Charles and Janice Henson are firm believers that education changes everything. In addition, the couple has strong ties to Haywood Community College that go way back to the beginning of the school. For these reasons, the Hensons recently established an endowed scholarship through HCC’s Foundation Office.

“It is important that we still have vocational programs and that our local community college has the people in place to train these students,” Charles Henson explains. “I hope this scholarship will help someone that could not get an education without it.”

Charles has served on the HCC Foundation Board of Directors for more than 15 years and is one of the longest serving members. Janice retired from Haywood County Schools as a teacher after 30 years of service.

Their connection to HCC started when MC Nix, founding president of the college, approached Janice to see if she would teach at the college in the night program. This began her service as an adjunct English instructor. Charles also served as an adjunct instructor teaching Welding classes at night. The pair recalls when classes where held at Old Clyde School. 

The Hensons live in Bethel and run a beef cattle farm.

For more information on this scholarship or to donate to the college, please call 627-4544 or email

Photo by Aaron Mabry. Charles and Janice Henson recently established an endowed scholarship through HCC’s Foundation Office. Pictured left to right are:  HCC Director of Institutional Advancement Pam Hardin, Charles Henson, and Janice Henson.