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 pahardin@haywood.edu