Thank you to all of the individuals, community clubs, foundations, and businesses who supported Haywood Community College through donations to the Foundation. This is what your support allowed us to do in Academic Year 2017-18:
- In academic year 2018-19, our students were awarded $431,382 in scholarships. Scholarships are available for Curriculum, Workforce Continuing Education, High School Equivalency, and College & Career Readiness students.
- $20,000 provided in Mini-Grant funding supported nearly every student, program and department on campus.
Your discretionary gifts supported every student, program, and department on campus with campus activities and various needs.
Foundation Board of Directors Establishes Dr. Barbara and Greg Parker Endowment
Pictured is Dr. Barbara Parker, President of Haywood Community College. She has lived her life believing that “education changes everything” and has dedicated 38 years to a successful career in public education in Western North Carolina. She will retire effective December 31. As a result, the HCC Foundation board of directors has established Dr. Barbara and Greg Parker Endowment in her honor.
For over 50 years, Haywood Community College has provided our community with a high-quality education, as well as workforce training and lifelong learning to students from all walks of life. Many of our students face the challenges of juggling work and family responsibilities while attending classes. All share the goal of assuring a brighter future through education.
Dr. Barbara Parker, President of Haywood Community College, has lived her life believing that “education changes everything” and has dedicated 38 years to a successful career in public education in Western North Carolina. For the past six years, Parker has served as president of Haywood Community College. She will retire effective December 31, 2019.
To extend her outstanding legacy into the College’s future, the Haywood Community College Foundation board of directors has established an endowment in Dr. Parker’s honor. Through this sustainable funding source, her life-long commitment to education will benefit HCC students for generations to come.
It is the intent of Dr. Barbara and Greg Parker that the earnings of the endowment be used to directly impact students with specialized circumstances. The Parkers’ entrust the leadership of the College to determine gaps where funding from this endowment will benefit students and assist them in overcoming special situations including but not limited to mental and physical health, as well as accommodation needs of students with permanent disabilities. Examples of support for the completion of these student’s educational goals include classroom instruction, interpreters and software purchases.
Under Dr. Parker’s leadership, over $1.5 million has been awarded in scholarships, more than $100,000 raised for equipment purchases and funding has been provided for two career coaches in our local high schools. New buildings and programs have been added to campus during her tenure.
To become a part of Dr. Parker’s legacy at HCC, donations can be made to the endowment through the College’s Foundation. This endowment will sustain her belief that “education changes everything,” provide an opportunity for all who wish to learn and continue to make education a reality for HCC students. For more information about this endowment or how to donate, please call 828-627-4544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Haywood County High School Seniors Awarded Haywood Community College Pop and Marj Kelly Merit Scholarship
Four Haywood County high school seniors were awarded the Pop and Marj Kelly Merit Scholarship at Haywood Community College. Amyia Deitz and Thomas “Zeke” Long of Pisgah High School and Parker Montgomery and Sarah Simmons of Tuscola High School were each awarded $10,000 for two years.
This competitive scholarship requires applicants to submit an essay, as well as a list of their community and extracurricular school activities. In addition, recipients are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.5.
Deitz plans to take nursing. She is certified as a nursing assistant and in CPR and first aid. “I love helping others in need,” she explains. “Attending HCC would be fulfilling my dream of becoming an RN.”
For Long, HCC will be the first step on his path to becoming a mechanical engineer. After obtaining an associate in arts degree at the College, he plans to transfer to North Carolina State University. “My hopes are to make Haywood Community College proud, utilize the resource of a local community college and then further my education,” he says.
At HCC, Montgomery will take college transfer classes then pursue a degree in nursing. Although he has been accepted at three schools, he says, “I have chosen to go to HCC to help my family from having a financial hardship. I have heard it is an excellent place to learn and get ready for life as an adult.”
Simmons will study nursing at HCC then transfer to Western Carolina University to get a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. At age five, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor, which inspired her to become a pediatric oncology nurse. “The nurses I had made every clinic visit something to look forward to,” she explains. “How they reacted to other sick kids was truly inspiring. I want to be like those nurses. I want to help scared children and their families feel safe. I want to make an impact on the lives of others that were made on mine.”
Photo: Sarah Simmons and Parker Montgomery of Tuscola High School with Foundation Board of Directors Jack Bishop, III
Registration for fall semester is underway now. For more information, visit haywood.edu or email email@example.com. For more information about this scholarship or to give to the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Linda Jane Wansker Hull Memorial Scholarship
The Haywood Community College Foundation recently started a new endowed scholarship named the Linda Jane Wansker Hull Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established from the estate of her late husband Paul.
The Hulls’ led a unique life and between the two, made their mark in many career fields. Linda was a surgical nurse, travel guide writer, advertising copywriter, associate professor of English and custom jewelry designer. Her work in pointillism brought her international acclaim.
Paul was self-taught in many fields. He held jobs with the US Bureau of Indian Affairs, NASA, as a restaurant critic and jewelry designer.
According to family friend, Gary Columbia, “The Hulls threw themselves into whatever they wanted and became immersed in people’s lives.”
Columbia says the Hulls retired to Canton later in life and only drove onto the HCC campus a few times. “The couple wanted to change student’s lives in a small town,” he explains. “They were generous people. It was little to them but life changing to others.”
For more information about this scholarship or to give to the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544 or email email@example.com.
Elizabeth "Betty" Rathbun Memorial Nursing Scholarship Established at Haywood Community College
Haywood Community College will offer a new full tuition scholarship for nursing students. The Elizabeth “Betty” Rathbun Memorial Nursing Scholarship will benefit a full-time nursing student that has a minimum GPA of 3.5. This scholarship is established by Laurel Rathbun Hunt in memory of her mother.
Elizabeth “Betty” Rathbun studied nursing at the Ontario Hospital in Toronto, Canada. As a registered nurse, Rathbun practiced in a variety of hospital settings including pediatric, psychiatric, operating room, and as a private duty nurse. After marriage, motherhood and moving to Asheville, Rathbun maintained her nursing skills through volunteering for 30 years with the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. In addition, she was instrumental in starting the Health Adventure in Asheville as a way for children to learn more about their health. Rathbun and her husband, Dr. Lewis Rathbun, also served on medical mission trips to foreign countries.
According to Hunt, “Nursing is a special calling. My mother was a caring and compassionate person who loved helping others and had life long memories of her patients. I am delighted to have the opportunity to provide this scholarship as part of her legacy.”
For more information about this scholarship or to give to the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration for summer and fall semester is underway now. For more information, visit haywood.edu or email email@example.com.
Teena Tuenge Scholarship in Fiber Arts Established at Haywood Community College
Haywood Community College’s Foundation will offer a new scholarship for full or part-time fiber arts students. The Teena Tuenge Scholarship in Fiber Arts was established by Tuenge’s friends and family in her memory. For more than 40 years, she made an impact in the fiber sector through her work and as a teacher and mentor.
Before her death in January of 2019, Tuenge taught several courses at HCC and was instrumental in establishing weaving classes through the College’s workforce continuing education program. She was a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Western North Carolina Fiber/Handweavers Guild, Inc. She obtained a Master’s degree in Clothing and Textiles from Michigan State University.
“Teena was a friend and mentor. She was an inspirational, creative, patient teacher who touched so many of us in sharing her expertise,” said Lucy Daly, president of the Western North Carolina Fiber/Handweavers Guild, Inc. “Since she taught at HCC, it is especially appropriate to honor her in establishing this scholarship in her name at the college.”
For more information about this scholarship or to give to the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
David and Denise Matthys Scholarship Established at Haywood Community College
Haywood Community College awarded a new scholarship for spring semester 2019. The David and Denise Matthys Scholarship benefits a full or part-time student that is a resident of Haywood County. The couple made Waynesville their permanent residence 10 years ago and started this scholarship as a way to help this area and its students.
“As a young farm kid in Texas in 1960, I was awarded a $50 merit scholarship to our local junior college and I truly believe that started me on my way to completing my own college education and resulting career,” David Matthys explains. “We simply wanted to provide some financial help to any person who wants to improve their lives through higher education or through learning a trade that will allow them to make a living in the future.”
After attending junior college, David spent time in the service and then received a degree from the University of Houston. He retired from a career as a certified public accountant.
“Education is really important to us,” Denise explains. “We want to encourage others.”
Currently helping their four grandchildren with college expenses and four more to go, the couple knows exactly how helpful a scholarship can be.
Family of Jordan Landt Webb Establishes Nursing Scholarship to Continue Her Service to Others
Before Jordan Landt Webb, Haywood Community College 2005 nursing graduate, lost her life to a drunken driver last May, she decided to devote herself to helping others through a selfless career. Now, her family is fulfilling her dream to serve others by establishing a scholarship at the College to assist Haywood County residents who want to enter the nursing field.
Through the Jordan Landt Webb Nursing Scholarship, Webb’s family found a way to keep her alive forever. “Now that this scholarship is established, her story will always be told,” explains her mom Gwen Landt. “She can continue to impact others. To help these students would be exactly what she wanted.”
Landt says that through this scholarship, Webb’s children can see that the family is not dwelling on the negative.
But, Webb didn’t always want to be a nurse. She was set on becoming a teacher. After having her first child and spending some time in the hospital with him, she changed her mind. “As a result of the care those nurses provided for her and her son, she wanted to be able to help others in the same way. Being a nurse fulfilled her need to lose herself in the service of others.”
Webb spent her career working first at Harris Regional Hospital and most recently with Gentiva Home Health.
Landt says without the amazing community support behind this scholarship, it wouldn’t have been possible. “Through this scholarship, we want to rally around the community that rallied around us. People can donate to this scholarship but those who want to enter the nursing field also can benefit from it.”
The Jordan Landt Webb Nursing Scholarship is in memory and honor of Webb. It is available to full-time second-year nursing students at HCC, with preference given to Haywood County residents and single parents.
For more information on this scholarship or how to donate, please call 828-627-4544 or email email@example.com.
Registration for fall semester begins June 4. For more information on registration or the nursing program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-627-2821.
Students Receive Scholarships at North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association Conference
Photo by Pam Hardin. Three Haywood Community College students were recently awarded scholarships from the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association (NCHEA) at their conference. Pictured left to right are student recipient Aaron Anderson, Dewberry Engineers Senior Project Manager Alex Harwell, student recipient William Stevenson, student recipient Amber Homan and Duke Regional Hospital Assistant Director of Engineering Services Larry Holder.
Three Haywood Community College students were recently awarded scholarships from the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association (NCHEA) at their conference. Aaron Anderson, Computer-Integrated Machining student; Amber Homan, Associate in Science student and William Stevenson; Associate in Engineering student all were honored at the event.
In order to be selected for this scholarship, students were recommended by faculty, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and submit an essay.
Stevenson started his second year at HCC and works part-time while attending school. “Receiving this scholarship was unexpected but will definitely help out a lot with expenses,” he explains. “Attending the conference opened a lot of connections for me and could even lead to an internship.”
Stevenson decided to pursue a degree and career in engineering because of the opportunities in the field.
NCHEA is a professional organization representing the North Carolina healthcare engineering field and a state chapter of the national parent organization American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE). The organization provides education, advocacy, networking, and general professional development for members and their organizations.
Healthcare Engineering is the buildings and systems supporting the clinical services in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. It is the structures, boilers, generators, wiring, piping, floors, roofs, and ceilings that make up our healthcare facilities. Professionals in the field are the designers, engineers, maintenance and facilities technicians, managers, supervisors, manufacturers, and builders of hospitals and healthcare facilities across the state.
Haywood Resident Lynwood McElroy Leaves Generous Gift to Haywood Community College
For Haywood County resident Lynwood McElroy, education has always been a priority. McElroy has been a supporter of Haywood Community College for many years and even after his death, he remains a strong advocate for those who wish to achieve higher education. As part of his estate, McElroy left the College a gift of over $555,000 to ease the financial burden of those seeking a post high school degree. He died in May 2017.
“Mr. McElroy always had a special interest in education and in our community,” says HCC President Dr. Barbara Parker. “We are grateful for his most generous gift that will enable many students to access higher education for years to come.”
In 1990, McElroy established an endowment at HCC in honor of his wife, Mary Medford McElroy. A native of Haywood County from the Ironduff community, McElroy had degrees from Brevard College, Western Carolina University and Vanderbilt University.
McElroy served in the United States Navy, joining during World War II. He spent 10 years with the Naval Medical Research Unit #2 in the Pacific and 3 years in Korea. He worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Montana and North and South Dakota. He retired as chief financial offic
er for the St. John’s County Board of Education in Florida, then returned to Haywood County to spend his final years.
McElroy also devoted countless hours to community organizations. He served on the Friends of the Library board of directors. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Waynesville and was active in Rotary, Kiwanis, the American Legion and Red Cross. McElroy was instrumental in completion of the old Bald-Balsam Gap section of the Mountain-to-Sea Trail.
Haywood Community College is grateful for the generous spirit of
McElroy and for the countless lives his gift will touch.
For more information on HCC’s Foundation or to make a gift, please email email@example.com or call 828-627-4544.
Haywood Community College Receives Over $900,000 from John Marvin West Estate
Haywood Community College recently received over $900,000 from John Marvin West through a bequest from his estate. The Canton native died January 4, 2017. He retired with over 40 years of service with Estes Express Trucking Company and various other trucking companies.
Education and helping those less fortunate were very important causes to both West and his late sister Grace Cooper. Before her death, West established a scholarship in her honor at HCC. The funds donated by West will be restricted to Haywood County students per his wishes.
According to special caregiver and family friend Leslie Smith, “Both Grace and JM were precious people. They wanted to help those who wanted to continue their education and make a positive change in their lives.”
For more information on HCC’s Foundation or how to make a donation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-627-4544.
William “Bill” C. Harrell Memorial Endowment
The William “Bill” C. Harrell Memorial Endowment was established at Haywood Community College by Bill’s sister Cassie Harrell. Bill retired from the College after over 25 years of service as a math and natural resources instructor. He died in September 2016.
The endowment is for students in the associate in arts program with preference given to part-time students who are not eligible for federal or state aid.
According to Cassie, Bill recognized that math was important to the success of students and through his instruction, he wanted to ensure they had basic math skills. “Bill was very thorough and patient with his students. He took extra measure to help them. He really cared about them.”
For these reasons, Cassie wanted to honor her brother’s wishes by starting this endowment.
Like many other community college students, Cassie returned to school as a middle-aged student. “I know what a struggle it is for those who have families and jobs to be able to pay for school. It is my hope that this endowment can help those who really want to improve their life.”
For more information about the William “Bill” C. Harrell Memorial Endowment or any of HCC’s other scholarships, please call 828-627-4544 or email email@example.com.
Donor Profile - Drs. Frank and Doris Hammett
The Haywood Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1997 by a donation of $10,000.00 by the Doctors Hammett and a matching sum by the Board of Directors of the Haywood Community College Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to guarantee a two-year post secondary education to the current graduates of Haywood County Public Schools who are unable to generate sufficient financial support to meet their education expenses from other sources. Award recipients should demonstrate academic ability by maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Dr. Frank Hammett and Dr. Doris Hammett had been involved with the Haywood County Public Schools beginning in 1958. Dr. Doris Hammett organized the first school readiness program in 1959 which was started at Clyde, Perry Plemmons, Principal. This program has progressed to universal kindergartens and widespread pre K programs. Dr. Doris was the coordinator for the three years of high school Science Seminar for gifted students, and Chairman of the Committee for Better Schools. Dr. Frank Hammett was president of Hazelwood Elementary School, Waynesville Middle School and Tuscola High School PTA's.
Both Dr. Frank and Dr. Doris were convinced that education determined the life of the adult. They felt that, in the present work place, education was essential to success. The Haywood Scholarship Trust Fund was established to allow every student access to two years post high school education.
In an effort to offer this education, the Hammetts have continued to contribute additional funds every year and have pledged part of their estate to Haywood Community College Foundation. However, the Foundation awards are not able to fill the need of expanded demand by increasing number of high school graduates. Additional donations by individuals, civic clubs, service organizations and community foundations are needed to address this growing need.
Doris B. Hammett, MD
Donor Profile - Sam and Carolyn Wiggins
Sam and Carolyn Wiggins have established an endowment for the Sam L. and Carolyn P. Wiggins Scholarship at Haywood Community College. Sam was an executive at Dayco Corporation. In addition, he served as director of the College’s Regional High Technology Center for over 10 years beginning in 1986 before the center opened. Sam also served on the HCC board of trustees and the HCC Foundation board of directors.
The scholarship will be awarded to a graduate of Tuscola High School within the last five years of application. Preference will be given to full-time students. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA. The scholarship will be used to cover tuition and fees at HCC.
From early in the College’s history, Sam was instrumental in raising funds for the College. Working closely with then President Joseph Nanney and the board of trustees, Wiggins helped plan the Regional High Technology Center.
“HCC’s Regional High Technology Center was the first of its kind in North Carolina,” Sam explains. “It was known as a training center. There were few like it in the United States. We had some excellent startup people at the center.”
As director of the center, Sam set the firm foundation for the vision and role the Regional High Technology Center played in the community and region. This vision is still carried out today.
Before becoming director of the center, Sam served on the College’s board of trustees. He moved to Ohio as part of his job for Dayco but upon his return, he served additional time on both the College’s board of trustees and the Foundation board of directors. In addition, Sam served on the North Carolina Community College System’s board.
When Sam and Carolyn found themselves in a position to give back to the community, starting the endowment at HCC made perfect sense. Through this choice, the Wiggins’ will be able to help students for years to come.
“I think community colleges are a great place for students, whether they decide to come for a firm foundation for a career or want to transfer to a four-year school,” Carolyn Wiggins explains. “I just want to help people go through college. This is why I wanted to start this endowment.”
As for Sam, he wanted to support what he believes is a great benefit for Haywood County. “I wanted to start this fund because of what HCC has done for the community. People have dedicated their lives to this place. And I have a real love for this school.”
For more information on the Sam L. and Carolyn P. Wiggins Scholarship or how to support the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544, visit haywood.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donor Profile - Phyllis Vance, Haywood County Resident Establishes Two Scholarships at HCC
Haywood Community College now has two new scholarships to aid students thanks to the generosity of county resident Phyllis Vance. Vance established the Hilda Scroggs Vance Scholarship in memory of her mother and the Adele B. Dunn Scholarship in memory of her close family friend.
“My parents realized how important it is for people to get an advanced degree and be able get a better job,” Phyllis Vance says. “They believed getting an education was a way to meet people, have a better outlook, and a better life.”
Phyllis Vance hopes these two scholarships will help with the basic needs for students to be able to get to school.
Hilda Scroggs Vance took Continuing Education craft classes in the early years of HCC’s existence when the classes were held at the Old Patton School in Canton. She enjoyed sewing and handwork, doing everything from crewel embroidery and cross stitch to decoupage and stained glass. According to Phyllis Vance, she not only relished making these things but also loved the fellowship she got from the classes.
Hilda Scroggs Vance used these skills to work with a circle at her church to make things for the children’s home in Black Mountain.
The Adele B. Dunn Scholarship will be used to support nursing students at HCC. Dunn was a native of Nova Scotia, Canada but completed registered nurse training in Massachusetts. She retired from St. Joseph Hospital with 28 years of service. Dunn enjoyed visiting the sick and homebound.
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Haywood Community College,” Vance says.
For more information on these scholarships or to donate to the college, please call 627-4544 or email email@example.com.
Second Chance Scholarship
Haywood Community College’s Foundation has a new scholarship called the Second Chance Scholarship. Established by two local residents who wish to remain anonymous, the scholarship is open to students in any course of study taking a full or part-time load beginning spring semester. The donors decided to start the scholarship in hopes of helping a student who may not have done well in high school. “If someone has decided to turn their life around, we hope this scholarship can affect them in a positive way,” explains one of the donors. “Haywood Community College will give these students the skills they need to be competitive in today’s market. We believe community colleges are the jewel in the crown of education.”
For more information about giving to the HCC Foundation or what scholarship opportunities are available, please contact Pam Hardin at 828-627-4544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donor Profile - Saralyn Price and Nancy & Terry Calloway
The Michael S. Price Memorial Scholarship was recently established through the Haywood Community College Foundation. Price’s wife, Saralyn Price, along with his mother Nancy Calloway and step-father Terry ‘Pop’ Calloway, decided the perfect way to honor Michael was to set aside funds for students who want to enter the field of law enforcement and take Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) classes at the College.
Michael Price’s history with HCC included the roles of both student and instructor. He taught in the BLET program and also attended classes for recertification annually.
According to Saralyn Price, “Mike was a very giving person. He always wanted to take care of people.” Through this scholarship, he will still be able to touch the lives of these students.
Michael Price began his law enforcement career with the Hazelwood Police Department and Waynesville Police Department. He then contributed 25 years of service to the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, he met his wife through both of their careers in law enforcement.
“Starting this scholarship was a way to honor Michael,” says Nancy Calloway. “He had a passion for his life, his family, his job and his community. It is our hope that the recipients of this scholarship have the same passion and commitment.”
Large in stature, many found Price in his uniform intimidating. “People often commented that he was larger than life. He treated all people, whether they were good or bad, with great respect. I was proud of him not only for his career in law enforcement but also as a person with a great value system. Recipients of this scholarship are filling some big shoes.”
For more information on the Michael S. Price Memorial Scholarship or how to support the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544, visit haywood.edu or email email@example.com.
Donor Profile - Linda Arnold
Johnny’s Memorial Scholarship Established at HCC
As a tribute to her brother, Johnny Painter, Linda Arnold recently established Johnny’s Memorial Scholarship through Haywood Community College’s Foundation. This scholarship will be used for second year nursing students and Certified Nurse Aide students.
Painter passed away after a long illness which left him in a long term care facility for the last 16 years. Arnold was inspired to set up the scholarship because of the excellent care her brother received from nurses and CNAs over the years.
“These men and women were so important to Johnny’s care,” Arnold explains. “I hope this scholarship can make a change in the lives of these students. I hope it can make an impact.”
For more information about this scholarship, the HCC Foundation, or to make a donation, please call 627-4544.
HCC Receives Unique Donation of 1957 Bel Air
Charles and Janice Henson Endowment Established at HCC
Phyllis Vance, Haywood County Resident Establishes Two Scholarships at HCC
Walter and Betty James Scholarship
Longtime HCC Donors Nick and Ellen Nichols Establish Linda C. Caldwell Scholarship