision that Montgomery Community College is a place of discovery, critical thinking, and educational excellence.

Bill and Patsy Maness Family Endowed Scholarships: Awarded to a curriculum student in the Forestry program and to a student enrolled in a four-year college transfer program. Students must be enrolled at least half-time and maintain a G.P.A. as required for graduation. These are merit-based scholarships. Recipients are chosen based on their performance in the classroom and upon their contributions to the field of study.

Brittany C. Maness Honorary Endowed Scholarship: This endowment fund named in honor of Brittany C. Maness and established by Mrs. Patsy Maness to provide scholarship assistance to students studying at Montgomery Community College. This endowed scholarship is being created to honor the scholastic achievements of Miss Brittany Maness, daughter of Billy and Carla Maness, and granddaughter of Mrs. Patsy Maness. This scholarship will continue the legacy of the college as a place of discovery, critical thinking and educational excellence and a centerpiece for life-long learning for its students.

Branson and Lorraine McRae Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of a Montgomery County High School. The student must begin studies the year of high school graduation and must maintain full-time status with degree or diploma objectives.

Claire Menard Students Helping Students Endowment: At the 2007 Montgomery Community College Foundation Raffle, the winning “money bag” was chosen by Claire Menard, daughter of MCC instructor Bob Menard. Ms. Menard’s enthusiastic display after winning the $5,000 prize warmed the hearts of all the raffle guests and participants. Characteristic of her father’s dedication and devotion to Montgomery Community College, Ms. Menard choose to return the prize money to the foundation. Touched by the Menards’ gesture and generosity, the foundation board of directors elected to match the funds donated back to the college with equal proceeds earned from the raffle. The newly established $10,000 endowment was directed toward a cause firmly embraced by Claire’s father: hiring student tutors to assist their fellow students with technology-related studies. The Claire Menard Students Helping Students Endowment pays an annual allocation to the business technologies department for the purpose of hiring student tutors.

MidwayUSA Endowed Firearms Fund: This is a permanent endowment fund to continue to update MCC’s Gunsmithing Program instructional firearms inventory.
Montgomery Community College Foundation General Endowed Scholarships and Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarships: Chartered in 1967, MCC celebrates providing degree, diploma and certificate programs which prepare students for the demands of the workforce. In 1996, the initial MCC Foundation fund drive was begun to endow these MCC scholarships. From the very first dollars collected to today’s continued support of these scholarships by the community, as well as by the college faculty and staff, the MCC Foundation has been dedicated to helping students attain their educational goals. In addition to the general scholarship funds, the MCC Foundation is proud to offer the Montgomery Scholars Fund. This fund provides scholarships to recent graduates of a Montgomery County High School. The Montgomery Scholars program hopes to be able to cover the tuition costs of any recent Montgomery County High School graduate who is unable to pay for their education.

Montgomery Insurance Scholarship Endowment: Through this scholarship, the Hudson family and Montgomery Insurance will support students enrolled in programs that emphasize the personal, as well as the professional aspects of their chosen field. Priority is given to a graduate of a Montgomery County High School and whose family has a client relationship with Montgomery Insurance.

Montgomery Motors Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of a Montgomery County High school. The student must begin studies the year of high school graduation and must maintain full-time status with degree or diploma objectives.

M. W. (Bill) Mullinix, Sr. and Nancy Hulin Mullinix Endowed Scholarship: The recipient must be enrolled in Practical Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Associate in Arts or Associate in Science program with the intention of pursuing a nursing or teaching career. The student must be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in a curriculum program and must maintain a G.P.A. at or above the level required for graduation. The award may be used for tuition, books, fees or any other expenses incurred by the student for educational purposes.

Riley and Marilyn Phillips Endowed Scholarship: As third-generation owners of Phillips Funeral Home, Riley and Marilyn Phillips recognize the need for quality education and community service. Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to students planning on obtaining a four-year degree and who show promise of academic success and qualification denoting character and leadership.

Fred H. and Louise A. Powell Endowed Scholarship: The Fred H. and Louise A. Powell Endowed Scholarship was established by Dr. Mary Kirk in memory of her parents. Although her parents never had the opportunity to attend college, they dreamed that their children would receive a college education. Dr. Kirk fulfilled their dream as a first-generation college student and established this endowed scholarship in eternal appreciation for their love, support and determination. This scholarship is to be awarded to a full-time student in any program of study that maintains a 3.0 GPA or higher with demonstrated need.

Progress Energy Endowed Scholarships and Progress Energy Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarship: Progress Energy is a Fortune 250 energy company headquartered in Raleigh that serves over 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and in Florida. The 2006 winner of the prestigious Edison Electric Institute’s Edison Award, Progress Energy won the industry’s highest honor for its operational excellence. Equally important is the emphasis Progress Energy has placed on providing quality customer service, and this commitment to serving the consumer- customer enabled Progress Energy to be the first utility company to win the coveted JD Power Founder’s Award. Award-winning, innovative, and committed to the customer, Progress Energy is reshaping the future of energy and energy consumption.

*Jesse T. “Jack” Pugh Memorial Endowed Scholarship: An Asheboro native, Jack was past president and owner of Pugh Funeral Homes. In 1967 the Troy Funeral home was purchased from Mr. Gene Reynolds. Jack remained actively involved in the family business until his death in October 2003. Active in community affairs, he served on the City of Asheboro Planning Board, Randolph County Aging Services Planning Committee, Randolph County Senior Adult Association Board and the NC Senior Citizens Association Board. He served two terms (1975-1978) in the North Carolina General Assembly as a representative for Randolph County and until his death he was a representative for Randolph County in the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature.

Quik Chek Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of a Montgomery County High school. The student must begin studies the year of high school graduation and must maintain full-time status with degree or diploma objectives.

Quik Chek Scholarship Endowment: The Quik Chek Scholarship comes to MCC from the North Carolina Community Foundation. The scholarship was established by Win and Elizabeth Dozier, then owners of the Quik Chek chain of convenience stores. In addition to their business interests and their contributions to the economic prosperity of Montgomery County, the Dozier family has participated in and served on numerous charitable and educational interests, including Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees, FirstHealth, the Montgomery Fund, and the Warrior Athletic Group. The Quik Chek Scholarship is awarded to a student studying in a business-oriented curriculum program.

Randolph Electric Membership Corporation Endowed Scholarship: Recipient must be a member of Randolph Electric Membership Corporation or the child of a Randolph Electric Membership Corporation member. Must be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in a curriculum program and maintain a G.P.A. at or above the level required for graduation. The award may be used for tuition, books, fees or any other expenses incurred by the student for educational purposes.

Betty M. Reynolds Endowed Scholarship: Mrs. Betty M. Reynolds was a long-time employee of the company that is now known as EMBARQ. This scholarship was established by the phone company and named to honor Mrs. Reynolds for her generosity, commitment to others, and her contributions in the workplace. For more than 30 years, Mrs. Reynolds served in various capacities at the phone company’s offices in Candor, Mt. Gilead, Troy, and Asheboro. Mrs. Reynolds is fondly remembered by coworkers for her help in organizing and preparing the warm and elaborate dinners held each Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter at the company offices for their employees. Mrs. Reynolds’ coworkers, friends, and family continue to support this scholarship fund. Mrs. Reynolds passed away in 2018.

Clay Vance Richardson Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Awarded to college freshman. Recipient must maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. First priority is given to Montgomery County residents, then to other legal North Carolina residents.

Brenda Chriscoe Ritter Endowed Scholarship: A group of dedicated educators founded this scholarship to pay honor to Brenda Chriscoe Ritter who, at the time, was battling cancer. Mrs. Ritter was successful in her fight with cancer, and the scholarship today celebrates her life as a career educator in the public school system. The preferred recipient is an adult student who is a mother with a dependent child.

James Eugene and Anne Roberts Samsel Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who has graduated from a Montgomery County School with a diploma of High School Equivalency, preferably with a disability or special need. This is the second endowment that Ms. Roberts-Samsel has set up for students at Montgomery Community College.

Frank Tedder and Edith Whicker Roberts Endowed Scholarship: Frank Tedder Roberts and Edith Whicker Roberts both taught at the Mount Gilead School in the early 1950s. Frank Roberts was a vocational/agricultural teacher, and Edith Roberts taught sixth grade. This scholarship is endowed by their daughter Anne Roberts Samsel to support programs that help provide students “the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise” and shares the vision that Montgomery Community College is a place of discovery, critical thinking, and educational excellence.

Woodrow W. Robinson Scholarship Endowment: Recipient must be an enrolled, second-year Forest Management Technology student at MCC, and must maintain a 2.5 or better G.P.A. Recipient must use the scholarship to pay for tuition and fees. Applicants must complete a program-specific scholarship application, available upon request.

Johnny Russell Endowed Scholarship: Mr. Russell was born to Charles and Alice Russell in 1921 in Troy, NC, one of seven brothers and sisters. He graduated from Star School and worked for Hudson-Belk and Moore’s department stores in Asheboro briefly before going to Newport News, VA to work in shipbuilding. In 1942 he entered the Marine Corps and served three-and-a-half years on board the USS Hermitage as it sailed around the world transporting WW II troops. In 1945, Mr. Russell returned to Montgomery County, married Connie Harvelle of Asheboro, started a hosiery mill, and raised three children in Mt. Gilead. He served on the Mt. Gilead Town Board from 1950 to 1954 and also helped to organize a county-wide volunteer Fire Commission during this period. For 30 years he was a volunteer fireman serving as chief for about 25 of those years, and was instrumental in the building of two fire stations and the purchase of numerous fire trucks and equipment. Mr. Russell was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner, a member of the American Legion and served on the Mt. Gilead School and West Montgomery High School Boards. A Civitan since the early 50s, he had also been president of that club. As a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, he served prominently on its building committee and other committees through the years. Mr. Russell passed away in 2001.

J. Paul Russell Endowed Scholarship: Mr. J. Paul Russell was the owner and operator of Russell Hosiery, one of the largest employers in the area during the era of the textile mills. With his wife Blanche, Mr. Russell operated the textile mill locally and a sales office in New York. The Russells were also active members in both the church and in the community. Their leadership and generosity helped to fund, build, and maintain many of our local public institutions. Mr. Russell served as a county commissioner, on the hospital board, and also as the President of the Central North Carolina Boy Scout Council.

Zane Simmons Endowed Scholarship: Pursuit of Excellence: Through the efforts of Chad and Beverly Dickson, an exhibit was organized honoring the artistic talents of the late Zane Simmons, former art instructor at Montgomery Community College. As a result of those efforts, an endowment was established in Zane Simmons’ memory. This scholarship is awarded to the student who has consistently demonstrated creative or scholarly activity pursuing excellence in his/her specific discipline. Recipients must be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in a curriculum program with priority given to Montgomery County residents. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books or other academic costs.

*Andy Speer Taxidermy Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship endowment fund was established to provide scholarship assistance to students studying at Montgomery Community College in the Taxidermy program.

Springs Industries Endowed Scholarship: Founded in 1887 by Samuel White in Fort Mill, South Carolina, Springs Mills has grown to become Springs Global, the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of home furnishings. Locally, Springs Industries operated a 300,000 square foot facility in Biscoe. The mill closed in 2002, ending a 95-year presence in Montgomery County. While the loss of jobs and the negative impact on the local tax base hurt the county, the closing of the mill did help focus attention on the need for higher education in order to compete in the 21st-century marketplace. The scholarship today serves as a reminder of the need to change and adapt, as well as an opportunity to help facilitate that process of growth and assimilation into the new millennium’s economy.

Stanly Regional Medical Center Endowed Scholarship: For 57 years, Stanly Regional Medical Center has distinguished itself as the region’s premier not-for-profit health care provider. Stanly Regional has emerged as a state-of-the-art community medical center with a growing number of patients seeking the medical center’s unique blend of expertise and personal attention. Accredited by the Joint Commission, Stanly Regional is governed by a volunteer board of directors from both Stanly and Montgomery counties. Its main campus is a 119-bed medical facility consisting of 97 general acute beds, 10 rehabilitation beds, and 12 behavioral health beds. With a staff of professionals using the latest medical treatments and technology, Stanly Regional offers advancement in cancer treatment, imaging, rehabilitation, women’s services and more. Mt. Gilead Medical Services, Troy Medical Services, Home Care of the Carolinas and Alliance Medical, Inc., all of which are Stanly Regional affiliates, have provided services in Montgomery County for many years.

Kelly Stafford, Emily Hamilton, Stacey Stafford and Daniel Hamilton Honorary Endowed Scholarship: At the 2012 Montgomery Community College Foundation Raffle, the winner of the $5,000 grand prize was Mr. and Mrs. C. Lowell Russell. The Russells immediately turned the prize back to the MCC Foundation to begin a new scholarship in honor and named for their grandchildren. The foundation board of directors elected to match the funds with equal proceeds earned from the raffle to fully endow the scholarship.

*Strong/Thompson Excellence in Forestry Scholarship: This is a new scholarship started by two of MCC’s forestry instructors, Russell Strong and Mike Thompson, to support students pursuing education in the Forest Management Technology Program.

Grady G. Thomas Memorial Endowed Scholarship: In 1996, Georgelyn B. Thomas endowed a scholarship in memory of her husband, Grady G. Thomas. The Thomases lived in Charlotte and were the parents of Grady G. Thomas, Jr., Darlene T. Beard, and Gelynda T. Capel, Former Chairman of the Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees.

Frederick Leslie Taylor Memorial Endowed Scholarship: This endowment fund is named in memory of Frederick Leslie Taylor, a former member of the Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees from 1967 through 1977. As the result of this endowed scholarship, David Whitesell, also a former member of the college’s board of trustees and his wife, Leslie Whitesell, daughter of Frederick Leslie Taylor, are continuing the legacy of the college as a place of discovery, critical thinking, educational excellence and a centerpiece for life-long learning for its students.

Uwharrie Environmental Montgomery Scholars Program Endowed Scholarship: Uwharrie Environmental is owned and operated by Republic Services, Inc. Republic Services is a leading provider of services in the domestic, non-hazardous solid waste industry. Operating in 21 states, Republic has over 13,000 employees and is active nationally in the support of the American Red Cross and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Republic Services also is an advocate for the homeless, humane societies, and biomedical research. Locally, Uwharrie Environmental supports many local charities, civic and fundraising events.

Harold and Carolyn VanDerveer Nursing Assistant Scholarship Endowment: This fund was endowed to provide scholarship assistance to students studying in the Montgomery Community College Nursing Assistant Program. The VanDerveers support a health sciences program that emphasizes the personal, as well as the professional, aspects of health care. Respecting the dignity of the individual, while providing state-of-the-art medical care, is the shared vision of Montgomery Community College and the VanDerveers.

Becky W. and Eben R. Wallace Jr. Criminal Justice Endowed Scholarship: Becky and Eben Wallace served many years in the law enforcement profession. Eben Wallace was a highly-respected sheriff of Montgomery County and also served as Chief Investigator for the North Carolina Department of Insurance. Becky Wallace served as a town officer, a deputy sheriff, a state law enforcement agent, and as the first and only female U.S. Marshall in North Carolina. She is also an alumni of Montgomery Community College. This scholarship is awarded to a student studying in the Criminal Justice program.

John and Goldie Wallace Endowed Scholarship: John Wallace served as President and CEO of First Bank. Under his leadership, which began with his appointment to President in 1965, First Bank expanded beyond its Troy offices to open branches across the county and then beyond to neighboring communities. Mr. Wallace’s intuitive knowledge of finance and his skillful use of acquisitions allowed First Bank to become the regional corporation that exists today. Mrs. Goldie Wallace continued her husband’s legacy by serving as a director with First Bancorp. She was also active in the community, with fundraising and philanthropic causes, and served on the Montgomery Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

Willis Endowed Scholarship: Priority will be given to students ineligible for the Pell Grant and to those students requiring financial assistance to attend college. Must be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in a curriculum program. Must maintain a G.P.A. at or above the level required for graduation. The award shall not exceed the cost of tuition, books, and fees for any academic year.

Matthew and Kim Woodard Endowed Scholarship: Matthew and Kim Woodard established this endowment in appreciation for having the opportunity to live and work in Montgomery County.

NAMED SCHOLARSHIPS

Bear Paw Rifle Merit Scholarship: This merit scholarship was established by former Gunsmithing student Del Erickson. Recipients of the scholarships are second-year gunsmithing students with priority given to a student wishing to pursue their own gunsmithing business.

Brownells Gunsmithing Scholarships: The student must be enrolled at least on a half-time basis in the Gunsmithing program and must maintain a G.P.A. at or above the level required for graduation. The scholarship will be issued once in the spring semester and the candidate will be recommended by the Gunsmithing instructor. The award may be used for tuition, books, fees or any other expenses incurred by the student for educational purposes.

Chi Sigma Club Scholarship: This named scholarship is awarded each year based on financial need.

The Child Study Club Scholarship: The Child Study Club is an organization of twenty-five women that was founded in 1934 with the mission to improve the lives and educational opportunities of children. The club’s motto became, “Healthier, Happier Children,” and while this is still a primary mission of the club, the range and impact of the club’s charitable outreach has grown to encompass children of all ages. The Child Study Club holds two major fundraising events each year. The proceeds from these events go to fund scholarships, support foster kids’ programs, support local libraries, and make financial contributions to local fire and rescue squads, the Peabody Center, the Montgomery County Theatre Group, senior adults, and the Troy Beautification Committee.

CW Gunsmithing Merit Scholarship: This merit scholarship was established by former gunsmithing student Wade Wallace. The recipient of the scholarship must be in the second year of the gunsmithing program have a 3.0 GPA and in good standing with instructors.

Early Childhood Program Merit Scholarship: This merit scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to Montgomery Community College students that are 2nd year Early Childhood program students.

Friends of the NRA Scholarships: This scholarship is funded by the North Carolina Friends of the NRA. Merit based scholarships are issued for the current academic year, both for the fall and for the spring semester. The award may be used for tuition, books, fees or any other expenses incurred by the student for educational purposes.

J. and M. Hickman Scholarship: Jacob & Margaret Hickman moved to Troy in 1952 and opened Troy Ice and Fuel. They worked in the ice business for 50 years and when they retired they owned 14 ice plants in five states.

Hunters Helping Kids Merit Scholarship: This merit based scholarship is awarded to a qualified student in the Criminal Justice, Forest Management Technology, Gunsmithing, Shooting and Hunting Sports Management or Taxidermy Program.

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Landon Scholarship: This scholarship is established by Mrs. Anna Hollers in honor of her grand parents and will be used to assist with tuition in the current curriculum year.

Bernice McRae Memorial Scholarship: This Named Scholarship was created when Ms. McRae remembered Montgomery Community College in her will. She wanted to be able to help others.

Minority Male Mentoring Scholarship: This is a merit scholarship awarded to a Minority Male Mentoring Program participant seeking an Associate Degree in a curriculum program. Student selection will be based upon the recommendation from the Coordinator of the Minority Male Mentoring Program, Club Advisor, and the Minority Male Program Advisory Board.

Morgan-Hutchison Scholarship in Arts and Sciences: Awarded to any full- or part-time student in good standing at Montgomery Community College who has already earned a minimum of twelve credit hours and has maintained a continuous minimum 2.0 G.P.A. Student must be enrolled or dual-enrolled as an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science major and as such, must intend to transfer to a four-year university. The scholarship may be used for tuition, fees, books or other academic costs when other forms of financial aid prove insufficient to cover need.

NRA Foundation Scholarships: The NRA Foundation Scholarship is established to provide tuition assistance to students studying at Montgomery Community College enrolled in the Gunsmithing Program. It is the hope of the NRA Foundation that the recipient of the scholarship will be afforded the opportunity to achieve their educational dream.

Theodore C. Sanders Gunsmithing Scholarship: Mr. Sanders participated in a short term NRA class at MCC in the summer of 2012. He was so inspired by the college and NRA teaching staff that he started this merit gunsmithing scholarship to help defray the costs of the program for qualified students.

Sandhills Dental Assistant Society Scholarship: This scholarship was established to provide scholarship assistance to students studying at Montgomery Community College with particular attention to studies in Dental Assisting. The SDAS (Sandhills Dental Assistants Society) covers Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Stanly counties. It is the hope that the recipient of the scholarship will be afforded the opportunity to achieve their educational dream.

Bruce Turner Continuing Education Scholarship: In recognition and in honor of Bruce Turner, this scholarship has been established for students enrolling in Continuing Education classes at Montgomery Community College. These scholarships are awarded each semester based on need at time of registration for Continuing Education classes.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

Montgomery Community College Student Ambassador Scholarships: The Student Ambassador program involves an honorary group of students who participate in public relations activities for the college. Recipients must possess and maintain a G.P.A. of at least 3.0, full-time enrollment status, visible display of leadership, friendliness, effective communication skills, and good standing in the community.

Montgomery Community College Student Government Association President’s Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to the President of the Student Government Association and may be used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies.

The State Employees Credit Union Foundation Scholarship: The State Employees Credit Union was founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to providing state employees with an accessible means for borrowing monies at fair and reasonable rates of interest. Since its inception, the success of the cooperative union has led to its growth, and today the SECU offers members a full range of financial services. The SECU funds two $5,000 scholarships at all fifty-eight NC Community Colleges, as well as providing charitable support for the March of Dimes campaign and the Victory Junction Gang camp.

Wells Fargo Technical Scholarship: Recipient must be enrolled at MCC as a full-time student in the second year of a two-year technical program. Must demonstrate a financial need and scholastic promise. Must use the scholarship to pay for books, tuition, fees, and transportation. This scholarship is generally awarded in September.

NEW FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Montgomery Community College 50th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship was endowed to commemorate Montgomery Community College’s 50th anniversary as a college. This scholarship will be awarded to the babies born closest to the anniversary of Montgomery Community College, September 7 of each year, beginning in 2007.

LEGACY DONORS

Legacy gifts create a lasting legacy for Montgomery Community College students by establishing a planned gift to the Montgomery Community College Foundation. Planned gifts may be in the form of a bequest via a will or personal trust, charitable remainder trust, life insurance naming the Montgomery Community College Foundation as owner and beneficiary, or retirement plan beneficiary designation.

These valued Legacy Donors have begun the foundation to secure the future for students at Montgomery Community College. Through their generosity and support, dedicated funds to establish scholarships, program support and student support will ensure the availability of a quality education to the students of Montgomery Community College.

Chad Bledsoe 
Kenneth Cagle 
Kimberly DeBerry 
Pandora Dumas
Candace Russell
Keith Seachrest
Troy Ready Mix

Mini-Grants

MINI-GRANTS

The MCC Foundation funds selected projects of the College each calendar year. Grant requests are open to all areas of the College and all proposed projects must demonstrate a direct benefit to the College.

Mini-Grant Proposal Guidelines
Mini-grant Application

The MCC Foundation will fund selected projects of the College each calendar year. In order for projects to be considered for funding, a mini-grant proposal must be approved by your respective supervisor, Vice President and the President (if direct report). The President will forward the proposal to the foundation Board for final approval. Guidelines governing these proposals follow.

Project Requirements
Grant requests are open to all areas of the College, and all proposed projects must demonstrate a direct benefit to the College and enhance the student experience. Proposals for program support or other departmental projects must show that there are no available funds in their respective budgets.The proposal must include a method of evaluating the effectiveness or value of the request. For example, in a proposal for student emergency financial assistance, documentation could be provided indicating the number of students and the needs that will be met with Foundation funds. Funds available each year for mini-grant proposals are contingent on the success of Foundation special projects, i.e. Reverse Raffle, Golf Tournament. Proposals are funded for one year only and must be used by June 30 of each year.

Submission of Proposals
Proposals must be submitted to respective supervisors, Vice Presidents or President (if direct report) at any time during the fiscal year. Within five working days, the supervisor, and Vice President will recommend/not recommend the mini-grant application to the College President. The President will make a recommendation will to be presented to the Foundation Board of Directors for final approval. Grant recipients will be notified of funding within 10 days of submitting the grant proposal.

Proposal Reporting
By June 30th of each year, the administrator of the funded proposal will be required to present to the Board a narrative follow-up report on the outcome of the grant activities. This report should be specific in detailing purchases, sponsored activities, or other verification of expenditures.

Proposal Budgets
Each funded mini-grant will be expended directly through the Foundation Office. Grant expenditures should parallel the proposed activities and will be monitored through the President's Office. At the end of the grant period (June 30), any monies remaining will revert to the Foundation.

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